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First Student wins award from National Safety Council
July 17, 2014
The school bus contractor is recognized with an Occupational Excellence Achievement Award. The honor is for companies that have reported injuries and illnesses that involved days away from work equal to or less than 50% of the Bureau of Labor Statistics rate for their national industry classification and have had no fatalities during the previous calendar year.
First Student names area general manager for Washington
July 14, 2014
Bill Noftz will be responsible for the overall performance of the school bus contractor’s Washington state locations, including financial results, operational performance, safety, fleet and maintenance. Noftz has more than 25 years of experience in the school transportation industry.
W.L. Roenigk Inc. receives women in business honor
July 14, 2014
The contractor was recently named the No. 1 largest Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area woman-owned business for 2014. The company has 925 employees, according to President Susan Roenigk.
In retirement, Ron Latko launches consulting career
July 8, 2014
Soon after May 22, his last day working as director of transportation for Mesa Public Schools, Latko officially started Latko Consulting Inc. He plans to use his extensive knowledge in alternative fuels and expertise in pupil transportation to help school bus companies and propane companies improve sales, and assist districts across the U.S. in becoming more efficient and saving money.
STI wins 3 conversion contracts
July 8, 2014
The contractor will take on publicly operated school district transportation system fleets in Pennsylvania, Vermont and Idaho. The new contracts will add over 290 vehicles and increase current fiscal year revenues by $11 million annually, according to STI.
School bus company closes after 58 years
July 3, 2014
The Douglas family, which ran Douglas Transportation Inc. for three generations, signed a pact with Oregon-based Western States Bus Services Inc., selling all 12 of its buses and its contract with the school district. School budget cuts had lowered profit margins for the company.
Wisconsin contractors add 57 propane buses
July 1, 2014
Lamers Bus Lines added 41 new Blue Bird Propane Vision school buses, expanding the number of propane buses in its fleet to 59 units. Meanwhile, Badger Bus will receive 16 new Blue Bird Propane Vision buses, expanding its total propane-powered buses to 20 units.
School bus driver award brings crowd to tears
June 30, 2014
Don Puetz was among five recipients of the Minnesota School Bus Operators Association’s 2014 Transportation Specialist Awards. His dedication to his students, even amid personal sorrow — he lost both his wife and his daughter in the past year — made for an emotional ceremony.
First Student expands operations in Illinois
June 25, 2014
The contractor will provide transportation for eight additional school districts for the upcoming school year, and expects to add approximately 200 new positions.
First Student to expand operations in New York
June 20, 2014
The contractor will hire 100 bus drivers and 100 monitors to perform work for a new contract with Erie County Preschool and Early Intervention Program. The contract goes into effect in September.
House passes measure to block minimum insurance increase
June 12, 2014
The National School Transportation Association supports the amendment, saying that it would “stop the administration's pursuit of massive increases that would be very damaging to the industry and potentially decrease safety by reducing the availability of school bus service across the nation."
Massachusetts district extends First Student contract
June 10, 2014
Springfield Public Schools has awarded the contractor a new five-year contract to provide school transportation. The company has worked with the district for the past 15 years.
Voyageur Transportation named a ‘Best Managed Company’
June 5, 2014
The Ontario-based operator transports 6,000 students to and from school daily and provides other services, such as non-emergency medical transportation. An official with the Canada’s Best Managed Companies program says that Voyageur “invests in their team to build up a strong and stable company.”
New York association announces safety competition winners
May 28, 2014
The New York School Bus Contractors Association’s 43rd Annual New York State School Bus Safety Competition was held May 17 in Valley Cottage, N.Y. and had more than 130 drivers, more than ever before. First-place winners included contestants from Suffolk Transportation Service Inc., Clarkstown Central School District and We Transport Inc./Towne Bus Corp.
Tennessee district awards expanded contract to Durham
May 28, 2014
The contractor will provide service to Shelby County Schools in Memphis, Tenn., for four more years starting July 1. Durham School Services has served the district in a smaller capacity since 2010, and will now take over and operate its entire fleet and all of its routes.
EPA fines school bus operator $33,000 for idling
May 27, 2014
A Massachusetts contractor will pay the penalty and implement idling-reduction measures to settle U.S. EPA allegations that its school buses violated federally enforceable vehicle idling limits. Agency officials say that the company has responded quickly and has already implemented a number of the idling-reduction measures.
First Student helps collect 12,300 items for food pantries
May 19, 2014
The school bus contractor’s Belleville, Ill., terminal partners with two local school districts and the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce to collect 12,300 items of non-perishable food for the seventh annual “Drive Away Hunger” campaign. The items are donated to four food pantries in the area.
STA secures $10 million California contract
May 12, 2014
The school bus contractor will serve San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools beginning in January under the five and a half year agreement, and it will provide 133 new, ultra-low-emission vehicles and 31 propane autogas vehicles. STA also reports that all major contracts that were part of the acquisition of Atlantic Express’ California assets have been extended.
Bob Pape named president of New York contractors association
May 9, 2014
Pape, partner and officer secretary with Dell Transportation in Port Washington, N.Y., has served on the New York School Bus Contractors Association board of directors since 2007, and he brings more than 40 years of experience in pupil transportation to his new role as president of the association. “Our goal as an association has been, and will continue to be, to deliver the best pupil transportation services in the country,” Pape says.
REMINDER: We want your input for our Contractor Survey
May 7, 2014
SBF is currently conducting its 2014 Contractor Survey, and questions will address such topics as driver recruitment, federal regulations impacting pupil transportation and cutting costs. Managers and executives at school bus companies are encouraged to submit responses by the May 9 deadline.
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