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Alex M. Spann, CDPT, Transportation Consultant for the State of Tennessee, Department of Education, is a transportation professional with more than 10 years in the school bus industry.
Spann works with offices and agencies such as the Tennessee State School Board and Tennessee Highway Patrol to ensure each public school district as well as charter school transportation departments operate within the scope of local and federal laws. The TN DOE staff does the initial training of newly hired transportation supervisors as well as the annual ongoing training of all other directors. The Department also administers a grant, provided by the State of Tennessee Legislature, to assist in offsetting the costs of equipping school buses in TN with seat belts while also visiting districts across the state to perform on-site monitoring of transportation operations.
In addition to his work for the State, Spann serves as a school bus driver for the Dickson County (TN) Schools, a rural district about an hour west of Nashville. He began working in school transportation at the age of 21 as substitute driver for the school system. Additionally, Spann serves as the Region 2 Director for the National Association of Pupil Transportation and the Secretary of the Southeastern States Pupil Transportation Conference.
“I have always been of the mindset that continuing to be an active driver will help me be a more effective administrator,” said Spann. “Seeing and dealing first-hand with the issues drivers are dealing with daily gives me valuable insight to help lead the State of Tennessee forward.”
Spann has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education (K-6) from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee and is an NAPT® Certified Director of Pupil Transportation (CDPT).
We have all developed plans to prevent and prepare for an emergency, but what's next?As we work with school bus drivers, school leaders, and district administration to prepare for an prevent emergencies as they may occur, how much thought has been put into the process following an traumatic event? Together, we will dive deeper into all aspects of the emergency preparation process to cover all bases ensuring student are always as safe as can be when on our school buses.
- Identify gaps in local emergency plans surrounding school transportation.
- Identify tabletop exercises to challenge all transportation staff (including district leadership).
- Create new plans and partnerships or enhance existing relationships to build a better community surrounding school bus transportation.
- Create an expanded emergency plan to including the response aspect.
- Build new professional alliances between local emergency management.
- Give assurances to stakeholders that their district is prepared for disasters; come what may.