On Wednesday, June 15, 2022, South-Western City School District Transportation Supervisor, Tim Cox was named the recipient of the Ohio Association for Pupil Transportation’s (OAPT) Pupil Transportation Supervisor of the Year.
The OAPT is the pupil transportation affiliate of the Ohio Association of School Business Officials, and the premier association for pupil transportation administrators in the State of Ohio. OAPT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has been a driving force in the safety and efficiency of Ohio’s state-wide pupil transportation program since the 1960s.
The William Rice Award of Excellence is given in memory of OAPT Past President William Rice to the Pupil Transportation Supervisor of the Year, as judged by the OAPT Officers. It is the intent of the award to recognize supervisors who exhibit outstanding leadership and professional conduct in the school transportation field, both in the district they represent, as well as in the State of Ohio. The award also recognizes supervisors who have contributed to the advancement of pupil transportation supervision as a profession. An award for supervisor of the year has been given since 1990.
Mr. Cox has been South-Western City School District’s Transportation Supervisor for the past 15 years, directly overseeing the daily operations for the sixth-largest school district in the state of Ohio. This includes managing 275 staff members and a 210 bus fleet that runs 183 routes with 12,000 students daily over 119 square miles. In the 2020-2021 school year alone, this equated to 1,889,366 miles driven.
The recognition comes after an especially challenging last few years where Mr. Cox assisted the district in overcoming obstacles including pandemic-related staffing shortages, budgeting and procuring fuel amidst rising gas prices, addressing staffing shifts and quarantines, and keeping the buses running as close to on time as possible. On top of this excellent work to keep the district’s transportation department running efficiently, Mr. Cox worked to receive a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to phase out older model school buses. The district’s transportation department was awarded $518,811.00 to help with the costs of replacing 23 school buses through the fiscal years 2022-2024.
Help the district congratulate Mr. Cox in person at our annual Kindergarten Kick-off event on Saturday, August 6, 2022, from 9:00 a.m.-noon at Central Crossing High School. (Event details are below. ⬇️)