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SBF named a Maggie Award finalist
March 24, 2014
The SCHOOL BUS FLEET 2013 Fact Book is one of five contenders in the category of Guides, Catalogues and Directories. The Maggie Awards recognize trade and consumer publishing excellence in the western U.S.
District partners with road commission to keep students safe
March 24, 2014
The Owosso (Mich.) Public Schools transportation staff teamed up with the Shiawassee County Road Commission to transport students safely during this year’s harsh winter. Owosso Transportation Supervisor Jayne Campbell says the road commission team was very helpful, providing information about road conditions and when plow trucks would arrive to clear the roads for buses.
Charlie Hood named next executive director of NASDPTS
March 24, 2014
Hood, the longtime Florida state pupil transportation director, will take on the association position this summer, after current Executive Director Bob Riley retires. NASDPTS President Max Christensen says that Hood "brings new ideas and enthusiasm to the position that will help the association move forward with expanded services and direction."
DOE: School bus plan could save $500K by end of year
March 20, 2014
A Hawaii Department of Education official says that the anticipated savings from Oahu’s school bus reform initiative, which is part of a statewide plan to overhaul the transportation program, is $100,000 more than what officials originally expected by the end of the 2013-14 school year. Meanwhile, the department is expanding service in the pilot area, which includes about 30 schools, while decreasing the number of buses in the fleet.
Student transportation authority expected to save districts $2.5M
March 20, 2014
Edmonton (Alberta) Public Schools and Edmonton Catholic Schools will work together over the next two years to create the Edmonton Student Transportation Authority, a separate legal entity that will deliver joint transportation services for both school districts. Officials from the districts say that in addition to the annual cost savings, it will improve efficiency and reduce ride times.
How your job changes the world
March 20, 2014

In this Industry Forum, John Fahey of Tyler Technologies' Versatrans solution team discusses how professions in the pupil transportation industry have a direct and daily effect on children with every ride given, and how these professions have made a real and lasting impact on our world.

Houston driver trainer honored for excellent performance
March 19, 2014
Tomeka Criswell-Brooks, a driver trainer at Houston Independent School District, receives a certificate and a trophy for “Best Performance” upon completing the Region 4 Education Service Center’s Driver Trainer Academy.
Driver saves family from potential house fire
March 18, 2014
Georgia bus driver Brandi Holcomb notices a spark coming from a house and begins yelling and honking her horn to alert the people inside. Randy Roberts wakes up when he hears Holcomb, goes outside, and is able to disconnect the wire that is causing the spark.
Kids learn safety lesson from Buster the School Bus
March 17, 2014
Second-graders at a Houston elementary school get an important lesson on school bus safety, thanks to Houston Independent School District transportation team members and Buster the School Bus. The presentation shows students how to behave before and after getting on the bus.
New Jersey district focuses on efficiency, staff appreciation
March 17, 2014
Since joining Green Brook Township Public Schools in 2008, Transportation Supervisor Nancy Farinella has been able to achieve annual cost savings ranging from $50,000 to more than $150,000 by making the operation more efficient while also bringing in an average of $125,000 per year in revenue for the district. She discusses how, along with her passion for her team.
Former director pleads guilty to records tampering
March 14, 2014
Douglas Wessling will reportedly receive two years of probation and an order to pay a $1,000 fine for the crime, which is an aggravated misdemeanor. In the fall, he resigned as transportation director from Iowa's Galva-Holstein Community School District after state inspectors found that buses in the fleet that had issues had not been repaired, despite Wessling notifying the state otherwise.
Transfinder VP wins 40 Under Forty award
March 12, 2014
Joseph Rossi, vice president of global sales at Transfinder, is one of this year’s recipients of the award from an Albany, N.Y., business journal. Transfinder President and CEO Antonio Civitella says of Rossi, “He continues to deliver. It's exciting to work alongside him every day."
AngelTrax expands operations to the Midwest
March 11, 2014
The mobile surveillance system supplier opens a new operations center in Jeffersonville, Ind. The expansion will enable AngelTrax to introduce new solutions in a larger, more central market, officials say.
Michigan district returns parked buses to service
March 10, 2014
Grand Rapids’ Forest Hills Public Schools had placed nine buses out of service in November following a fire in a bus of the same year and model. Following a lengthy investigation and replacement of the distribution module in the buses, they return to the road on Monday.
IC Bus dealer Midwest Transit acquires Allied Bus Sales
March 7, 2014
With the acquisition of Allied Bus Sales from FirstGroup America, Midwest Transit Equipment expands its bus sales, service and parts business to include all of Missouri and Kansas.
District may switch to 3 tiers, shorten walking distances
March 5, 2014
In an effort to prevent late buses and enhance transportation service, Minnesota’s South Washington County Schools is proposing to change from a four-tier bell time schedule to three tiers. Another change under consideration would be to reduce walking distances from 1.5 miles to 1 mile for middle school students and from 2 to 1.5 miles for high school students.
3 speakers join U.K. transport conference lineup
March 4, 2014
The new speakers that the Interchangeability 2014 conference added are a broadcast journalist who has worked on crisis communications projects around the world; the founder of TO BE WORLDWIDE, an organization that builds educational facilities in Ghana; and the director of student engagement and mobility management at Easter Seals Transportation Group.
School bus driver strike averted in Seattle
March 4, 2014
Teamsters Local 174, which represents more than 450 school bus drivers in Seattle, had said it was prepared to strike since mid-February. On Saturday, the union ratifies a new contract with First Student.
5 ways to gain support from school boards
March 4, 2014

With funding for pupil transportation tight, those providing the service must show board members its value. District and bus company officials share tips that can help in getting this group of individuals to become advocates for the yellow bus, from making yourself visible and available to sharing positive stories about your operation.

Web exclusive: More on gaining support from school boards
March 4, 2014

In our March 2014 issue, officials at school districts and bus companies offer tips that can help in getting school board members to become advocates for the yellow bus. Here are a few more tips, as well as insight on efforts at operations that have been successful in establishing positive relations with school board members on specific issues.

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