California Association of School Transportation Officials

2024 Northern Sectional Winners and Photos available on Roadeo page

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ZESBI Now Open!

The Zero Emission School Bus and Infrastructure (ZESBI) incentive project is now open for applications.  ZESBI’s initial application window opened on May 14, 2024, at 10:00am Pacific Time.  The application link is available at:

A total of $500 million is appropriated by Senate Bill (SB) 114 for ZESBI incentives, pairing zero-emission (ZE) school bus vehicle funding through the California Air Resources Board (CARB), with charging infrastructure funding through the California Energy Commission (CEC). In Fiscal Year 2023-24, $375 million is allocated to support the replacement of old internal combustion school buses with ZE school buses and $125 million is allocated to support infrastructure and associated cost incentives.

​​​Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants include California Public School Districts, California Public Charter Schools, California Joint Power Authorities, and California County Offices of Education. Charter schools classified as a non-classroom-based charter school as of FY 2021-22 are not eligible entities. All applicants must serve students within the K-12th grade levels and own their own school buses.  

Participation in ZESBI requires the scrappage of an old school bus for each new zero-emission school bus that is awarded.

Applicant Prioritization

Applicants within each tier (Tiers 1 – 3) will be ranked based on the timestamp of submission of their complete Application Part A. The timestamp on any application that is missing materials or otherwise deemed incomplete will not be recorded until all application materials are submitted.   

Please refer to the Local Educational Agency Prioritization List to identify an applicant’s priority tier.  If you cannot locate your Local Educational Agency name, please contact for help in determining tier designation.  

How to Prepare for Application
Eligible applicants interested in applying should be prepared to provide the following at time of Application Part A: 

  1. A Letter of Intent signed by an authorized representative stating the applicant’s intent to purchase zero-emission school bus(es).  A Letter of Intent template is available.
  2. A current copy of the DMV registration for each old school bus included in Application Part A. 
  3. A current copy of the CHP Safety Certification (CHP 292 or equivalent) for each old school bus included in Application Part A. The old school bus(es) must have a current, unexpired, CHP 292 or equivalent at time of application submittal. 

Please review the Application Information Session recording for a more detailed explanation of the application process. 

FY 23-24 Appendix G: ZESBI Incentives
FY 23-24 HVIP Implementation Manual, Appendix G: Zero Emission School Bus & Infrastructure Incentives has been published and can be located on our website.

The policies and requirements in the HVIP Implementation Manual apply to ZESBI. In instances where the policies and requirements differ, those outlined in Appendix G take precedence for ZESBI. 

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School Bus Drivers Honored by California Highway Patrol

By Merari Acevedo-Vigo - School Transportation News

May 18, 2023

LAUSD bus driver Tamara Conley receives her award from the California Highway Patrol on May 9, 2023.LAUSD bus driver Tamara Conley receives her award from the California Highway Patrol on May 9, 2023.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) and state education officials recently named the two school bus drivers of the year.

Combined, the drivers have 61 years of experience driving schoolchildren: Thirty-six year veteran driver Tamara Conley of Los Angeles Unified School District, representing Southern California, and 25-year veteran Robert Sorber of Miller Creek School District in San Rafael, California, for the state’s northern region.

The School Bus Driver of the Year award given by CHP is awarded to hard-working and dedicated candidates that contribute to the school’s bus industry for the safe transportation of students in California.

Conley was presented with the award on May 9.

“She is an inspiration and represents how students are supported all day long,” a statement from the LAUSD adds.

Through the district’s statement, many coworkers, board members and staff expressed their gratitude toward Conley and their excitement that she received a well-deserved honor.

“I am grateful to Ms. Tamara Conley for her dedication and servant leadership,” said LAUSD Director of Transportation Daniel Kang. “She is the first district employee whom some of our children see when they go to school and the last when they are dropped off. Ms. Conley represents the best of us.”

Conley has had a perfect attendance record for the past 15 years. She says she loves what she does and said that she’s got a couple more years left until she retires.

Meanwhile, 25-year veteran Robert Sorber of Miller Creek School District received his award last month. He is credited with driving about 225,000 accident-free miles over his career, according to CHP.

The winners each year are selected by a committee of representatives from CHP, the California Department of Education, the Department of Motor Vehicles, and the California Association of School Transportation Officials.

Home to School Transportation Reimbursement Program

From the Office of School Transportation...
December 6, 2022

Home-to-School (HTS) Transportation Reimbursement was implemented by Assembly Bill (AB) 181 (Chapter 52, Statutes of 2022) and amended by AB 185 (Chapter 571, Statutes of 2022). It provides reimbursement funding for school districts and county office of education based on the prior year eligible transportation expenditures and prior year Local Control Funding Formula transportation related add-on funding.

The California Department of Education has created a “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ) website that will assist in the clarification of inquiries the department has received from the industry.

