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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.
Alabama district’s chief discusses tragedy, recovery
May 28, 2013

In the months since bus driver Charles Poland was gunned down and a student was taken hostage, Dale County Schools is “doing better with time,” Superintendent Donny Bynum says. Here, he reveals insights on the heartrending episode and describes what has helped his district in the healing process.

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.

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