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Are you looking for a way to help with driver recruitment?  Have you exhausted your normal outreach methods?  Would you like a new way to reach out to your community?  If this is the case, then your state organization has some help.  Thanks to the hard work from the Snoqualmie Valley School District,  we have a video (available via this link) you can use as a template to help with your recruiting drives.

Once you put in your district’s information, this video can be used in places like local theaters or through your area’s local access TV stations and cable companies.  The more visibility your district has in the community, your potential pool of drivers can be that much bigger.



Thank you all for attending this year’s conference.  We hope everyone had a great time, learned new skills, and renewed acquaintances with the transportation family across the state.  We are thankful for all of the folks in Yakima for being wonderful hosts, and your board is already hard at work making sure that next year’s return to Pasco is as successful as it can be.

At one of our general sessions, we were treated to another fantastic video done by the Selah Transportation Department.  This one, titled “Stop In The Name Of The Law,” reminds drivers to make sure you stop when that paddle is out.  The link can be found here. Enjoy!




The 2016 State Conference and Trade Show is just around the corner.  Your WAPT State Board wishes you safe travels in your journey to Yakima.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone at our events starting on Sunday, and good luck to all those competing in the State Roadeo, State Technician’s Competition, Pinewood School Bus Derby, and the Golf Classic.




We have received the call for more judges at this year’s State Roadeo.  The Roadeo committee is looking for judges at both the Regular Bus roadeo (at least 5 more more) and the Special Needs roadeo (at least a few more.)  Please contact Brenda Millet – Regular Bus ( or or Tammy Sutton – Special Needs Bus to see what opportunities are available.




From the “In Case You Missed It” files, registration is open for the WAPT Leadership Institute, to be held at our state conference.  Don’t forget to click here to get to the registration/course information page.













This year we celebrate our 40th anniversary in Pupil Transportation.  Our state leads the way in the entire nation when it comes to safety and setting standards for others to emulate.  I’m especially proud to represent you and your district at various national conferences.  To celebrate our 40th we have designed at special limited edition School bus dog tag and coin for this year conference.   For those attending the conference you will receive the Dog Tag coin as part of your goodie bag!  For those not attending but wishing to get a limited edition coin at $5.00 per coin plus $3.00 for shipping fee.  Please contact me by e-mail and send payment to WAPT Box 482, Yakima, WA 98907 Attn: Barbara Walcott-Treasurer.  Coins will be mailed out early April 2016.
All proceeds will go to help support our scholarship fund.  Please support this worthwhile effort.
Hope to see you all their at the conference this year!  It’s going to be “The Greatest Show on Wheels!”
Francis Bagarella





WAPT is pleased to announce that Jesus Villahermosa, Jr., from Crisis Reality Training will be our keynote speaker at the 40th Annual WAPT State Conference, to be held in Yakima, WA, June 26th through June 29th.  Mr. Villahermosa is a dynamic and informative speaker, and he is known throughout our industry for his fantastic speeches and breakout sessions.  He will also be conducting workshops during the conference.



Last year’s conference handouts are still available.  Please click here to view that conference matrix.  Clickable links to handouts are underlined on the matrix.  If there is no underline, then the workshop notes have not yet been provided by the presenters.  The matrix will be updated if more handouts become available.

Warning:  the “Restorative Justice” presentation is quite large due to the attached video.  Due to its size, it has been hosted at a different location.  Follow the on-screen directions to download it to your computer.

In addition, our keynote speaker, Garrison Winn, was kind enough to provide notes from his speech at our closing general session.  The link to his notes are located at the bottom of the page.




The board has put together a conference agenda to help with planning your visit.  Please click here for the latest version of the agenda.


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

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.


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