National Winner 

Division 4 State Champion and National Second Place


7th Grade, Northbrook Middle School

Gwinnett County Schools



It is the time of year that we must begin the nomination process for GAPT Officers for the 2021-22 year.  If you have a desire to serve as an Officer for GAPT, now is the time to submit your letter of interest and resume.  Per the GAPT Bylaws, we will use the following process for the selection of Officers:

(3) Nomination Committee, which shall consist of the Immediate Past President as Chairman and Officers of the Board currently serving the Association.

The Nominating Committee shall receive letters of interest and resumes from those who have been Active Members of the Association for a minimum of four (4) years (including the current year).

After reviewing the candidates’ qualifications and eligibility, the committee will prepare and present their nominations for Officers to the full Board of Directors no later than March 31st of each year.

Those nominees will be published to the GAPT website at least 45 days prior to the annual meeting for review by the membership of the Association.

The members will then elect Officers for the upcoming school year from that slate of nominees or nominate and elect other candidates for Officer position(s), who have been Active Members of the Association for a minimum of four (4) years (including the current year), at the regular business meeting of the Annual Conference.

The logical and orderly process by which this function is carried out may be determined by the Board of Directors or by the Membership. 

If you would like to be considered for nomination as an Officer, please send the following to:

[email protected]

1.    Letter of Interest for Nomination

2.    Resume

3.    A document describing your leadership philosophy 

The selection timeline is as follows:

  • Open Nomination Process – January 26, 2021
  • Receive documents from interested Candidates – Deadline – February 26, 2021
  • Review Candidate’s qualifications with current Officers – March 1-5, 2021      
  • Select and notify nominee by March 11, 2021
  • Announce nominee to Board of Directors by March 16, 2021
  • Post nominee and qualifications to website by April 1, 2021 

Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions.  Thank you for your dedication in transporting ALL of Georgia’s students safely every day and for your continued support of GAPT!  


Greetings From Your GAPT President - Cliff Shearouse

Welcome to the 2020/2021 school year. Normally at this time this message would greet you as school buses were pulling out of the garage, drivers coming to the office to pick up their routes and supplies, and parents would be eagerly looking for their child’s bus stop information. That’s not necessarily the case for all of us this year. Although we are tirelessly working towards buses running and students coming and going to school, this year looks much different around the state. No matter what situation you currently find yourself in I pray this welcome finds you, your family and work team healthy and safe.

Again, welcome from GAPT and your 2020/21 president, Cliff Shearouse. When I sought election to the executive board 3 years ago I had no idea I would be the president during one of the most historic events in our nation’s history. To say this is a little overwhelming would be an understatement. However, I am excited about this year and looking forward to serving as your president.  Let me first say our organization is in a good place and financially strong. We have a large membership with great vendor support. Many of our vendors and the conference center on Jekyll Island worked with us to reschedule our conference without placing a financial burden on our organization. You should be receiving emails from GAPT regarding vendor blasts. These emails from our vendors are a way we can share their information with our members and show support to them. Please reach out to these vendors and the many others that support our organization faithfully. Secondly, let me encourage you to update your GAPT membership for this year. If you didn’t pay for this past summer’s conference we have included a link on the GAPT website to pay your annual membership fees. This is the $100 annual fee typically collected when you pay your conference fee each year. If you already paid, then thank you for your support again this year. We have a full calendar of events being planned and your annual fee supports these events and other resources GAPT provides throughout the year. We are currently working on plans to host a fall workshop in Macon at the Centreplex. A date will be announced soon. This workshop will be packed with good information as we try to navigate these uncertain times. Please check the GAPT website at for all the latest information regarding dates and times. If you paid for the spring 2020 workshop you will not have to pay for the fall 2020 workshop.

Finally, I’d like to leave you with this thought. As we enter another start to the school year and many of our normal plans have been tossed to the side, let me encourage you with the fact that you are here for this reason. You may not have signed up specifically to lead your team through the coronavirus pandemic however, you are the leader in your district right now. We never know what we are really signing up for however, you are a leader at heart and whether you feel prepared or not you are the one your team is looking to for guidance, knowledge, wisdom and direction. You are here for this reason therefore you can do this. You are ready and prepared to do this. And remember, you’re not in this alone. You have many others in this organization walking through the same unknowns as you. Let’s all lean on each other and come out on the other side stronger and smarter. You have an entire team of transportation professionals to lean on. That is one of the best things I’ve learned through my time with GAPT. The resources provided through this organization along with the wealth of knowledge within this membership is invaluable. It is for this reason I am most proud to be a part of this organization and willing to serve. My phone is always on and my email is always open for you. Now let’s go out and make this a year to remember. My prayers are for you and I look forward to seeing you soon.


Cliff Shearouse





57th Annual GAPT Conference and Trade Show

 June 20, 2021 - June 24, 2021

 Jekyll Island Convention Center


2021 Fall Administrator’s Workshop

 Tuesday, September 21, 2021 – Wednesday, September 22, 2021

 Macon Marriott Centreplex


58th Annual GAPT Conference and Trade Show

 June 19, 2022 - June 23, 2022

 Jekyll Island Convention Center