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Employee Rewards
February 1, 2002
Experts say that money is seldom the top employee motivator. Though we all need money to survive, most workers are looking for a sense of accomplishme...
How Military Expertise Can Be Applied to Pupil Transportation
February 1, 2002

A large number of retired U.S. military personnel have found a home in pupil transportation, where many of the lessons of the Army, Navy, Air Force an...

Training Drives Success at Texas School District
February 1, 2002

Northside Independent School District in Greater San Antonio is faced with a population explosion that shows no sign of subsiding. Currently transport...

Driver Training Mandates Loom for Head Start Programs
February 1, 2002

In Head Start’s early years, transportation rarely received the attention or support it deserved. But after years of discussion and debate, Head...

No, 'military intelligence' isn't an oxymoron
February 1, 2002

The controlled chaos of war teaches soldiers the fundamental value of planning, discipline, patience and commitment. These same attributes can be succ...

Maintaining Order on Unruly Middle-School Routes
February 1, 2002

A transportation director once told the story of his first day on the job at a small rural school district. He went to the driver’s lounge and i...

Is Your Charter Operator Prepared?
January 1, 2002
Schools that charter motorcoaches for activity trips should be certain that all of the passengers and any chaperones understand the rules for an emerg...
Minimize fuel usage with these 5 tips
January 1, 2002
Although fuel prices have dipped significantly in the past few months, it’s still wise to review fuel-saving tips with your bus drivers. The following...
Bus Spec’ing Mismatches to Avoid
January 1, 2002

During the spec’ing process, what are the most common mismatches of chassis options and bodies for conventional buses? John Thompson, director of t...

Handling Misconduct off the School Bus
January 1, 2002
To what extent can a school administrator act on student misconduct off the bus? If the misconduct is “connected” to the school, then the administr...
Driver-Mechanic Relations
January 1, 2002

Effective communication between drivers and mechanics is key to keeping buses in top shape and creating a pleasant, efficient work environment. To avo...

Encourage Peer Evaluation
January 1, 2002
Because they work side by side, employees may be in the best position to appraise each other’s performance. It is difficult, however, to expect that t...
Overcoming the Fears of Driver Trainees
January 1, 2002

What is the most difficult hurdle to overcome in behind-the-wheel training of new bus drivers? New drivers who are accustomed to driving small veh...

How to Trim Vandalism Repair Costs
January 1, 2002

The cost of repair to school bus interiors damaged by vandalism varies largely from operation to operation. Likewise, repair strategies vary greatly. ...

Build Relations, Cut Turnover
January 1, 2002
With unemployment on the rise, we would hope to see an increase in job applicants and a decrease in employee turnover. But given the relatively low av...
Use Caution With Handbooks
January 1, 2002
If you use an employee handbook, or are thinking about composing one, be careful what you write down. Employee handbooks can be very useful in outlini...
GPS Technology Monitors Buses
January 1, 2002

The transportation department at Palm Beach County (Fla.) School District will be increasing its school bus monitoring capabilities via the Global Tra...

Conducting Effective Meetings
January 1, 2002
No one enjoys a meeting that lacks structure or usefulness, and it’s a sure bet that no one learns from that type of meeting. Still, meetings are a ne...
Test Your Bus Drivers’ Knowledge
January 1, 2002
The following questions are samples from the CDL exam for passenger bus operators. Use them to test the expertise of your drivers. During a pre-trip ...
Father Calls For Tougher Drug Tests
January 1, 2002
On Feb. 7, 2001, 15-year-old Brian Burdett was struck and killed by his own school bus when he stopped in the road, apparently to tie his shoe. Nearly...

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