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					Transportation Topics

     Presented to FAPT Midyear
  Transportation Directors Meeting
          February 9, 2006
Here we go…(in no particular order)
   Legislation, 2005 and 2006
   Security Issues
   Head Start Regs
   Summer VPK
   Federal Physical Standards
   Ag Trucks

                   FAPT Mid-year Transportation
February 9, 2006        Directors Meeting
Here we go…(in no particular order)
   FAPT-recommended State Board Rules
   SESPTC and Scholarship Opportunity
   S-endorsement and DHSMV Records
   STMS Customer Survey
   School Bus Bid Renewal and New Bid
   OTETA Bid Reprocurement

                   FAPT Mid-year Transportation
February 9, 2006        Directors Meeting
Here we go…(in no particular order)
   Review of Crashes and Reporting
   Videos and Confidentiality
   Misc. Surveys and Results
   Reporting of Student Data for Funding
   Funding and Growth Trends
   Monitoring Process (incl. ESE)

                   FAPT Mid-year Transportation
February 9, 2006        Directors Meeting
Here we go…(in no particular order)
   New Director Orientation
   School Bus Quality and Delivery
   Vendor Qualifications Process
   Charter Schools and Funding Issues
   Use of Buses in Emergencies
   O2, CSRSs, and Kelsey Ryan Act

                   FAPT Mid-year Transportation
February 9, 2006        Directors Meeting
Here we go…(in no particular order)
   Bus Inventory and HazWalk Databases
   Bus Specs Updates
   Hybrids, ULSD, Bio-diesel
   Midyear Part and Service Wrap-up
   Online Testing of Bus Inspectors
   Technician Training
   Driver Recruitment
                   FAPT Mid-year Transportation
February 9, 2006        Directors Meeting
Here we go…(in no particular order)
   NCST Wrap-up
   Sexual Offenders and Predators




                   FAPT Mid-year Transportation
February 9, 2006        Directors Meeting
Legislation 2005
   Only two significant bills:
        Implementing legislation for S-
         endorsement
        Appropriations: $451,431,961
   Significant FAPT input into two failed
    bills to remove lap belts requirement
   FAPT Position on safety restraints

                     FAPT Mid-year Transportation
February 9, 2006          Directors Meeting
Legislation 2006
   99 and 622- Diana Kautz Safety
    Sponsors Act
   91- Proximity of sexual offenders to bus
    stops
   Appropriations from EOG: $459,627,701
   359 and 1050- Driver cost-of-living
    increase
                   FAPT Mid-year Transportation
February 9, 2006        Directors Meeting
Security Issues
   School Bus Watch program introduced
    in Osceola County
   TSA has developed materials for use in
    school districts
   TSA developing on-site security
    assessment program
   National associations promoting training
    and funding
                   FAPT Mid-year Transportation
February 9, 2006        Directors Meeting
Head Start Regs
   Deadline for requirement to transport in
    school buses or AAVs extended to
    6/30/06
   Waivers may be granted from CSRSs
    and required attendants if “significant
    disruption (in program) and in best
    interests of children involved.”

                   FAPT Mid-year Transportation
February 9, 2006        Directors Meeting
Summer VPK
   Nearly all districts will offer the 300
    hour summer Voluntary Pre-K program
   Per student funding of $2,500 X DCD
   Too early to accurately predict #s
   Very few districts will offer
    transportation
   FDOE planning tool available
                   FAPT Mid-year Transportation
February 9, 2006        Directors Meeting
Federal Physical Standards
   Implemented in Florida by s.1012.45
   Recent changes by FMCSA lower blood
    pressure thresholds
   SAFETEA-LU requires expanded
    exemption program for diabetes
   Our own Miss Kay to provide details…

                   FAPT Mid-year Transportation
February 9, 2006        Directors Meeting
Use of Ag Trucks
   Next segment of program…




                   FAPT Mid-year Transportation
February 9, 2006        Directors Meeting
FAPT-recommended SBER
   Reviewed by FDOE management
   Returned for revisions to 6A-3.0121 on
    parental responsibilities
   More to come in next segment of
    program and in possible FAPT business
    vote tomorrow…


