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Recent developments with several of this year's largest school bus contractor companies.


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Krapf Bus Co. announces new execs

WEST CHESTER, Pa. — George Krapf Jr. & Sons Inc., the school bus division of the Krapf Bus Companies, announced that James P. Folkes has accepted the position of vice president of operations.

Folkes served 15 years with Laidlaw International Inc. In 2008, he joined Catalyst Business Advisors, an independent consulting firm. Folkes‘ earlier experience includes roles in operations and finance for McDonnell Douglas Truck Services Inc., Penn Central Railroad, CertainTeed and Johnson Matthey Corp. Folkes is also a past board member of the National School Transportation Association.

Shawn McGlinchey has accepted the position of director of risk management for Krapf Bus Co. McGlinchey came to Krapf from Harleysville Insurance Company with 23 years of experience in the area of risk management and loss control. His responsibilities at Harleysville included on-site evaluation, risk improvement service, agency support to commercial lines, regulatory compliance, and providing risk analysis, solutions and direction to clients.

Mc­Glinchey is a retired executive officer with the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves, where he served in the areas of strategic planning, readiness preparation and emergency response for the Coast Guard, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Defense, EPA and state resources. He also provided training in the areas of hazardous materials and OSHA/EPA.


Dean Transportation demonstrates environmental, educational commitments

LANSING, Mich. — Dean Transportation has had many new developments take place with its business in the past year.

In July 2009, Dean Transportation was awarded a $1-million grant in partnership with the Greater Lansing Area Clean Cities Coalition to retrofit Dean school buses throughout Michigan with emissions reduction devices. With the funding, the company is installing 228 diesel oxidation catalysts, installing 65 fuel operated heaters, and installing 48 closed crankcase ventilation systems in combination with 48 diesel oxidation catalysts.

Dean will take delivery of four Thomas Built hybrid-electric school buses this summer. These are the first of their kind in Michigan and, according to Thomas Built, the first hybrids to be produced with EPA 2010 engines. Two of the hybrids will be 71-passenger conventional buses and two will be 54-passenger lift-equipped buses. The 54-passengers are the first hybrid-electric buses Thomas has produced for special-needs transportation.

For its commitment to eco-friendly school transportation, Dean Transportation was awarded the Corporate Clean Transportation Leadership Award in September 2009. The award was presented during the 2nd Annual Michigan Clean Transportation Expo and Awards Gala.

In January 2010, Dean Transportation earned the National School Transportation Association’s Green School Bus Fleet Certification at the gold level. This certification recognizes Dean for its commitment to improving the environment through cleaner school bus fleets and company-wide practices to reduce engine exhaust emissions and conserve fuel.

On May 9, CEO Kellie P. Dean gave the keynote commencement address to Michigan State University’s College of Education, which graduated nearly 500 undergraduates. Dean talked about his commitment to education as a former special-education teacher and administrator and his commitment to the community through his company.


Cook-Illinois partners with U.K. operator

CHICAGO — Go-Ahead North America is a partnership between Cook-Illinois Corp. and U.K. transport operator Go-Ahead Group. The partnership was formed last November and has successfully secured its first contract to operate routes transporting middle and high school students in St. Louis. The joint venture will be focused on new yellow school bus contracts outside Cook-Illinois’ home market of Chicago and the surrounding area.

The Go-Ahead Group is one of the U.K.’s largest bus companies, with a fleet of more than 3,500 buses carrying around 1.6 million passengers a day.


Riteway wins clean air award

GERMANTOWN, Wis. — Riteway Bus Service Inc. was awarded the 2009 Wisconsin Partners for Clean Air (WPCA) Recognition Award for its efforts to improve Wisconsin’s air quality.

The presentation was made to Ronald Bast and Rochelle Bast, president and vice president respectively, during the Wisconsin Partners for Clean Air Extravaganza held on May 20.

Riteway operates vehicles that meet the new EPA guidelines. Other “green” initiatives at Riteway include a recycling program, energy efficient lighting and video conferencing for all locations.


Student Transportation to deploy propane buses in contract renewal

WALL, N.J. — Student Transportation Inc.’s Illinois-based subsidiary Positive Connections Inc. (PCI) has been awarded a contract renewal to provide transportation services to Eastern Carver County School District 112 in Chaska, Minn.

The extension will be for a two-year term with the option to renew for an additional two. PCI will replace over 20 percent of the fleet to new propane buses with the anticipation that the district will approve more during the contract.

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