Prather brings vast background to job of school transportation director

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 SHEPHERDSVILLE - A military veteran with decades of service in the Army National Guard has been named director of pupil transportation.

Ida Prather is looking forward to the challenges of getting over 12,800 students to and from school.

“I’ve been meeting with bus drivers and mechanics and getting to know the staff,” she said. “I like what I see but we can always improve.”

One of her top priorities is organizing a committee to develop a five-year plan.

“We need to look ahead at where we will be in the next five years,” she affirmed. “I believe it is important to focus on current needs while always keeping an eye on the future. Being on the cutting edge is where Bullitt County is and I wanted to be part of that.”

For 30 years, Prather served as an officer in Kentucky and Tennessee with the Army National Guard. She worked as a logistics/ordinance officer as well as an executive officer to the Fort Knox Battle Lab.

She has served as Company Commander along with Commander for Field Grade Officer.

She has been a Liaison Officer for the Army National Guard for deploying troops at Ft. Riley, Training/Security/Logistic. Other posts Prather held include Environmental Director, Inspecting General, Advisor, Trainer, and Counselor (TAC) for Kentucky Military Academy, Medic and NGB Delegate.

From July 1989 until she joined the transportation department, Prather was the State of Tennessee’s Environmental Manager Environmental Arena. Her duties included Environmental Management System (EMS)/ISO 14001; Manager for Natural Resources, Cultural Resources (where she worked with 23 American Indian Tribes in Tennessee) and Pollution Prevention; Supervisor; Curriculum Development; responsible for over 15,000 acres to meet all federal, state and local laws for compliance; and developed an a annual budget of $1.5 million.

In various Kentucky and Tennessee school systems, Prather has been a teacher/instructor, developed new school programs and served as an NEA delegate.

She earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology and a Master’s in Environmental from Murray State University; a Rank 1 in Health and Wellness from Austin Peay University and her Principals’ certification from Spalding University. She also earned 16 hours in electrical engineering.

Through the military, Prather has been awarded a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt; attended Commander of General Staff School; Logistics; Ordinance Basic/Advance/and Instructor Certification.

Bullitt County Public Schools has nearly 13,000 students in grades kindergarten through 12. There are 25 school facilities, a certified staff of over 900 and a classified staff of over 850 working every school day to make the district the leader in educational excellence.