Indiana Mills and Manufacturing, Inc. hires new student transportation account manager to focus on school bus safety


By Renee Larr

Westfield-based safety company IMMI recently hired Monica Coburn to serve as student transportation account manager. Coburn has a long background in student transportation in Indiana.


“We’re thrilled to have Monica. She has spent most of her career in student transportation,” said Julie Cooley, director of marketing communications for IMMI. “She’s been the transportation director for Indianapolis Public Schools, Bartholomew County and Franklin Township. She recently retired from IPS in July. We are looking to help school districts convert their travel and activity buses to our safeguard lap shoulder belts, and Monica was available to help us do this and since she knows the school transportation industry so well. And because she has so many contacts, she was just the perfect choice to help us do this.”

School bus safety has been in the news recently due to accidents in Tennessee and Texas. Coburn has a passion for progressing the safety of student busses.

“I have been very passionate about the need for seat belts on school busses from the moment we made the decision down at Bartholomew County to go that route. As my career progressed, I’ve been retired as a school transportation director, I feel I still have a lot to give toward the passion. I will be able to assist in any way possible for implementation of seat belts,” Coburn said. “Whatever each school districts needs are, I’m here for them. I bring insight from being a transportation director, and having been on that side and understanding how school districts work and their thought processes.”

She said she feels excited to be part of a changing program within area schools.

“I feel things are getting ready to change and now is the time to be a part of something exciting. IMMI is such a great company. I think it will be a good fit. I’m excited to be here,” she said.

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