28 Nov

Professional Development Series Draws Record Attendance: Recruiting School Bus Drivers Among Topics Covered by Nationally-Recognized School Transportation Master Instructor

November 28, 2016, Deposit, NY – Leonard Bus Sales announced today that it had record attendance for its four Professional Development Series events held in November.  Twice a year, Leonard Bus Sales holds high-level training and educational sessions for transportation supervisors and head mechanics at each of its four full-service facilities.

“Our professional development programs continue to evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of our school transportation partners,” said Leonard Bus Sales Vice President, Jon Leonard.  “We established the Professional Development Series to make it easier for our customers to manage their fleets and to stay current with today’s complex school buses.”

The highly-regarded Professional Development Series, formerly known as the Transportation Advisory Forum, is a program established by Leonard Bus Sales to bring added value to its school transportation partners at no cost to them.  Today’s technologically-advanced school buses, increased threats to student safety, and budgetary constraints create new fleet planning and management demands on school transportation professionals that require ongoing training and education.  The Leonard Bus Sales Professional Development Series program makes it easy for its customers to gain the additional knowledge and skills needed to meet those demands.

November’s Professional Development Series program included a presentation on recruiting school bus drivers by Master Instructor Betty Hughes from the Pupil Transportation Safety Institute (PTSI) – the nation’s leading school bus safety educational organization.

The Professional Development Series also included in-depth seminars on building the right bus for your district.   Attendees were provided with a bus spec’ing process developed by Leonard Bus Sales that can be used by school transportation professionals to help them meet the needs of their school district.

Electrical diagnostics training was provided by Luis Munoz, a nationally-recognized school transportation training expert and Corporate Service Training Director for Leonard Bus Sales.  Luis worked with Penn State University via the Altoona Bus Research and Testing Center testing alternative fuel buses.  He has over twenty-years of technical training experience and worked as a technician for twenty years as well.

In addition, Leonard Bus Sales expert staff provided an overview of the 2017 greenhouse gas regulations, discussed the new diesel engine oil standards released by the American Petroleum Institute, and provided an update on IC Bus’s propane and gasoline engine options.

Leonard Bus Sales works closely with its school transportation partners to ensure the Professional Development Series program is customized to address the broad range of challenges they face each day.

“We had a tremendous turnout for our Professional Development Series in November,” said Leonard.  “The increased participation of transportation supervisors and head mechanics from our school district partners is a testament to the nationally-recognized experts we bring in, and the high-level training and diverse education programs that we provide.”

The company is already planning next year’s Professional Development Series program.  There will be spring and fall sessions next year as well.

About: Leonard Bus Sales, Inc. is owned and operated by the Leonard family, a recognized leader in the distribution and support of quality, environmentally-friendly school buses.  A third-generation family owned business, Leonard Bus Sales has been providing cost-saving fleet management services and award-winning customer support for over fifty-years.  Leonard Bus Sales is a leading distributor of IC BusTM brand buses in Upstate New York. The company also distributes Type-A school buses from Trans Tech throughout New York. Leonard Bus Sales is headquartered in Deposit, NY and operates four full-service facilities in Bergen, Rome, Saratoga Springs and a Trans Tech Type-A facility in Garden City Park, N.Y.