DELMAR– After being named the National Fleet Administrator of the Year in April, Bethlehem Central School District’s Director of Transportation has stepped down.
Karim Johnson’s resignation was noted at the Aug. 16 school board meeting. Although Johnson no longer fills the role, he will provide consultation to the district through the hiring process of his successors. There will be no interruption to transportation for BCSD students.
The district is currently in the process of hiring a new transportation director. Applications closed Friday, Sept. 8, and BCSD hopes to have a new director named and starting by Oct. 23.
Johnson has now taken on the role of Executive Director of Pupil Transportation Services at Stafford County Public Schools. He is now responsible for 31,000 students across 33 schools in northern Virginia. Johnson oversees over 300 bus drivers, bus attendants, and other support staff.
This is a change from BCSD’s 4,100 students across seven schools. Although the student and staff count is much smaller than Stafford County, the responsibilities are similar. Johnson will continue to oversee Virginia’s budgetary, administrative, human resources, supervisory training, and operation functions as he did at BCSD.
The district is looking for a candidate who is a high school graduate with at least three years of experience in school bus transportation with at least one year in a supervisory position. Candidates must also possess a Class B license with P and S endorsements issued by NYSDMV. An associate’s degree with five years in school bus transportation operations and one year in a supervisory role is preferred.
This story appeared on page 8 of the September 20, 2023 print edition of the Spotlight