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Kansas State Pupil Transportation Association (KSPTA)

Kansas State Pupil Transportation Association (KSPTA) was formed in 1970 by a forward looking group of dedicated transportation professionals.  It was formed to enhance and ensure the safety of students transported via school bus in the State of Kansas.  To this end, the organization is still dedicated

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Regional Safe Driver Competition Information

We are quickly coming up on the regional safe driver competitions (formerly known as a bus rodeo) for 2023.  All Kansas school bus drivers are invited to participate in the regional competitions as outlined below.  NOTE:  you are not required to participate in a regional competition to be eligible for the State competition.

Two regional events are planned in 2023.  Locations are Douglass and Topeka.  You may compete in whichever event you choose, but you may compete in only one. 

The Topeka event will be held on Saturday, April 15  at Auburn Washburn High School.  Registration is found below under "Forms"

The Douglass event will be held on Saturday, April 29 at Douglass High School.  Registration is found below under "Forms"

We look forward to seeing all of you at the district competitions.  Remember to bring a lawn chair, sunscreen, and water!

The Study Guide (see link below) is designed to prepare you to take the  Kansas State Pupil Transportation Association’s General Knowledge Regional (25 questions)  and State (50 questions) Competition Tests.  The Competition Manual (see link below) is designed to prepare you for the actual driving portion.

School Transportation Safety Conference & Safe Driver Competition

Save the Dates! The 2023 School Transportation Safety Conference & State Driving Competiton will be held May 31 thru June 2 at the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview in Wichita.  Competition day will be Wednesday, May 31 followed by educational workshops on June 1 and 2.

Request to Attend Conference (sample letter to be used at the district level)

2023 Conference Registration Form

2023 Conference Program

Safe Driver Competition Manual

Written Test Study Guide

2023 Hotel Room Block 


KSPTA School Bus Driver Appreciation Information

National School Bus Safety week October 17-21, 2022

Kansas School Transportation Appreciation Day October 19, 2022

Governor Kelly 2022 School Transportation Appreciation Proclamation

School Bus Safety Director
Keith Dreiling
785-296-6659 (fax)

School Bus Safety Assistant Director
Dennis Tate

School Bus Training Coordinator 
Melissa Ostermeyer

Senior Administrative Assistant
Annette Blevins


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