CYR Foundation

In April 2006, NYAPT formed a new non-profit corporation to assist and cooperate in conducting educational and public service activities related to school transportation and school bus safety.

The CYR FOUNDATION FOR EXCELLENCE IN SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION is named after Dr. Frank Cyr, a New Yorker who convened the very first school transportation safety standards conference in 1939. That school bus safety conference was responsible for establishing the most distinguishing thing we know about a school bus: it’s CHROME YELLOW color.

Cyr Foundation School Bus Driver Training Newsletter

The Cyr Foundation has partnered with the Pupil Transportation Safety Institute and NYAPT to bring to school transportation operators a training opportunity for their school bus drivers.  As a NYAPT member benefit, the program costs only $125.00 per school year for school districts or contractors who are members of NYAPT.  The annual rate is $175.00 for organizations that are not members of NYAPT.

Participating organizations will receive NINE (9) electronically-transmitted one or two-page newsletters and SIX (6) electronically transmitted 15-minute training videos targeted at driver-related issues and topics. These will begin in September 2013 and continue through May 2014.  A formal schedule will be shared with all those who register for the program.

To register for the program on-line, CLICK HERE !!

CLICK HERE to view a SAMPLE of an issue of “IN THE DRIVERS SEAT”! And then we hope you will send in your subscription!  If you sign up during the course of the current school year, we will send you the back issues and links to the two videos that have been produced for this school year! So sign up now!!


The chartered purposes of the Cyr Foundation are to:

  • To support the development and education the professionals who are responsible for the safe and efficient transportation of our school children
  • To conduct various training in the safe and efficient transportation of our school children
  • To educate the public in the safe and efficient transportation of our school children
  • To conduct studies regarding the safe and efficient transportation of our school children
  • To comment, privately and publicly, regarding the safe and efficient transportation of our school children

Click here for a PowerPoint description of the Cyr Foundation and its purposes and aspirations.


MEMBERS of the Board

The Board of Directors of the Foundation — listed below – consists of members of NYAPT as well as members of the general public.  We thank these men and women for volunteering their time and energy and ideas to bring this new foundation to fruition.

John Lauffer Utica National Insurance 845-758-6565 President/Public
JoAnn Martin Tuxedo UFSD 845-351-5778 Vice- President/ NYAPT
M. Scott Goble Canandaigua City SD 585-396-3740 Secretary-Treasurer/NYAPT
Lorraine Misciagno Freelance Consultant 631- Director/NYAPT
Paul Chevalier Durham School Services 518-598-0600 Director/NYAPT
Robert Galloway Sodus CSD 315-483-5272 Director/NYAPT
Whitney Colvin Brunswick CSD 518-279-4600 Director/NYAPT
Thomas Weeks STA, Inc. 716-930-8389 Director/NYAPT
Janet Kline GLSEN 518-783-1358 Director/Public
Timothy Tarpey Marshall-Sterling Insurance 845-454-0800 Director/Public

SERVING on the Board of Directors

If you are interested in serving on the Cyr Foundation’s Board of Directors you should review the by-laws provisions about the Board and consider speaking to a current or previous Board member about the time commitment and activities of the Board. You may also want to discuss your interest and ideas with the President or Executive Director.

Interested individuals should CLICK HERE for a PDF version of the forms you will need to submit a nomination to serve on the Board of Directors. CLICK HERE for a WORD version of the same forms.

THANK YOU for your interest and commitment to school bus safety and the children!


The Board of Directors will continue to meet quarterly during 2012 and 2013.  The specific dates and locations for the meetings will be posted here in early September.


The foundation is a subsidiary of NYAPT and as such the NYAPT Board of Directors plays a role in electing the original Board, receiving reports from the Foundation, adopting its by-laws and amendments and in entering a formal operating agreement with the Foundation.

CLICK HERE to view a copy of the Cyr Foundation By Laws, as amended by vote of the Foundation Membership on December 7, 2013.

If you are interested in becoming involved with the Foundation or in becoming a member of the Board of Directors, please contact a Board member for more information about such opportunities.

Cyr Foundation W-9 IRS Form

CLICK HERE for a copy of the W-9 Tax form for your business office

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