Bill Yurgelaitis has been employed with Hartland Consolidated Schools as a school bus mechanic for 27 and half years.
Bill is a Hartland Consolidated Schools alternative education graduate (what would become our LEGACY program). While attending alternative education classes in 1983, he began working part time in the bus garage for job/work credit. After graduating in 1985, he became a full-time employee and went on to attain ASE certification and become a Master School Bus Technician.
Bill has been “happily married for 23 years and raised three fantastic children.”
Most memorable moment:
“I’ve had lots of memorable moments working for Hartland but the most memorable one is probably the Senate Bill that was passed into law for the bomb threat problem we were experiencing.” Bill is referring to Senate Bill 645 of 2001 that became Public Act 422 in 2002, which would not allow a student who had perpetuated a bomb threat at school to be eligible to apply for a driver’s license until three years after the conviction. Bill and then-superintendent Peter Caroselli worked tirelessly with Senator Valde Garcia to write the initial Senate Bill and continued to lobby legislators in Lansing until Governor Granholm signed it into law in 2002.
Why are you still here?
“That’s a question to ask the administrators – ha ha – time flies when you’re having fun!” “Seriously, it’s been a great job; one that has been important to me personally to try and keep our bus fleet one of the safest, top-rated fleets per Michigan State inspections, in Michigan. The funny thing is, while I was in school here, I took autos, building trades, and had plant science, all in the same area that is now the Bus Garage – kind of started here and will probably end here.”
Positive thoughts About Hartland schools:
“The great leadership the schools have, even with the hard times everyone is going through. Hartland Schools, I feel, has the highest quality, safest and cleanest schools you can send your children to, period! It shows, with our community support. I know it has the safest school bus fleet, but I’m biased…”