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Bill would allow stop-arm cameras on Alabama buses
March 24, 2014
Under the legislation, local school boards would be permitted to authorize the use of the technology to capture motorists who illegally pass buses. The fine for a stop-arm violation under the legislation would be a maximum of $300 for the first offense, $750 for a second offense and $1,000 for each subsequent offense in a five-year period.
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.”
NYAPT works to bolster school bus security
January 31, 2014
On Wednesday, the one-year anniversary of the slaying of Alabama school bus driver Charles Poland Jr., the New York Association for Pupil Transportation paid tribute to Poland and announced steps it is taking to increase school bus security. For example, the association is supporting legislation that would make it a crime of criminal trespass to board a school bus without permission.
District cracks down on bus drivers parking at home
January 16, 2014
An audit finds that of Jefferson County (Ala.) School District’s 400 buses, drivers are taking 61 of them home each day to places farther than their bus route, adding nearly $172,000 in fuel costs. The deputy superintendent is talking with drivers about finding a more cost-efficient place to park their buses.
Alabama district reverses decision to end bus service
December 12, 2013
The service for regular-education students at Hoover City Schools was set to end with the 2014-15 school year, but Superintendent Andy Craig and school officials are now exploring ways to continue offering the service with the district’s own bus fleet and drivers and to charge students a fee to ride the bus. Craig says that the ability for the district to both receive state allocation for transportation and collect fees from bus riders was the primary factor in this latest decision.
Alabama urges motorists to be safe around school buses
August 19, 2013
As the new school year approaches, the state Department of Education’s Pupil Transportation Unit reminds drivers of the recently passed Charles Poland Jr. Act, which makes school bus trespassing a Class A misdemeanor. The office also reminds drivers of the state’s laws regarding stopping for school buses.
Public outcry over decision to end regular-ed bus service
August 13, 2013
Hoover (Ala.) City Schools holds a forum to address the board of education’s decision to stop the service with the 2014-15 school year, and parents, students and other community members attend and tell school officials that their decision was a mistake. The district’s superintendent says he is still exploring other variations of the plan, such as phasing in the bus cuts over a longer period of time.
Alabama district to end regular-ed transportation
July 18, 2013
Hoover City Schools officials expect that ending the service — to go into effect in August 2014 — will save more than $2.5 million per year. The district cites "sharply declining revenues" as a key factor in the decision.
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.”
Alabama cracks down on school bus trespassing
June 3, 2013
Trespassing on or interfering with a school bus in Alabama could result in jail time under the newly passed Charles "Chuck" Poland Jr. Act, named after the Midland City driver who was fatally shot while protecting his passengers from an intruder in January.
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.
Alabama event honors school bus drivers, including Charles Poland
February 27, 2013
At a celebration held at Transportation South, Harry Leach of Trussville City Schools is named Alabama's Love the Bus driver of the year. A moment of silence is observed for Charles Poland, the driver who was fatally shot while protecting his passengers in Midland City.
More details on Alabama bus driver’s heroic response
February 12, 2013
The confrontation between an armed intruder and school bus driver Charles Poland lasted more than four minutes, with Poland standing in the aisle to block the gunman from his students and refusing to move, according to a report from CNN. Meanwhile, students in the back of the bus opened the rear emergency exit so they could escape.
Road by hostage site expected to be named for Charles Poland
February 7, 2013
Under a resolution passed by the Alabama Legislature, a half-mile stretch of U.S. 231 in Dale County would be designated the "Charles 'Chuck' Albert Poland, Jr., Memorial Highway," after the school bus driver who was fatally shot in the line of duty.
Florida district takes part in Alabama bus driver’s funeral
February 6, 2013
Nearly 30 school bus drivers and the director of transportation from Florida’s Escambia County School District drove to Ozark, Ala., on Sunday to attend the funeral of fellow driver Charles Poland, who was shot and killed in the line of duty. Here is an account of their moving experience.
UPDATE: Boy held in bunker rescued, abductor dead
February 4, 2013
Ending a nearly weeklong standoff with a man accused of killing a school bus driver and abducting a 5-year-old passenger in Alabama, FBI agents enter the man's bunker and rescue the boy. Suspect Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, is killed during the operation.
Blue Bird welcomes Ala. dealer to network
February 4, 2013
Busworx Blue Bird has six factory-authorized locations throughout the state that will offer school bus and parts sales, along with service for customers. Officials say Yancey Bus Sales transferred its Alabama territory to Busworx Blue Bird to fully focus on growing its market share in Georgia.
Letter: Reactions to the school bus shooting, abduction
February 1, 2013
After the Jan. 29 incident in Alabama in which a man boarded a school bus, fatally shot the driver and took a 5-year-old student hostage, a director of transportation in Arizona wrote this letter to his staff to address any concerns about their safety.
Alabama’s Transportation South to host ‘Love the Bus’ celebration
January 30, 2013
A celebration on Valentine’s Day at the school bus dealership will honor the state’s best school bus drivers, as voted by students, parents and teachers. Alabama state pupil transportation director Joe Lightsey will speak, and more than 150 school and community leaders from throughout the region are expected to attend.
School bus driver killed, student taken hostage
January 30, 2013
An Alabama man identified by neighbors as Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, allegedly boarded a school bus on Tuesday and demanded two children. When school bus driver Charles Albert Poland Jr. refused, he was fatally shot. The suspect then took a 5-year-old kindergartner and retreated to a bunker on his property, where they remained as of Thursday.
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