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6 Minnesota bus drivers win Transportation Specialist Awards
July 3, 2013
The drivers were nominated by their supervisors as people who exemplify the “best of the best” in school transportation. In addition to the award, a $1,000 check was awarded in each driver’s name to go toward a scholarship fund for deserving youth.
Texas district to stop some summer school bus service
July 2, 2013
The school system’s superintendent says there is not funding to pay for rural school bus transportation, noting that while some students are required to pay a fee to attend summer school, it does not include the price of transportation.
District aims to save $650K by cutting courtesy bus service
July 2, 2013
Lake County Schools students who live within the Florida district’s 2-mile parent responsibility zone of their home school will no longer be eligible to ride the bus in the upcoming school year. The cost savings measure will affect more than 3,000 students.
Virginia official moves districts, takes transportation job
July 1, 2013
Josh Davis, chief operating officer for Albemarle County Public Schools, is transitioning this month to become the director of pupil transportation for Henrico (Va.) County Public Schools. In the position, Davis will be responsible for pupil transportation in a school division of approximately 49,000 students across 71 elementary, middle and high schools.
New Blue Bird dealer in New England
June 28, 2013
Anderson Blue Bird Bus Sales of New England will serve customers in Vermont, New Hampshire, western Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Update: Navistar names new CFO
June 27, 2013
Walter Borst, a longtime General Motors executive, will join Navistar as executive vice president and chief financial officer. He replaces A.J. Cederoth, whose departure was announced earlier this week.
REI's Chris Shigley on company growth, market trends
June 27, 2013

As Radio Engineering Industries celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2013, the company’s national sales manager says customers’ needs have played a key role in its development from a radio sales and repair store to a manufacturer and distributor of transportation products. One product he sees in great demand in the industry today is cameras, both for internal surveillance of a school bus and to capture stop-arm violators.

New York bus company improves service with TomTom solution
June 26, 2013
Selby Transportation serves public and private schools in New York City with school vans, and the company recently installed TomTom Business GPS units and signed up for the WEBFLEET management solution. Officials say runs have been consolidated by 15%, a 10% savings on fuel costs has been achieved, and the team has better visibility into vehicles’ locations and routes.
Navistar CFO to depart
June 25, 2013
Officials at IC Bus parent Navistar say that A.J. Cederoth’s departure is part of a planned transition to a new chief financial officer. Cederoth served in the position since September 2009.
Industry veteran Dick Fischer to retire
June 25, 2013
Fischer, owner and president of Trans-Consult, will spend this summer on the road conducting his "Train-the-Trainer" program, and he'll then hang up his keys to spend more time with his family. He reflects with SBF on his nearly 61 years in the industry.
Do I take the job?: 7 steps to making the right call
June 25, 2013

For transportation directors, moving to a new school district can be a great career path or a rocky road. Here are key factors to consider before taking the plunge.  

School bus driver inspires struggling student to graduate
June 24, 2013
High schooler Destynee Duncan was ready to quit during state testing. School bus driver Ken Boisvert told Duncan about his own difficulties as a student and encouraged her to stick with it. She went on to graduate — and invited her driver to attend the ceremony.
Blue Bird contributes to Moore tornado recovery
June 19, 2013
The school bus manufacturer presents a check for $10,000 to the six Moore (Okla.) Public Schools bus drivers who lost their homes during the May 20 tornado. Blue Bird’s Oklahoma dealer, Ross Transportation Inc., contributes $2,500 to Moore tornado victims through the American Red Cross.
Kentucky district feeds students with Bus Stop Café
June 19, 2013
Jefferson County Public Schools is delivering free prepared lunches to students who are on a free or reduced-price meal plan through the school bus, which is equipped with a kitchen, milk cooler, tables and chairs. The Bus Stop Café is part of the Summer Food Service Program.
How to fine-tune bell times for bus efficiency
June 19, 2013

Restructuring school start times requires careful planning and collaboration with key stakeholders. Overcoming the obstacles can reap big savings in transportation costs.

REI debuts web-based fleet management software
June 17, 2013
A.R.M.O.R.-Insight provides three different tools to help manage information for an entire fleet or for a specific vehicle. It helps illustrate vital statistics that are difficult to manage, such as locating intermittent problems; evaluating fleet and driver performance; and monitoring speed, acceleration and idle time.
NAPT, Zonar offer equipment grants, conference scholarships
June 17, 2013
The association and the company are making available $50,000 grants for equipment and hardware provided by Zonar, and applicants must be NAPT members in the U.S. and Canada that are not currently using such equipment. Zonar is also donating 10 scholarships for attendance to the 2013 NAPT Summit. Each scholarship will cover the cost of one conference registration.
Dubai conference draws global insights on school transport
June 17, 2013

Speakers and delegates from around the world gathered at the emirate’s first school transportation conference, making recommendations in safety and security, driver training and other areas. NAPT President Alex Robinson says that being at the event had a feeling of “what it was probably like to be at an early Warrensburg conference.”

Carter Machinery Co. joins Blue Bird dealer network
June 14, 2013
The company will serve the school bus manufacturer’s customers in the state of Virginia. Carter Machinery already supports more than 45 school districts, and Blue Bird officials say the company will provide a high level of support to its customers through its network of eight on-highway repair facilities.
Past national champs take top spots in California roadeo
June 14, 2013
Antonio Perez of San Dieguito Union High School District, a winner at the national level last year, places first at this year's California state school bus driver competition. Brent Carman, who has won national championships multiple times, places third.

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