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Starcraft Bus named a top account for Ford
June 14, 2013
The school and shuttle bus manufacturer was the top volume pool account in the bus category for Ford in 2012, an accomplishment the company has held for seven consecutive years. Starcraft purchases and sells Ford E350/E450 and F550/F650 bus chassis, and it attributes its success to an increasing demand for shuttle buses during the economic recovery in the U.S. and having an excellent dealer network.
Iowa school bus inspection fee increases from $28 to $40
June 14, 2013
The state’s Legislative Rules Committee narrowly approves the increase, which will enable the state Department of Education’s Office of School Transportation to hire a third inspector. State director of pupil transportation Max Christensen tells SBF that his office is immediately going into “hiring mode.”
Blue Bird’s 550,000th bus delivered to Washington district
June 13, 2013
Mukilteo School District takes delivery of the manufacturer’s 2014 All American rear engine unit from dealer Bryson Sales and Service. Officials say the bus features a one-piece roof bow and a purpose-built chassis, along with an ergonomic driver’s cockpit and enhanced parts commonality with the Blue Bird Vision.
Colorado district wins 3 pupil transportation awards
June 12, 2013
Shari Weber, Nanette Oswald and the late Lori Smock from Gunnison Watershed School District are honored by the Colorado State Pupil Transportation Association. Smock, the district’s transportation coordinator, passed away recently after a long fight with cancer.
Lawrence training scholarships, Bluth field trip grant available
June 11, 2013
Peter and Linda Lawrence have again endowed four scholarships that will help four bus driver trainers or front line supervisors attend the National Association for Pupil Transportation Summit this year in Grand Rapids, Mich., by covering the cost of registration fees. Dr. Linda Bluth and her partner, Betsy Eisman, endowed their annual $500 grant to help association members provide an enhanced learning experience for students.
Update: Body of missing Iowa teen found
June 11, 2013
Authorities confirm that a body discovered in the Des Moines River on Friday is that of 15-year-old Kathlynn Shepard, who was abducted after she and another girl got in a stranger's vehicle at their school bus stop on May 20.
NAPT News & Views — We need a national school bus policy
June 11, 2013

We need a national school transportation policy that underscores the critical connection between classroom learning and efficient, reliable and safe student transportation. And, we need stable funding instead of the “let’s make a deal” maneuvers that occur in cash-strapped state legislatures.

District appeals decision to reinstate bus driver after DUI
June 10, 2013
The driver was arrested while off duty over a holiday weekend in 2011, and he was suspended and then fired after telling his supervisor of the incident. This May, the driver was granted his job back after an arbiter found that the district was “too harsh” when firing him, but district officials are hoping to overturn that decision.
REI honored for product, service excellence
June 10, 2013
The company receives the 2012 Supplier Delivery Performance Award-Gold Level from New Flyer Industries for exceeding delivery expectations. The award recognizes suppliers who have provided value-based, quality products with 99% on-time delivery to New Flyer’s production facilities.
Jones County school bus driver named North Carolina's best
June 7, 2013
Charles Mantie places first at the annual North Carolina State School Bus Roadeo. The Jones County Public Schools driver earns the distinction after navigating a school bus through an obstacle course that tested drivers' skills in mastering a diminishing clearance, backing, making a tight turn and parallel parking.
Georgia drivers participate in safety competition with propane buses
June 7, 2013
More than 60 drivers from around the state competed in the roadeo hosted by Georgia’s Pupil Transportation Safety Competition Foundation, where they navigated obstacle courses and challenges and completed a written examination. Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision school buses were provided by Hall County Schools and Appling County Schools.
IC Bus aids Moore tornado recovery
June 6, 2013
The manufacturer donates a school bus filled with supplies and makes a $10,000 contribution to Moore (Okla.) Public Schools to assist in the district’s recovery efforts. The city was struck by a massive tornado on May 20.
Georgia system hires new transportation director
June 6, 2013
Brad Frink begins work as the new transportation director at Morgan County School System on July 1. He previously worked for the University of Georgia as a facility manager, maintenance supervisor and vehicle operator.
Bus drivers for North Carolina districts honored
June 6, 2013
The drivers, who serve Surry County Schools, Mount Airy City Schools and Elkin City Schools, are recognized at a banquet for their years of safe driving. Tim Burton of Surry County Schools is named driver of the year for 2012-13.
NFL ref to speak at NAPT Summit
June 5, 2013
John Parry, a veteran football referee and former corporate jet pilot, will share lessons learned that have fueled his success at the National Association for Pupil Transportation's annual conference in October.
Making positive changes at a new operation
June 4, 2013

With budget cuts in effect, it is imperative to save the district money in any way possible, from route changes to regulating driver hours to obtaining a top-of-the-line preventive maintenance program.

Bret Brooks offers guide on drug abuse
June 3, 2013
The new book gives details on the warning signs of drug abuse, paraphernalia usage and drug-related violence. Brooks, an instructor and consultant, says that "anyone that has children or works around children will find the information in the book to be very useful."
School removes buses’ animal signs following complaint
June 3, 2013
The signs had drawings of elephants, monkeys and other animals, and they were used to help students identify their buses, but Sandra Conner said that the signs had a “negative reinforcement,” and she confronted the school about them. The buses will now receive a number for identification purposes.
Photojournalist-turned-bus driver earns Ph.D. at seminary
May 30, 2013
To make ends meet while attending seminary, Gabriel Tait began working as a school bus driver for Jessamine County (Ky.) Schools. He tells a newspaper that he has found much meaning in that job, taking the opportunity to inspire his passengers to strive for their goals and sharing stories from his mission trips.
My journey to become a certified school bus driver — part 5
May 28, 2013
Bill Lehman is a school bus driver for Queen Creek (Ariz.) Unified School District #95. In this five-part series, he shares his longtime desire to become a bus driver and the path that brought him to the industry. In this final segment of the series, Lehman writes about taking the commercial driver’s license test, and the emotions he felt upon passing and returning to the district’s bus yard.

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