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Fuel stolen from 4 Texas school districts
July 24, 2013
Authorities said that thieves have stolen diesel and gasoline — several hundred gallons at a time — from the Garrison, Martinsville, Chireno and Nacogdoches independent school districts. Video surveillance cameras have captured the suspect vehicle as a gold pickup pulling a trailer loaded with six tanks.
NAPT developing enhanced security training
July 23, 2013
The association conducted a safety and security survey, which provided insight into school bus operations' current security-related training and procedures, as well as what they want more of. Executive Director Mike Martin discusses the survey results and how NAPT is using them to develop specific training.
Tyler Technologies unveils time tracking app
July 22, 2013
The Tyler eTimekeeper provides employees and supervisors an efficient and accurate method of tracking hours worked, according to the company. Supervisors can also access various management functions from the eTimekeeper dashboard to facilitate personnel management, configuration and data reporting.
Hawaii to launch initiative to reform school bus system
July 19, 2013
The state Department of Education is scheduled to kick off its “Get on Board” initiative on Aug. 5, serving as many as 1,000 students at 30 schools who use buses in the Aiea, Moanalua, Pearl City, Radford and Waipahu High complex areas. Officials say one of the more significant features of the initiative is the use of a technology solution that includes routing software, GPS, and an updated and contemporary contracting and procurement process.
A-Z Bus Sales names new president
July 19, 2013
John Landherr has joined the dealership in the role, bringing over 20 years of experience in senior management roles, most recently as president of Certified Aviation Services. Officials say Jim Reynolds will continue as the CEO, but he has given up his role as president to concentrate on mergers and acquisitions activity, line extensions for current business units and new business development.
Alabama district to end regular-ed transportation
July 18, 2013
Hoover City Schools officials expect that ending the service — to go into effect in August 2014 — will save more than $2.5 million per year. The district cites "sharply declining revenues" as a key factor in the decision.
Industry veteran pens travel book
July 16, 2013

Sian Thornthwaite of STC Consultancy in Pride Park, Derby, U.K., journeyed around the U.S. last summer with her beagle, Bailey, and wrote about their adventures in Dog Days in New England.

NAPT News & Views — Peter Mannella on how he would change the world
July 16, 2013

To shed some light on the personalities that make up the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) board of directors, the association has launched a series of board member profiles. Here, we hear from Peter Mannella, NAPT Region 1 director and executive director of the New York Association for Pupil Transportation.

I took the wheel — of a yellow bus
July 16, 2013

The goal was for me to get a better sense of what school bus drivers face in terms of maneuvering such a large vehicle on the road. Its ease of maneuverability was eye-opening.

School bus graphics supplier Sun Art acquired by Repros
July 15, 2013
Cleveland-based Repros is a provider of large-format color graphics solutions. VP Lou LaGuardia says that “by acquiring Sun Art, we suddenly become experts in the school bus graphics niche market and acquire a more proficient expertise in the fleet and vehicle market."
Charles Poland named a School Bus Champion
July 15, 2013
The Alabama school bus driver receives a posthumous School Bus Champion Award from the American School Bus Council for his actions to protect his bus passengers during a standoff with a gunman. Dale County Schools Superintendent Donny Bynum, who accepted the award on behalf of Poland’s family, says, “Not a day goes by that I don’t think about Mr. Poland and what he did. He is the definition of a hero.”
School bus driver arrested for DWI after route
July 12, 2013
Police in Geneseo, N.Y., encountered Manon Coyne after she had transported five students to summer school. She allegedly had a blood alcohol content of .24%. The New York Association for Pupil Transportation says that "if all the charges are proven true, her actions were inexcusable and put the lives of the children on her school bus at risk."
School board approves 3% bus fee hike
July 11, 2013
The fee will be higher starting with the upcoming school year. The South Sioux City (Neb.) district is looking for a way to balance its transportation budget; it was only reimbursed by the state for half of the nearly $570,000 that was spent on busing last school year.
Bob Rubin retires after 45 years in yellow busing
July 11, 2013
The vice president of sales for Easy Way Safety Services got his start in the industry when he was asked to become involved in manufacturing seat covers and safety vests for the company. In a letter announcing his retirement, he writes that he relishes the friendships he’s made, and he’ll miss those friendships.
Transportation costs: 'Dare to compare'?
July 11, 2013

Do your homework to understand how one operation compares to yours, and then — and only then — dare to compare.

EDULOG and Alpha Communications grow business, teams
July 10, 2013
The routing software provider and the installation company are business partners, and officials say both companies have hired more employees in recent months to handle the increased demand for their services. EDULOG has been steadily hiring since April, and Alpha Communications is increasing the size of its hardware installation team by 38% this summer.
Texas bus driver honored by school risk program
July 10, 2013
The nonprofit Property Casualty Alliance of Texas names Joe Page its Texas Bus Driver of the Year. The Nacogdoches Independent School District driver receives a plaque and a check for $1,000.
District to use Disney tram-like audio messages in buses
July 9, 2013
Myrtle Beach, S.C.-based Horry County Schools is modifying audio messages designed for Disney World trams to use in 10 buses this fall to cut down on student discipline problems. Students will hear soothing music, safety messages and location alerts.
Thomas Built honors top dealer trainers
July 8, 2013
Ali Rampartab of Matthews Bus Sales in Orlando, Fla., is named the school bus manufacturer’s 2012 Dealer Trainer of the Year at an annual dealer meeting for providing hands-on service maintenance and training to his customers in New York and Florida. Regional winners are also recognized.
‘Bus Buddies’ program helps young riders find stops
July 8, 2013
Under Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District’s program, volunteers from within the district assist during afternoon bus rides, ensuring that elementary students disembark the bus at their correct stop during the first three days of the school year. The program reportedly helps to reduce students’ stress.

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