COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 15
March 28, 1997

ADMINISTRATIVE

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Department of Education and VAPT Pupil Transportation
Conference June 22-25, 1997

 
          The 1997 Virginia Pupil Transportation Conference
  sponsored by the Department of Education and VAPT, will be
  held at the Roanoke Airport Marriott, Roanoke, Virginia, June
  22-25, 1997.  The Marriott is located at 2801 Hershberger
  Road, N.W., off Interstate 581.

          An outline of the tentative conference program is
  shown as Attachment "A".  On Sunday June 22, registration is
  schedule from noon to 5 pm.  A workshop on
  Multicultural/Diversity will be conducted from 1 pm - 4 pm
  followed by a cook-out hosted by Salem Quality Equipment and
  Blue Bird Body Company from 4 pm to 6 pm  Monday's schedule
  includes registration and exhibits from 7 am to 8:45 am and 2
  pm to 5 pm, followed at 6 pm by a Bar-B-Que Cookout, sponsored
  by Sonny Merryman and Thomas Built Buses.  On Tuesday, June
  24, registration and exhibit areas will be open from 7 am to
  8:45 am, with special entertainment provided by Kingmor and K
  & M Supply following the banquet.

          Displays of complete vehicles are scheduled for
  Monday and Tuesday.  The first general session of the
  conference will begin at 9 am on Tuesday, June 24.  The
  conference will adjourn by noon on Wednesay, June 25. 
  Information requested in the attached Pre-Registrztion Form
  (Attachment "B") is needed to assist the Pupil Transportation
  Service plan for registration and other conference 
  activities.  There is a $5 registration fee to help defray the
  costs of conducting this conference.  There will be a charge
  of $20 per person for the banquet scheduled on Tuesday.  Your
  participation in the banquet will be most helpful.  CHECKS FOR
  THE BANQUET AND REGISTRATION MUST BE MADE PAYABLE TO THE
  DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND, IF POSSIBLE, SUBMITTED TO THE
  PUPIL TRANSPORTATION SERVICE WITH YOUR CONFERENCE PRE-REGISTRATION 
  FORM.  Banquet reservations must be finalized 

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  March 28, 1997


  with the hotel by the Department no later than Monday, June
  16.  Payment or confirmation of reservation is required by
  that date.

     Pre-conference seminars for supervisors and mechanics are
  scheduled for 9 am Monday, June 23.  Use Attachment "C" for
  seminar registration.  Additionally, a special session is
  planned for Sunday afternoon.


     SPECIAL ENTERTAINMENT - ATTACHMENT "D":  To assist
  sponsors in planning for the special events, which have been
  planned again this year, it would be most helpful if you would
  fill out and return Attachment "D" no later than June 16,
  1997.  ADMITTANCE TO SPECIAL EVENTS WILL BE BY NAME TAGS ONLY.
    Everyone attending special events must register, pay the $5
  registration fee, and receive a name tag (children under 12,
  no charge).

     Room reservations at The Marriott should be made as early
  as possible.  ROOM RESERVATIONS RECEIVED BY THE HOTEL AFTER 
  JUNE 6, 1997 WILL BE HONORED ON A SPACE AVAILABLE BASIS AND
  POSSIBLY AT A HIGHER RATE. 

     A special invitation is extended to division
  superintendents and other school officials who are involved in
  purchasing  equipment, and anyone interested in learning more
  about changes in federal and state programs affecting pupil
  transportation.  Questions should be directed to Dr. Barbara
  V. Goodman, Associate Director or Vince Nevius, Associate
  Specialist, Pupil Transportation Service, (804) 225-2037.

  RTL/aam 

  Enclosures:  A hard copy of this memo and its enclosures
               will be sent to the superintendent's office.


                                                   Attachment "A"

  Tentative List of Topics -1997 Virginia Pupil Transportation
 Conference

                       SUNDAY, JUNE 22

  Golf Tournament - Hanging Rock Golf Course - 12:00 noon

  Registration - 12:00noon - 5:00p.m.

  "Multicultural/Diversity Workshop" - 1:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.

