Schools and Libraries
June 25, 2013
At the June 11 meeting of the Long Beach Board of Education, board members unanimously approved the appointment of Claudia Hardes to serve as director of transportation, effective July 1. She replaces Robert Sambo, who is retiring after more than 31 years of service to the district.
Ms. Hardes most recently served as the transportation supervisor for the Freeport Union Free School District. In this position, she supervised, coordinated and routed all contracted transportation for approximately 7,000 students. During her tenure in Freeport, which began in 2006, she saved the district more than $750,000 through efficient rerouting of buses. She also served for five years as a bus dispatcher/acting supervisor of transportation for the Westbury Union Free School District and for four years as an assistant dispatcher for Nassau BOCES. Prior to this, Ms. Hardes served as director of operations and general manager for the private bus company Coach of Class. In addition, she has served for 20 years as a consultant for KIDS Ltd., providing consultation services to school bus transportation administrators and supervisors.
Among her professional affiliations, Ms. Hardes is the treasurer of the Nassau Chapter of the New York Association of Pupil Transportation, as well as a member of the New York State and National Associations for Pupil Transportation. She holds a professional certificate in Transfinder PRO school bus routing software. She is a New York State Department of Motor Vehicles 19-A certified examiner and a New York State Education Department School Bus Driver Instructor.