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Maxine Mougeot

Transportation Director

Public Instruction

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Public Instruction

Background Information

Employment History

Program Manager

Montana Office of Public Instruction


Federal Programs Accountant

OPI Inc


Pupil Transportation Director

state's Office of Public Instruction


Affiliations

National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services

Board Member


Web References(30 Total References)


www.stnonline.com

Donell Rosenthal is the new state director at the Montana Office of Public Instruction, according to Maxine Mougeot, who retired from the post at the end of last year.
... of Education and was followed by similar announcements made by Gilbert Perea in New Mexico, D. Leeds Pickering in Wyoming, John Green in California and Maxine Mougeot in Montana. ... Mougeot told School Transportation News in December that the industry remains near and dear to her heart even after retiring from the Montana Office of Public Instruction, where she worked for the past ... 13. Mougeot Announces Retirement from Montana Office of Public Instruction (Resources/Government Articles) Dec. 29 will be Maxine Mougeot's final day administering the state's pupil transportation services as she announced she is retiring from the Montana Office of Public Instruction after 25 years. In ... Two weeks ago, things were looking pretty grim for Maxine Mougeot, the transportation director for the Montana Office of Public Instruction.


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Like the handful who went before her in 2010, Maxine Mougeot told School Transportation News in December that the industry remains near and dear to her heart even after retiring from the Montana Office of Public Instruction, where she worked for the past 25 years.
"I love these guys, every single one of you and all of the state directors and all of the people I've met," she said. "You hear it over and over when people leave, but it's really an awesome place to be." Mougeot stepped down as the state's full time transportation director, a position she assumed in 2001 after Gordy Conn took an administrator position elsewhere at OPI. And like many in the industry, Mougeot wore multiple hats as a safety specialist and financial specialist. She actually started at OPI as a federal programs accountant and then, three years later, transitioned to special education data management. Her efforts paid off last year as the Montana Association for Pupil Transportation named Mougeot its "Transportation Person of the Year" for 2010. Mougeot also planned, coordinated and directed the state's transportation aid funding program and collected and analyzed data used to determined the eligibility of more than 470 elementary and high school districts statewide for some $24 million each year. This program includes bus inspections, routes and driver qualifications. She also reported fiscal and non-fiscal program information to the U.S. Department of Education and the Montana state legislature. Not bad for a woman who dropped out of high school at 17 to raise a family with husband Gary (pictured, above, with Maxine at a recent Montana Grizzlies football game). But nothing could stop Mougeot from later earning her GED decades later following odd jobs that included being an eyeglass welder for an optometrist's office and working at a welding shop owned by her husband as a bookkeeper, receptionist, bill collector and, that's right a welder. At one time, Mougeot could weld a plow plate on a snow plow. But she always knew she had a higher calling. "My mother always told me that I would never be anything without an education, so I always had that in the back of my mind," Mougeot added. While working for the optometrist, a co-worker, the wife of then-state superintendent told Mougeot about a vacant accounting clerk position at OPI. She applied and soon got the job. She worked her way up the ranks from accounting technician to accounting specialist to data and research manager for the state special education director. When Conn left the state director of transportation office in 2001, Mougeot felt it was her calling, especially as the other employees had become her good friends dating back to her days working with the transportation folks on federal programs. "I hope I'm not done yet [with pupil transportation]," added Mougeot, who also served as regional director west for NASDPTS the past several years.


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8. Mougeot Announces Retirement from Montana Office of Public Instruction
(News/Latest News) Dec. 29 will be Maxine Mougeot's final day administering the state's pupil transportation services as she announced she is retiring from the Montana Office of Public Instruction after 25 years. In ... Two weeks ago, things were looking pretty grim for Maxine Mougeot, the transportation director for the Montana Office of Public Instruction.


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Maxine Mougeot came into pupil transportation as an accountant but quickly "fell in love" with the industry, she tells SBF.
HELENA, Mont. - Maxine Mougeot, Montana's state pupil transportation director for nearly 10 years, will retire Dec. 29. Mougeot has worked for the Montana Office of Public Instruction for more than 25 years, but she started as an accountant. When the state pupil transportation director position opened up in 2001, Mougeot applied and got it. Although she didn't have transportation experience, she said her accounting and data management experience came in handy and she quickly "fell in love" with the school bus community. Mougeot's first priority was to get a CDL. "I said, 'How am I going to help these people if I don't know what they're doing?'" she told SBF in an interview Thursday. In the role, Mougeot has served as the state's safety specialist for student transportation. The position covers a variety of responsibilities, from participating in driver training activities to overseeing standards to managing and dispersing state funds. Mougeot said that one of her proudest achievements is her work on pupil transportation standards - both at the state and national levels. With the National Congress on School Transportation, she has served as a Montana delegate and as chair of the activity bus operations committee. She is currently rewriting the Montana standards, a project that she said she hoped to complete before her retirement. Another highlight of her career came last summer, when the Montana Association for Pupil Transportation (MAPT) named Mougeot its 2010 Transportation Person of the Year. "It was a total surprise," Mougeot said. "For them to care that much about me meant a great deal." In addition to her involvement with the MAPT, Mougeot has served on the board of directors of the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services. Mougeot said that what she'll miss most about the school bus industry is the great people she's worked and interacted with. A key mentor for her was Wyoming state director Leeds Pickering, who retired last month. "I can't even tell you how I feel about everybody out there. The transportation community is an amazing group," she said. In her retirement, Mougeot plans to spend more time camping, fishing and golfing, although she said she also hopes to stay involved in pupil transportation in some way.


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Mougeot Announces Retirement from Montana Office of Public Instruction
Dec. 29 will be Maxine Mougeot's final day administering the state's pupil transportation services as she announced she is retiring from the Montana Office of Public Instruction after 25 years. In an email to several associates with NASDPTS, Mougeot said "it was with regret" that she was formally retiring. The Montana Association of Pupil Transportation (MAPT) recognized Mougeot with its Transportation Person of the Year Award for 2010 earlier this year. She added during an interview with School Transportation News that she hopes to remain professionally aligned with the industry. Mougeot succeeded Gordy Conn as the state's director of transportation in 2001. Since, she has been active in MAPT and on the NASDPTS board of directors, most recently as regional director west. Her term concluded at the end of the NASPDTS annual meeting in Portland, Ore., last month. She was replaced by Steven Huillet, state director of pupil transportation at the Oregon Department of Education. Mougeot was also a fixture at the STN EXPO each summer in Reno, Nev., and was a state delegate for Montana at the past two National Congresses on School Transportation. Her retirement from state office is at least the fifth nationwide among the ranks of NASDPTS members this calendar year.


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