Keeping in line with family tradition, it was only right that Denille Girardat, the president of the Pennsylvania School Bus Association and part-owner of a school bus company, found her way back to the world of pupil transportation. She began cleaning and sweeping buses for her family-owned transportation business, Girardat LP, in the early part of her career and later pivoted to a long-time role in retail. After much success, she went back to her school bus roots, increasing her involvement in the industry, heading up the family business, and becoming a member — and later president — of the PSBA.
In this interview with School Bus Fleet, Girardat talks about leading the state association through the challenging times of the pandemic, members’ heightened concerns about driver shortage and illegal passing, and the important role school bus drivers have in serving as the cornerstone of the education industry.
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