|Southern California Student Transporter Wins Free Trip to STN EXPO Conference and Trade Show|
|Written by Ryan Gray|
|Thursday, 05 July 2012 11:06|
Rick Lewis, the director of transportation at Anaheim (Calif.) City School District, was randomly selected as the recipient of an all-expenses-paid trip to this month's 19th Annual STN EXPO in Reno, Nev.
Lewis was one of 401 total online game participants this spring who answered questions posed each week day on current events in student transportation plus the history of the STN EXPO and School Transportation News magazine. There were a total of 2,630 answers over the span of the game from April 2 through June 29 that went into the random drawing. Lewis logged 20 correct answers.
Lewis got his start in the student transportation industry in 1968 as a school bus driver after graduating from high school. He began working with Taylor Bus Service, which is no longer in business, to help pay his way through California State University at Fullerton. After college, he continued at Taylor Bus as a driver trainer and then as charter trip manager. In 1976, he joined the Anaheim Union High School District as a transportation director.
He moved on to the Fullerton School District's transportation department and then to Moreno Valley Unified School District, where he retired in 2008. Between Moreno Valley and Anaheim City School District, Lewis was a sales representative for school bus routing software supplier TransTraks. It was at this time he made his only previous appearance at the STN EXPO for the company on the trade show floor. He said he is especially looking forward to networking opportunities at this year's conference, which runs July 21-25, and the special needs educational track.
Anaheim City School District each day transports about 5,000 students ages preschool through sixth grade, about 600 of which have specials needs, from severe physical to cognitive and behavioral disabilities. Lewis said the district also transports special needs students to related services and to and from neighboring school districts to save on transportation costs.
In addition to round-trip airfare to Reno, Nev., Lewis receives complimentary hotel nights, conference registration and $100 in spending cash.
Kathy Potts, the transportation coordinator for the South Central Community Action Program Head Start in Monroe, Ind., won the inaugural Play2Win contest in 2010 and Linda Slemp of Rolofson Bus Service in Argenta, Ill., which provides transportation for the Argenta-Oreana Community Unit School District No. 1. Slemp is also the executive secretary of the Illinois School Transportation Association won last year.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 05 July 2012 13:56|