The Leander Education Excellence Foundation (LEEF) funded the first Leander ISD Transportation grant at the beginning of this school year, providing $5,000 to the department for use in improving the current training program for new bus drivers.

The grant funding will be used to improve the current training program for new bus drivers by creating in-house media enhancing the trainee’s knowledge base and training for Behind the Wheel. Once implemented, the initiative will improve the cost and efficiency of the overall department.

Transportation’s Bus Operator Scott Colvin, along with Safety and Training Supervisor Robert Bellah and Assistant Director of Transportation Ken Turner worked for months to pull data together and acquire the needed approvals to submit the grant application.

“This grant application is a perfect example of staff members embracing LISD’s core values of ‘Staff Empowerment’ and ‘Safe and Innovative Learning Environments,’” LEEF Executive Director Coleen Brighton said. “Colvin identified a program that needed improvement and took the time and initiative to apply for funding.”

Colvin shared that receiving these funds to improve the training video will offer a more inclusive and engaging learning environment for trainees, increasing success rates for trainees. This impact will also positively influence student safety and experience.

LEEF has funded $1,000,000 in teaching grants since its inception.

“It is our generous community, LISD staff, families and business partners that have given us the opportunity to put so many dollars back into Leander ISD programs and initiatives,” Brighton said. “Mr. Colvin has shown us that supporting our students goes beyond the classroom and we are honored to be able to fund his initiative.”

LEEF’s Board of Directors recognizes that supporting and impacting LISD students and staff extends beyond the classroom. If you would like to support LEEF and the teaching grant program, please join as a LEEF monthly donor. 100% of your dollars go back into this program.