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EASTCONN Welcomes New Director of Transportation

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Kimberly Bush, who has years of experience in student transportation, has been named EASTCONN’s new Transportation Director. Interim Director John Vitale retired last fall.

“Kimberly brings a diverse mix of experience and innovative ideas to EASTCONN that will help our Transportation Department expand in ways that will greatly enhance the services we offer to our school districts,” said EASTCONN Executive Director Gary Mala. 

Bush comes to EASTCONN from Specialty Transportation, where she served as Operations Manager for Avon Public Schools transportation and Charter Manager for numerous school districts and private parties. Prior to her experience in transportation, Bush was assistant director for Educational Playcare in Avon.

“I’m most looking forward to the opportunities for growth at EASTCONN and the one-on-one interactions with our customers,” said Bush. “I am very hands-on. You’ll often see me on the road and at the schools we serve.”

Bush emphasized EASTCONN bus drivers’ high level of training, as well as the essential role they play in ensuring the efficient and safe operation of the Transportation Department. “We could not be successful without our drivers,” she said. “They are often the first point of contact for students. They help set the tone for students each day. Our training protocols will continue to meet the highest standards.”

 In one of her first moves as Director, Bush extended the dispatch call center hours to ensure that when vehicles are on the road 

someone will answer the phone if a parent, driver or school district has a concern. Dispatch is now available from 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Bush said she is currently exploring the possibility of expanding EASTCONN transportation services to include charter buses for sport teams, school field trips and other functions that require large-vehicle transport.

Last year, EASTCONN transported 616 students daily, traveling a total of more than 2.5 million miles to 110 sites throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

To learn more about EASTCONN’s student transportation, contact Kimberly Bush at kbush@eastconn.org or at 860-228-6751.