  Salem Quality Equipment and Blue Bird Body Company will host
  a Cook-out from 4:00p.m. - 6:00p.m.  (NAME TAG REQUIRED)

                       MONDAY, JUNE 23

  Registration and Display/Service 7:00a.m.- 8:45a.m.

  Continental Breakfast sponsored by Navistar International 
      7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.  (NAME TAG REQUIRED)

  Pre-Conference Seminars

          9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon 

     I.   The Hostile School Bus (Sexual Harassment)

     II.  Tire Maintenance


  Break:  10:15 a.m.     -  Cummins Atlantic

  VAPT Road-E-O                    12:00 noon

  Registration and Display/Service      2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  Sonny Merryman and Thomas Built Buses will host a Bar-B-Que
  beginning at 6:00 p.m.  (NAME TAG REQUIRED)


                       TUESDAY, JUNE 24

  Registration and Display/Service      7:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

  "Walk-Around" Continental Breakfast - sponsor to be announced
  7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.  (NAME TAG REQUIRED)

  First General Session            9:00 a.m.

    I.    "Are You Prepared For An NTSB Investigation"

                            (over)

                                               ATTACHMENT "A"
                                               PAGE 2

  Break - Sponsored by Transpec

  11:00 a.m. "Handrail Snagging, It Doesn't Have To Happen"

  12:00 noon - Lunch -   Sponsored by Carpenter Manufacturing
                         and Freightliner 

  Break-out Sessions     1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

  SUPERVISORS

  Topic 1 "Fair Labor Standards - Paying School Bus Drivers"


  Topic 2      "Vision Aerobics" - Improving Visual Skills


  Topic 3 "Tiedowns, Wheelchair Securements and Safe Seating


  MECHANICS (1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.)


  Topic 4 "Trouble Shooting School Bus Body Problems" -
          Transpec Speciality, Blue Bird, Thomas, 
          Carpenter and AmTran 

          .    Crossing Arm  
          .    Stop Sign     
          .    Strobe Light  
          .    Roof Hatches
          .    Handrails
          .    Seatbelts 
          .    Other

  3:30 p.m. Ice Cream Social sponsored by Western Branch Diesel
            and Allison Transmission 

  Conference Banquet     - 7:00 p.m. 

     Host: Roanoke County Schools

     Banquet Speaker: Ann F. Harmon

     Scholarship, Golf and Road-E-O Awards - VAPT

          Special Event

  Entertainment and Refreshments (30 minutes after Banquet)
  sponsored by Kingmor/K & M Supply/Carpenter Body Company 
  (NAME TAG REQUIRED)






                                               ATTACHMENT "A"
                                               PAGE 3


                      WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25


  VAPT Breakfast - Sponsored by Am Tran 



  Supervisors       9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.        

     Round Table Discussion   




  Tentative Topics

     "Establishing Stops"
     "Vehicles Used To Transport Students" 
     "Vehicle Replacement"
     "Transporting Head Start, Special Needs, Infants and Toddlers"
     "Disruptive Behavior"
     Others


  Break - 10:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m.- Sponsored by Salem Quality
  Equipment and Blue Bird Body Company
  10:15 a.m - Noon

  Second General Session:

     Steve Mann, Blue Bird Body Company - "Federal Updates"


     1996 Virginia Legislative Report


     Pupil Transportation Update 

  Adjournment




                                               ATTACHMENT "B"

  Administrative Supts. Memo. No.  15    
  March 28, 1997

               VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
                 PUPIL TRANSPORTATION SERVICE

                       June 22-25, 1997
               Conference Pre-Registration Form

  SCHOOL DIVISION __________________________  DATE _____________

                                        Banquet Reservation
                   Name                          ($20.00 Each)

   Registration Fee- $5.00 Each                   yes       no
   Only those registering at $5.00 receive        
   A name tag (children under 12 free) 
   List All
  _______________________________________         ____      ____

