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Jumping to Every Challenge Toy Lavezzo Fleet

Supervisor, Tahoe

Truckee Unified School

District in California

Tony Lavezzo came to Tahoe Truckee Unified School District in north- ern California armed with a knowledge of fleet maintenance management, grant writing and personal experience. He has been in the transportation industry for 14 years and is going on his third year in pupil transportation. “Tony Lavezzo is one individual who uniquely stands out as a leader with the skills to not only oversee our fleet maintenance program, but one day lead our transportation department,” said Nanette Rondeau, the district’s director of transportation. Lavezzo is currently a student in the California Association of School

Business Officials Transportation Leadership Academy and has greatly improved the overall garage operations. Pam McDonald, the immediate past-president of the California Association of School Transportation Offi- cials (CASTO), said he keeps his facility spotless. Lavezzo reportedly has the ability to identify and solve complex issues as

well as being an honest and integral worker. “His decisions are data-driven and centered around safety,” Rondeau

said. “Tony has displayed great talents as a strong communicator with an open mind [that is] inclusive and collaborative. When I first began working with Tony, I was immediately impressed by his transparency and strong follow-through on commitments, around the importance of safe and efficient student transportation.” He continues to seek opportunities for growth and professional devel- opment and is currently serving as a chapter vice president for CASTO. Lavezzo is also the co-chair for the CASTO mechanics and supervisors workshop. “Tony has worked diligently in order to help our company fleet grow,”

commented Angela Lumbreras, a school bus driver instructor for Tahoe Truckee. “He gives his best and goes the extra mile with any project undertaken as well as to connect with the drivers, other management pro- fessionals in the company, and service providers. He is full of resources and tools, and when I ask for help, he is always willing with any technical issue I am having with my computer.” When asked his favorite part of the job, Lavezzo said he loves being able

to solve problems, whether its a broken vehicle or a student issue. He said he has worked to create a culture of collaborative problem solvers who use their skills to maintain their fleet of school buses and transport students safely.

Andy DeBot Enacting Change for the Better Lead

Equipment Mechanic, San Jose Unified School

District in California

Andy DeBolt is going on his eighth year in pupil

transportation, and his highly skilled craft of repair and maintenance leads his team to success. But it’s his engagement outside of his direct duties where he really stands out. DeBolt is involved in local industry professional or-

ganizations and is considered an expert, as others rely upon him for advice and technical responses. Richard Battersby, director of the East Bay Clean Cities Coali- tion, said DeBolt is viewed as a leader and innovator who goes out of his way to support industry events, including the STN EXPO Reno, where he spoke in 2018. Currently, DeBolt is a secretary for the Public Fleet Supervisors Association and is an active stakeholder in the East Bay Clean Cities Coalition. He volunteers his time to develop curriculum and make presentations on timely topics, such as compressed natural gas and renewable diesel in school buses. San Jose Unified was reportedly the first U.S. school district to make the switch to renewable diesel. “Even with short notice, I have never known Andy

to say no to a request,” Battersby said. “Andy truly is a quiet hero who always answers the bell and gives his 100 percent to every assignment he takes on.” When asked his favorite part of the job, DeBolt said

it’s being able to contribute in a meaningful way to the education of students who ride the school buses and use the district’s transportation facilities every day. “For many of the students that ride our buses, with- out us they would not make it to school on time or even at all,” DeBolt said. “My team works in the shop to keep the buses safe and allows the education process to be- gin each day. I am fortunate to work for an organization that values doing things the right way, and that they allow me the freedom to express my opinions as to how our fleet should be maintained and kept.”

26 School Transportation News • AUGUST 2020

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