                   FAPT Mid-year Transportation
February 9, 2006        Directors Meeting
SESPTC Scholarship
Opportunity
   SE States Conference offering $1,000
    scholarship to each state
   To support 2006-07 higher ed expenses
   Max. income limit of $60K
   Parent or guardian employed in public
    school transportation for five years
   FAPT will discuss FL implementation
                   FAPT Mid-year Transportation
February 9, 2006        Directors Meeting
S-endorsement and Driver
Records
   How are we doing on S-endorsement
    compliance?
   Discussion of topics from floor…




                   FAPT Mid-year Transportation
February 9, 2006        Directors Meeting
STMS Customer Survey
   58 responses to date (of 400)
   21 of these from trans. directors
   High interest in state bids for video
    systems, parts, tires, fuel
   Service delivery: strong on phone,
    email, conferences; weak on web apps,
    onsite visits, individual in-service
                   FAPT Mid-year Transportation
February 9, 2006        Directors Meeting
School Bus Bids
   Renewal complete with Thomas;
    solicitation from BB, IC reissued
   New bid (normal timelines) in progress
   Renewal is current pricing
   New bid will be for post-emissions
    buses with upgraded specs; most
    estimates are min. $5K increase
                   FAPT Mid-year Transportation
February 9, 2006        Directors Meeting
OTETA Reprocurement
   Current contract with FirstLab expires
    Sept. 30, 2006
   Dept. will not simply renew or extend
    current contract
   Small team of FAPT advisors helping us
    explore options
   Ronnie, take it from here, please…
                   FAPT Mid-year Transportation
February 9, 2006        Directors Meeting
Crashes and Safety
   2005-06 to date: 11 fatalities in “other
    vehicle”; one pedestrian
   Includes 7 children in tragic Union County
    truck-car crash
   2004-05: 1 fatality on-board bus; 2 in other
    vehicle; 1 pedestrian hit by other vehicle; 2
    peds by bus in load. zone; 1 ped by bus not
    in load. zone; others not classified as school
    bus related
                   FAPT Mid-year Transportation
February 9, 2006        Directors Meeting
Crashes and Safety
   Nationally, 20 deaths in loading zone in
    2004-05, incl. 14 by own bus.
   FDOE implementing greater
    accountability measures for crash
    reporting
   School buses remain far safer than
    other modes

                   FAPT Mid-year Transportation
February 9, 2006        Directors Meeting
Videos and Confidentiality
   FL law classifies videos on bus as student
    records
   May be shown if personally identifiable
    information is redacted
   FL Supreme Court refused appeal of ruling
    that districts do not have to release
   Most videos in media come from law
    enforcement sources; districts advised to
    notify agencies of student records law
                   FAPT Mid-year Transportation
February 9, 2006        Directors Meeting
Surveys, surveys, surveys!
   Floor discussion of various survey
    results from “surveyors”
   FDOE surveys index (handout) to be
    updated periodically




                   FAPT Mid-year Transportation
February 9, 2006        Directors Meeting
Funding Reporting
   Stay tuned for Friday workshop from
    EIAS and OFFR…




                   FAPT Mid-year Transportation
February 9, 2006        Directors Meeting
Funding and Cost Trends
   Between 1995 and 2004:
        State funding $$$ increased 21%
        Trans. cost increased 50%
        % reimbursement decreased from 66% to
         53% (steady decline)
        # of eligible transported students
         increased 13%
        # of miles traveled increased 20%
                   FAPT Mid-year Transportation
February 9, 2006        Directors Meeting
Monitoring and Charter
Schools
   Stay tuned for this afternoon’s session…




                   FAPT Mid-year Transportation
February 9, 2006        Directors Meeting
          14th NCST
   Thanks to Karen Strickland, Mike
    Connors, Jerry Klein, Linda Fultz, Bill
    Schroyer (your esteemed FL delegation)
   Thanks to Chuck Stevenson, Jean
    Zimmerman, Mike Connors for service
    on writing committees
   2005 NSTSP now in print; soon on web

                   FAPT Mid-year Transportation
February 9, 2006        Directors Meeting
                   FAPT Mid-year Transportation
February 9, 2006        Directors Meeting
Other topics?
   Discussion throughout meeting today
    and tomorrow as time allows…




                   FAPT Mid-year Transportation
February 9, 2006        Directors Meeting

				
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