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District board approves bus fees, pending court approval
April 22, 2014
Hoover (Ala.) City Schools' board votes to implement school bus ridership fees for the 2014-15 school year, pending approval by the U.S. District Court. In a memorandum proposing the fees, Superintendent Andy Craig says a fee-based system would help the district “address the financial challenges we are facing.”
Louisiana, Texas bus drivers honored by school risk programs
April 21, 2014
Lillie Lewis of the Tensas Parish School Board receives the 2013-14 Statewide Bus Driver of the Year award from the Property Casualty Alliance of Louisiana, and Shelley Wilkenson of Midlothian (Texas) Independent School District receives the award from the alliance's Texas chapter. Awards given through this program are based on such driver attributes as leadership, attitude, perseverance, student and parent relationships, and technical skill.
HSM working on ‘next generation’ of school bus seating
April 21, 2014
In an exclusive interview with SBF, Tony Everett, vice president of transportation solutions at HSM, says that the company is developing a new school bus seat that will be lighter, more durable and more ergonomic. But beyond the more practical features, Everett says, “We want it to be a sexy school bus seat — we want it to be cool.”
How to manage conflict and deal with angry people
April 17, 2014

Employees can express anger and frustration when they feel that their basic needs, such as feeling appreciated and valued, are not being met. Managers and others in leadership roles must listen to gain an understanding of the problem, learn the points of view of those involved and work together with the employees toward a solution.

4 school districts named to '100 Best Fleets' list
April 16, 2014
District operations in Texas, Pennsylvania and Florida are among the fleets recognized for exemplary performance. One school bus fleet official says of the list, "Going through the application process helps us strive for perfection. I feel our operation is moving forward."
Nebraska state pupil transportation director Russ Inbody passes
April 11, 2014
Inbody, who worked for the Nebraska Department of Education for 37 years, died last month after a long illness. Nebraska Council of School Administrators officials call Inbody "an invaluable resource and support for school districts in his work in school finance, transportation services and negotiating the ever-complicated [school finance] formula."
Retired school bus to serve as mobile art center
April 10, 2014
The city of Somerville in Massachusetts purchases the bus, which will be used for art classes, dance performances and other creative ventures. The Somerville Arts Council is calling on local artists to design the exterior of the bus.
District's new plan targets better bus evacuation drills
April 9, 2014
At Bedford (Ohio) City School District, officials say that changes in the school bus evacuation drill program have led to safer and more focused training for students and staff. Supervisor of Transportation Patrick Carney shares the details on the new drill system.
NAPT names new marketing and communications specialist
April 9, 2014
Megan Geroux has more than 10 years of experience as a communications professional in the association world — most recently as the communications director for an association management company in Albany, N.Y. NAPT officials say Geroux specializes in creative communications and uses her “keen listening skills to uncover and share associations' unique stories.”
Turkey flies into school bus window
April 8, 2014
In Ashland, Mass., police respond to what they describe as “a strange call”: a 25-pound turkey had flown into and broken a window on a school bus. A few students on the bus are treated for minor injuries by a school nurse.
Enter SBF’s Photo Contest
April 8, 2014
SCHOOL BUS FLEET’s annual competition is open to any kind of shot related to school transportation. Three winners will receive a $100 cash prize.
Oklahoma district supports Child Abuse Awareness Month
April 7, 2014
The transportation department at Woodward Public Schools observes the cause in April by decorating its buses with blue ribbons, an international symbol for child abuse prevention. Transportation Director Rosetta Loomis tells a local newspaper that, “It is a wonderful teaching and learning opportunity.”
U.S. DOT unveils distracted driving campaign
April 3, 2014
The effort is the Department of Transportation's first-ever national advertising campaign and law enforcement crackdown to combat distracted driving. Ads using the phrase “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” will run from April 7 to 15, which coincides with a nationwide law enforcement crackdown in states with distracted driving bans.
Parkway launches CNG bus project with $1.5M grant
April 3, 2014

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.

21 charged with cheating on CDL exams
April 2, 2014
Wednesday's arrests in the New York City region are part of an ongoing investigation into a commercial driver license test cheating scheme first revealed in September. The Manhattan district attorney says that the 21 defendants "are accused of fraudulently obtaining specialized licenses, putting at risk the lives of everyone who shares our roadways.”
New York transportation director earns doctorate
April 2, 2014
After four years and countless hours of academic work, Peter Lawrence of Fairport Central School District achieves the title doctor of education. Here, he discusses the challenging process of getting the degree, how his dissertation tied in with pupil transportation and the skills he built that can help him in his career.
Houston district wins award for ‘School Bus Shuffle’ video
April 2, 2014
Houston Independent School District’s transportation department receives a Bronze Telly from the Telly Awards for its educational safety video “School Bus Shuffle.” The awards honor outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs, the best video and film productions, and online commercials, videos and films.
Boston district votes to expand transit bus pass program
March 27, 2014
Boston Public Schools’ school committee approves Interim Superintendent John McDonough’s budget recommendation for the 2015 fiscal year, which included a proposal to expand the district’s mass transit bus pass program to more seventh- and eighth-grade students and eliminate yellow bus service for these students. The move is reportedly met by opposition from some, including the Boston City Council, which believes the proposal requires more evaluation.
Is a shared transportation director good for your operation?
March 27, 2014

Many factors must be taken into account when considering whether to have one director oversee yellow bus service at two school districts, including the operations’ proximity to one another, the condition of the fleets and the relations among department employees. Patience and support for the shared director are essential to long-term success.

Thermo King honors top dealers
March 26, 2014
The manufacturer of temperature control systems presents its 2013 Dealer Awards to companies that provide superior and consistent customer service. Regional dealer awards are distributed, and Thermo King of North Florida in Jacksonville receives the Bus Dealer of the Year award.
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