Derrick Agate Sr., Hopkins Schools
Kelly Wosika, Minnesota Department of Education (MDE)
Keith Paulson, Anoka Hennepin Schools
Fran Wilke, Minnetonka Schools
Shelly Jonas, Minnesota School Bus Operator Association
Jan Vanderwall, Roseville Area Schools
David Peterson, St. Paul Schools
Brad Lundell, Minnesota Association of Pupil Transportation (MAPT) Lobbyist
B.J. Ison, St. Paul Schools
Troy Schreifels, Osseo Schools
Summary: The summary of the June Transportation Issues meeting was approved.
Special Education Transportation Committee: Peggy Burns, Education Compliance Group Inc. was available via Skype at the meeting held in Bloomington, Minnesota last month. She gave recommendations on what needs to be considered in special education transportation situations. There was a discussion about having the district’s best drivers as the special education drivers and the issues surrounding that practice. There was also a discussion about when a student is not ready to ride a bus because of their emotional or physical state and the stipulations around it.
Minnesota Department of Education: There was a discussion about the Fostering Connections group that meets to discuss issues when a student is placed in a long-term foster care. The group meets once a month to discuss legislative proposals, improved reporting and possible transportation aid among other things.
Kelly presented a document entitled Summary of Student Transportation Reporting that summarizes Minnesota Statutes, section 123B.92, Subdivision 5 that defines how districts report transportation expenditures. There were some legislative changes to the law during the 2013 legislative session. Kelly Wosika will send out a draft version of the Financial Accounting for Student Transportation Services manual for comments.
There was a discussion about Minnesota Statutes, 120A.22, Subdivision 12 regarding all-day and half-day kindergarten and the responsibilities surrounding transportation.
There was a discussion about district-owned bus inventories and the process on how they are used in state aid calculations.
Office of Student Transportation Safety: Lieutenant Brian Reu was not in attendance.
Legislation: Brad Lundell said that the 2014 legislative session is deemed the “Unsession”. The basis of the session will be to make government better, faster, simpler and more efficient for people. Most likely, controversial subjects will not be part of the session.
There was a discussion about the sleep apnea testing that is being recommended by certified medical examiners. This recommendation is stemmed from the truck driver industry that is not comparable with the school bus industry. There was a discussion on whether or not school bus drivers should be held under different standards.
There may be legislation about transportation to vocational training for in-district and out-of-district options and levy possibilities.
David Peterson presented MAPT’s legislative statement. The statement included topics on school buses are the safest mode of student transportation, Minnesota School Bus Safety Week, seat belts on school buses, shared and cooperative services and school bus replacements and transportation technology.
There was a discussion about eliminating the excess transportation category.
Adjourn: 11:30 a.m.
Next Meeting: February 26, 2014, MDE Conference Center A, Room 3 and 4, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.