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New Transportation Supervisor brings 31 years of experience

Aerial view of Kuhlman stadium with water tower in foreground.

Edina Public Schools is pleased to announce the hiring of Carrie Rutz as the district’s next Transportation Supervisor. Rutz brings 31 years of transportation experience in Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), having held positions in all areas of the transportation process.

Rutz is currently the manager for MPS Special Education Transportation, a position she has held since 2015. Her responsibilities include management, training and scheduling of special education bus aides; training for new special education drivers; daily problem resolution and customer care. Rutz also works with a team of MPS staff to establish best practices in the field of transportation, including long term strategic planning. She also developed special education transportation training material and curriculum.

Prior to holding the manager position, Rutz worked in transportation scheduling for seven years, including scheduling busing for homeless and highly mobile students, regular and special education students, and summer school route assembly. She was also responsible for ongoing route maintenance, map maintenance, and evaluation of the system for efficiencies.

Rutz was also an MPS Assignment Dispatcher for 10 years, responsible for the route bid process; driver, route and vehicle assignments; managing payroll record keeping; facilitating equipment install; and distribution of yearly start-up materials. She began her career with MPS as a school bus driver for seven years.

Rutz has also worked on transportation planning, logistics and staffing for many large, special events, including: 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta; NHL All Star Game Weekends in various cities; 1999 Pan-American Games in Winnipeg; and three years working on the Daytona 500 Weekend in Daytona, Fla.

Rutz holds an associate degree from the Minneapolis Community and Technical College. “I am honored and excited to join the family at Edina Public Schools,” Rutz said. “Transportation operations is my chosen profession and I look forward to learning the existing system in Edina and getting to know everyone.”

She will begin her tenure with Edina on June 13.