Transportation Issues Study Committee

Transportation Issues Study Committee

May 28, 2014

Present:

Derick Agate Sr., Hopkins Public Schools

John Thomas, Eastern Carver County Schools

Kelly Wosika, Minnesota Department of Education (MDE)

Keith Paulson, Anoka Hennepin Schools

Shelly Jonas, Minnesota School Bus Operator Association (MSBOA)

Linda Andert, Columbia Heights Schools

Thomas Berlin, Hopkins Public Schools

Fran Wilke, Minnetonka Public Schools

Terry Dykstra, First Student, Anoka

Doug Yager, Hoglund Bus Companies

Dale Mahnke, Hoglund Bus Companies

Kevin Lundy, Minneapolis Public Schools

Rob Anderson, Minneapolis Public Schools

Chris Winz, North Central Bus Sales

Tom Oestreich, Bloomington Public Schools

Jim Stout, Mansfield Oil Company

Tony Yocum, Mansfield Oil Company

Tom Burr, St. Paul Schools

Troy Schreifels, Osseo Schools

Brad Lundell, Minnesota Association of Pupil Transportation (MAPT) lobbyist

Summary: The summary of the April Transportation Issues meeting was approved.

The majority of the meeting was a presentation by Tony Yocum on biodiesel and B10 in school buses. He provided information on the Minnesota mandated biodiesel content schedule for 2014. Tony mentioned that biodiesel in #1 is waived for the years 2014 through 2020.

The presentation was well received and there was much discussion during it.

The meeting was videotaped and available to be seen live on Youtube and Google Hangouts. You may search for the Youtube video by using the title “MN Issues Committee Fuel Discussion”.

School Bus Safety Committee: Next month’s School Bus Safety Committee meeting will be held at South Washington School District on June 18, 2014. There will be recognition of Emily White and LeAnn Livingston for their years of service as they are retiring. There was a good discussion on the driver shortage and what should be done about it at last month’s meeting. It was decided that a subcommittee should be formed to look into this further.

Special Education Transportation Committee: Last month’s meeting was the last meeting for the school year. The meetings will resume in the fall. There was a presentation about special education by Nancy Anderson, Assistant Director of Special Education and Julie Domino, Early Childhood Supervisor from the Brainerd Paul Bunyan Education Cooperative. The bus driver who had a fire on his bus also spoke to the group.

Minnesota Department of Education: Kelly Wosika mentioned that a number of new charter schools will be opening this fall.

The annual report for transportation reporting for the 2013-14 school year will be available soon.

Office of Student Transportation Safety: Lieutenant Brian Reu was not present.

Legislation: Brad Lundell gave a summary of what happed during the legislative session. He stated that it was a year for things that didn’t happen. Some of the legislative initiatives introduced that involve student transportation did not pass for example, the sleeping child bill and the Service Employees International Union, SEIU bill did not pass, There is a Fostering Connections bill that passed that allows children placed in long term foster care to continue to be enrolled in their school of origin. Open enrollment transportation provisions would apply in this situation.

There was a question about the data privacy bill and what are the changes. Brad will look into it and get back to the group.

There were some changes to the reasonable force for restraint for special education students. Bus drivers and aids will need to be compliant with this law.

Miscellaneous: There was a discussion about ways districts can pull their resources together to do more sharing of transportation especially for low-incident trips like homelessness, foster care and special education transportation.

Adjourn: 11:05 a.m.

Next Meeting: June 25, 2014, MDE Conference Center A, Room 3 and 4, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.