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County Transportation Directors On Board For School Transportation Conference

July 12, 2005

Charleston, W.Va. - School Transportation directors from across West Virginia are getting in gear for the 63rd Annual State School Transportation Conference to be held July 24-27 in Morgantown. The conference is designed to provide information and training to school transportation administrators and maintenance personnel throughout the state.  

“This conference emphasizes school bus safety and provides maintenance employees with the latest information on servicing and repairing school buses,” said Ben Shew, Executive Director for the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of School Transportation.  

“Administrators will receive information pertaining to special needs transportation, alternative fuels, accident investigation and other issues facing school systems today.”  

West Virginia school buses travel more than 41 million miles each year, transporting more than 228,000 students each day. “According to the National Safety Council, school bus transportation is the safest form of transportation in the world,” Shew explained.  

“This conference helps us to ensure that West Virginia’s students are transported safely each day.”  

More than 30 vendors from across America will be displaying the latest equipment and vehicle components. At least 300 people are expected to attend the conference this year.  

For more information, contact Shew at (304) 558-2711.

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