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Student, father fix training bus, save district up to $9K
May 23, 2013
Zach D’Souza, 15, and his father, Henry D’Souza, repair Buster the School Bus for Poway (Calif.) Unified School District. The bus is more than a dozen years old and has not been used for the last several years because it was broken.
District launches Very Important Passenger program
May 23, 2013
Newport-Mesa Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro was the inaugural passenger in the California operation’s program, which launched on Wednesday with Navarro watching a driver perform a pre-trip inspection and then accompanying him on a morning route. Director of Transportation Pete Meslin tells SBF that the intent of the program is to bring attention to the important role school bus transportation plays in students’ lives.
My journey to become a certified school bus driver — part 4
May 23, 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 segment of the series, Lehman writes about undergoing more behind-the-wheel training and becoming familiar with the components inside and underneath a school bus.
School buses loaded with supplies for tornado victims
May 22, 2013
Student transportation provider Durham School Services is collecting emergency supplies for the victims of the devastating storm in Oklahoma. Students from Guthrie, Okla., have also brought a school bus stocked with supplies to Moore, which was hit by a tornado that was more than a mile wide.
NASDPTS joins Facebook
May 22, 2013
Executive Director Bob Riley was instrumental in building the page and will serve as its moderator. Officials for the state directors association say that social media sites like Facebook prove to be an effective way to communicate industry initiatives and ideas.
Cuts proposed to Connecticut school transportation funding
May 21, 2013
The budget approved by the state Senate's appropriations committee would eliminate funding for public and non-public school transportation by some $28 million per year. A coalition of education, municipal and legislative officials calls for the restoration of funding.
My journey to become a certified school bus driver — part 3
May 21, 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 segment, Lehman writes about passing the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division air brake test, obtaining his CDL permit and undergoing behind-the-wheel training.
Texas district’s transportation services honored for sustainability
May 20, 2013
The Houston Independent School District wins the National Association of Fleet Administrators Excellence in Public Fleet Sustainability award for 2013. The district is recognized for its use of alternative fuels and partnership with the University of Houston to test a school bus filter that will convert smog-producing pollutants emitted from engines into water and nitrogen gas.
Navistar sells RV business to Allied Specialty Vehicles
May 17, 2013
Allied Specialty Vehicles, which is the parent company of Collins Bus Corp., acquires Monaco and other brands from Navistar's recreational vehicle business. Navistar officials call the sale "another important step" in the company's turnaround plan.
REMINDER: SBF Photo Contest returns
May 17, 2013
The deadline for SCHOOL BUS FLEET’s Ninth Annual Photo Contest has been extended to Friday, May 24. Three winners will receive a $100 cash prize.
Thomas Built invests in 1,500-ton press, honors dealers
May 16, 2013
The school bus manufacturer’s new press is used for making parts, including roof and floor sheets as well as exterior panels and structural supports, such as roof bows. In other news, Thomas Built names The Bus Centre of Acheson, Alberta, its 2012 Dealer of the Year.
Ad firm owner: Bus ads are safe, beneficial for districts
May 16, 2013
Todd Isaacs of District Solutions says that school bus advertising can help cash-strapped districts raise revenue, and he points to the ads' record on the road. The approximately $15,000 that one district has raised so far is being put toward transportation for homeless students to after-school programs.
My journey to become a certified school bus driver — part 2
May 16, 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 segment of the series, Lehman writes about interviewing for a position at the district and the preliminary steps needed to become a school bus driver.
Illinois bus driver logs 46 years behind the wheel
May 16, 2013
Joyce Bernard applied for and accepted a position at Serena Community Unit District #2 in 1967, craving a job that allowed her to spend a lot of time with her children. Now in her 70s, she tells SBF that the thing she loves most about her job is the students she transports, and she has no immediate plans to retire.
Trans Tech promotes employee to purchasing manager
May 14, 2013
Monique Cichon will be responsible for all materials procurement, inventory and vendor relationships. She has been with Trans Tech for more than five years, all of them in purchasing.
Jeff Vrabel named Ohio transportation supervisor of the year
May 14, 2013
The operations manager at Transit Service Inc. receives the 2013 William Rice Award of Excellence for Pupil Transportation Supervisor of the Year honor from the Ohio Association for Pupil Transportation. The award recognizes supervisors who exhibit outstanding leadership and professional conduct in the school transportation field, both in the districts they represent and in the state of Ohio.
Seon DVR features 13 channels, high recording ability
May 14, 2013
The Explorer DX-HD records at 30 frames per second at 720x480 resolution on 12 channels with audio plus one high-definition channel at 1280x720 resolution. The DVR features dual streaming technology, and when used in combination with the company’s vMax Commander video management software, Seon’s automated Health-Check feature monitors DVR, camera and hard drive status.
My journey to become a certified school bus driver — part 1
May 14, 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 segment of the series, Lehman writes about his first experiences on a school bus as a student.
Theatrical release for film on 2nd life of school bus
May 13, 2013
"La Camioneta" follows a decommissioned school bus from an auction in Pennsylvania to its new life in Guatemala, where it is repainted and repurposed to provide public transportation between the highlands and Guatemala City. The documentary will soon run at theaters in New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego.
IC Bus to provide 300 school buses to Ohio district
May 9, 2013
Deliveries of the CE Series school buses to Columbus City Schools will begin in July. The buses will be powered by MaxxForce 7 engines and will seat 65 passengers.

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