July 15, 2011

STA to Host Meet & Greet, BBQ and School Bus Safety Roadeo With Marion County School District Transportation Personnel

OCALA, Fla., July 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

WHAT: Over 100+ Marion County school bus drivers, transportation personnel and their families will join Student Transportation of America (STA) employees and executives next week at a special Meet and Greet to discuss the company's proposal to the Marion County School Board and answer questions. The event will include a BBQ and School Bus Driver Safety Roadeo where drivers will put their driving and safety skills to the test while they learn about the STA family. Roadeo prizes include $250 for first place, $125 for second, $50 for third with gift cards from local Ocala-area vendors for runners up. STA Education Foundation representatives also will be on hand to contribute a $1,000 cash donation to "Operation: Stuff the Bus," the annual countywide drive to collect school supplies and financial contributions for Marion County's homeless students.

BACKGROUND: After a lengthy RFP process, STA is the transportation provider recommended by the Marion County School Board's appointed Selection Committee. STA has offered $6 million in immediate cash for the fleet and an additional $1 million cash for any budget reductions. According to school officials, it will generate $2.6 million in annual operating cost savings plus another $2.5 million from proposed capital outlays. The company also will bring in over 100 brand new state-of-the-art school vehicles at an added investment of $7 million in the first year of the five-year contract. The matter was scheduled for a Board vote on June 28 but was "tabled" until July 26. STA currently serves Duval County, Fla. with nearly 300 vehicles and is highly regarded by school officials there.

    WHEN:               Tuesday, July 19, 2011
                        10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Q & A session
                        11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Lunch, Roadeo & family activities

                         9100 NW Gainesville Road (across from the Ocala
    WHERE:               Speedway)
                        Ocala, Florida

    OPPORTUNITIES:      Denis J. Gallagher, STA Founder & CEO
                         Pete Pearson, STA Executive VP & President of STA
                         Education Foundation
                         Glenn Needler & Chris Ingold, Florida Operations
                        Jason Moyer, STA Business Development Team
                         Many current STA Florida-based drivers, mechanics,
                         dispatchers & managers

                         Drivers in STA buses navigating an obstacle type
    OPPORTUNITIES:       course
                         STA buses equipped with the latest technology &
                         safety features
                        Family games & activities
                         B-roll available at http://

ABOUT STA: Founded in 1997, Student Transportation Inc. is North America's third-largest and fastest-growing provider of school bus transportation services, operating more than 7,000 vehicles. Student Transportation's family of local companies delivers safe, reliable and cost-effective transportation solutions to school districts throughout the U.S. and Canada. Services are delivered by drivers, dispatchers, maintenance technicians, terminal managers and others who are caring members of their local communities. For more information, please visit www.rideSTA.com

SOURCE Student Transportation of America