Saturday, July 13

As of 2/1/24. Subject to change.


8 a.m – 5 p.m.

Transportation Director Summit (Apply for Approval)

Welcome, Hot Industry Topic Discussion, Networking & Refreshments

Location: Incline Village, Lake Tahoe

Speaker: Tony Corpin, School Transportation News, Publisher & Christine Cashen, Keynote

 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.


Special Training

8 a.m – 9 a.m.

Transfinder Maintenance Software Training (with Continental Breakfast)


Discover the key to efficient transportation maintenance and inspections: Fleet management software. Join Transfinder to how earn to streamline inspections, generate work orders, and boost efficiency with Servicefinder. Stay organized and proactive from any device. Continental breakfast provided. 

Note: Open to all main conference attendees and an INCLUDED session for Inspection Training attendees before traveling to hands-on training off-site. Breakfast is offered to all class participants on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Special Training

10 a.m – 5 p.m.

National School Bus Inspection Training - Day 2

Instructors: Mike Bullman, Director of Transportation, South Carolina DOE; Bobby Williams, Asst. Director Fleet Services, Cy-Fair ISD; Jannet Malig, Long Beach (California) Clean Cities

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 eight-hour program held on Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13, 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. The program includes eight hours of classroom instruction at the Peppermill Resort, including a written exam, and a second day of hands-on identification of defects on real school buses, offsite. Additional details to come. Transportation and lunch will be provided.


(Maximum of 50 participants. Separate registration required.)

Special Training

9 a.m – 11 a.m.

Advanced Wheelchair Securement Training: Troubleshooting Difficult Mobility Devices

Instructors: Darren Reaume

IDEA was passed in 1975 making schools national leaders in providing equal services for the disabled community. However, today, over 40 years after its passage, school transportation providers are still consistently struggling to safely transport some students with disabilities and to secure the most difficult mobility devices. While wheelchair securement equipment has improved dramatically during this timeframe, even today there are hundreds of wheelchairs on the market which are not designed to be transported.

In this presentation we’ll explore the factors that have contributed to this dynamic, provide extensive troubleshooting practices for difficult mobility devices and occupant securement situations, and offer recommendations- based on our more than 35 years of industry experience- that can help school districts and transportation providers greatly reduce the risk these devices pose to the safety of their students and the liability of the district.

Note: This an advanced course designed for experienced transportation directors, supervisors, and trainers who can help implement the troubleshooting techniques and best practice recommendations within their district. It is strongly recommended that attendees have extensive previous wheelchair securement experience.

(Maximum of 35 participants. Separate registration is required.)

Special Training

12 p.m – 5 p.m.

So, You Want to Become a Transportation Director?

Presenters: Chris Ellison, Pamela McDonald, Tim Purvis, Alexandra Robinson, & Rosalynn Vann-Jackson

Description: A panel of student transportation experts provides best practices for attendees who wish to transition into a supervisory role, or who are looking to brush up on skill sets. Topics include: How to provide the best customer service while managing parent and administration expectations; creating, building and molding teams; communication strategies to increase driver and attendant retention and productivity; principles of proper routing and planning; and managing and tracking data to improve your organization.

(Maximum of 50 participants. Separate registration required.)

Welcome Party

8 p.m – 10 p.m.

Welcome Party at EDGE Nightclub

STN EXPO Welcome Party at EDGE Nightclub (Drinks & Desserts)

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?