The Missouri School Bus Contractors Association
• offers the opportunity for school bus contractors to coordinate
their efforts and unite in solving problems
• to encourage and promote studies and research for improvement
of services rendered by the industry
• to establish quality standards for procedures and actions
• to promote the contract system of pupil transportation and
advance the development and public acceptance of its services
• to secure and disseminate to its members any and all legal and proper
information which may be of interest or value in serving
pupils in particular and the public in general
• to keep the members informed regarding improvements in
procedures and methods of management for the schedules and
• to supply the general public with helpful information about the
services to be expected from school bus contractors
• to promote better understanding and relationships between
members of the organization, school districts and agencies of
• to provide for the exchange of information secure uniformity of
action as set forth in the bylaws, and upon such other principles
as may be determined as best for the good of the industry as a
whole and which may more satisfactorily be performed by group
rather than individual action.
The association will not be conducted for the monetary gain or profit of any one member. None of its monies will be or may be paid as compensation or other enumeration to any of its members.
The ten major fundamentals upon which the Missouri School Bus Contractors Association was founded and upon which it expects to build are:
1. PRESERVATION OF THE PUPIL TRANSPORTATION BY
The businessman of America is and must be the decision maker of our nation and must bring to bear the best decisions for American growth and progress. The unique value of the individual must be reaffirmed. The MSBCA recognizes the need to preserve, promote, and strengthen the American Free Enterprise System which offers the schools and the general public greater assurance of personal and humanized service.
2. PROMOTION AND EXPANSION OF SERVICE TO THE PUPILS
There are certain inherent values which may be secured for the pupil through dependable, safe transportation. These values are important and should not be overlooked because they rightfully belong to the pupils, parents, and teachers. Chief among them is personalized and concerned service which members of the MSBCA are pledged to secure for their clients. The influence of their collective efforts in these areas will benefit those obtaining this protection.
3. FOSTERING THE BEST INTERESTS OF SCHOOL BUS
In continuing the progress already made, the MSBCA recognizes the need for service to its members through programs and actions developed by the committees organized for that purpose. Working from this solid base, future goals and objectives will be to assist members by learning to operate more effectively and by communicating the values of contract transportation to potential clients.
Through the strength of association, the contract system will be more fully protected. The association will remain alert to the needs of its members and attempt to discover ways to accomplish these needs. Cooperation with other organizations will be advanced whenever there are common interests without being bound to any in a manner precluding effective, separate action.
4. DEVELOPMENT OF MORE AND BETTER MARKETS FOR
THE CONTRACT METHOD OF SERVICE
Legitimate and honorable avenues for the marketing of the contract method of pupil transportation should not be condemned or infringed upon, and expansion of the method is a proper and laudable goal. Expansion can be enhanced through continual development of available areas and sources.
5. BROADENING THE EDUCATIONAL ASPECTS OF THE
The efficient and effective development, scheduling, and presentation of educational and training programs is recognized as one of the important functions of an association. Through the auspices of the MSBCA, complete and current sources of information will be made available to members. Through the organization, effective utilization will be made of the talents and energies of educators and technicians in industry and education.
Conferences, short courses, seminars, and technical courses can and will be developed for the benefit of members. Our educational programs for business leaders should make them aware of the service we can render and the impact of the actions we take on the social and economic fabric of our state and nation.
6. DEVELOPMENT AND PROMOTION OF AN INDUSTRY CODE
OF ETHICAL CONDUCT
The acceptance on the part of the public of any kind of business undertaking must be based upon confidence gained through satisfactory dealings and general reputation. A code of ethical conduct strictly observed and abided by, will assure the public of the merit of the undertakings of the members of the MSBCA.
7. PERPETUATION OF THE AMERICAN FREE ENTERPRISE
Free enterprise is one of the aims and purposes of the MSBCA. The very nature of its undertakings make it one of the most outstanding exponents of the free enterprise system as it is known in America.
All Americans can, and do, play a vital role in our free society. Through the voluntary investment of their dollars, Americans provide the capital necessary to industrial growth which results in jobs and job security, higher living standards, and the economic strength that keeps our government functioning.
The average businessman may not appreciate the importance of his role because he believes his own investment (like his one vote) is too small to make any difference. Through organization with his fellow businessmen, he at once finds strength and ability to participate in the important work of preserving those freedoms which made it possible for him to be a part of our free enterprise system.
8. MAINTAIN LIAISON WITH LAW MAKING BODIES AND
Businessmen of all kinds are faced with constant and rapid changes in the laws under which they operate. These changes are brought about both by actions of legislative bodies and by rules and regulations promulgated by governmental agencies.
It has long been recognized that individual businessmen have small, if any, effect upon the framing of either legislation or regulations. It is also recognized that when business speaks with a united voice, the very terms and conditions of legislation and regulations can be assured. This is simply because legislators and agency heads are representatives of the people. When they are sure of the overall merit of the terminology and tenet of either legislation of regulation, they then desire to follow that course. When approached by one or two representatives of a particular business they may feel that self-seeking or special privileges are being promoted.
Government agencies and legislative bodies are getting larger every day and our centralized government will continue to row in the coming years. Larger and more able associations are the only logical answer to this trend.
Tomorrow's possibilities, not yesterday's mythology must govern in the years ahead. Businessmen are faced with the plain fact that they must belong to trade associations and contribute some of their knowledge and experience to help others. In this manner they improve the ability of the industry they represent to produce better and more economically.
Liaison with lawmakers and regulatory bodies must be effectively maintained at all levels of government to better understand the problems and seek solutions.
9. DEVELOP AND PROMOTE MORE HARMONIOUS AND
SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS AMONG CONTRACTORS AND
The founders of the MSBCA had a clear vision of the needs of the school bus contractor in solving problems with which he was confronted. They knew that man cannot stand alone and accomplish much, but instead, must depend in large measure upon others. Thus, the invitation to business associates to develop an organization interested in a common cause has developed.
Another important part of such an organization is the social and harmonious relationship which should exist among contractors and with the authorities with whom they work. Meetings, conventions, and outings are an excellent means of developing these relationships and to provide an opportunity to enlarge the circle of friends.
The true value of the association is service. Service to the member, the pupils, the schools, the government, and to the public. Therein likes the true worth of the MSBCA.
10. PROMOTE GOOD PUBLIC RELATIONS
The MSBCA has the additional responsibility of informing the public of the value and the character of its members singly and collectively. The public relations work alone justifies the support of every component part of the industry and it is a never ending need. It could be said that eery aspect of the organization falls under the head of public relations and the association recognizes its importance. It also recognizes that much of its job is to enhance the public relations of the school bus contractors.