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The board would like to thank everyone for attending this year’s conference.  From the competitions on Sunday all the way through our awesome keynote speaker on Wednesday, it was evident that the energy meter was definitely pegged in Yakima.  We would also like to give a big shout-out to all of the speakers and vendors that made this conference what it was.

Your board is already hard at work on next year’s conference…it’s a big one…our conference will be turning 40 will be celebrating its 11th anniversary of its 29th year in 2016.  Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

We are also working on making handouts from our keynote speaker and our workshops available online, and will do so once we have everything in place.




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



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.




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.


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