PCAT Names Wilkenson 2013-2014 Statewide Bus Driver of the Year
MIDLOTHIAN, Texas, March 24, 2014 — Usually she’s in the driver’s seat, but Monday night at the Midlothian ISD school board meeting, Ms. Shelley Wilkenson got to sit back and enjoy the ride, as she was honored as the 2013-2014 Statewide Bus Driver of the Year by PCAT, the Property Casualty Alliance of Texas.
Now in its 10th year, the PCAT Bus Driver of the Year program recognized 60 member drivers as their districts’ 2013-2014 Bus Driver of the Year. These awards are based upon multiple driver attributes including Leadership, Attitude, Perseverance, Student and Parent Relationships, and Technical Skill. Of these 60 District honorees, six drivers were named 2013-2014 PCAT Regional Bus Drivers of the Year. This designation, reserved for a smaller group of District Bus Driver of the Year recipients, represents an even higher level of dedication and accomplishment.
On Monday night, Ms. Wilkenson was presented with the 2013-2014 PCAT Statewide Bus Driver of the Year award. This designation is awarded to one PCAT school district bus driver and represents the highest level of dedication and accomplishment.
Wilkenson was presented with a $1,000 check, a personalized jacket, and an engraved plaque from the PCAT Bus Driver of the Year program.
Ms. Deanna Cannon, Midlothian ISD’s Transportation Coordinator, began the evening with opening remarks. Carl Smith of Scarbrough, Medlin & Associates and PCAT Representative Aaron Ramsey presented Ms. Wilkenson with the award on behalf of PCAT. When asked what it was like to be honored, Ms. Wilkenson responded “It makes it worthwhile for my daughter.”
"Student transportation in a yellow school bus continues to be the safest mode of transportation to and from school, due in very large part to the skill and dedication of those who drive the school buses,” said PCAT representative Aaron Ramsey. “We wish to recognize those drivers who have made exemplary efforts to provide for the safety, education, and happiness of school children in PCAT member schools.”
PCAT is the largest public school risk pool in the U.S. devoted solely to property and casualty exposures. Formed in 2003 to meet the unique property and casualty insurance needs faced by Texas schools, PCAT has grown to more than 125 members and more than $15 billion in school properties.