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Public awareness: It's not going to drive itself
April 1, 1999

The message that most often gets to the American public about school bus transportation is consistently negative. Thus, when a tragedy occurs, there is no residual good will to discourage overreaction.

Take a sneak peek into a digital school bus
April 1, 1999

First off, I would like to thank the Ohio Association for Pupil Transportation for its hospitality at its annual conference in Columbus in mid-March.

Get More from Your Specs in the Long Run
April 1, 1999

Before you send out your next set of bids, review your spec'ing process to ensure that it delivers the product that you want.

Dealer Service Can Make or Break Relationships with Buyers
April 1, 1999

School bus operators share their positive and negative experiences in dealing with chassis and body manufacturers.

Internet Provides Practical Benefits for Transportation Managers
April 1, 1999

The Internet can be used to track key legislation and approaching storms. It also can trim costs in disseminating information.

Staff Empowerment Is Objective of Team Management System
March 1, 1999

By adopting a decentralized, team-oriented structure, Tulsa's transportation department has shifted decision-making power to the rank and file.

Head Start Programs Push 'Commitment' to Recruit, Retain Drivers
March 1, 1999

Fortunately, wages are not the driving force for employment. 'Making a difference' is the leading attraction, and many parents respond.

Opinions Vary on Driver's Role in Medical Emergencies
March 1, 1999

School districts are often hesitant to expand first aid training because of liability and confidentiality concerns.

5 Easy Pieces to a Better Special-Needs Program
March 1, 1999

These tips on training, equipment, communication, information and program monitoring can improve the safety and efficiency of your operation.

Is Your Fleet Ripe for Computerized Brake Testing?
March 1, 1999

Sophisticated brake-testing systems may require a significant investment, but the potential rewards include improved efficiency and record tracking.

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The ABCD's of a behavior intervention plan
March 1, 1999

Behavior problems exhibited by students with disabilities are not uncommon on the school bus.

Tragedy puts emphasis on planning, teamwork
March 1, 1999

When such a tragedy occurs, it challenges our leadership skills. As a superintendent, it's my job to ensure that every department, including transportation, is working as a team with the district office.

Why the industry should retire Dayton-style wheels
March 1, 1999

Although the vast majority of today's school buses are spec'd for Budd-style disc wheels, some fleets still prefer the Dayton-style spoke wheel.

Squeeze on Head Start puts strain on transportation
March 1, 1999

Welfare reform is changing the needs of underprivileged children who attend Head Start programs. That's because their parents are moving into the labo...

An ordinary day edges into the Twilight Zone
March 1, 1999

More than three decades later I can still summon it, the rising fear of a child swept past the point of no return.

Improve Your Special-Needs Evacuation Drills
February 1, 1999

Emergency evacuations require staff to make vital decisions under tremendous pressure. Make sure they're properly prepared.

Puppet Masters
February 1, 1999

A safety coordinator and drivers combine talents to bring an entertaining - and informative - show to schoolchildren.

How to Build a Safety Demonstration Bus
February 1, 1999

By tapping district, vendor and volunteer resources, a school transportation team in upstate New York transformed a spare Blue Bird into their dream vehicle.

False Accusations Create Dilemma for Drivers, Managers
February 1, 1999

Vengeful students can disrupt a driver's or aide's life with a false report. Some officials believe tougher penalties are necessary.

State Directors Tab Safety Issues as Top Concerns
February 1, 1999

Emphasis is given to dangers posed by non-conforming vans and stop-arm violators, but the driver shortage is also deemed a major problem.

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