Dear Colleagues,

In just a few days, pupil transportation professionals from across the Commonwealth will converge on Roanoke, Virginia, for the 41st Annual Virginia Association for Pupil Transportation Professional Development Conference. This event is held in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Education.

This year’s conference will see programing changes which I feel will add to the experience of all who attend. No matter what position you fill in ensuring safe pupil transportation here in Virginia, there will be something there for you. This year, we are proud to offer a New Directors’ Conference Orientation on Sunday night between 8-9 p.m. at the Sheraton.

As our conference has grown, we have added a new venue for several events. The annual Virginia School Bus Road-E-O will be held at the Berglund Center on Monday, June 18th. The venue is located less than 10 minutes from the conference hotel.

Our annual trade show will be held Tuesday, June 19th. In the past, during our conference in Roanoke, vendors have been spread out between the Sheraton Hotel main ballroom, side meeting rooms, the foyer, and parking lot. This year I am pleased to announce our Trade Show will be under one roof, in the climate controlled environment of the Berglund Center. All vendors and bus displays will be at this facility.

The afternoon of the 19th, please join us for a School Bus Security, and Training program facilitated by the United States Transportation Security Administration in conjunction with the Virginia Fusion Center, and Virginia State Police. This session will include numerous speakers and a hands-on portion of the program. We are proud to offer a wide variety of events including the Technicians sessions, Virginia’s Best Technician competition, sessions covering Child Securement Vests, Autism, and DOT/OSHA/VOSHA/Drug & Alcohol updates.

New this year, we will have a session with Round Table Discussions on topics of Retention, New Software, and much more. We are offering 2 NAPT Professional Development Courses, Course 608–Developing a Safety Program, Course 704–Strategic Planning for Transportation Departments, and a Reasonable Suspicion Certification class. Both NAPT courses as well as the Reasonable Suspicion Certification class are included in your normal registration fees for the conference.

It is our hope that this year’s conference will be beneficial for all those involved in pupil transportation, from the seasoned director, and skilled technician, to those new to the pupil transportation profession.

I look forward to seeing each of you in Roanoke for this year’s event.

James Lash
VAPT President