John Blood has been appointed as the new Transportation Manager for Wolf Creek Public Schools (WCPS), effective December 2. Blood replaces Chuck Richter who recently retired.
“John’s strong experience and background in all aspects of transportation, combined with his strong interpersonal skills and proven track record in building and leading a highly effective team environment makes him a great fit for Wolf Creek,” said Jayson Lovell, Assistant Superintendent, People Services.
Blood comes to WCPS with a strong background in transportation, having worked for Metro Transit in Halifax, NS for thirteen years. As the assistant manager of bus operations, his most recent position with Metro Transit, he successfully managed two Transit Depots and one Communication Centre with a staff compliment totaling 550 people. In this role John demonstrated excellent leadership, management and communication skills to develop and strengthen his team.
Additionally, John was in the Royal Air Force (UK) for 20 years as an air force technician where he attended the Royal Air Force Management School and Royal Air Force Technical Trade School. His experience with the Air Force provided him with technical and mechanical skills as well as the ability to adapt to a wide variety of situations and conditions.
Mr. Blood and his wife moved to Alberta recently to be closer to their two children who reside in Fort McMurray and Red Deer. Outside of work, John enjoys hiking, cycling, swimming and running. John completed several seven and 10 km races last year as well as the Halifax half Marathon in May.
The transportation manager plays an integral role in ensuring Wolf Creek Public Schools Student Transportation policies and regulations are communicated, administered and enforced. Blood will manage a team of student transportation professionals utilizing a consultative and collaborative approach and will implement thorough student transportation processes and procedures for the division.