COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 42

February 16, 2007

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Special Education Transportation Symposium

May 6-7, 2007

 

The Virginia Association for Pupil Transportation (VAPT), with the support of the Department of Education, is pleased to announce the annual symposium on special education transportation, May 6-7, 2007, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Charlottesville.

The transportation of infants, toddlers, and students with special needs is a major component of public school transportation programs. Many students with special needs are transported on specially equipped school buses to and from schools in the Commonwealth. In addition, a number of children under the age of five are transported to programs offered by school divisions. This symposium will address the issues that school divisions face in transporting the special needs population.

 

More specific information about this symposium will be sent to the director of transportation in your school division. A Road-E-O for drivers of specially equipped school buses will be held on Sunday, May 6. The symposium will conclude by 1 p.m. on Monday afternoon.

 

School divisions will be required to cover the lodging costs and there will be a $50 registration fee for each participant. Dinner on Sunday night and breakfast on Monday morning will be provided by VAPT.

 

School division personnel that should consider attending the symposium include a special education administrator, a transportation administrator, a technician/mechanic, school bus driver trainer, and a school principal in charge of discipline.

 

If you have any questions concerning this symposium, please contact June Eanes, director of support services and President of VAPT, at (804) 225-2037 or David Pace, transportation director for Virginia Beach and Vice-President of VAPT, at (757)263-1576.

 

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