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Contractors on school busing now, and what lies ahead
March 14, 2013

In this roundtable, executives from several school bus companies discuss driver shortage, the potential for growth in the contractor market this year, and what impact legislative issues — at the national and state levels — will have on their business, and on the industry as a whole.

Longtime Durham general manager retires
February 25, 2013
Marilee Mayes retired from the position at the school bus contractor’s Hutchinson, Kan., terminal on Friday after 27 years on the job. Mayes oversaw the student transportation for Hutchinson Unified School District 308, and she now serves the school system as a substitute school bus driver.
Durham School Services wins first Ga. contract
December 28, 2012
Officials say the school bus contractor’s five and a half year agreement with Peach County Schools in Fort Valley is its first in the state, and that Durham now operates in 32 states. Durham operates 38 routes for Peach County Schools, transporting 3,500 students daily.
National Express holds employee safety poster contest
November 9, 2012
Employees at subsidiaries Durham School Services, Stock Transportation and Petermann design 120 posters that communicate operational safety messages. The top five submissions will be displayed at all National Express facilities to serve as a daily safety reminder.
Durham wins Wash., Ore. contracts
June 18, 2012
The contractor will serve Newport (Wash.) School District and St. Helens Public Schools in Portland under five-year agreements that will begin in July for the upcoming school year. Durham will operate 78 routes for Newport and 28 routes for St. Helens.
Durham awarded 3-year contract
June 14, 2012
Durham School Services will operate 97 home-to-school routes and 109 buses for Rochester (Mich.) Community Schools starting in July. The company reportedly plans to hire as many of the district's drivers, monitors, mechanics and staff as possible, and officials say the contract will save the district approximately $4.7 million over the three-year period.
Durham School Services wins R.I., Minn. contracts
June 7, 2012
Under a three-year agreement with the Burrillville School Department in Harrisville, R.I., the company will operate 27 home-to-school routes and 34 buses beginning with the 2012-13 school year. Durham’s contract with Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Independent School District 191 in Burnsville, Minn., is reportedly the company’s first in the state, and it will operate 100 buses for the district.
Petermann deal ups National Express fleet to 20K buses
May 7, 2012
With the merger now complete, the Cincinnati-based school bus contractor will join National Express' Durham School Services brand. Petermann CEO Pete Settle calls National Express "the perfect home for Petermann."
Durham raises $10K for Special Olympics chapter
March 26, 2012
Employees for the school bus contractor participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge in Lake Bluff, Ill., and raise $10,780 for Special Olympics Illinois Far West Suburban/Area 2, which serves athletes with intellectual disabilities in DuPage, Kane and Kendall counties. Durham also donates bus service to transport the plungers to and from the event location.
Durham honored for supporting Special Olympics chapter
February 3, 2012
The school bus contractor receives the Maggiano’s Hero Award from Special Olympics Illinois for its consistent volunteerism in the Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby, for providing buses and drivers for the Polar Plunge and the Law Enforcement Torch Run Plane Pull, and for collecting new sports equipment for Area 2 as part of its Christmas drive.
Landmark Student Transportation names president
February 2, 2012
Kirk Flach joins the school bus company in the role, where he will oversee all aspects of its operations in North America. Flach, who has more than 15 years’ experience in the industry, was most recently senior vice president of operations for National Express Corp.
Durham employees volunteer for student reading program
January 18, 2012
Cheryl Tiemann and Eddy Minze of the contractor’s Brenham, Texas, terminal visit a local elementary school each week to serve as mentors in the HOSTS reading intervention program. Tiemann and Minze work with first-graders, reading to them and listening to them read.
Pupil transporters plan activities, issue tips for School Bus Safety Week
October 13, 2011
From industry associations to school districts to contractors, officials are gearing up to observe the national event, which will be held next week. Participation in Operation Safe Stop, poster and writing contests, and recognizing bus drivers for performance excellence are among the activities in the works. Officials urge students and motorists to use caution when walking and driving around school buses.
National Express Group to acquire Petermann
September 13, 2011
The parent company of Durham School Services and Stock Transportation has signed an agreement to acquire Petermann, which is headquartered in Cincinnati and has operations across 10 states in the West, Midwest and Southwest. Officials say the acquisition will increase National Express’ fleet size to 20,000 buses and introduce the company to new states.
Durham provides bus service for Fla. magnet school students
August 26, 2011
As a result of budget shortfalls, Duval County Public Schools cut all bus service to and from magnet schools this summer. The contractor is operating eight magnet school routes for the district.
Bus fee program to use high-tech tools
August 11, 2011
The superintendent of Keller (Texas) Independent School District says that the system “will operate in much the same way as a city bus pass.” Families can use an online portal to pay either monthly or by the semester for a pass, which will come in the form of a student ID card with embedded RFID tags.
Texas district approves fare-based bus system
July 21, 2011
Keller Independent School District's board of trustees meets to address $32 million in budget cuts, and establishes a pay-for-ride bus service to replace the free service. The new service offers a monthly payment option for parents.
Bus driver credited with saving special-needs student’s life
June 2, 2011
After noticing that Connor DiLorenzo is choking, Danny Waldrum pulls his bus over, calls 911, checks to see if the boy is breathing and administers an abdominal thrust, which dislodges a small pebble from his throat. A paramedic who responded to the incident says “it's absolutely possible” DiLorenzo could have lost his life without Waldrum's quick action.
Durham, Stock Transportation celebrate employee appreciation
May 9, 2011
The contractors will recognize their more than 20,000 school bus drivers and support staff this month for their continued commitment to safely transporting students. Employees will be given lanyards with the logo for Enjoy the Ride, the contractors’ new employee relations program.
Durham donates services for home renovation project
April 11, 2011
The contractor provides shuttles for the filming of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. One shuttle was used for the volunteers helping to build the home. The other shuttle was used for spectators.

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