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Serving the Kalama, Woodland, Ridgefield and La Center communities with safe and reliable student transportation because our passengers are our future.

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Ray Hanson

After 7 years, Ray Hanson is retiring from KWRL. He has enjoyed working with the other drivers in the La Center school district. For 6 years Ray has held La Center route 54. A benefit for driving a particular route for that length of time allowed Ray to journey life with a select group of students. In that period, he has built long-lasting relationships with the students and he will be greatly missed. Ray is looking forward to his next chapter. He and his wife intend to travel domestically throughout the United States. He also plans to visit his family. Thank you Ray for your dedicated service with KWRL and providing great service to the La Center community. KWRL has a sign posted in the office which states “Anyone can drive a car, but it takes someone special drive a School Bus.” Ray, you’re truly a special person. Wishing you the very best! Enjoy your retirement!

Ray Hanson - La Center Route 54

Employee of the Year

Cathy Nielson

Congratulations to Cathy Nielson for winning Woodland Public School Transportation Employee of the Year. The Woodland Public Schools accepts nomination throughout the school year and KWRL staff members nominate respective employee who go above and beyond their job expectations. The nomination is then reviewed by a panel and selected and awarded to one employee from KWRL Transportation. Cathy employed since 2010 is assigned to driving STEPS program Route 136 for Ridgefield and Kalama. The STEPS program encourages students 18-21 years of age to be independent. Cathy worked with the students, encouraging responsibility, making phone calls for their rides and showing up to their bus stop on time. Cathy is known for helping and assisting her students with a great and fun attitude. The staff at KWRL has high regards for this exemplary employee. KWRL staff members says her work ethic of handling student or bus issues immediately makes her a top notch employee. Well done Cathy!

Cathy Nielson, Vicky Barnes, Woodland Human Resource Manager, Shannon Barnett, KWRL Transportation Director, and Donna Sheppard, KWRL Assistant Director

Nondiscrimination Statement:

KWRL Transportation 989 Frazier Lane Woodland, WA 98674 / 360.225.8075 /

Woodland Public School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employee(s) has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:

Vicky Barnes, Title, IX Officer, Civil Right Coordinator, and Affirmative Action Officer, 800 Second St. Woodland, WA 98674,, (360) 841-2702

Jake Hall, 504 Coordinator, 800 Second St. Woodland, WA 98674, (360) 841-2720

You can report discrimination and discriminatory harassment to any school staff member or to the district's Civil Rights Coordinator, listed above. You also have the right to file a complaint. For a copy of your district’s nondiscrimination policy and procedure, contact your school or district office or view it online at

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