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Maxine Mougeot, another ...
Maxine Mougeot, another former Montana state director of student transportation and current executive secretary and treasurer of the Montana Association for Pupil Transportation, said Huff's friendship and leadership will be missed.
worked tirelessly his
entire career to train student and adult drivers; I am sure that his
dedication and love for the programs he
directed has saved many, many lives," said Mougeot
struggled for a long time," Mougeot
Mougeot Announces Retirement ...
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.
added during an interview with School Transportation News
hopes to remain professionally aligned with the industry.
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.
term concluded at the end of the NASPDTS annual meeting in Portland, Ore., last month.
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.
retirement from state office is at least the fifth nationwide among the ranks of NASDPTS
members this calendar year.
Maxine Mougeot, state director for public transportation at Montana's Office of Public Instruction (OPI), said Montana is working with the state Department of Justice to set up testing sites around the state for the "S" endorsement.If drivers pass a 20-question test, they can be "grandfathered" in.Otherwise, they will have to take a written and skills test at a drivers' bureau.
Drivers will have to have a written statement from their employer that they have the experience and have been driving for the required amount of time to qualify to be grandfathered.Mougeot
said OPI hopes to get all Montana drivers grandfathered in and will help drivers prepare for the test.However, with so many school bus drivers who need the testing, it will be difficult to get them all tested by September 30.MEA-MFT
is working with our national affiliates to seek a delay in the new regulations. For more information, contact Maxine Mougeot, OPI, 444-3096 or email@example.com, go to www.opi.state.mt.us, and watch for more information from OPI or your school district administration.
STN Expo 2003
Maxine MougeotProgram ManagerMontana Office of Public Instruction Pupil Transportation UnitP.O. Box 201501Helena, MT 59620-2501406/444-0509 406-444-1369 firstname.lastname@example.org
Like the handful who went before ...
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
"You hear it over and over when people leave, but it's really an awesome place to be."
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.
efforts paid off last year as the Montana Association for Pupil Transportation
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.
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.
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
While working for the optometrist, a co-worker, the wife of then-state superintendent told Mougeot about a vacant accounting clerk position at OPI.
applied and soon got the job.
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.