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Let's ditch the cowboy terms
August 13, 2013

It is imperative that the industry emphasize its relevance, its professionalism and its commitment to safety. Calling your transportation facility a “bus barn” does not suggest any of those things.

Positively managing change helps others
August 8, 2013

While we can’t always control what happens to us, we can manage our responses by being a leavening agent for positive change in the lives of others.

The right way to make a left
August 7, 2013

There’s no good way around it: We have to turn left sometimes, often without the “protection” of a solid green arrow. For school bus drivers, training to “perfect the art” of knowing the bus and how to steer it will allow them to focus on watching out for objects in the intersection.

NAPT News & Views — Steve Simmons discusses the times he would travel back to
August 6, 2013

NAPT has launched a series of board member profiles. Here, we hear from Steve A. Simmons, NAPT Region 3 director and director of transportation at Columbus (Ohio) City Schools.

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10 factors that affect vehicle dynamics
August 1, 2013

Understanding vehicle dynamics will help the driver maintain optimum control of the bus, which is essential to maintaining student safety. Here, factors ranging from tires and centrifugal force to weight shift and acceleration are addressed.

Chris Ellison, transportation manager, Eugene School District 4J, was able to accomplish his goal of getting to know all of the approximately 130 employees when he first started at Eugene by walking around the facility, sitting in the driver’s room and riding bus routes.
6 tips for directors coming aboard a new district
July 30, 2013

When taking on a new position at a different district, assessing and getting used to new people and procedures can be a challenge. Transportation directors who have successfully made the transition share advice on how to implement changes and get to know new employees and peers.

Jason Booher, who was 13 when he survived the Carrollton bus crash, now speaks to students, churches and school bus drivers about the lessons learned from the tragedy.
Carrollton bus crash survivor points to the positives
July 25, 2013

It has been 25 years since the fiery Kentucky bus crash that killed 27 people. Jason Booher, now a high school administrator and coach, recounts his narrow escape from the burning bus and discusses the safety improvements that stemmed from the tragedy.

Queen Creek (Ariz.) Unified School District #95 strives to put its bus stops in residential neighborhoods, away from busy thoroughfares. Photo courtesy of Queen Creek (Ariz.) Unified School District #95.
Tips and tools to select safe stops
July 23, 2013

Pupil transporters recommend considering everything from whether to use mid-block stops or corner stops to avoiding situations where students must cross a busy street to ensuring that the bus has enough room to maneuver in the area. Staff input and routing software can assist in this task.

Shop pop quiz: commonly missed issues
July 18, 2013

The following questions cover commonly missed issues in school bus maintenance. For the budget-minded director or fleet manager, making sure that technicians get these types of items right the first time is important in keeping costs down.

Safety beyond the school
July 16, 2013

The big, yellow bus also proves to be a sign of safety for the public in general, particularly in times of crisis.

Industry veteran pens travel book
July 16, 2013

Sian Thornthwaite of STC Consultancy in Pride Park, Derby, U.K., journeyed around the U.S. last summer with her beagle, Bailey, and wrote about their adventures in Dog Days in New England.

NAPT News & Views — Peter Mannella on how he would change the world
July 16, 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 Peter Mannella, NAPT Region 1 director and executive director of the New York Association for Pupil Transportation.

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Why transporters and educators should work together
July 16, 2013

The No. 1 win is for students with disabilities, who through this collaboration will get the most appropriate transportation service in a high-quality, efficient and safe way.

I took the wheel — of a yellow bus
July 16, 2013

The goal was for me to get a better sense of what school bus drivers face in terms of maneuvering such a large vehicle on the road. Its ease of maneuverability was eye-opening.

What's new in the Top 50
July 16, 2013

The latest developments related to several of this year’s largest school bus contractors.

Transportation costs: 'Dare to compare'?
July 11, 2013

Do your homework to understand how one operation compares to yours, and then — and only then — dare to compare.

External public address systems enable drivers to direct students to cross safely in front of the bus, help guide maintenance workers and share information with teachers, aides, parents and first responders during emergency situations. Pictured: Robert Reese from the Capital School District inDover, Del.
PA systems help drivers communicate safely
July 9, 2013

Whether directing students to cross the street safely in front of the bus or providing instructions during an emergency, these systems are vital to helping drivers communicate effectively. Suppliers meet these needs with systems as simple as speakers and a microphone or as elaborate as speakers integrated with emergency switches and ambient noise systems.

CEO Blake Krapf says that one of the biggest changes in the business has been districts’ increased financial pressure.Photo by Time Inc., courtesy of IC Bus
With growth, Krapf keeps focus on people
July 2, 2013

After 70 years in operation, Pennsylvania-based George Krapf Jr. & Sons is the sixth-largest school bus contractor in the nation and extends into multiple states. CEO Blake Krapf says that building strong relationships with districts and maintaining a top-quality staff are still the keys to the business.

Chris Shigley, national sales manager for REI, says stop-arm violation awareness is vital in the school bus market today.
REI's Chris Shigley on company growth, market trends
June 27, 2013

As Radio Engineering Industries celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2013, the company’s national sales manager says customers’ needs have played a key role in its development from a radio sales and repair store to a manufacturer and distributor of transportation products. One product he sees in great demand in the industry today is cameras, both for internal surveillance of a school bus and to capture stop-arm violators.

Do I take the job?: 7 steps to making the right call
June 25, 2013

For transportation directors, moving to a new school district can be a great career path or a rocky road. Here are key factors to consider before taking the plunge.  

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