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Walla Walla (Wash.) School District is the host district for the Southeast Washington Transportation Cooperative. The cooperative only charges $45 an hour for labor, compared with hourly rates at large vehicle repair shops in the area, which can run up to $115.
Cooperative helps districts save money, time
February 6, 2014

Walla Walla (Wash.) School District won matching funds from the state to obtain funds for a facility to support a cooperative that serves three school district transportation departments, and it hasn’t cost taxpayers additional tax dollars. The Southeast Washington Transportation Cooperative provides vehicle maintenance at a fraction of the cost of local shops as well as a driver training program that saves districts staff and time.

Darryl Hofstra has been Forest Hills Public Schools’ supervisor of transportation since 2004, a role he’s proud to hold. He says it is a premier district in the Grand Rapids area and in the state of Michigan.
Team stays proactive to maintain safe service
February 4, 2014

From its school bus maintenance to its driver training, the transportation employees at Forest Hills Public Schools in Grand Rapids, Mich., look ahead and analyze information to identify potential problems or areas that need improvement.

NAPT News & Views — Response to NTSB's recommendations
January 23, 2014

We believe our response to NTSB’s recommendations documents a position that seeks the clarity and facts your community and state policymakers demand when making important decisions affecting school bus operations.

Karam, the director of transportation at Bethlehem Central School District in Delmar, N.Y., has long utilized key performance indicators at his operation, which have led to increased efficiency and a reduction in costs. The department saved about $900,000 for the 2012-13 school year.
Alfred Karam named SBF's Administrator of the Year
January 21, 2014

The director of transportation at Bethlehem Central School District in Delmar, N.Y., has adopted a businesslike approach to running the transportation department, while also focusing on student safety. The transportation team was able to reduce its overall transportation budget by about $900,000 for the 2012-13 school year, and tracking key performance indicators has increased efficiency.

NAPT trade show: buses, components and more
January 14, 2014

New offerings that were on view and introduced during the show in Grand Rapids, Mich., include an all-electric school bus, a wheelchair retractor tie-down system, heater kits, LED lights and fleet management solutions.

To comply with the new voluntary industry standard known as WC18, wheelchair tiedowns or other securement devices must pass two different dynamic strength tests.
New standards target stronger wheelchair tie-downs, increased passenger safety
January 14, 2014

New safety standards for wheelchairs and tie-downs promise to improve transportation safety for people who must use their wheelchair as the passenger seat when riding in a car, van or bus. Here’s an overview of the WC18 and WC19 standards and the enhanced testing they require.

Contractors target top issues for 2014
January 13, 2014

NSTA President Tim Flood points to the challenges of a regulatory environment that he says could hinder the efficiency of contractors’ operations and increase driver shortages.

Tags: NSTA
Positive experiences with seat belts
January 13, 2014

In the debate on whether seat belts are a good fit for large school buses, it seems that the best insight comes from those who actually have experience with the restraints in their fleet. SBF Executive Editor Thomas McMahon hit the road in November to visit Buellton USD and another district in Santa Barbara County, Goleta USD. Both had interesting perspectives to share about their fleets and the environments in which they operate.

NASDPTS bolsters support for lap-shoulder belts
January 9, 2014

The state directors association had previously expressed its support for lap-shoulder belts if funding is made available. At the annual NASDPTS conference, the board strengthens its position by dropping the funding clause. Safety topics were the focus of many conference sessions.

Victoria Arlen, a gold medal-winning para-athlete swimmer, explained how she has overcome her struggles with paralysis to succeed.
Web exclusive: Bonus coverage of NAPT sessions
January 6, 2014

Here's the scoop on several engaging sessions at the National Association for Pupil Transportation's 2013 Summit in Grand Rapids, Mich. Topics include school bus loading and unloading safety, Medicaid reimbursement, and overcoming the challenges of a disability.

NTSB Vice Chairman Christopher Hartdiscussed potential benefits of seat belts in school buses, although he noted that there is “no single safety mechanism that is the best for every type of crash.”
NAPT Summit report
January 6, 2014

From sessions on enhancing safety and efficiency to awards for outstanding service, here’s our rundown of highlights from the National Association for Pupil Transportation’s 2013 Summit, held in Grand Rapids, Mich., in October.

Creating a communication plan that brings everyone involved in the student’s well-being together allows each party to be better prepared in their setting and make sure the student is safe.
5 tips for connecting with special-needs students
January 3, 2014

Using visuals and short, simple statements are key changes drivers and aides can make in their communication style to better connect with students who have hearing, vision and cognitive impairments, and physical endurance issues. Meanwhile, transportation directors should build a solid communication plan between drivers and aides, teachers, nurses and parents to ensure everyone involved has the information needed to serve the students.

Stats show safer roads
December 19, 2013

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)'s latest Fatality Analysis Reporting System data, there were 33,561 highway deaths in 2012. While that was a 3% increase from 2011, NHTSA officials pointed out that highway deaths over the past five years continue to remain at historic lows.

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Authors Michael Shields (standing, wearing a tie) and David McCuistion (not pictured) say that President Lincoln was a collaborative leader, and school bus drivers also work with others to build a cohesive team.
Leadership, from Lincoln to school bus drivers
December 3, 2013

Like this Civil War-era luminary and others, bus drivers provide guidance to their passengers, and they are dedicated and care for those they work with and serve — all characteristics of a great leader.

NAPT News & Views — Dave McDonald shares his hopes, fears
December 3, 2013

To shed some light on the personalities that make up the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) board of directors, the association has launched a series of board member profiles. Here, we hear from Dave McDonald, NAPT affiliate member director and director of business development and technical sales for Rosco Vision Systems.

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Dispatcher digs dinosaur fossils
December 3, 2013

Every summer, Terry Thomason, a dispatcher for Washington Elementary School District in Phoenix, travels to Minneapolis, where she and her mother and siblings volunteer for the Marmarth Research Foundation.

Crossing guards at school bus stops?
December 3, 2013

We have crossing guards to help students safely cross the street around schools. Why not have a built-in crossing guard on every school bus?

Thinking outside the bus
December 3, 2013

In the school bus industry, which has built an unparalleled safety record with its thorough driver requirements and strict vehicle construction standards, the thought of stepping outside of the school bus is disconcerting for many.

Photo courtesy of J. J. Keller & Associates Inc.®
Planning keeps buses running during rough weather
November 26, 2013

Thorough bus inspections, pre-planning stops and operating the bus more slowly than usual will help to maximize driver and student safety. Areas on routes where drivers can pull over if necessary should be documented, and all stakeholders should maintain an open line of communication.

Tags: weather
Orange USD Transportation Supervisor Ellen Johnson (front row, far left) and Director of Transportation Pam McDonald (to Johnson’s left) say they take a “family photo” with the bus drivers every school year.Photo by Suzan Grab
6 tips to strengthen relationships with unions
November 19, 2013

Being in a transportation management position can sometimes feel like being in between a rock and a hard place. However, directors who have effective working relationships with their unions say frequent communication, pitching in to build a team, and researching collective bargaining agreements help.

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