During the 49th annual M.A.P.T. Conference and trade show, held on July 8-11 in springfield, the association presented a number of awards.  Here is a list of those persons honored for their work in pupil transportation:


"taking advantage of life's opportunities"

This special one-time award was presented to CARL FISHER in recognition of his sixty-six (66) years as a school bus driver for the Pleasant Hope School District, and his inclusion in the Guiness Book of World Records for the "Longest Career for a School Bus Driver."  Read Carl's story by clicking here.


School Bus Driver of the Year

This award went to RUDOLPH RHODES of Lee's Summit School District.  Rudy was nominated for the work he has done to implement a school bus driver mentoring program, Book Buddies, at Prairie View Elementary to assist children with their reading skills. Rudy, a former operations manager for UPS, has driven for Lee's Summit for 5 years.




Special Needs Team of the Year

SUE CISKOWSKI (driver) and CINDY WINKLER (attendant) from Parkway School District won this award.  In February 2014, Sue and Cindy competed in the National Special Needs Safety Competition.  This is Sue's second time to receive this award,  having won last year while working with a different partner.


Continuing Education Grants

M.A.P.T. recognizes the need to bring new ideas and fresh faces into the ranks of the people who so safely and efficiently transport Missouri's students.  Each year, M.A.P.T. selects one or more individuals who have been identified by their supervisors and recommended as having the potential to assume a larger role in the future of pupil transportation in our state.  These individuals are awarded a "scholarship" to attend our Annual Conference and Trade Show to network and to learn more about our industry.  The Continuing Education Grant winners for 2014 were...

BONNIE POOLE from First Student, serving the Northwest R-1 School District of Jefferson County, and

MARK HOSKINS from Raytown School District.


Appreciation Awards

Plaques expressing appreciation for their service on the M.A.P.T. Executive Board were presented to the following individuals...

- outgoing President and now M.A.P.T. Past President, for his service as the M.A.P.T. President during the 2013-14 school year.  Jack recently retired from Apple Bus Company but said he intends to keep active in M.A.P.T. as well as in the Kansas Pupil Transportation Association, of which he is also a member.

DR. NICK BOREN - Nick recently retired as Deputy Superintendent of the Columbia School District, and at the same time, completed his term and relinquished his seat on the Executive Board.  Nick holds the distinction of being the longest-serving M.A.P.T. Board Member in the organization's half-century history, serving 18 years as a Board Member and/or President of the Association.

LINDA THOMPSON - M.A.P.T. Past President (2 terms) and Board Member for Region 1, Linda stepped down from the Board as she closed out her transportation career, retiring in June as the Director of Transportation for the Lee's Summit School District. 

BRIAN WOSMAN - Region 2 Director Brian Wosman served two terms on the Board.  In addition to being the Transportation Director, Brian is also the Palmyra R-1 School District's Athletic Director.  He chose not to seek re-election to the Board of Directors.


Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award was presented to outgoing M.A.P.T. President JACK WOOLF on the occassion of his retirement following a fourty-four (44) year career in pupil transportation.  During his long and distinguished career, Jack has worked in both transportation operations and school bus sales.  He has also criss-crossed the country, having worked in Missouri, Kansas and Florida.  He began his career with the old R.W. Harmon and Son contracting company, which served as a training ground and "launch pad" for many members of the transportation community in the midwest, He worked in bus sales for Allied Bus and for Midwest Transit Equipement.  Jack ended his active career - but not his passion for student transportation - as the Safety Director for Apple Bus Company.


Administrator of the Year Award

The Administrator of the Year award was presented to MIKE SHARP, Director of Transportation for the Carl Junction School District.  Mike and his team recognized the need to be able to better keep track of students off the bus.  After brainstorming possible solutions, they built their own "under vehicle camera system" so that the driver would be able to see if a child were under the bus or in front of the rear wheels.  School Bus Fleet featured Carl Junction's solution in an article earlier this year.  Click HERE to read the story.  For the innovative and pro-active approach that he and his team took in addressing this serious safety issue, MIKE SHARP is well-deserving of the honor of being the 2014 M.A.P.T. Administrator of the Year. 



During the 49th Annual M.A.P.T. Conference and Trade Show, held July 8-11, 2014 in Springfield, safety posters drawn by students from across Missouri were displayed, and winners were selected in each of the four divisions. .

Donnie DeBrodie, M.A.P.T. Region 4 Director and Chairman of the Safety Poster Contest, released the following statement: 

The 2013-2014 school year has had many success stories from across the state.  One of those stories again this year is the school bus Safety Poster Contest and it’s winners.

There were over 450 posters from around the state to be judged this year, and winners were selected from all four divisions. All the posters were put on display Thursday morning at the MAPT conference and again this year received tremendous praise from the transportation professionals from across the state.

 We would like to take this time to thank our division winners listed below and their poster will be sent on to represent the state of Missouri in the National Safety Poster Contest to be held in Kansas City, Missouri later this year.

The winners are:

Division 1                                                                  Division 2

Elizabeth Newell                                                      Sandy Hena
Lewis & Clark Elementary School                         J.R. Rogers School
Liberty MO                                                                Kansas City, MO
Teacher: Lynn Pierce                                             Teacher:  Kristen Waterman

Division 3                                                                 Division 4                    

Giovany Zermeno                                                   Tanner Johnson
J. R. Rogers School                                                Cedar Ridge School
Kansas City MO                                                       Nevada, MO
Teacher: Kristen Waterman                                  Teacher:  Connie Brooks

The posters were judged this year by the following M.A.P.T. members:

Leon Johnson                                                          Pam Tiesing
Springfield Public School                                      Warren County R-3 School District

Debbie Polston                                                        Ken Mulder
Warren County R-3 School District                      Special School District of St. Louis Co.

The M.A.P.T. Staff & Board would like to take this time to thank all the students that handed in posters this year. Special thanks to the members of the M.A.P.T. who judged all the posters. The winning entries listed above will be awarded for first place in their division a $50.00 gift card that will be sent out later this year.

The theme for next year's poster contest will be "Bully Free Zone!"
We hope to see many more posters next year. Keep up the great work!

The winning posters are shown below

    Division 1 -- Elizabeth Newell

         Division 2 -- Sandy Hena

   Division 3 -- Giovany Zermeno

   Division 4 -- Tanner Johnson

M.A.P.T.  would like to thank the teachers who allow and encourage their students to participate.  We sincerely appreciate that, in addition to working on their art skills, you help these students gain a greater understanding of school bus safety.












happy people