The Kentucky Association for Pupil Transportation -- KAPT

We provide: Safe, Efficient, and Economic Transportation for all Kentucky Students

Our purpose: Provide Leadership, Assistance, Training, and Mentorship to all Kentucky School Districts

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August 27, 2018

I hope everyone had a tremendous school start up! As school begins, we face many challenges; driver shortages, fluctuating fuel prices and stop arm violations to name only a few. The Kentucky Association for Pupil Transportation (KAPT) wants to ensure that everyone involved in transportation is equipped with the proper tools and the latest updates from the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) to keep our transportation departments running smoothly.

We need your help: We are sending out a survey to all transportation directors during the first week of September to get feedback on how we can best serve you all. Some of the survey questions will ask where you need us to conduct our conferences and what type of information you need to do your jobs.

KAPT in conjunction with KDE will be holding a Fall Leadership Conference in Lexington, KY at the Embassy Suites on September 20th and 21st. We will be providing education for new and experienced directors to help navigate the day to day responsibilities of transporting school children. Please invite your Superintendent, Finance Directors or other personnel that would benefit from this conference. There will be instruction leadership act (EILA) hours for this conference. Please register online to get your seats reserved and your hotel accommodations setup. We look forward to seeing you at the fall conference!

Chip Jenkins KAPT Secretary Director of Transportation for Barren County Schools.

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The Kentucky Association for Pupil Transportation (KAPT) was established in 1978. KAPT membership represents all 120 counties in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The Kentucky Association of Pupil Transportation is an organization that assists the 173 school districts across Kentucky in all areas of transportation. It is our goal to be first and foremost in leading, supporting and developing safe and efficient pupil transportation for our children. The KAPT has a mentoring program for new transportation directors and transportation officials that help them understand all areas of transportation including: transporting students, KDE reports, seek funding reports, our new transportation self-audit and staffing just to name a few. The Kentucky Association of Pupil Transportation holds annual conferences which offers training for all school district employees associated with the transportation department including Superintendent’s, Finance Officers, Directors, Managers, Trainers and Technician’s. We also have vendors on hand to help promote new products and KDE official’s help provide training in the 6 hour annual update for driver trainers, 4 hour update for technicians along with assistance in the yearend report filing.


The following resources are past presentations and submissions from districts throughout the state of Kentucky that can be used for training purposes. The information can be downloaded and used at your descretion.

TSA First Observer Plus School Bus Pre-Trip Training
Seizures and Epilepsy
NHSTA School Bus Driver In-Service Training

Additional Training Resources can be located at KDE Pupil Transportation Training Resources

Stop For School Bus Stop Signs

Agenda for
June 17th-19th, 2019
Sloan Convention Center
Bowling Green, KY
For reservations: call 1-800-HOLIDAY or 270-745-0088 and mention block code PT4.
OR Click this link KY Assc. For Pupil Transportation
Click Here for Agenda

If you have problems or questions feel free to contact me. BUD TARRY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Cell Phone: 270-670-4672
Home Phone: 270-678-1728

PS: Share this with your Superintendent and all other involved with pupil transportation. We had two great seminars last year and many of the sessions we are planning could be of value to Superintendents, Finance Directors and others.


The Southeastern States Pupil Transportation Conference (SESPTC)

is making a one-time $2,500 scholarship available to one student in each of its 14-member southeastern states, including Kentucky. Students eligible for the Buster Bynum Education Scholarship must be a high school senior, have a parent or guardian employed in the public school pupil transportation field for at least the past three years (since January 1, 2014) and be planning to attend a postsecondary educational institution in 2017. Click here for more information!