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NAPT News & Views — Peter Mannella on how he would change the world
July 16, 2013

To shed some light on the personalities that make up the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) board of directors, the association has launched a series of board member profiles. Here, we hear from Peter Mannella, NAPT Region 1 director and executive director of the New York Association for Pupil Transportation.

I took the wheel — of a yellow bus
July 16, 2013

The goal was for me to get a better sense of what school bus drivers face in terms of maneuvering such a large vehicle on the road. Its ease of maneuverability was eye-opening.

School bus graphics supplier Sun Art acquired by Repros
July 15, 2013
Cleveland-based Repros is a provider of large-format color graphics solutions. VP Lou LaGuardia says that “by acquiring Sun Art, we suddenly become experts in the school bus graphics niche market and acquire a more proficient expertise in the fleet and vehicle market."
Charles Poland named a School Bus Champion
July 15, 2013
The Alabama school bus driver receives a posthumous School Bus Champion Award from the American School Bus Council for his actions to protect his bus passengers during a standoff with a gunman. Dale County Schools Superintendent Donny Bynum, who accepted the award on behalf of Poland’s family, says, “Not a day goes by that I don’t think about Mr. Poland and what he did. He is the definition of a hero.”
School bus driver arrested for DWI after route
July 12, 2013
Police in Geneseo, N.Y., encountered Manon Coyne after she had transported five students to summer school. She allegedly had a blood alcohol content of .24%. The New York Association for Pupil Transportation says that "if all the charges are proven true, her actions were inexcusable and put the lives of the children on her school bus at risk."
School board approves 3% bus fee hike
July 11, 2013
The fee will be higher starting with the upcoming school year. The South Sioux City (Neb.) district is looking for a way to balance its transportation budget; it was only reimbursed by the state for half of the nearly $570,000 that was spent on busing last school year.
Bob Rubin retires after 45 years in yellow busing
July 11, 2013
The vice president of sales for Easy Way Safety Services got his start in the industry when he was asked to become involved in manufacturing seat covers and safety vests for the company. In a letter announcing his retirement, he writes that he relishes the friendships he’s made, and he’ll miss those friendships.
Transportation costs: 'Dare to compare'?
July 11, 2013

Do your homework to understand how one operation compares to yours, and then — and only then — dare to compare.

EDULOG and Alpha Communications grow business, teams
July 10, 2013
The routing software provider and the installation company are business partners, and officials say both companies have hired more employees in recent months to handle the increased demand for their services. EDULOG has been steadily hiring since April, and Alpha Communications is increasing the size of its hardware installation team by 38% this summer.
Texas bus driver honored by school risk program
July 10, 2013
The nonprofit Property Casualty Alliance of Texas names Joe Page its Texas Bus Driver of the Year. The Nacogdoches Independent School District driver receives a plaque and a check for $1,000.
District to use Disney tram-like audio messages in buses
July 9, 2013
Myrtle Beach, S.C.-based Horry County Schools is modifying audio messages designed for Disney World trams to use in 10 buses this fall to cut down on student discipline problems. Students will hear soothing music, safety messages and location alerts.
Thomas Built honors top dealer trainers
July 8, 2013
Ali Rampartab of Matthews Bus Sales in Orlando, Fla., is named the school bus manufacturer’s 2012 Dealer Trainer of the Year at an annual dealer meeting for providing hands-on service maintenance and training to his customers in New York and Florida. Regional winners are also recognized.
‘Bus Buddies’ program helps young riders find stops
July 8, 2013
Under Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District’s program, volunteers from within the district assist during afternoon bus rides, ensuring that elementary students disembark the bus at their correct stop during the first three days of the school year. The program reportedly helps to reduce students’ stress.
6 Minnesota bus drivers win Transportation Specialist Awards
July 3, 2013
The drivers were nominated by their supervisors as people who exemplify the “best of the best” in school transportation. In addition to the award, a $1,000 check was awarded in each driver’s name to go toward a scholarship fund for deserving youth.
Texas district to stop some summer school bus service
July 2, 2013
The school system’s superintendent says there is not funding to pay for rural school bus transportation, noting that while some students are required to pay a fee to attend summer school, it does not include the price of transportation.
District aims to save $650K by cutting courtesy bus service
July 2, 2013
Lake County Schools students who live within the Florida district’s 2-mile parent responsibility zone of their home school will no longer be eligible to ride the bus in the upcoming school year. The cost savings measure will affect more than 3,000 students.
Virginia official moves districts, takes transportation job
July 1, 2013
Josh Davis, chief operating officer for Albemarle County Public Schools, is transitioning this month to become the director of pupil transportation for Henrico (Va.) County Public Schools. In the position, Davis will be responsible for pupil transportation in a school division of approximately 49,000 students across 71 elementary, middle and high schools.
New Blue Bird dealer in New England
June 28, 2013
Anderson Blue Bird Bus Sales of New England will serve customers in Vermont, New Hampshire, western Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Update: Navistar names new CFO
June 27, 2013
Walter Borst, a longtime General Motors executive, will join Navistar as executive vice president and chief financial officer. He replaces A.J. Cederoth, whose departure was announced earlier this week.
REI's Chris Shigley on company growth, market trends
June 27, 2013

As Radio Engineering Industries celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2013, the company’s national sales manager says customers’ needs have played a key role in its development from a radio sales and repair store to a manufacturer and distributor of transportation products. One product he sees in great demand in the industry today is cameras, both for internal surveillance of a school bus and to capture stop-arm violators.

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