Shrinking school budgets are forcing some school bus fleets to look at the 'pre-owned' market, where research and comparison shopping can save thousands of dollars.
Managers can maximize their efficiency by streamlining communication, reducing paperwork and parceling tasks into bite-sized chunks.
Train-the-trainer programs can help to improve the skill sets of your staff, even if they think they know it all.
The message that most often gets to the American public about school bus transportation is consistently negative. Thus, when a tragedy occurs, there is no residual good will to discourage overreaction.
First off, I would like to thank the Ohio Association for Pupil Transportation for its hospitality at its annual conference in Columbus in mid-March.
Before you send out your next set of bids, review your spec'ing process to ensure that it delivers the product that you want.
School bus operators share their positive and negative experiences in dealing with chassis and body manufacturers.
The Internet can be used to track key legislation and approaching storms. It also can trim costs in disseminating information.
By adopting a decentralized, team-oriented structure, Tulsa's transportation department has shifted decision-making power to the rank and file.
Fortunately, wages are not the driving force for employment. 'Making a difference' is the leading attraction, and many parents respond.
When such a tragedy occurs, it challenges our leadership skills. As a superintendent, it's my job to ensure that every department, including transportation, is working as a team with the district office.
A safety coordinator and drivers combine talents to bring an entertaining - and informative - show to schoolchildren.
Vengeful students can disrupt a driver's or aide's life with a false report. Some officials believe tougher penalties are necessary.
Job satisfaction is the key to retaining drivers. Treat them with respect, compensate them fairly, show your appreciation - or lose them.
I'd like to offer my own advice on dealing with the driver shortage. Some of this is drawn from my experience in the publishing world, which has its own healthy share of turnover.
We spend countless hours in the schools, working with the elementary students to foster a sense of responsibility and respect.
I've said this before, school bus drivers have a tremendous - and terrible - responsibility. So many things can go wrong.
Global positioning system (GPS) technology is becoming widely used, but will it satisfy the requirements of school bus operators?
NTSB Chairman Jim Hall challenges the industry to 'commit' to lap-shoulder belts, while CNN's Jim Polk challenges the NAPT.
With all the publicity about the year 2000 (Y2K) computer problem, the school transportation industry has been strangely silent on this issue.
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