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<p>Fred Matlack, manager of fleet maintenance at Missouri's Parkway School District, does a final engine inspection on one of the district's new compressed natural gas buses before assigning it to a driver.</p>

Green School Bus

Parkway launches CNG bus project with $1.5M grant

After securing federal highway funds, the Missouri school district buys 30 compressed natural gas buses and builds a fast-fill fueling station. Here’s a look at how Parkway won the grant and what it expects with the new buses — including savings in fuel and maintenance costs.

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NAPT trade show: buses, components and more
New offerings that were on view and introduced during the show in Grand Rapids, Mich., include an all-electric school bus, a wheelchair retractor tie-down system, heater kits, LED lights and fleet management solutions.
<p>The Infofinder mobile, a web-based solution from Transfinder, lets district personnel access and share data and reports on student bus stops and locations, schools, bus routes and maps from their mobile device or computer.</p> Apps, web tools help directors organize data, manage staff
Directors deal with packed schedules and the need to frequently be offsite. The latest apps and web tools provide the ability to manage attendance, access up-to-date fleet information, and more quickly share vital information with staff in emergencies even when they are not sitting behind their desks.
Top 100 News
News related to the Top 100 School District Fleets includes cost-cutting measures that improved performance at a Virginia district, a significant reduction in diesel use in Florida school fleets, and hands-on survival rescue training at a Houston district.
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<p>School District of Manatee County Vehicle Maintenance Parts Manager Jerilynn Boling says the team works closely with the department's vendors and makes decisions daily based upon data from reports. Parts inventory is tracked and maintained several ways, including running a cycle count daily so that throughout the year, every part is counted at least one time. Pictured is a work station area where the majority of parts are stored. The district's fleet comprises 216 school buses and 186 support vehicles. In addition, the team maintains approximately 2,500 pieces of off-road equipment, such as a tractor.</p> PHOTOS: Florida District's Vehicle Maintenance Parts Department

The vehicle maintenance parts department team at the School District of Manatee County in... Visit photo gallery

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