By Anthony Welsh, acting manager of vehicle maintenance for Broward District Schools
I have had the pleasure of not only working side by side with Lou, but have had him to depend on during my time as acting manager of vehicle maintenance. This is where his abilities and dedication really shine. I cannot possibly list all hats he wears but he is:
- An accomplished mechanic;
- Our key DOE trainer who handles all aspects of pretests and prep for both the written and hands-on tests;
- Our only certified fire extinguisher inspector in vehicle maintenance;
- The primary diagnostic and repair technician for our antiquated fuel system;
- The go-to person for our technical needs for computer testing equipment maintenance, licensure and accesses;
- The guy who reviews inspection forms and maintains our own PM scheduling program, for which he was a key contributor, to make sure no buses run past their due date and are captured correctly;
- The handler of most things GPS-related, including repairing non-responding units, removing and relocating to new buses and assisting his team to address access issues;
- The key person for video systems to include repair, warranty, placement and input on video needs for the fleet; and
- Another source for our computer and network issues in the offices.
We have a lot of talent in our district – let there be no doubt. The bottom line is this humble individual gives it his all every day and only questions why we can’t get things back on track faster because he wants us to be at the top of our game in fleet repair. What I appreciate in Lou is his passion to make it right and his suggestions to make any process better. I could only hope that every district has at least one of the same.