If you have any questions regarding this information, please email youTransportation Programs Consultant.

CDE IB 22-70 (Home to School Transportation Reimbursement Program ) (003).pdf

Local Chapter Events

Are you in need of in-service training?  Looking for more information regarding local School Bus training events?  Head over to our Chapter Events Page to see what's going on in your area.

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Presidents Message

Presidents Message: Spring 2024


As we step into the vibrant season of spring, I am delighted to announce the much-anticipated upcoming events in our calendar—the CASTO Roadeo competitions! These events celebrate the skill, dedication, and professionalism of our school transportation community.

Northern Sectional Roadeo
Date: May 4th, 2024 (Changed to April 27th)
Location: Galt Market

Southern Sectional Roadeo
Date: May 11th, 2024
Location: Irwindale Speedway

Championship Roadeo
Date: May 26th, 2024
Location: Galt Market

This year, we have some exciting news! In our commitment to further elevate these events and encourage participation from all corners of our community, the Roadeo Committee proposed an idea to the executive board. After careful consideration, we are thrilled to announce that the Roadeos will be free of charge for all contestants!

We believe that by eliminating contestant fees for this year, we can foster greater inclusivity and enthusiasm among our members. It is our hope that this gesture will not only make participation more accessible but also reinforce the spirit of camaraderie and collaboration within our association.

Please visit the Roadeo page for more information and registration details.

Additionally, I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to everyone who made our recent Annual State Conference at the Delta by Marriott in Garden Grove a resounding success. The event was completely sold out, and it was evident that everyone learned a great deal, networked effectively, and enjoyed themselves immensely.

A huge thank you goes out to the Conference Committee, including Dano Rybar-Contracts & Event Planning, Neftali Perez Lopez-Programs Chair, Donna King-Vendor Chair, Pam McDonald-Programs Co-Chair, Christina Celeste-Russo, Registration Chair, and the rest of the Executive Board, for their tireless efforts in providing such a successful event.

Special recognition is also due to Chapter 2 for their outstanding decorations at the banquet dinner, and to Cindy Casarez for arranging the photo booth, adding a touch of fun and memories to the event.

Let us continue to build upon the momentum of our recent achievements as we look forward to the upcoming Roadeo events.

Warm regards,

Mike Sawyer | President
California Association of School Transportation Officials

Why Should You Be a CASTO Member?

This document will aid you with answering the question..."Why should I be a CASTO Member?"

Why CASTO.pdf

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CASTO's Official Address


PO Box 348120

Sacramento, CA 95834

CASTO 2023 Safety Poster Contest Winner

Jaiden Sandoval
6th Grade Special Education
Bryant Elementary, Stanton, California

Legislative Report

To: CASTO State Board of Directors

From: David Neben

Memo: State Legislative and Budget Update

Dear President Thomas and CASTO Board of Directors,

The following memorandum contains informational updates on legislation and budget activities at the state Legislature. Please do not hesitate to contact myself or my staff with questions or concerns related to the material.

Thank you,

David Neben
CEO, Strategic Education Services
1610 R Street, Suite 300
Sacramento, CA 95811
(925) 286-6370


The Governor has published his 2023 Budget proposal. As of this quarter’s meeting of the State Board of Directors, we are still awaiting the publication of trailer bill language details to accompany the fiscal appropriations details.

Overall State of the Economy

The Governor’s Budget assumes the state is facing a significant decline in revenue growth over the next couple of fiscal years, beginning with the current year 2022-23. While this is not necessarily a recession, it means that some financial commitments from prior years will have to be either reduced or delayed in order to continue funding statutory ongoing programs like the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).

Electric School Bus Replacement

In discussions with senior staff from the Department of Finance, it was determined that the program to provide $1.5 billion for electric school bus replacement would remain uncut. Approximately $300 million in grant funding will still be available each year during the five-year allocation period.

Home-to-School Transportation

The 2022 Budget Act approved an increase in HTST funding up to 60% of a local educational agency’s costs of providing HTST services, according to SACS code function 3600. This equates to more than $600 million in additional ongoing funding for school transportation, and a total of $1.1 billion overall. The Department of Finance staff has indicated that this program will also remain untouched in determining where to find financial relief for the state budget.


The Legislature convened the 2023-24 legislative session on January 4, 2022, introducing a total of 40 new elected officials to the Assembly and Senate. The deadline for all legislators to introduce legislation for the first year of the session is February 17, 2023.

SB 88 (Skinner) – Pupil Transportation: School Pupil Activity Bus: Drivers

Senator Nancy Skinner has introduced SB 88. While the bill is still in “spot-bill” form and only contains legislative intent language, the general idea of the bill presents potential issues for school bus drivers and alleviating the current staffing crisis.

Action: We recommend CASTO maintain a neutral position on this bill until additional amendments have been published. | 855.227.8668

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