180 — Transportation Pre-Conference

Tuesday, April 26, 2022
8:30 am – 4:30 pm

8:30 – 9:30 am

180a – The Future of Pupil Transportation

The pandemic has changed many aspects of public education. This is also true for pupil transportation operations. Will fewer students ride buses? Will buses fit as many students as possible? Will it be more of an on-demand service? Learn what might change and what might stay the same and how will it all effect the structure of a pupil transportation operation.

Presenter(s): Tim Ammon, Center for Effective School Operations (CESO)


9:30 – 10:15 am

180b – Supporting Specially Designed Transportation Plans

Learn how a transportation director and student services director work together to design an effective plan for transporting special needs students. Learn the key components of their communication strategies to ensure both departments understand the goal and the path to achieving that goal. Discover how each department benefits from the coordinated effort.

Presenter(s): Shailee Patel and Cynthia Valentine, Novi Community Schools


10:15 – 10:30 am



10:30 – 11:00 am

180c – New Transportation Laws Impact

Better understand the impact of recent laws passed to outlaw unauthorized persons on the bus and allowing stop arm camera recordings to prosecute those illegally passing a school bus. Hear from one of the individuals responsible for getting this legislation passed and how it has been working across the state.

Presenter(s): Katrina Morris, West Shore ESD


11:00 – 11:45 am

180d – Athletics and Transportation

Transporting athletes to sporting events can tax the transportation system. It is already challenging just getting students home from school each day.  Learn ways to approach these challenges in a collaborative way.

Presenter(s): Mark Uyl, Michigan High School Athletic Association


11:45 am – 12:00 pm

Break/Passing Time


12:00 – 1:00 pm



1:00 – 1:15 pm

Break/Passing Time


1:15 – 2:15 pm

180e – Successful Drug Testing Programs and Compliance with The Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse

Learn how to ensure you are following proper protocols when testing drivers for drug and/or alcohol abuse. Learn about the recent implementation of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse that took effect this year. It’s important that you and your drivers understand the importance of complying with this new program and how it functions, and when queries and reporting violations are required. This knowledge will help you ensure that your testing provider is reporting specific violations on your behalf and operating within the Clearinghouse parameters.

Presenter(s): Mary Brown-Ybos, Integrity Testing & Safety Administrators, Inc.


2:15 – 2:30 pm



2:30 – 3:30 pm

180f – School Bus Construction

School buses are the safest mode of travel for students going to and from school. Understanding what goes into the construction of a bus can help you explain to others why buses are so safe and what influences the cost of a bus. Learn how school bus design has evolved over the years and what may be changing in the near future.

Presenter(s): Libby Kimmel, Blue Bird Corporation


3:30 – 4:30 pm

180g – Transportation Legal Update

Pupil transportation addresses a variety of issues when it comes to transporting children. Challenges include delivering students to different houses based on which parent is caring for the child that day — to obligations for homeless students, students with disabilities, and Schools of Choice. There are also privacy issues to consider with cameras installed on buses. Learn what the laws require.

Presenter(s): Vickie L. Coe and Katie Ilijic, Clark Hill PLC

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