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Thoughts on 20-plus years of safety competitions
August 7, 2013
John Welsh is a veteran school bus driver at Lower Merion School District in Ardmore, Pa. Here, he discusses the joys and challenges of school bus safety competitions, including his recent second-place finish at the international championships.
Superintendent reprimanded for personal use of bus, driver
August 6, 2013
Eric Becoats, superintendent of Durham (N.C.) Public Schools, used a school activity bus and driver in June to go to private events and paid an invoice for the cost of the bus and driver. He apologizes and says that he was informed of policies prohibiting personal use of the vehicles after he used the bus.
NAPT News & Views — Steve Simmons discusses the times he would travel back to
August 6, 2013

NAPT has launched a series of board member profiles. Here, we hear from Steve A. Simmons, NAPT Region 3 director and director of transportation at Columbus (Ohio) City Schools.

District’s drivers undergo bus security training
August 5, 2013
Los Banos (Calif.) Unified School District drivers receive training from the sheriff’s department to help them prepare in the event that their bus is attacked by a gunman. The training addresses how to react to the circumstances calmly and use sound judgment.
New York districts to share bus services
August 1, 2013
Watkins Glen Central School District will provide transportation for Odessa-Montour Central School District students in the fall, which is expected to save the latter district about $100,000. The Watkins Glen district will also benefit from the agreement, as travel for sports teams will be combined when possible.
10 factors that affect vehicle dynamics
August 1, 2013

Understanding vehicle dynamics will help the driver maintain optimum control of the bus, which is essential to maintaining student safety. Here, factors ranging from tires and centrifugal force to weight shift and acceleration are addressed.

VIDEO: Young rappers hype the school bus as 'My Limo'
July 31, 2013
In the new video by Da Rich Kidzz — a Minneapolis hip hop group ranging in age from 10 to 13 — the youngsters ride a yellow bus and chant the refrain “my school bus is my limo.” While the spot is sponsored by Kmart and plugs back-to-school gear, it also carries messages that seem to promote school bus ridership.
Allied Specialty Vehicles buys Thor's bus business
July 31, 2013
ASV, the parent company of Type A school bus manufacturer Collins Bus Corp., will acquire Thor Industries’ bus business for $100 million. With the deal, ASV will add to its portfolio such brands as Champion Bus, General Coach America and Goshen Coach.
Drivers engage with students in BusSTAR program
July 30, 2013
Lake Orion (Mich.) Community Schools’ program started out as an initiative for the district’s bus drivers to help teachers in the classroom with reading to students, but it has grown into a larger effort that includes educational activities on the school bus. Director of Transportation Dale Goby discusses with SBF the positive impact the program has had on students, school personnel and the transportation team.
6 tips for directors coming aboard a new district
July 30, 2013

When taking on a new position at a different district, assessing and getting used to new people and procedures can be a challenge. Transportation directors who have successfully made the transition share advice on how to implement changes and get to know new employees and peers.

65-year school bus driver named education 'pioneer'
July 29, 2013
Guinness World Record holder Carl Fisher began his school bus driving career when he was just 16. On Monday, he is honored as a "Pioneer in Education" for his contributions to public education in Missouri.
District revamps busing to offset $20M budget shortfall
July 29, 2013
Among the changes to take effect on Aug. 26 at Maryland's Harford County Public Schools are four new elementary schools being added to the fourth tier schedule, elimination of previously approved exemptions to the district’s transportation policy, depot bus stops established for magnet school students, and consolidated bus stops established for middle and high school bus routes. Officials say the changes will save the district approximately $890,000.
Past champs take top titles again in bus safety competition
July 25, 2013
At the 2013 School Bus Driver International Safety Competition, Larry Hannon of Pennsylvania places first in the conventional category — his ninth win. Antonio Perez of California wins the transit category for the second year in a row.
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.

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