Mr. Fred Anness has been awarded the School Bus Driver Training and Safety Award by the National Association of Pupil Transportation (NAPT). Mr. Anness is the long time supervisor of the Preservice School Bus Driver Training Program for Southwest Ohio through the Warren County Educational Service Center. Fred’s nomination for this prestigious national award came from Robert Harmon, Director of Pupil Transportation for the Ohio Department of Education. The award was created to enhance school bus driver training as a whole by recognizing those who operate exemplary programs. This is certainly the legacy of Fred Anness.
What began as a new training program through a federal grant, is now required training for school transportation professionals in Ohio. Fred Anness has worked diligently to make the training program a leader in school bus driver training and education. The program is in its thirty-ninth year and, under the direction of Mr. Anness, has promoted student safety and driver training that has resulted in increased safety for Ohio’s students.
Over his long career, Mr. Anness has trained more than 110,600 Ohio school bus and transportation personnel. More than 1000 in-service and training classes are offered each year across 88 counties in 8 regions across Ohio. Topics include basic driving skills, bus evacuation, student management practices, safety policies, liability issues, student loading/unloading, distracted driving education, service animals, emergency preparedness, and driver trainer certification.
Congratulations to Fred Anness for a job well done!