The New York Association for Pupil Transportation conducted its 2011 School Bus Roadeo Day in Saratoga Springs, NY, today.
The day-long event includes a State School Bus Safety Roadeo, a Special Needs Roadeo and a Technicians/Mechanics Roadeo. Over 100 school bus drivers and attendants as well as another 12 school bus technicians competed in the three events overall.
The winners were as follows:
School Bus Roadeo Conventional Buses
First Place: Frank Pilato of Williamson CSD
Second Place: William Vivian of First Student
Third Place: Edward Zurek of Lancaster CSD
School Bus Roadeo Transit Buses
First Place: Brian Lyons of Canandaigua City SD
Second Place: Charlotte Acksel of Lake Shore CSd
Third Place: Manuel Beltran of Croton-Harmon
School Bus Roadeo Van Buses
First Place: John Bankich of Gershowitz Transportation
Second Place: Mary Bishop of Glens Falls CSD
Third Place: Kerry Cornwell of Williamson CSD
Special Needs Roadeo
First Place: Team of Randall Price (D) and Nicole Dolce (A) of First Student/Syracuse
Second Place: Team of John Romano III (D) Elizabeth Bass (A) of We Transport
Third Place: Team of Melissa Goodsell (D) and Tracy Sullivan (A) of Sandy Creek CSD
First Place: Scotty Sweeney of Carthage CSD
Second Place: Michael Lagoda of West Seneca CSD
Third Place: Donald Harrington of First Student
NYAPT President David Christopher thanked and congratulated all the contestants and noted that “these men and women are among the finest school bus drivers in the nation. They have shown themselves to be excellent drivers and attendants and mechanics and deserve our respect and gratitude for all they do for the children. School bus drivers and mechanics and attendants are critical players in ensuring the safety of our children.”
The Roadeo Day is coordinated by JoAnn Martin, Transportation Supervisor in the Tuxedo School District. The State Roadeo is chaired by David Moraca from the Onteora Central School District. The Special Needs Roadeo is chaired by Jodi Regis of First Student, Inc. The Tech-Mech Roadeo is chaired by Thomas Weeks of Ridge Road Express.
All the first place winners will now be eligible to move on to the national competitions in each category.
The Roadeo Day events were underwritten by Leonard Bus Sales of Deposit, NY, with additional support from Sure-Lok, Zonar Systems, Bus Options, the NY Thomas Team and Bus Parts Warehouse.
The program was offered by NYAPT in conjunction with the Cyr Foundation for Excellence in School Transportation. For more information, go to www.nyapt.org.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR WINNERS!!!