main content starts hereGarage Stars: Congrats to the Transportation Department!

| August 1, 2019

School Transportation News profiled 10 finalists for their annual Garage Stars series, a recognition of technicians who help provide safer school bus rides.

Out of more than 100 nominations, David Rickard, head mechanic at Mohonasen, was highlighted.

The ranking is based on a ten-point system including community involvement, credentials, industry development, leadership, level of responsibility, life experience, regulatory agency commendations, time on the job, training capability and value to the transportation program. Read more in their August issue here.

  • Recent State Inspection Score: 98 percent.
  • Fleet size: 61 school buses
  • Miles traveled: 500,000 per year
  • Number of technicians: 3 full-time, 1 part-time

“David Rickard goes above and beyond his daily tasks since he started as head mechanic for Rotterdam-Mohonasen Central Schools… During that time, he has instituted a proactive maintenance plan that consists of upgrading all of its inventory, and helped design the new facility, which is only several years old.”

“Every day I try to learn something, somehow, someway and every day you can,” Rickard told the School Transportation News. “No matter how long you have been doing it, you are always learning something.”

Congratulations, David! That’s the Warrior Way!