January 2019 AAPT Newsletter
Happy New Year everyone,
We have begun the second half of the school year and will soon be on the downhill slide to summer.
First let’s get past the Arizona State Route report that we will all be completing in a few weeks. This time of year is when the office staff prays they can read all of the mileage sheets and student count forms. The Supervisors and Directors hope that all the figures come out right to maximize your transportation department’s state reimbursement. So keep those pencils sharpened and don’t use the paperwork to wipe up that coffee spill on the floor.
Your AAPT Executive Board has been meeting to debrief from our awesome October Conference in Kayenta Arizona and to get things going for the upcoming State School Bus Safety Road-eo in Phoenix.
2019 is the AAPT 70th anniversary and we will be celebrating throughout the year at our different events so stay tuned for more info on our association birthday.
This year our annual fall conference will be hosted by Sacaton Elementary School District #18, Sacaton is just south of Phoenix almost to Casa Grande in Pinal County. Director Mike Smith and AAPT Board Member Barbara Wilson and the rest of the Sacaton Transportation look forward to hosting the state with an excellent conference and celebration. We will have more information to come after the state School Bus Safety Road-eo.
Get your boots on and lets saddle up the buses its Road-eo time again!
Early registration has begun for the AAPT School Bus Safety Road-eo, the information is included with this newsletter and you have until January 31st 2019 to benefit from the early bird pricing. Once again we will be at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix and the Award Ceremony will be held down the street at Heard Elementary School, 2301 West Thomas Road later that day.
Start practicing and get those skills in check as the competition is going to be tight. There is even a Rookie award for our newly certified school bus drivers. AAPT will pay the airfare for the top winner to go to the International Safety Road-eo in Austin Texas on July 20-21, 2019.
For those of you who are really competitive, the Northern Arizona School Transportation Association (NASTA) School Bus Road-eo is going to be on April 13, 2019 at Chinle, Arizona. Come out and support our friends up north, it is always a good time at their Bus Road-eo.
Reports call for a colder and wet winter in Arizona, let’s all be aware of our surroundings as we do our jobs. Drive safely, show consideration and love to others and remember to pay it forward when you can.
Have a great safe January and see you all at the AAPT School Bus Safety Road-eo in March.
AAPT Community Relations Editor