HISTORY OF OAPT

The Ohio Association for Pupil Transportation has been in existence in its current form since 1960, when the first annual conference was conducted.  Ohio’s former chief of pupil transportation, Hanford L. Combs was instrumental in the origination of the OAPT.

While the early association was small in number, Mr. Combs tried very hard to bring them on board with an Ohio college.  Initially, OAPT was an affiliate of the Ohio Association of Civil Service Employees.  Eventually, OAPT became the pupil transportation affiliate of the Ohio Association of School Business Officials.

Mr. Combs and the Charter Members worked to create an organization that would promote professional development. The attempts to make OAPT part of a college were specific to that cause. The group felt strongly in providing proper training for administrators.

Early gatherings and workshops were held at Ohio University in Athens. Attendees slept in un-airconditioned dorm rooms; this is a far cry from the wonderful facilities attendees enjoy today.

Over the course of time, OAPT has built a network of dedicated individuals who work tirelessly to preserve ensure the safety of Ohio’s children while safeguarding public dollars.

 
 
 

Past Presidents of OAPT

It is an honor to serve as president of this association.  Many prominent figures in our industry have once had the opportunity to lead the Ohio Association for Pupil Transportation.  Here is a list of our past presidents, and their terms in office:

StartEndName
20132014Jeff Vrabel, Sr.
20122013Steve A. Simmons, III
20112012Tim Cox
20102011Dan Girvin
20092010Mike Miller
20082009Jack Haag
20072008Sharon Stark
20062007Dan Girvin
20052006Sharon DeYoung
20042005Barb Weiford
20032004Randy Bradford
20022003Naomi McFarlin
20012002Claudia Fowler
20002001Malinda Fisher
19992000Dan Marling
Malinda Fisher
19981999George Sontag, III
19971998Bill Lewis
19961997Pete Japikse
19951996Dave Samuel
19941995Bob Skelton
19931994Malinda Fisher
19921993Joetta Goode
19911992Dick Holbrook
19901991Marty Johnson
19891990Larry Layne
19881989Myrtle Stewart
19871988William Rice+
Myrtle Stewart
Jim Donovon
19861987Doug Winner
19851986Myrtle Stewart
Doug Tonges
19841985David Decsman
19831984Wilford Slusher
19821983Betty Stephan
19811982Ray MacEacheron
19801981John Crall *
19791980Jim Randall
19781979
19771978Huey Pacey
19761977
19751976Roy Grossman
19741975George Sontag, Jr. *
19731974Lawrence Pugsley *
19721973
19711972Paul Orvos
19701971Lawrence Pugsley *
19691970Thelma O'Donnell
+ Deceased in Office
* Charter Member

 
 
 

Charter Members

The charter members of OAPT hailed from all across the State.  Many will notice the name of George Sontag, who is still actively employed as a pupil transportation administrators in the West Region at Centerville City SD.  George’s institutional knowledge and contributions to the industry is well-known and respected.

NameEmployerCountyMembership
Altman, Harry ErvinFindlay City SDHancock#1001
Anderson, Charles#1002
Baver, GeorgeBeavercreek Local SDGreene#1003
Coe, Corwin#1005
Costine, RobertSt. Clairsville-Richland Local SDBelmont#1007
Crall, JohnNortheastern Local SDClark#1008
Crocker, CarlKent City SDPortage#1009
Cozort, Edwin#1010
Dugan, FrankMorgan Local SDMorgan#1012
Dunn, FloydBrunswick City SDMedina#1013
France, EdwardXenia City SDGreene#1014
Gillespie, CarlSoutheast Local SDPortage#1015
Heakin, RichardOsnaburg Local SDStark#1017
Hurley, JamesODE Area Coordinator#1018
King, LeeThree Rivers Local SDHamilton#1020
Lawrence, Ralph#1022
Macklin, Arthur#1024
Mizner, AlvinWarren City SDTrumbull#1038
Philhower, Eugene#1040
Piper, LloydMount Vernon City SDKnox#1027
Pugsley, LawrenceBrecksville City SDCuyahoga#1028
Reichley, CharlesNorthern Local SDPerry#1029
Slaybaugh, F.W.Indian Valley Local SDTuscarawas#1032
Sontag, George R.Centerville City SDMontgomery#1033
Steinfurth, GlennCrestwood Local SDPortage#1035
Wilhelm, GlennFairfield-Waterford Local SDColumbia#1038