PCAT Names Eddie Luna 2016-2017 Statewide Bus Driver of the Year
San Antonio, Texas, March 31, 2017 — Eddie Luna, a U.S. Air Force veteran who is known for his outstanding attitude, was honored at the Randolph Field ISD school board meeting on Thursday, March 30, as the 2016-2017 Statewide Bus Driver of the Year by PCAT.
Eddie Luna was interviewed by Kens 5, a San Antonio CBS affiliate, about his love of serving the special needs students at RFISD and his special perspective, as a veteran, of military kids’ needs.
Now in its 13th year, the PCAT Bus Driver of the Year program recognized 72 drivers as their district’s 2016-2017 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 the 72 honorees, seven drivers were named 2016-2017 PCAT Regional Bus Drivers of the Year. The Regional designation represents an even higher level of achievement. The Statewide Bus Driver of the Year award is presented to just one PCAT school district bus driver and represents the highest level of dedication and accomplishment.
Mr. Luna was presented with a $1,000 check, a personalized jacket, a commendation and an engraved plaque from the PCAT Bus Driver of the Year program. A plaque commemorating Mr. Luna’s achievement was also awarded to Randolph Field ISD.
PCAT representative Neil Gately of Edwards Risk Management, Inc. and agent Richard Bass of North American Solutions presented Mr. Luna with the award. Mr. Luna humbly accepted it, expressing his thanks to the school board, Superintendent Lance Johnson, Assistant Transportation Director Mrwan Shoala and Transportation Director Brandon Casey. “Working for a team like ours, with the leadership provided by Mr. Shoala and Mr. Casey, makes me love to come to work each day,” he said later.
“We’re honored to recognize the effort, sacrifice and great care exhibited by school bus drivers throughout the PCAT program,” said Rick Edwards, President of Edwards Risk Management, Inc. “When I consider the heartfelt praise offered by other school bus drivers, supervisors, school staff, students and parents, it stands out in my mind that the accomplishments extend beyond competent driving. It also speaks volumes to these drivers’ humility, gentle spirits, gracious demeanor and servant hearts, even as many of them have dealt with their own life struggles.”
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 provides coverage for over $18 billion in school properties. PCAT is administered by North American Solutions. Loss prevention and claims administration are provided by Edwards Risk Management, Inc.
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