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Meet Rick Wellnitz, Director of Transportation


Rick Wellnitz

The Ball-Chatham School District would like to welcome Mr. Rick Wellnitz as our new Director of Transportation. Rick will be serving alongside retiring Transportation Director, Jim Lovelace, until Jim's retirement at the end of this school year.


Rick brings several years of experience to our District, most recently serving as Vice President of Operations Dousman Transportation in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin where he was responsible for overseeing 160 daily routes, billing, driver recruitment/retention, and the transportation budget. Prior to that, he served as Terminal Manager at Kobussen Bus LTD in Adams, Wisconsin.


About his position, he believes the biggest challenge he will face, as many school districts do, is driver recruitment and retention. However, he takes pride in getting students safely to and from school or events each day. “To see and hear the appreciation from the students is something I really like,” he says.


Rick has two daughters, Crystal and Stacey as well as five grandchildren, Colin, Hayley, Addison, Christian, and Jackson.


On his own time, he enjoys stock car racing and spending time with his daschund, Cooper.