LAPS Transportation Department honored during Bus Safety Week

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By The Staff

School principals and others throughout the district hosted an appreciation breakfast Wednesday for Transportation Department personnel.

“Our transportation personnel do an exceptional job of keeping students safe and the department running smooth,” said Facilities Coordinator Tom Littleton, who oversees the department. “Geoff Rodgers left and Keith Rosenbaum has been a great addition to the staff as transportation director. It’s been a smooth transition.”

Littleton also praised the dedication and excellence exhibited by the bus drivers, maintenance personnel and longtime employee, Audrey Washburn, who handles the complicated and often highly stressful dispatch center.

“Audrey is one of our key personnel in seeing that things are running smoothly,” Littleton said. “She is worth her weight in gold.”

Littleton explained that the department has two major challenges, a shortage of bus drivers and the high cost of fuel.

The driver shortage issue is aggravated by competition from Los Alamos County’s bus system as well as area employers such as the casinos, he said. The driver shortage could be helped immensely by stay-at-home-moms who have a couple of hours free, he said, but most are afraid they can’t drive the large buses.

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