In August of 2007, Chuck Baumgardner began his career with South Western School District as the Director of Transportation. He graduated in the top ten of his class from Ohio Diesel Technical Institute. He has 26 years of school bus experience, which includes working as a mechanic, training school bus drivers and staff supervision.
Chuck is responsible for overseeing the bussing of over four thousand learners to seventeen different schools. He also supervises the South Western transportation staff of over fifty drivers, two office staff and one mechanic.
Chuck takes tremendous personal pride in making sure his staff is well trained, the buses and vans are safe, the bus stops are safe, and the routes are set up to be as efficient as possible. Safety always comes first but he tries to make sure he is doing what is best for both the learners and the taxpayers of the district.
His time away from school is spent helping at his church, camping, reading history books and enjoying time with his family. He and his wife of over thirty years have two adult children and one grandson.