Colleen Murphy-Penk, 2018 William Rice Award Winner, with Youngstown City School District CEO/Superintendent Krish Mohip.


Colleen Murphy-Penk has won the 2018 William Rice Award, denoting her as Ohio’s Transportation Supervisor of the Year. Nominated by her Superintendent Krish Mohip, and Past President Jeff Vrabel Sr., she has essentially rebuilt the district’s entire transportation department.

“I have a passion, and that passion is pupil transportation,” Colleen told the crowd on Monday, March 12, 2018.

CEO/Superintendent Mohip stated, “Her likeability matched with her no-nonsense approach and sense of urgency has transformed her department, from one of the worst in the state to arguably one of the best, in 18 short months.”

Murphy-Penk oversaw the retraining of every bus driver in the district, and saw that every school bus in the fleet was certified. She put together a plan to replace every bus in the fleet, as well as revamp technology tools. She has overseen the rerouting of the entire district, and implemented the MyStop app to enhance communication with parents in the district.

The William Rice Award of Excellence is named for deceased OAPT President William Rice, and is the most prestigious award granted by the association. Murphy-Penk joins the ranks of 27 previous winners for the dedication to professionalism, student safety, and contributions to the pupil transportation industry.



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OAPT is proud to announce that our school transportation license plate was approved, signed into law, and we have received a sample plate produced by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Visit the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicle’s website for details on purchasing this plate to support student safety programs in Ohio!





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