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District mechanics recognized for LBS South training accomplishments at Board meeting



Assistant Transportation Coordinator Bobby Wells announced the training accomplishments of the Wakulla County School District diesel and auto mechanics at the December School Board meeting. Ron Black, Dennis Whiddon, Oscar Nichols and Brian Taylor have a combined mechanic experience of 137 years and 34 of those years have been with Wakulla schools. Bobby Wells explained, “Our mechanics exemplify cooperation, conscientiousness and cohesiveness. In an effort to stay abreast of automotive electronic diagnostic technology our team initiated training. As a result, in short order, they have each individually completed 12 courses. Out of hundreds of technicians through Florida’s 67 school districts, all four of our mechanics are recognized for their educational achievement of IC Bus certifications. Continued learning through professional development courses increases knowledge and allows mechanics to gain skills to “fix it right the first time.””

LBS South Regional Representatives presented each mechanic with a special cap and certificate and noted, “The State average for mechanics is five courses. Wakulla is well above the State average and in the running to be one of the top three districts in the State for SY 2014-15. Upon successful completion, each mechanic will qualify for a trip to Tulsa, OK to participate in national training.”

Wakulla’s mechanics keep 56 busses, 40 vans and 25 trucks rolling every day. Superintendent Bobby Pearce applauded the fleet management team, “Our mechanics are providing the quality we expect and the service our students and drivers deserve. Our fleet management is keeping our buses safe through proper inspections, maintenance and modernization. I anticipate they will accomplish their training goals and receive additional State recognition. Our mechanics embody Wakulla’s Student Transportation Services commitment to excellence.”