Welcome to the 90-days of May! With the end of the school year right around-the-corner, there is no doubt that this is one of the busiest months in the calendar year when it comes to student transportation. To say it’s been a year would be an understatement, however the world is continuing to get closer to “back to normal” and our operations probably seem anything but “normal”. The end is in sight and we want to give kudos to you and your teams that successfully made it through another school year, making a difference in our communities. Bravo!
We are just 48 days away from the 2022 TAA Summer Conference in Flagstaff, “Charting the Course”. Final planning is underway to bring back some old favorites while still presenting relevant content that all of you have asked for. Not registered yet? What are you waiting for? Register now for the conference here. We really hope that you all can make it!
The final agenda has been posted to the website. Please note, we will not be offering paper copies this year, so if you want a paper copy of the agenda, print it off prior to your arrival at the conference. There is a QR code on the agenda that you will be able to scan with your smart device to have an electronic version of the agenda during the conference.
Stop the Bleed
There is still room for attendees interested in attending the next level of first aid care, Stop the Bleed. This is a very exciting class that will provide hands-on training on stuffing wounds, applying tourniquets and effectively stopping severe bleeding. This class is limited to 50 participants, so if you are interested in attending this class on Wednesday, June 22nd, during the conference, register here.
We would like to formerly announce that we are offering one conference scholarship to someone in need of financial assistance. To apply for the scholarship, please submit an application here. All application submissions must be received by Friday, May 20th at 5:00pm. The winner of the scholarship will be contacted by Friday, May 27th so that they can make hotel and travel arrangements.
Call to Action
This year, we will be taking nominations and voting for President Elect and Region Representatives 2, 4, and 6. We strongly encourage any members interested in running for one of these positions to be prepared to be nominated on Tuesday during the conference. Region Representatives terms are 2 years while the President position is a 6 year term.
We also have openings for the following:
These positions are appointed and do not have term durations. If you are interested in getting involved in another way, and want to be considered for one of these board seats, send us an email with your interest and why you would be a good fit for that role.
We strongly encourage those that have the time and willingness to serve on the board, to try it out. This organization continues to be viable resource for our peers in the state because of the work that the board does year in and year out. We want more of you to consider getting involved to help keep TAA fresh and relevant. If you have questions about any of the positions above, send us an email or reach out to one of the board members.
TAA Leaders Forum
In other happenings outside of the conference, we had a really good discussion in the April 22nd Leaders Forum about ELDT, SB1630 and field trip procedures. If you want to catch that recorded video check out this link, or visit our YouTube channel.
Haven’t attended one of our forum meetings yet and are interested to attend? Our next meeting will be on May 20th. For more information and the Zoom link to attend, visit our Upcoming Events page, here.
In closing, keep up the great work and we hope to see all of you in 48 days!
Take care, be safe and be well.
Mike Ajeman, President
Shannon Weber, President-Elect
Jason Nelson, Past President