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NSTA to apply for clean diesel funds for members
November 18, 2010
Contractors that are members of the National School Transportation Association can take part in a chance to get EPA funding for school bus retrofits and replacements.
First Student acquires Star Shuttle Co.
November 8, 2010
The contractor began operating the school and charter transportation service provider’s approximately 70 buses under the Star Shuttle name on Oct. 30. Star Shuttle contracts have been transferred to First Student, and all 140 employees who passed stringent background checks were offered employment with the company.
First Student names new managers in Ohio
November 4, 2010
Scott Turney will direct and manage multiple operations throughout the state for the contractor as region operations manager. George Gans will serve as contract manager for the company’s Columbus location.
STA technicians to become master-certified
October 27, 2010
More than 85 percent of the school bus contractor’s 200-member maintenance team is working toward the certification under the ASE School Bus Test Series. The series includes multiple certification exams on such topics as body systems and special equipment, diesel engines and electrical/electronic systems.
First Student names senior contract manager
October 22, 2010
Roger Radcliffe will hold the position for the company’s Detroit location. He will oversee all transportation, safety and maintenance operations for the company’s contract with Detroit Public Schools.
Riteway Bus honored for clean air efforts
October 19, 2010
The school bus contractor receives the 2010 Taking Action for Asthma Award from the Wisconsin Asthma Coalition for such practices as establishing an idle reduction program and outfitting buses with emission control equipment. In other news, the company purchases Go Airport Connection, which provides airport shuttle services.
School transportation workers unionize
October 14, 2010
Bus drivers and aides as well as crossing guards in Belvidere, Ill., vote to join the Teamsters union. The bargaining unit comprises 162 workers.
Former contractor returns to industry as consultant
October 12, 2010
Terry Van Der Aa, past winner of SBF's Contractor of the Year award, sold his contracting company Vancom Inc. to Laidlaw in the late 1990s. He now will join TransPar Group to provide his expertise in the area of labor relations.
First Student exec joins NSC board
October 5, 2010
Linda Burtwistle, president of the school bus contractor, will serve a two-year term as a National Safety Council board member, where she will help to oversee the organization’s strategic direction and finances. In related news, the organization honored First Student safety manger Lydell Banks for developing and implementing programs to improve safety at his New Orleans location.
NSTA: Statement from AFL-CIO contains 'reckless characterizations'
October 4, 2010
NSTA presents counterpoints to several assertions from a recent statement by the Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO. Topics include regulatory oversight, emissions standards, unemployment insurance benefits, background checks and special-needs training.
IC Bus unveils new shuttle bus
September 29, 2010
The AC Series is the first fully integrated small shuttle bus from the manufacturer.
Durham School Services wins Mississippi contract
September 28, 2010
The contractor began providing student transportation services to Hinds County School District on Aug. 11. The 105 new buses are equipped with air conditioning systems, GPS, video cameras and electronic child-check reminder systems to help ensure student safety.
FirstGroup plc chief executive to retire
September 23, 2010
Sir Moir Lockhead, who has been with the company for 21 years, will hand over executive responsibilities on Nov. 1 and retire on March 31, 2011. He will assist the company and his successor, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Executive Tim O'Toole, in the transition.
Student Transportation achieves best fiscal year in its history
September 23, 2010
Revenues increased 17 percent to $267.2 million over the previous year, Chairman and CEO Dennis Gallagher said. A conference call held today will be archived on the company's Website.
School board votes not to outsource
September 16, 2010
Connecticut district won’t contract out its transportation services this year, although board members say that they may revisit the idea next year.
Atlantic Express extends N.Y. DOE contract
September 9, 2010
Under the agreement, the contractor will provide transportation services to students in New York City for five more years, a move that is anticipated to generate $1.4 billion in revenue. Atlantic Express has been serving students in the area since 1972.
Blake Krapf Named Contractor of the Year
September 7, 2010

The Krapf Bus Companies CEO has been a key figure in state and national associations while growing his family’s business. He recently secured a groundbreaking contract to privatize a school district operation in Virginia.

London bus operator to expand business in U.S.
September 2, 2010
Go-Ahead Group Plc operates about 120 yellow school buses in St. Louis in conjunction with its partner, Cook-Illinois Corp. Following a positive start to the project, the company’s CFO says the number of buses may double by next year.
NSTA donates more than $2K to Special Olympics
September 1, 2010
The association collected over $2,100 for the Special Olympics' St. Louis chapter in a raffle that was held during NSTA's annual meeting in July, and from the sale of old golf carts that were used for the School Bus Driver International Safety Competition.
District, drivers' association resolve outsourcing dispute
August 31, 2010
Collective bargaining agreement ends all legal action regarding the district's move to outsource transportation to Durham School Services. All the district's drivers become Durham employees as of Nov. 1.

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