Transportation Director

BIOGRAPHY                                                             DAVID A. LONG, JR.
David A. Long, Jr., now 60, was appointed Transportation Director of Taylor Community Schools in Kokomo, Indiana April 16, 2003.

Mr. Long began driving a school bus the fall of 1976 to supplement his family farm income as a special needs bus driver in Howard County. In 1991 he was hired by Taylor Community School Corporation to drive route 14 in the Indian Heights sub division. Effective November 1, 2000 Mr. Long began supervision of the Versa Trans Bus Routing and Planning System. Mr. Long was appointed to assistant maintenance, custodial supervision, and transportation director effective April 16, 2003. 
Mr. Long served two years as the Region 5 Director of Transportation with School transportation Association of Indiana, 2012-2014. Mr. Long received 16 hours of on-site training with Versa Trans Bus Routing and Planning with a skilled training coach in 2001. He completed the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Awareness Training in accordance with DOT/FHWA Part 382.603 on June 18, 2002. He completed the NAPT Training program course #802 – Special Education Transportation-Operations on April 16, 2003. He completed the one day training with Trane Controls on May 2005. He completed the 40 hour school bus driver-instructor classroom & behind the wheel training course by Richard E. Fischer, Trans-Consult Instructor on July 2006. Mr. Long completed Five Training Modules pertaining to Transporting Students with Disabilities on the school bus on February 10, 2007 provided by S.T.A.I. Mr. Long completed 8 hours of Blue Bird Maintenance & Multiplex Wiring Factory Training and a Braun Wheel Chair Lift training class in 2008. He completed the NAPT Training Program Course #302-Budget Development on April 29, 2009 in Fort Wayne, IN. He completed school bus maintenance training with Kerlin Bus Sales Training Class in 2010 and in 2011. Mr. Long completed the Supervisor Training of two hours in accordance with DOT regulations highlighting how to identify physical, behavioral, speech and performance symptoms that would justify probable cause drug and/ or alcohol testing on August 22, 2013. He has completed various safety trainings, Asbestos Awareness, and OSHA training provided Kokomo Electricians Union. 
Mr. Long drove a school bus in Dallas TX for 1 year and taught Physical Education, coached track, football, and basketball at a small intercity Christian school while attending Christ For the Nations Institute, graduating with a general studies ministry degree in 1990. He attended one year of general studies at Asbury College, Wilmore, Ky. In 1972-73, and one year at IVY Tech in Kokomo with classes in general carpentry and plumbing in 1974-75, and attended the 12 week short course in agriculture at Purdue University in 1976. Mr. Long coached cross-country bicycle treks in the summers, emphasizing safety, adventure, discipleship, and evangelism for 40 years. He has logged over 16,000 miles cycling in the USA and Wales. Mr. Long and his wife have also enjoyed service as foster parents and relief parents for 6 years in Howard and Cass County with a strong belief in helping the little people become safer and happier while cultivating a bright hope for the future.

Mr. Long has a total of twenty three years of transportation experience at Taylor School and promotes school bus safety as a primary and ongoing pursuit. He sees the Taylor School Community as a premier education center in Howard County and will continue to serve, promote and work together with others in this community to help this school reach and maintain its potential in every possible way.

David Long's Personal Mission Statement:

My mission in life is to do my best each day, and endeavor to lift others up to be their best as well. My family and my God are by far my two most important priorities, and my work will reflect an attitude of excellence and joyful service at home, church, and school.

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Mission Statement

The Taylor School Community mission is to prepare and encourage our students for success in all life’s opportunities through the foundation of TITAN STYLE.

Vision Statement

Working together as the Taylor Learning Community, we will distinguish ourselves as a premiere educational site, ensuring a life of success and continued growth for all of our students.