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Buses, Bells and Budgets
March 1, 1998

As school districts wrestle with budget issues, transportation managers try to eke out every possible efficiency in their operations. For many years, ...

The Sweet Hereafter: What's the message for us?
March 1, 1998

The plot of The Sweet Hereafter isn't much of a dramatic surprise. By the time we watch the school bus winding through the hills, plucking chil...

Media scrutiny can be a positive experience
March 1, 1998

You are not Bill Clinton; neither am I. This is not a harsh reality, but rather a pleasant circumstance, all things considered. But, like the Presi...

Early Buzz on High-Tech Engines Is Positive
March 1, 1998

The shape of things to come has already arrived. It's a box, more or less, and it contains enough computer wizardry to monitor a wide range of engine ...

Best Practices for the Use of Child Restraint Systems
March 1, 1998

The growing population of infants, toddlers and preschoolers on school buses presents a wide range of challenges to the transportation provider. Many ...

School Buses Give Communities a Lift
March 1, 1998

The ideal: A half-empty school bus pulls up. Waiting with a dozen schoolchildren are three women headed to their GED class, a first step toward gettin...

Preventing Tragedy at the Bus Stop
March 1, 1998

Connie Chavis assumed her 5-year-old daughter, Brittany, would be safe at her school bus stop. After all, through the window of her mobile home, lo...

Extensive policy needed to handle DNR orders
March 1, 1998

Many parents with severely impaired children have acquired written orders that restrict others from trying to resuscitate their children if they shoul...

Protect your technicians from toxic exhaust fumes
March 1, 1998

Carbon monoxide and diesel smoke are considered to be hazardous materials by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Carbon monoxide...

News from around the industry
February 1, 1998

24% decline reported in loading/unloading fatalities

Nineteen schoolchildren were killed in loading and unloading accidents during the 1996-...

Is safety compromised by the driver shortage?
February 1, 1998

The mounting shortage of school bus drivers is like a distant siren gaining in volume and arousal, signaling the imminent arrival of an emergency. Ste...

Mission: Search and Employ
February 1, 1998

Let me share something with you," says William Bast, transportation administrator for the DeKalb (Ga.) County Schools, describing one of his newest dr...

How to Organize a Special-Needs Roadeo
February 1, 1998

We think we've hit upon a great way to improve special-needs training and have a little fun in the process. Modeled after traditional school bus roade...

What You Need to Know about ABS for School Buses
February 1, 1998

The antilock brake system (ABS) mandate has arrived. School buses (with a GVWR of more than 10,000 pounds) equipped with air brake systems manufacture...

Special care required for asthma attacks
February 1, 1998

Often asthma attacks begin suddenly, with no warning. They may begin even when a person is at rest. Although symptoms may follow heavy exertion, expos...

3 keys to maintaining automatic transmissions
February 1, 1998

Premature failure of your automatic transmissions can be minimized through proper spec'ing, preventive maintenance and technician training. By includi...

Wheelchair maker takes a step in the right direction
February 1, 1998

As we prepare for the annual National Conference and Exhibition on Transporting Students with Disabilities, scheduled March 4-8 in Orlando, Fla, a maj...

Boston's Ergonomic Revolution
February 1, 1998

Meeting the needs of school bus drivers can take many forms — higher pay, improved training, greater emotional support. The physical demands of the jo...

'Typecasting' administrators can help to resolve conflicts
February 1, 1998

It takes a village to improve discipline on school buses. By that I mean that transportation managers, building administrators, parents and drivers ne...

Maintenance guidelines for hydraulic disc brake systems
August 1, 1997

There's nothing more important on any school bus than the braking system. It is in keeping with a concern for safety that the four-wheel disc brake sy...

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