• Bus Driver Shortage May Result in Later Bus Routes

    Like many entities, quarantining by our County Health Department continues to affect both staff and students at Safford Schools.  Staffing our transportation department has been particularly challenging as we are currently using all of our substitute drivers to cover sick or quarantined drivers.

    Last year we tried reducing routes when we didn’t have enough staff, but this placed a hardship on some households.  Since our goal is to make sure all students get to school, IF we face a driver shortage again this year, we will double up routes rather than reducing our route areas.  This means, basically, a driver would transport students to school on their regular route.  Once students were dropped off, the driver would then go pick up students from another route.  If this were to happen, we will communicate with parents of the route affected through our auto dialer system letting you know the bus pickup will be at a later time.  Ideally, we could let you know the day before, but there could be a situation where we may not know about a driver being out until that morning. 

    Our auto dialer system relies on having updated parental contact information so the calls go to the best person to deal with this type of situation.  If you have signed up with our PowerSchool Parent Portal, you can check your contact information there.  If you have had changes to your contact information, it is very important to contact your school’s secretary so we can have the most up-to-date contact information for you.  This will allow us to contact you as bus routes are delayed.

    We sincerely appreciate your support and understanding as we continue to navigate through these unprecedented times.

Unified Excellence

  • Welcome to the Transportation Department's Website!


    Our Goal in the Transportation Department is to provide highly qualified, expertly trained drivers and staff to transport students to and from school and activities on a daily basis the safest, most efficient, professional way possible.

    Our wonderful staff are among the most well trained, dedicated transportation employees in the State of Arizona. All drivers are First Aid, CPR, AED certified, while maintaining continual safety training, physical testing and drug testing according to Arizona State Law.

    SUPERVISOR: Phillip Nelson

    ASSISTANT: Jonna Best

    TRAINERS: Gina Groll and Mary Apodaca

    BUS DRIVERS: Mary Apodaca, Gina Groll, Angela Latteri, Ginger Soto, Frank Gutierrez, Jennifer McDougal, Bob Park, Jenny Clark, Amy Gileadi, Jonna Best, Phillip Nelson, Kevin Casperson, Anna Hartman, Greg Innes, Britnie Gonzales, Dan Massa, Frances Robinson and Melissa Hansen.

    BUS AIDES: Danielle Procela and Lena Clark


Bus Pass Sign-up Information

  • Please click on the link below to sign up your students to ride the bus. Please note that you must submit a response for EACH student.  Also, you can NOT use passes from previous years.

    Bus Pass Sign-Up

    Students without a bus pass will NOT be permitted on the bus - NO EXCEPTIONS! Notes from parents will not be accepted.  Lost or stolen bus passes cost $5.00 to replace. If you have the bus pass but need a new sticker the cost is $2.00.

    Bus passes issued:

    Monday - Friday 8:30 - 11:00 am

    Monday - Thursday 4:00 - 4:30 pm or by appointment - call 928-348-7080

Bus Safety Video


  • Transportation Supervisor:
    Phillip Nelson

    Transportation Assistant:
    Jonna Best
    Fax: 928-348-7081

    1185 S 14th Avenue
    Safford, AZ 85546

    Business Hours:
    7:00 am - 12:00 pm
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Bus Safety!


  • We are currently seeking individuals with a Class B CDL License to join our team. However, we provide training for you to obtain a Class B CDL License for those who do not have one.

    An employment application can be found on our Employment portal. Must have a clean driving record for five years. Any questions, please contact us at 928-348-7080 or 928-348-7090.

    We look forward to having you as a new addition to our team!!

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