Friday, July 12

As of 2/2/24. Subject to change.

Special Training

8 a.m – 5 p.m.

School Bus Accident Investigation: Be Prepared for a Lawsuit

Presenters: Dick Fischer & Peter Lawrence

The two-way radio announces, “I have a bad accident, at _____.” 

Now what are you going to do?

This eight-hour class we will teach you outstanding ways to protect you and your operation in the correct way to preform that school bus collision investigation. Things you need to do from the first phone call until the lawsuit(s). It is not a matter of “if” but “when.” 

The instructors have over 100 years of service in pupil transportation, and both are expert witness in court for legal case involving school bus collisions.

 (Maximum of 75 participants. Separate registration is required.)

Special Training

8 a.m – 5 p.m.

NHTSA Child Passenger Safety on School Buses National Training

Instructors: Kathy Anneken. Denise Donaldson, Susan Shutrump, Kala Henkensiefken, & Miriam Manary

Description: The newly updated 2024 Child Passenger Safety on School Buses National Training provides an overview of the use of child safety restraint systems on school buses, with a focus on pre-school aged children and children with disabilities. Instructional videos are incorporated throughout the training. Participants are provided time for hands-on practice with guidance from skilled staff members. Nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will earn 3.5 continuing education units (CEUs) for course completion.

This seminar is available to as an add-on to Main Conference registration, or can be taken by itself. 

Registration Fee: $199

(Maximum of 60 participants. Separate registration is required.)

Special Training

8 a.m – 5 p.m.

National School Bus Inspection Training Program

InstructorsMike Bullman, Director of Transportation, South Carolina DOE; Jannet Malig, Clean Cities Coalition; Bobby Williams, Asst. Director Fleet Services, Cypress-Fair ISD in Texas

Location: Peppermill Resort

Description:  Developed by school bus maintenance and inspection expert Marshall Casey, STN EXPO offers the National School Bus Inspection Training Program to fully train technicians on how to conduct regular vehicle inspections, above and beyond state or federal Department of Transportation guidance. The program is derived from best practices used in overseeing the maintenance of school buses in South Carolina, the only completely owned and operated state fleet in the nation. Attendees will learn how to discover more defects prior to failure, which allows for expedited repairs, increased vehicle uptime, and a more efficient maintenance program. Friday’s agenda includes eight hours of classroom instruction, including preparation for a written exam, with a second day of hands-on identification planned for defects on real school buses, hosted by Washoe County School District and with transportation provided.

(Maximum of 50 participants. Separate registration is required.)

Special Training

10 a.m – 12 p.m.

Wheelchair Securement Boot Camp

Instructor: Maritza Valentin

Description: At this Training Boot Camp, student transporters will learn to train with AMF Bruns’ recently launched automatic and self-tensioning Silver Series retractors. With this course, school transportation professionals will be provided the tools to support and teach their teams proper safety techniques, which included hands-on training. The key objective to this course include: Overview of equipment, Securing the wheelchair, Securing the occupant with a different variety of occupant securements, Understanding your vehicle floor anchorages, WC 18 and WC 19 and understanding the regulation; identifying a WC 19 wheelchair, Raising awareness about risks of not properly securing passengers, Deboarding passengers, and Passenger sensitivity/etiquette.

Certification will be provided upon completion of this course.

This seminar is available to Main Conference Attendees but requires separate registration at no extra charge. Class size is limited to 50 participants.

(Maximum of 50 participants. Separate registration required.)

TD Summit

3 p.m – 5 p.m.

Transportation Director Summit (Apply for Approval)

Welcome, Hot Industry Topic Discussion, Networking & Refreshments

Location: Peppermill Hotel & Casino

Speaker: Tony Corpin, School Transportation News, Publisher 

 Both days attendance required. Transportation, breakfast and lunch provided on Saturday, July 13.

Applications will be reviewed once submitted and our team will reach out to confirm approvals. Pre-event survey is required to be completed prior to the event in order to gain entry.

Additional Session Topics

As of 2/2/24. Subject to change.

  • How to Develop a Winning RFP
  • Making an Impact with Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Programs
  • Calculating the Cost of Operating Your Fleet
  • 21st Century Communication for Transportation Operations
  • Should School Bus Drivers Have Their Own Specific CDL?
  • Safely Securing Early Childhood/Head Start Students
  • Routing 101
  • The ASE Electric School Bus Safety Credential Program
  • Change Leadership in Transportation
  • Incident Command: What Does It Mean for Student Transporters?
  • Fit for Duty
  • Fostering Effective Relationships with Law Enforcement
  • The Road Paved by A.I.
  • Making Performance Evaluations No Joke
  • HVAC High Maintenance
  • The Fuel Pipeline: What’s Here Today & What’s Coming?