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District’s drivers undergo bus security training
August 5, 2013
Los Banos (Calif.) Unified School District drivers receive training from the sheriff’s department to help them prepare in the event that their bus is attacked by a gunman. The training addresses how to react to the circumstances calmly and use sound judgment.
Industry veteran Dick Fischer to retire
June 25, 2013
Fischer, owner and president of Trans-Consult, will spend this summer on the road conducting his "Train-the-Trainer" program, and he'll then hang up his keys to spend more time with his family. He reflects with SBF on his nearly 61 years in the industry.
Past national champs take top spots in California roadeo
June 14, 2013
Antonio Perez of San Dieguito Union High School District, a winner at the national level last year, places first at this year's California state school bus driver competition. Brent Carman, who has won national championships multiple times, places third.
Student, father fix training bus, save district up to $9K
May 23, 2013
Zach D’Souza, 15, and his father, Henry D’Souza, repair Buster the School Bus for Poway (Calif.) Unified School District. The bus is more than a dozen years old and has not been used for the last several years because it was broken.
District launches Very Important Passenger program
May 23, 2013
Newport-Mesa Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro was the inaugural passenger in the California operation’s program, which launched on Wednesday with Navarro watching a driver perform a pre-trip inspection and then accompanying him on a morning route. Director of Transportation Pete Meslin tells SBF that the intent of the program is to bring attention to the important role school bus transportation plays in students’ lives.
Man allegedly impersonates police officer, pulls over bus
May 21, 2013
Authorities are searching for the suspect, who was driving a silver sedan and used blue and red flashing lights mounted in his vehicle to signal for the Redlands (Calif.) Unified School District bus driver to pull over. The man reportedly stated that he was a police officer, and he displayed a gold badge in the shape of a star.
Cleaire assets acquired by ESW
May 8, 2013
Cleaire, which offered a variety of diesel particulate filters to retrofit school buses and other vehicles, closed in January. Environmental Solutions Worldwide has now acquired Cleaire's product line and certain assets, and California air officials say that the company "is committed to providing technical and warranty support to Cleaire customers."
Police seek man who followed girl around bus stop
April 24, 2013
Authorities in Redlands, Calif., ask for the public's help to identify a man who followed an 11-year-old girl on her way to and from a school bus stop last week. During the second incident, the man began asking the girl questions about her school and her clothing.
Veteran school transportation manager ends career with one last trip
April 19, 2013
When Louk Markham got behind the wheel of a school bus recently, it wasn't just any field trip — it was his final journey in a pupil transportation career that began nearly 40 years ago. Markham, who concluded his tenure as transportation supervisor at Merced (Calif.) City School District, discusses the highlights and challenges of his time in the yellow bus industry.
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.
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.
Principal, teacher revive girl struck by school bus
March 21, 2013
The 5-year-old is hit in front of an elementary school in California when the bus rolls backward down a hill. The school officials find that she has stopped breathing, so they perform CPR, and the girl regains consciousness shortly thereafter.
Teacher unknowingly allows sex offender on school bus
March 19, 2013
On the way back from a field trip, the teacher offers a student's parent and the parent’s male companion a ride on the bus. It's later discovered that the man is a registered sex offender. The California district’s superintendent says the incident is a “breach of our policy.”
1 of Chowchilla school bus kidnappers denied parole
March 14, 2013
A California board again finds James Schoenfeld unsuitable for release from prison, but he will be re-examined in three years. In 1976, Schoenfeld and two others hijacked a school bus and imprisoned the 26 children and their driver in a buried moving van.
Colorado team wins special-needs roadeo
March 14, 2013
Myra Walstead and Jesse Hill from Academy School District 20 take first place in the annual National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo. The runner-up teams hail from Georgia and California.
Bob Austin remembered as pupil transportation mentor, pioneer
January 17, 2013
Austin, who passed away on Jan. 7 after a long battle with cancer, led the creation of an innovative joint-powers school transportation agency in California and later imparted his knowledge and passion to school bus driver instructors with the state Department of Education. California state director Anna Borges discusses Austin’s contributions to pupil transportation.
Mechanic injured while working on school bus, later dies
December 17, 2012
The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office reports that John Friedas Joaquin Jr. was on an interstate repairing the disabled bus when a vehicle lost control and struck the rear of the bus, pinning Joaquin in the engine compartment. He is transported to a hospital where he undergoes surgery, but he ultimately passes away due to extensive blood loss from his injuries.
School bus driver charged with meth for sale
December 4, 2012
Narcotics detectives in California stop a school bus driven by 31-year-old April Nunez, with no children on board at the time. During their investigation, the detectives find in Nunez’s personal car a small amount of methamphetamine, a scale and packaging materials, which they say are consistent with the sale of meth.
Calif. bill aims to allow more funds for special-needs busing
October 31, 2012
The bill's author, Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, says that it will enable school districts to draw down more federal funds for transporting students with disabilities. The legislation, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, goes into effect on Jan. 1.
Calif. district extends busing through 2nd semester
October 30, 2012
School bus service to geographically remote areas will continue through the end of the school year at Lake Elsinore Unified School District. The board had earlier approved temporary bus service, for the first semester, for nearly 2,200 students who live in remote areas.

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