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Feb. 11-15 is Pupil Transportation Week

BOARD of Education Chairwoman Janice Tenorio on Monday signed a proclamation designating Feb. 11 to 15 as Pupil Transportation Week.

Commissioner on Education Glenn Muna said  the week will celebrate the people who make up the public schools’ transportation system: dispatchers, bus conductors, drivers, bus supervisors, administrative officers and mechanics.

“When you talk about the Pupil Transportation Office, many of our community members only think bus drivers,” he said.

Muna said they want the community to know who else works for  the Pupil Transportation Office.

Acting Associate Education Commissioner for Administrative Services Eric Magofna described the transportation employees as hardworking and dedicated professionals.

“All Public School System employees are hardworking, but it takes a special kind of individual to wake up every morning at 4 a.m. to get the bus ready and to make sure it is safe for our students,” he added.

“Thank you for coming to work every morning with that positive attitude so that when the students come in, you greet them and they see your beautiful faces first thing before they go to school,” he said.

Board of Education and Public School System officials pose with Sen. Vinnie Sablan and PSS staff as they celebrate Pupil Transportation Week at the Public Transportation Office in Lower Base on Monday morning.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio Board of Education and Public School System officials pose with Sen. Vinnie Sablan and PSS staff as they celebrate Pupil Transportation Week at the Public Transportation Office in Lower Base on Monday morning. Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

Tenorio thanked the Pupil Transportation Office employees for ensuring the students’ safety.

Sen. Vinnie Sablan, who witnessed the proclamation signing ceremony at the Pupil Transportation Office in Lower Base, also expressed his appreciation to its staff.

He recounted his conversation with Shawn San Nicolas, Pupil Transportation Office director, who requested for the installation of cameras in the buses.

“They asked about cameras in the buses so we can see which vehicles do not follow the stop sign and whatnot. I want to be one of your conduits in the Legislature. If there is any legislation and support that you need, my door is open and I am here to serve all of you, especially our children,” Sablan said.

In his remarks, San Nicolas emphasized the important role that the transportation office plays in PSS. “You should be proud of the work you do because without you coming to pick up the students daily, they will not get their education which they need to succeed.”

Tenorio said the transportation office staff are a vital part of PSS as they serve thousands of students each day to and from school.

The office staff, she added, undergo annual training sessions to ensure that they provide the highest standard of care for the students they transport.