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School Bus Management / Training

NAPT Summit: Driving innovation, new certification

Highlights of the event, taking place in Kansas City, Missouri, Nov. 8-11, include a new professional certification for those involved in transporting students with disabilities and the newly formatted one-day trade show, featuring more than 120 vendors.

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Tackling school bus driver shortage
Eighty-four percent and 85%. These are the percentages of respondents to SBF’s 2013 School District Survey and SBF’s 2014 Contractor Survey, respectively, who reported having some degree of school bus driver shortage at their operation.
<p>The Dallas County Schools co-op program is designed for students seeking careers in vehicle maintenance. They learn the trade, earn extra money, and some are hired by the district after they graduate.</p> Apprentice, Intern Programs Groom Great Workers
In addition to giving students work skills and experience, districts get employees who are already familiar with the shop and its practices.
McKinney Sees Longer Bus Life, Diesel Dedication
IC Bus President John McKinney says that school buses now have an average life cycle of nearly 15 years, which means that product durability and customer support are especially critical. He also points to diesel as the “backbone of the industry” and discusses the decision to offer the Cummins ISB engine.
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Fleetio Import Feature
Fleetio’s new import feature allows customers to upload unlimited vehicle details, fuel records, service history, employee profiles and more to their accounts with just a few clicks, company officials said.

DriveLogik Monitors Driver Performance
DriveLogik, a hardware package and software reporting service, provides driver performance reports and customized instant alerts via mobile devices to identify major driving events.

Azuga G2 GPS Fleet Tracking System
Azuga G2 reads the vehicle’s engine data every second and delivers emissions idling reports 60 times more often than traditional GPS systems, officials for Azuga said.

School Bus CDL Pre-Trip Inspection DVD
In “School Bus CDL Pre-Trip Inspection” a bus driver conducts a pre-trip inspection on a transit-style school bus, beginning with the outside and then moving into the inside. With both the inside and the outside, the process is broken down into several mini chapters that can be selected from the DVD menu.

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<p>The Quonset hut, seen here in the snow, wasn&rsquo;t necessarily equipped to withstand the elements. When it rained, the roof would leak onto the office ceiling, so rain gutters were installed <em>inside</em> the building.</p> PHOTOS: Washington district’s old and new transportation facilities

White Salmon Valley School District’s old transportation center was a Quonset hut with a... Visit photo gallery

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