George Sontag, Jr. Award - School Bus Driver of the Year
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS MARCH 1, 2019

The George Sontag, Jr. Award for the School Bus Driver of the Year is given in honor of the OAPT Charter Member George Sontag, Jr. to the School Bus Driver of Year as judged by the OAPT Officers. It is the intent of this award to recognize school bus drivers who exhibit outstanding leadership and professional conduct in the school transportation field, both in the district the represent as well as in the State of Ohio. The award also recognizes school bus drivers who have contributed to the advancement of pupil transportation as a profession.

Criteria - To be eligible, the following criteria must be met:

* Nominee must be employed as a substitute or full-time school bus driver for a period of five (5) years preceding the date of the application.
* Nominee must have no at-fault accidents in any vehicle for a period of two (2) years preceding the date of the application. This involves any accident in which the driver is considered to be at fault regardless of whether a citation is issued or not.
* Nominee must have no moving violations in any vehicle for a period of two (2) years preceding the date of the application.
* Nominee must have an outstanding record of attendance for a period of two (2) years preceding the date of the application.
* Nominee must demonstrate the ability to maintain good student conduct and discipline.
* Nominee must demonstrate a thorough knowledge of equipment, safety laws, and local policy.
* Nominee must show participation in continuing education through professional development opportunities.
* Nominee's participation as a K-3 safety trainer is preferred.
* Nominee's participation in Advanced Driver Training is preferred.
* Nominee's involvement in Regional Road-E-O is preferred.
* Nominee's involvement in Community or Civic activities or organizations is preferred.

Nominators - The following individuals may make nominations:

* Superintendents, Assistant Superintendent, or Business Manager.
* Transportation Supervisor
* An ODE Pre-Service Instructor
* ODE Staff

Letters of recommendation are not needed from everyone listed above, but will be accepted. A complete resume and background for the nominee is required. File submission is at the bottom of this nomination form.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS MARCH 1, 2019

Email address *
First and last name of nominee *
School District *
OAPT Region *
County *
Number of years as a school bus driver in current district: *
Total years as school bus driver: *
Total years in transportation as a whole (driver, mechanic, etc.): *
Nominee has no at fault accidents in any vehicle for a period of two (2) years preceding the date of the application. *
Nominee has no moving violations in any vehicle for a period of two (2) years preceding the date of the application. *
Days missed from work for a period of two (2) years preceding the date of the application. *
Nominee demonstrates the ability to maintain good student conduct and discipline. *
Nominee demonstrates a thorough knowledge of equipment, safety laws, and local policy. *
Nominee participates in continuing education through professional development. *
Nominee has participated as a K-3 safety trainer. *
How many years has the nominee participated as a K-3 safety trainer? *
Nominee has participated in Advanced Driver Training. *
How many years has the nominee participated in Advanced Driver Training? *
Nominee has participated in Regional Road-E-O. *
How many years has the nominee participated in Regional Road-O? *
Community or Civic Organizations *
In 250 words or less, please explain why this person should be awarded the George Sontag, Jr. Award for School Bus Driver of the Year. Please include any information that will help the Officers make their decisions. In order to maintain this award as on that others can aspire towards, the nominee's supervisor must be a member of the Ohio Association for Pupil Transportation. *
Nominators first and last name *
Title/Position *
School District *
Phone number *
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