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Blue Bird’s Roger Howsmon to retire
March 28, 2013
Howsmon led the school bus manufacturer’s sales and marketing team and then served as senior advisor to Blue Bird. Company officials credit him for his work with dealers and industry associations, and for playing a key leadership role in increasing international sales.
Former school bus driver charged with statutory rape
March 28, 2013
The 49-year-old man is arrested on Wednesday for allegedly having sex with a juvenile. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says that the man, who was a school bus driver at the time, met two youths in October and provided alcohol to them before the alleged act occurred.
District board votes to restore 4 bus routes
March 28, 2013
Merced Union High School District’s board votes to resume morning-only bus service on April 8 for four routes for the rest of the 2012-13 school year. A trustee for the California district reportedly says the decision is beneficial for students and will keep everyone safe.
Blue Bird nominated for manufacturer award
March 28, 2013
The company has been nominated for the 2013 Georgia Manufacturer of the Year Award, which evaluates companies on specific criteria relating to economic impact in the state of Georgia, corporate citizenship, community and civic involvement, and employee relations. Officials say Blue Bird provides over $70 million in annual salaries and taxes, in addition to purchases of materials and utilities from Georgia-based suppliers, generating an additional $30 million in economic impact.
Transportation staff fights back against cancer’s toll
March 27, 2013
For Stewart County (Tenn.) Schools, raising money for the battle against cancer is personal: In the past few years, the transportation department has lost two to cancer and has seen others diagnosed. Last year, the district’s drivers and students raised more than $4,000 as part of Relay for Life.
CASTO conference takes on distracted driving
March 26, 2013
At the California Association of School Transportation Officials’ annual event, several sessions address the dangers of distracted driving, while other sessions cover lessons learned from fatal incidents involving buses, and effective teaching strategies. The vendor show features more than 30 exhibitors.
School bus drivers win case against union
March 26, 2013
A group of school bus drivers in Oregon file a federal charge with the National Labor Relations Board, saying that a local union demanded that they join and pay full dues or face discharge. The settlement that the drivers win includes back pay.
Key performance indicators — where to start?
March 26, 2013

Often, just by tracking and displaying results, employees become more aware of their own influence on the measurements.

Trapeze Group names new director of sales
March 25, 2013
Christopher A. Rotolo joins the company as director of sales for the school division. Officials say he comes to Trapeze Group as it prepares to launch several new software technology solutions, and they say that he will help to educate customers on how the solutions could benefit their operations.
IC Bus names Hoglund dealer of the year
March 25, 2013
Four IC Bus dealerships earn Pursuit of Excellence awards: Hoglund Bus and Truck, Leonard Bus Sales, Leeds Transit and Maxim Truck & Trailer. Hoglund is also named the 2012 IC Bus North American Dealer of the Year.
Communicating clearly can cure confusion
March 20, 2013
Whether speaking or writing, accuracy and clarity are essential in communication. Supervisors need to make their instructions very clear so the whole department or group has proper direction and can achieve goals together.
Alabama students honored for actions during bus hijacking
March 19, 2013
Dr. Thomas Bice, Alabama’s superintendent of schools, presents proclamations to each of the students who were on their school bus when it was hijacked by gunman Jimmy Lee Dykes, who allegedly shot driver Charles Poland and then abducted one student. Bice says the students displayed safety skills that Poland taught them, and he recounts how the students loved Poland.
Trans Tech Bus grows dealer network
March 19, 2013
National Bus Sales, Trans Tech Bus Sales and Service of New England and Diamond State International have joined the Type A school bus manufacturer's national dealer group. Trans Tech Bus National Sales Manager Brian Barrington says these dealers provide “excellent customer service before, during and after the sale.”
Pupil transporter, alt-fuel advocate Mike McClung passes
March 14, 2013
McClung, who served in the transportation department at Northside Independent School District in San Antonio from 1977 to 2000, passed away on March 9 at the age of 65. McClung was a longtime supporter of using alternative fuels to power school buses, and he was instrumental in converting the district’s fleet from diesel to propane.
Blue Bird honors 26 dealers for excellence
March 14, 2013
The school bus manufacturer names Western Bus Sales of Oregon and the river counties of lower Washington as its 2012 Dealer of the Year, and the company also receives the Propane MVP Award. Blue Bird recognizes other dealerships with regional, “propane rookies” and service awards.
Photo exhibit shows school travel around the world
March 13, 2013
For the “Journeys to School” exhibition, 18 photographers followed schoolchildren in 13 countries — from Brazil to Nigeria to Thailand — as they traveled great distances, often facing significant dangers, to get an education.
New state director named in Kansas
March 12, 2013
Keith Dreiling, a former lieutenant with the Kansas Highway Patrol, joins the Kansas State Department of Education as state director for pupil transportation. He replaces industry veteran Larry Bluthardt, who retired last year.
IC Bus parent Navistar names CEO
March 7, 2013
Troy Clarke, currently Navistar's president and chief operating officer, will become president and CEO and will join the company's board in April. Lewis Campbell, who has served as executive chairman and interim CEO since August 2012, will step down from those positions and from the board.
Speakers for Zonar conference announced
March 6, 2013
The lineup for the fleet telematics provider's inaugural event in May is scheduled to include officials from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, the National Association for Pupil Transportation and trucking organizations.
Charges dropped for boy who brought fake gun on bus
February 28, 2013
The 10-year-old flashed an orange-tipped replica gun to another student on the school bus, and he was arrested the next day after another bus passenger reported him. Three weeks after the incident, prosecutors say they “did not feel it was appropriate or productive to proceed with criminal prosecution.”

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