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Veteran school transportation manager ends career with one last trip
April 19, 2013
When Louk Markham got behind the wheel of a school bus recently, it wasn't just any field trip — it was his final journey in a pupil transportation career that began nearly 40 years ago. Markham, who concluded his tenure as transportation supervisor at Merced (Calif.) City School District, discusses the highlights and challenges of his time in the yellow bus industry.
FMCSA safety officer to speak at Zonar conference
April 18, 2013
Jack Van Steenburg, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s chief safety officer and assistant administrator, is scheduled to speak at THE ZONE, which will be held in San Antonio in May. Officials say he will provide an update of federal safety and compliance efforts and discuss future plans for the administration’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program.
Hoekstra Transportation celebrates 85-year anniversary
April 18, 2013
The Michigan-based company has been a dealer for Thomas Built Buses since 1980, and it also provides new and used school, child care and commercial vehicles. Officials say this year also represents a new beginning of growth and opportunity for the company.
Navistar names new VP, COO
April 17, 2013
Jack Allen has been president of Navistar’s North America Truck and Parts business since last June. Now, he will serve as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the International and IC Bus parent company.
Kansas district benefits from EDULOG’s solutions
April 16, 2013
Fort Leavenworth School District, USD #207, faced numerous challenges in transporting students and keeping track of them due to a high student turnover rate, routing changes and budgetary constraints. Officials say that in the two years since EDULOG’s student tracking and routing solutions have been installed, they’ve “never lost a student,” and making changes to routes is “easy.”
Georgia district to test bus passenger tracking system
April 16, 2013
Gordon County Schools will conduct a pilot program of StudentConnect. Company officials say that the system provides real-time notification to parents and school transportation officials when students fail to get on the school bus, as well as when they enter or exit the bus at the wrong stop.
Communication leads to cost savings for Florida district
April 16, 2013

The collaborative atmosphere at the School District of Manatee County’s transportation department ensures that everyone works together to do their jobs efficiently, minimizing unnecessary expenditures. A combination of factors, including providing ongoing driver instruction to help them operate new buses that have been purchased, has saved the district about $400,000.

Transfinder to exhibit at Dubai school transportation conference
April 15, 2013
The school transportation management solutions provider will showcase its routing software at the event, which is scheduled for April 21-23. Featured in the company’s exhibit will be a demonstration of its mobile application for accessing and documenting transportation information on an iPad.
Michigan district spotlights transportation supervisor
April 15, 2013
Jill Fons has worked for Hartland Consolidated Schools for 23 years, beginning as a school bus driver, then a dispatcher and then supervisor. The district recognizes her as its April "Person of the Month."
REMINDER: Webinar to offer tips for 2-way radios
April 15, 2013
The free web seminar, “Digital Two-Way Radios: Bolstering Communications, Security & Compliance,” will be presented by SCHOOL BUS FLEET and Motorola on Wednesday. Topics to be discussed include security and emergency preparedness, clear communication and regulation compliance.
GreenRoad adds fleet tracking to driver management service
April 12, 2013
With the availability of GreenRoad Advanced Tracking, powered by GPS Insight, GreenRoad adds fleet management capabilities to its driver performance and safety solution, which combines real-time, in-vehicle safety feedback with a management portal that provides insight and guidance.
2 bus drivers die in Iowa, New Mexico incidents
April 11, 2013
An Iowa school bus driver passes away after suffering a medical emergency during his route, but officials say that he pulled the bus over safely and no students were injured. The incident follows the death of another driver in New Mexico, where a bus went off of a road and down an embankment.
$300K grant to go toward training for Thermo King staff
April 10, 2013
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development grant will be used to develop and implement lean process improvement training for more than 560 employees of Thermo King, which supplies temperature control systems for buses and other vehicles.
Student raises $6,000 for Wi-Fi on school buses
April 10, 2013
The high schooler has a goal of getting the units installed on some of the buses at his school district, and officials for the Indiana school system say that the superintendent is supportive of the idea. Administrators are developing guidelines for having Wi-Fi installed on buses.
EDULOG grows staff by 20
April 10, 2013
The company, which specializes in logistics and GPS for school districts, has hired 20 employees this month, who are being added in positions throughout the company, such as support, project management and software development. Company President Jason Corbally attributes the growth, in part, to the fact that EDULOG is providing more products and services.
REI celebrates 75-year anniversary
April 9, 2013
Radio Engineering Industries Inc., which provides video surveillance and other solutions for various markets, including the school bus market, was founded in 1938 by Clyde H. Hays, and it continues to be family owned and operated. The company will mark the milestone with special activities throughout the year.
The Yellow Bus' Vital Role in Homeland Security
April 9, 2013

School buses have been used in a variety of operations to protect the public in emergencies, such as hurricanes and floods. Here are details on how pupil transporters are preparing for and responding to times of crisis.   

School Training Solutions team cycles Gulf Coast in relay
April 4, 2013
Director Patrick Willi and others from School Training Solutions, which provides online school bus driver training, set out on a 263-mile ride from New Orleans to Pensacola Beach, Fla., on April 5. Willi says that he hopes to use his experiences and stories from the bicycle relay to encourage road awareness and safety.
Bus purchases deferred for Massachusetts Head Start programs
April 4, 2013
The purchases will be put off this year due to anticipated budget cuts stemming from the federal sequester. Officials at two agencies that run Head Start programs in the state say that they don’t yet know the extent to which their budgets will be impacted. The Patriot Ledger reports that the sequester reduced the budget for Head Start by 5%.
U.S. diesel price dips below $4
April 3, 2013
The Energy Information Administration’s weekly report finds the nation’s average on-highway diesel price at $3.993 per gallon as of April 1. It is the first time since January that the diesel average has been under $4.

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