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Thomas Built aids in school’s performance progress
March 3, 2014
In 2010, the school bus manufacturer became the primary sponsor for Oak Hill Elementary School in High Point, N.C., as part of an effort to improve the school’s performance. Thomas Built’s funding and volunteer support have helped Oak Hill Elementary become the highest performing Title 1 school in the state, officials say.
Boston district may expand transit bus pass program
February 28, 2014
Boston Public Schools’ interim superintendent submits a balanced budget recommendation for the 2015 school year, with a proposal to reduce transportation costs by expanding the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority pass program to more seventh- and eighth-grade students. This measure is among several transportation-related proposals designed to save $11 million.
How to cut costs by mastering time and space, part 1
February 28, 2014

Manipulating time and space to optimize system design sets a foundation for efficiency in special-education transportation. Here is an introduction to the concept — and three examples in which its application could have saved countless dollars.

Seon raises over $600 for anti-bullying cause
February 26, 2014
The company supports Pink Shirt Day in Canada by purchasing official T-shirts for Seon employees, with 100% of the proceeds going toward Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Vancouver. The company also holds a corporate event on Wednesday to highlight the significance of the cause.
District may invest $1M annually toward new buses
February 21, 2014
South Carolina’s Horry County Schools is considering making the investment each year until 2019 under a proposal set forth by the district’s chief officer for support services. The proposal was made to get the buses in the fleet under 15 years old to reduce breakdowns and repairs. No final decisions will be made until the district learns whether it will receive additional funding from the state.
Navistar expects $22M annual savings in engine production move
February 21, 2014
The IC Bus parent company will move mid-range engine production at its Huntsville, Ala., plant to Melrose Park, Ill. Chief Operating Officer Jack Allen says that Navistar has “too much excess engine manufacturing capacity in North America, and we must take action to reduce our costs and improve the business.”
Kids know good drivers
February 20, 2014

Surely most children aren’t aware of all the specific requirements. But they do seem to understand that being a school bus driver is a tough job that not everyone is cut out for.

Trans Tech SST buses delivered in Massachusetts
February 19, 2014
Dealership Trans Tech Bus Sales and Service of New England sells and delivers the six school buses from the Type A bus manufacturer to Worcester (Mass.) Public Schools.
Industry veteran turns 90, reflects on career
February 19, 2014
Web Exclusive: Washington's Anton Neyens has been retired from pupil transportation for more than a decade, but on Sunday, he celebrated a milestone: his 90th birthday. Here, he discusses the progression of his career, from automotive technician to pupil transportation manager to school bus salesman.
Emirates Transport to add 230 buses for school service
February 18, 2014
The transportation provider will add the buses to schools’ fleets to meet growing demand. The total cost of the vehicles is about $17.8 million USD.
U.S. transportation chief Anthony Foxx to speak at Love the Bus event
February 18, 2014
Foxx will address students at a High Point, N.C., elementary school during the American School Bus Council’s Love the Bus main event on Friday. The secretary will share the stage with first-graders, who will perform an interpretation of a children’s book, and fourth- and fifth-graders will perform a song on their recorders.
Safety Vision celebrates 21-year anniversary
February 14, 2014
The provider of mobile video surveillance and collision avoidance solutions serves a variety of fleets, including mass transit, pupil transportation, law enforcement and private fleet sectors. Founder and CEO Bruce Smith says Safety Vision is “approaching $1 billion in sales since inception,” which has “made for an incredible milestone,” and the company was recently issued a U.S. patent for digital data storage technology.
Virginia association offers scholarship in memory of Sonny Merryman
February 14, 2014
The founder of school bus dealership Sonny Merryman Inc., who passed away in December, provided hundreds of students in Virginia with scholarship assistance. The Virginia Association for Pupil Transportation offers a $2,500 scholarship that is available to seniors at public schools in Virginia who have a parent or grandparent currently or formerly employed in the public school pupil transportation field within the state.
Indiana district gives 3-year notice to end bus service
February 13, 2014
The Decatur Township school board passes a resolution to notify the Indiana Department of Education that it may terminate transportation services in 2017. Superintendent Matt Prusiecki says that "unfortunately, due to our financial situation, this is a cut we need to consider," but it could be avoided if local voters pass a property tax increase.
Communities go yellow for ‘Love the Bus’
February 13, 2014
Pupil transportation operations and associations around the country are showing their appreciation for school bus drivers and recognizing the important role that yellow buses play in students’ education with “Love the Bus” celebrations this month.
Event honors man who transported African-American students during segregation
February 13, 2014
Willie Chisolm, an African-American businessman, bought two used buses to transport rural African-American children to school in the 1950s when all schools in South Carolina were segregated by race. Chisholm died in 1962, before the schools integrated in 1966.
Rising costs, security and bus eligibility cuts are key issues
February 11, 2014

Having held a variety of leadership roles in the industry, Don Carnahan brings diverse insight to his second term as president of NAPT. Here, he shares his perspectives on changes and challenges in pupil transportation.

Seattle district approves busing cuts, arrival time changes
February 10, 2014
Seattle Public Schools’ board members sign off on a transportation plan for 2014-15 that includes shifting bus arrival times back by about 10 minutes (a previous proposal called for adding 10 minutes to the start time of middle and high schools). Also, board members approve ending transportation service to option school students who live outside that school’s middle school attendance area, among other measures.
Illinois state director Cinda Meneghetti to retire
February 10, 2014
Meneghetti, who has served as the state's director of pupil transportation for nearly 10 years, will step down at the end of February. Here, she reflects on her work with Illinois' instructors — who teach about 28,000 drivers annually — her efforts to educate legislators and the public about school bus issues, and the "caring and passionate people" she has worked with in the industry.
Blue Bird awards 16 suppliers
February 7, 2014
The school bus manufacturer recognizes suppliers for outstanding performance and product excellence at its annual Supplier Conference. ROUSH CleanTech is named Blue Bird's 2013 Supplier of the Year.

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