  _______________________________________         ____      ____

  _______________________________________         ____      ____

  _______________________________________         ____      ____

  _______________________________________         ____      ____

  _______________________________________         ____      ____

  _______________________________________         ____      ____
  ADMITTANCE TO SPECIAL EVENTS - NAME BADGE ONLY

  Registration Fee - No. of People ______    Amount    _________

  Banquet Tickets - No. of People  ______    Amount    _________

     Total Amount Submitted ______________   

     Payment for Banquet Tickets ($20.00 each) and
  Registration Fee ($5.00 each) should accompany this form or,
  if paid later, confirmation of banquet reservations must be
  received by Monday, June 16.  The registration fee may be paid
  at the time of arrival.  I am submitting with this form to the
  Pupil Transportation Service a check payable to the Department
  of Education in the amount of $______________.  
  DEPARTMENT POLICY DOES NOT PERMIT REFUNDS.
                         __________________________________
                          Signature-Person Submitting Form
  COMPLETE AND RETURN BY JUNE 16, TO:
  Pupil Transportation Service
  Virginia Department of Education
  P.O. Box 2120
  Richmond, VA  23218-2120


                                               ATTACHMENT "C"

  Administrative Supts. Memo No.  15 
  March 28, 1997


         PUPIL TRANSPORTATION PRE-CONFERENCE SEMINARS
                        JUNE 23, 1997

                COMPLETE AND RETURN BY JUNE 16
  * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 
  I.          "MULTI-CULTURAL/DIVERSITY TRAINING
                    SUNDAY, JUNE 22, 1997
                          1PM - 4PM

          Name                               Position

  ______________________________   __________________________
  ______________________________   ___________________________
  ______________________________   ___________________________
  ______________________________   ___________________________

                COMPLETE AND RETURN BY JUNE 16
  * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 


  II.                    THE HOSTILE SCHOOL BUS            
                    Monday, June 23, 1997
                          9:00 a.m. 
          Name                               Position

  ______________________________   __________________________
  ______________________________   ___________________________
  ______________________________   ___________________________
  ______________________________   ___________________________

                COMPLETE AND RETURN BY JUNE 16
  * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 

  III.                TIRE MAINTENANCE  
                    Monday, June 23, 1997
                          9:00 a.m. 

          Name                               Position

  ______________________________   ___________________________
  ______________________________   ___________________________
  ______________________________   ___________________________
  ______________________________   ___________________________



  PUPIL TRANSPORTATION SERVICE
  VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
  P.O. BOX 2120
  RICHMOND, VA  23218-2120



                                               ATTACHMENT "D"

  Administrative Supts. Memo No.  15 
  March 28, 1997


         PUPIL TRANSPORTATION AND VAPT SPECIAL EVENTS
                       JUNE 22-25, 1997


  SCHOOL DIVISION ____________________________ RETURN BY JUNE 16


  I.  Sunday cook-out sponsored by Salem Quality Equipment and
        Blue Bird Body Company. 
        Number of persons attending ___________________


 II.  Monday Continental Breakfast sponsored by Navistar
        International.
        Number of persons attending ___________________


III.  Monday Bar-B-que sponsored by Sonny Merryman and Thomas
        Built Buses.
        Number of persons attending ___________________


 IV.  Tuesday Continental Breakfast sponsor to be announced

        Number of persons attending ___________________

  V.  Tuesday lunch sponsored by Carpenter Manufacturing and
        Freightliner

        Number of persons attending ___________________

 VI.  Tuesday Ice Cream Social sponsored by Western Branch
        Diesel and Allison Transmission.
        Number of Persons attending ___________________

VII.  Tuesday Entertainment and Refreshments (after banquet)  
        sponsored by Kingmor & K&M Supply.
        Number of Persons attending __________________

VIII.  Wednesday VAPT business meeting and breakfast sponsored
         by Am-Tran Virginia and American Transportation Corporation
         (VAPT MEMBERS AND GUESTS).

         Number of persons attending ___________________

  * ADMISSION TO THESE SPECIAL EVENTS BY NAME TAGS ONLY - IF
    GUESTS ARE ATTENDING, SUBMIT THEIR NAMES ON ATTACHMENT "B" AND
    SUBMIT $5.00 PER GUEST.