Subscribe Today

Articles/News - School Bus Management / Training

Displaying 201  -  220  of  2187
Directors wearing 2 hats balance responsibilities
August 20, 2013

Bus service is just one part of the duties many transportation directors need to juggle on a daily basis. Getting the right people on board, delegation, planning and prioritizing are essential.

Iowa district moves to stop ineligible bus riders
August 15, 2013
Waterloo Community Schools will mail postcards with bus stop information to all eligible riders instead of printing it in a local newspaper to help prevent students who do not qualify for service from catching a ride. The district’s superintendent says a “significant” number of students who don’t qualify for service ride at no cost, and one of the district’s goals is to reduce routes and save money.
Public outcry over decision to end regular-ed bus service
August 13, 2013
Hoover (Ala.) City Schools holds a forum to address the board of education’s decision to stop the service with the 2014-15 school year, and parents, students and other community members attend and tell school officials that their decision was a mistake. The district’s superintendent says he is still exploring other variations of the plan, such as phasing in the bus cuts over a longer period of time.
Let's ditch the cowboy terms
August 13, 2013

It is imperative that the industry emphasize its relevance, its professionalism and its commitment to safety. Calling your transportation facility a “bus barn” does not suggest any of those things.

Houston school bus staff trains on survival rescue
August 12, 2013
More than 1,200 school bus drivers and attendants are taking part in mock emergency drills to prepare them for a variety of crises. The drills simulate the effects of a fire on a school bus, an armed intruder and a wreck involving a train, among other scenarios.
District’s employees can’t be bus drivers and teachers
August 12, 2013
Dallas County Schools employees who were hired by Dallas Independent School District (DISD) to transport students and who are also teachers for DISD are told they can’t hold both positions under a new district policy. Officials say the policy change comes in part because one of the drivers was recently caught driving while clocked in as a teacher.
New Mexico district's buses to avoid certain bridges
August 9, 2013
Gallup-McKinley County Schools' buses won't cross metal bridges that are rated for less than 15 tons until the state certifies them safe for the weight of the buses. Meantime, parents will be reimbursed for mileage to take their students to bus stops on the other side of the bridges.
Man arrested in theft of 500 gallons of school bus fuel
August 8, 2013
In Ripon, Calif., police catch a man allegedly in the act of stealing more than $2,000 worth of fuel from a storage tank used by school buses. The suspect reportedly had a trailer with hoses and pumping equipment for fast siphoning.
Indiana district teaching bus drivers Spanish
August 8, 2013
Twenty-one bus drivers are learning the language as part of a program that was started to help them better communicate with a growing number of Latino students in the area. The drivers are learning just enough Spanish to make the students comfortable, such as being able to welcome the kids on the first day of school.
Positively managing change helps others
August 8, 2013

While we can’t always control what happens to us, we can manage our responses by being a leavening agent for positive change in the lives of others.

Thoughts on 20-plus years of safety competitions
August 7, 2013
John Welsh is a veteran school bus driver at Lower Merion School District in Ardmore, Pa. Here, he discusses the joys and challenges of school bus safety competitions, including his recent second-place finish at the international championships.
Superintendent reprimanded for personal use of bus, driver
August 6, 2013
Eric Becoats, superintendent of Durham (N.C.) Public Schools, used a school activity bus and driver in June to go to private events and paid an invoice for the cost of the bus and driver. He apologizes and says that he was informed of policies prohibiting personal use of the vehicles after he used the bus.
NAPT News & Views — Steve Simmons discusses the times he would travel back to
August 6, 2013

NAPT has launched a series of board member profiles. Here, we hear from Steve A. Simmons, NAPT Region 3 director and director of transportation at Columbus (Ohio) City Schools.

District’s drivers undergo bus security training
August 5, 2013
Los Banos (Calif.) Unified School District drivers receive training from the sheriff’s department to help them prepare in the event that their bus is attacked by a gunman. The training addresses how to react to the circumstances calmly and use sound judgment.
New York districts to share bus services
August 1, 2013
Watkins Glen Central School District will provide transportation for Odessa-Montour Central School District students in the fall, which is expected to save the latter district about $100,000. The Watkins Glen district will also benefit from the agreement, as travel for sports teams will be combined when possible.
10 factors that affect vehicle dynamics
August 1, 2013

Understanding vehicle dynamics will help the driver maintain optimum control of the bus, which is essential to maintaining student safety. Here, factors ranging from tires and centrifugal force to weight shift and acceleration are addressed.

VIDEO: Young rappers hype the school bus as 'My Limo'
July 31, 2013
In the new video by Da Rich Kidzz — a Minneapolis hip hop group ranging in age from 10 to 13 — the youngsters ride a yellow bus and chant the refrain “my school bus is my limo.” While the spot is sponsored by Kmart and plugs back-to-school gear, it also carries messages that seem to promote school bus ridership.
Allied Specialty Vehicles buys Thor's bus business
July 31, 2013
ASV, the parent company of Type A school bus manufacturer Collins Bus Corp., will acquire Thor Industries’ bus business for $100 million. With the deal, ASV will add to its portfolio such brands as Champion Bus, General Coach America and Goshen Coach.
Drivers engage with students in BusSTAR program
July 30, 2013
Lake Orion (Mich.) Community Schools’ program started out as an initiative for the district’s bus drivers to help teachers in the classroom with reading to students, but it has grown into a larger effort that includes educational activities on the school bus. Director of Transportation Dale Goby discusses with SBF the positive impact the program has had on students, school personnel and the transportation team.
6 tips for directors coming aboard a new district
July 30, 2013

When taking on a new position at a different district, assessing and getting used to new people and procedures can be a challenge. Transportation directors who have successfully made the transition share advice on how to implement changes and get to know new employees and peers.

Premium Member

Get bus sales numbers, transportation statistics, bus specifications, industry survey results, bus loading and unloading fatality statistics and more in the School Bus Fleet Research Center. Become a premium member today!
Log in Button Register Button

Newsletter

Get breaking news, industry updates, product announcements and more.