search.noResults

search.searching

dataCollection.invalidEmail
note.createNoteMessage

search.noResults

search.searching

orderForm.title

orderForm.productCode
orderForm.description
orderForm.quantity
orderForm.itemPrice
orderForm.price
orderForm.totalPrice
orderForm.deliveryDetails.billingAddress
orderForm.deliveryDetails.deliveryAddress
orderForm.noItems
KAREN BALLARD-SOHAYDA | Director of Transportation | Oceanside Unified School District | California Karen Ballard-Sohayda’s work schedule in 1990 didn’t leave her with much quality time to spend with her son. The single mother was juggling a job teaching students with special needs at a private school during the week and providing short-term relief for primary caregivers of disabled or chronically ill individuals on weekends. Her own mother was a school bus driver


at the time and suggested that she take one of the new driver classes being offered. “[My mother] always loved being a bus driver, and having the holidays and summers off was perfect while she was raising my brother and me,” Ballard-Sohayda said, recalling her mother’s career. She followed her mom’s footsteps and drove a school


bus for Oceanside Unified from 1990 to 2017. She has also served as the fleet manager and, for the past year and a half the director of transportation. Deputy Superintendent Shannon Soto said Ballard-


Sohayda is the type of leader all districts should be lucky enough to employ. Soto referred to her as an outstanding and successful fleet manager with even higher aspirations. She completed the California Associations


of School Business Officials Transportation Leadership Academy in 2019 and used the knowledge she obtained to strengthen her own department, Soto noted. “The transportation department is now


a department with clear expectations and accountability while providing an avenue


for fairness and equity,” Soto added. While COVID-19 has changed the overall working environment, it hasn’t altered the im- portance of being present for her team and the students they transport, Ballard-Sohayda said. She shared her favorite part of the day is watching the


buses roll out of the yard each morning and return in the afternoon, as the team effort fills her with a sense of ac- complishment. This fall, one of those buses will be electric, thanks to a Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund grant. Ballard-Sohayda said she hopes to use more grants to purchase the zero-emission vehicles. “I love yellow school buses and I love the back-to- school tradition and its symbolism of new beginnings,” she shared. “COVID-19 has delayed our return to scholar transportation, but it hasn’t stopped us from supporting our scholars or the community we serve.” ●


etdoh so yr Ntn laisretra


GSrkg o


P tcn gu o pvelit clgn tn adetean N irtcr p e


ai,rprra ai onaru e n n FCi �w oi �u �e fm o sc o t e


fsutexes adC lnn qr e foreto ria�oseowr


c i r id esgeue r u Dpt Cnl Sfa x msggsi


o’ags pi euhoaT-l poi wt aiwd oeaeo oeo Ul e i e vea


G ryre n hl . nmt Ntni ei lsnGe e a wk


ea f tewcoea. iidaowd Src Pn o 4 Scr Dte r


.


vt Ps-Tkrve h o e uda Nto


dri Ntni cvrg frn l otl e.ye w mnh f


www.stnonline.com 43


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62