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NSTA Convention to Cover Current Industry Issues

Sessions at this year’s event will provide the latest information on such topics as clean diesel and school bus advocacy projects. Activities will focus on bus security and the stranded-pupil problem. NSTA is also stepping up its efforts to recognize contestants in the School Bus Driver International Safety Competition.

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Last year, Paula Heinowski of Dousman Transport Co. in Dousman, Wis., (center) received the NSTA’s Golden Merit Award during the annual awards reception and dinner. Green School Bus Fleet Certification recipients will be added to the program this year.

“Green” certification recipients to join awards program

Another of the convention’s main events will be the annual awards reception and dinner, during which industry professionals are recognized for excellence in service and safety with eight awards.

This year, Green School Bus Fleet Certification recipients will be added to the program. The Green School Bus Fleet Certification Program recognizes NSTA members for their efforts to operate environmentally-friendly school buses through such means as outfitting their fleets with EPA- and California Air Resources Board-verified emissions-control technologies.

New measures to honor school bus drivers

In conjunction with the meeting and convention, top school bus drivers from across North America will test their knowledge and skills during the SBDISC on July 24 and 25.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the competition, and the NSTA plans to implement new efforts to honor the participants.

Abe says that the association will issue press releases to contestants’ hometown newspapers when they are approved to compete, and have a section on the NSTA Website with the contestants’ names, photos and bios.

Many drivers registered for the School Bus Driver International Safety Competition in 2009. The NSTA plans to have a section on its Website with contestants’ names, photos and bios as they are approved to compete this year.

Also, the top winner in each category (Conventional, Transit and Small Bus) will receive a new prize: a yellow jacket decorated with the SBDISC logo, the winner’s name and his or her competition category.

For more information on the 2010 NSTA Annual Meeting and Convention, and the 40th Annual School Bus Driver International Safety Competition, visit www.yellowbuses.org and click the “Events and Education” tab. 

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