Welcome to the WAPT website!
It is with a heavy heart that we report that Ron Lee, Transportation Director for North Kitsap School District and WAPT Past-President passed away on April 16th after battling with an extended illness. Ron was a true leader in our industry, and his presence will surely be missed.
A celebration of his life will be held May 2nd, 2015, 3:00 PM at the House of Awakened Culture, 7235 Northeast Parkway, Suquamish, WA 98392. The family requests everyone bring a dish to share and a personal story remembering Ron.
WESTSIDE TECH COMPETITION NEWS
Due to a lack of competitors, the Westside Technical Skills Competition has been cancelled. Per Mike Stone, event organizer, the event was cancelled due to low registration numbers. Contestants who have already registered for the competition will receive a written test to complete. Please encourage your technicians to register for next year’s competition; competing is one of the best way to test their own skills.
PUT ON YOUR BOOTS
We have the answer to the question everyone is asking: What is the theme for this year’s Tuesday dance night? The board is pleased to announce that this year’s theme is “Cowboy Up!” We knew that Don Carnahan was happiest wearing his cowboy boots and his leathers, and as a tribute to his memory, we will be turning Johnny’s into one of those famous Texas roadhouses. So, break out your boots, mosey on down to Johnny’s, and enjoy a night of company and revelry as we get ready to end another fantastic conference.
CONFERENCE MATRIX FINALIZED
The board is pleased to announce that we have finalized the matrix for this year’s conference. A link to this year’s offerings can be accessed here.
WAPT To Host Professional Development Course
Instructor: Mr. Gordon Linse
Your board is pleased to announce that we will be offering a pre-conference professional development course on leadership. A link to course details and registration can be found here, and registration is strictly limited to the first 25 transportation leaders. The cost for this course will be $200.00 (this is in addition to the conference registration fee) and will include 9 hours of instruction over 2 days, 3 books, and a certificate for those who successfully complete the training.
The Bus Is Filling Up Quickly!
Due to popular demand, WAPT sets up 3rd hotel room block
Rooms are filling up very quickly for the conference. In order to help out conference attendees, your association has set up a block of rooms at a third Yakima hotel, the Holiday Inn Express – Yakima. This hotel, conveniently located behind the Howard Johnson Motel, also offers breakfast as part of the hotel rate. Make sure to mention the WAPT conference to get special room pricing. A link and phone number to the hotel has been placed on the conference page.
Pinewood Bus Derby News
Pinewood Bus Derby registration is now open…it’s game time!
For those looking for more ways to compete at the state conference, registration is now open for the 2nd annual Pinewood Bus Derby. This event will be held on Sunday, June 21, 2015, in the Yakima Convention Center.
This competition gives districts another place to show off not only mechanical abilities, but also a place to show off some incredible design skills. Cash prizes are available for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place buses, as well as a cash prize for the best overall bus.
Make sure you get your registration forms in; we’re looking forward to another great competition this year. Links to the Registration Form and Rules are located on the State Conference page.
Good luck to all those entering buses in the upcoming competition!
Letters…we have a place for letters!
WAPT has a new address for mail. Please change your address books to show:
Washington Association for Pupil Transportation
P.O. Box 482
Yakima, WA 98907
2015 Energetic Conference Theme
Your state board is pleased to announce the theme of the 2015 WAPT State Conference. This year’s theme is “THE ENERGY BUS” Bring your most positive self and avoid being on the negative side of life…Our speakers are guaranteed to be electrifying, and your batteries will be recharged from all of the current information being handed out.
WAPT State Conference information
Conference information is now live. Please either navigate your way to the conference web page under the “Resources” tab at the top of the page, or, click here to go directly to the page.