The Phoenix Central School District recently named Michael Aiken its new director of facilities.
Aiken has been serving school districts for 16 years in different capacities. This year, he will work closely with a variety of stakeholders to ensure the capital project moves along efficiently and on schedule.
“I’ll work with our architects, engineers and construction management teams in the planning of our current capital project,” Aiken said. “Throughout the process, I want to make sure we’re maintaining our buildings and grounds at their highest levels.”
Aiken noted that his goals also include supporting the vision, mission and core values of the district. He said he is seeking to support employees through staff development and would like to implement new programs to further the district’s mission.
For Aiken, he said he has been impressed by the teamwork and the overall atmosphere of the district staff. “The people; they are so supportive and eager to help out,” Aiken said.
The Phoenix Central School District’s Transportation Department earned state recognition recently for its maintenance and safety of its fleet of vehicles.
As part of the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) biannual bus inspection program, the district’s vehicles were examined by state inspectors who looked for potential violations. The inspections included a review of paperwork, mechanical areas and safety measures. All the criteria was met and the district earned a perfect score from the inspectors.
“This is a fantastic accomplishment and a great team effort,” said Karl Seckner, PCSD’s assistant superintendent of finance and educational services. “It speaks volumes to the work of our transportation department. We appreciate the Board of Education and district residents for supporting our bus replacement schedule.”
According to head mechanic Tim Earle, the district’s roughly 40 buses and vans are constantly being worked on to ensure safety. From safety measures and paperwork, to maintaining electrical and mechanical aspects, the staff are dedicated to their jobs.
“Everyone has their part,” said PCSD Supervisor of Transportation Deb Gerace. “Our mechanics, office staff, dispatchers, drivers and everyone in between. We have a great team and are proud of the DOT recognition.”
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The Phoenix Central School District Transportation Department will be joining the 10th Annual Regional Awareness Program (RAP) for Young Drivers event on Wednesday, March 26 at SUNY Oswego.
This year’s program is centered on distracted driving and is being held in conjunction with the New York State University Police at Oswego, The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and Oswego County BOCES. Keynote speaker for the evening will be Jacy Good, the sole survivor in a vehicle hit by a distracted driver on her college graduation day.
Phoenix CSD Transportation Staff and students Zoe Heckert, Ella Heckert, and Clarissa Lange will be talking to attendees at the program about essential bus safety tips and guidelines.
The RAP program is open to teen drivers, future teen drivers and their parents. The program will take place in the Ballroom of the Hewitt Union Building on the SUNY Oswego campus and will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free and free parking for the event is available in campus lots 18 and 32.
For more information contact the Oswego County Traffic Safety Board at 343-2344 ext. 22 or the Phoenix CSD Transportation Department at 695-1551.
Although school was not in session, the parking lots surrounding the Phoenix Central School District’s Transportation Center were packed on a recent Saturday for the 10th annual Safety Expo.
Hundreds of Phoenix Central School District students, staff, parents and community members were on hand for the event, hosted by the district’s Transportation Department. The action-packed day featured giveaways, a bicycle rodeo, a rollover simulator, crafts, face painting, bus safety demonstrations and several other family-friendly activities.
“The families were able to learn about safety from many different perspectives,” said PCSD Transportation Supervisor Mary Gracey. “The event was a tremendous success and it would not be possible without the support of our employees and community sponsors.”
Donors, volunteers and other “driving” forces behind the event’s success were: Lapinske Farm, the Michael A. Maroun Parent-Faculty Organization, Miller’s Auto, Judy Belfield, Karl Seckner, John Allen, Mary Gracey, Gracey’s Excavating, Steve Musso, PCSD Operations & Maintenance, Phoenix Enterprise Fire Department, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion, American Legion, J&J Collision and Sales, Phoenix Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5540, Abate, The Gingersnap Bakery, Phoenix Sports Restaurant, The Medicine Shop, Just Donuts, Byrne Dairy, Nice & Easy, State Farm, Lesnecky’s Green House, Price Chopper, Toys R Us, Bennett Racing, Sears Construction, Carol Touron, the New York State Police, AAA, Tammy and James, Gun Safety, Oswego County Traffic Safety Council, Caughdenoy Fire Deptartment, town of Schroeppel, CSEA, Henderson Dairy, Larkins Restaurant, Phoenix Police Department, PCSD Food Service, Mona Heck, RN, Menter Ambulance, Coast Guard, Earl Rudy, Child Advocacy Center, The Farm, Walmart, RFH’s, Tasswood’s Bakery, and the PCSD Transportation Department.
Look both ways on the bottom step before you exit the bus! This was one of many reminders Michael A. Maroun Elementary first graders received as bus drivers Wendy Zogg and Joy Heckert reviewed bus safety.
Students packed into a bus, with more students waiting just outside its doors, to listen to Zogg give the following tips:
The student group was introduced to Zogg’s friend Henrietta who, at first, broke bus rules. Because the first graders paid close attention to the tips, they were able to help correct Henrietta.
Zogg said bus safety drills are held a few times each week for the first few weeks of school to ensure “students are safe when they load and unload the bus."
The Phoenix Central School District recently spearheaded a campaign to pay it forward to an organization that has brought the message of bicycle, passenger, driver and pedestrian safety to the community, resulting in a $905 donation.
A long-running partnership between the district and the Oswego County Traffic Safety Board has contributed to the success of the yearly safety expo and has helped ensure the community is armed with the knowledge and equipment to keep them safe while on bicycles and in motor vehicles, according to district personnel.
“For the past seven years Billie Crandall Brady and the Traffic Safety Board has helped us with our safety expo,” said PCSD Transportation Department secretary Cindy Lees. “They helped with the bike rodeo and donated helmets for every bike we gave away. They also did two car seat checks for the community. Billie is dedicated to traffic safety education for children and adults.”
As a result of the partnership, the district wanted to show their support by holding a raffle. A lottery tree containing $50 worth of tickets was raffled off during a two-week period, and the results were overwhelming, Lees said.
Members of the Phoenix Central School District present a $905 donation to Billie Crandall Brady, of the Oswego County Traffic Safety Board. From left are PCSD head bus driver Darlene Yerdon; PCSD Transportation Department Supervisor Mary Gracey; Brady; Superintendent Judy Belfield; bus driver Debbie Moffat; transportation department secretary Cindy Lees; and PCSD Business Administrator Karl Seckner.
“Once I sent an email out to our staff to let them know about the raffle, my inbox was full of responses within an hour,” Lees said. “We ended up raising $905, and some of our employees sold tons of tickets.”
Bus driver Harry Moffat sold 90 tickets, including the winning one to Smokey Horton.
While Horton was the winner of the lottery tickets, Brady said that the community members are the real winners.
“This is just fantastic,” Brady said. “We depend on state funding and times are tough. This money will go a long way. We’ll be able to buy a lot of bike helmets thanks to this generous donation. On behalf of the Oswego County Traffic Safety Board, I would like to thank the Phoenix school district and the transportation department for their generosity.”