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Contractors see safety as an investment
April 10, 2014

Executives for some of North America's largest school bus companies discuss how allocating resources toward such efforts as driver training and preventive maintenance can benefit the operation by improving safety and employee morale, which, in turn, enhances profitability.

Driver, nurse save 4 special-needs students from bus fire
April 4, 2014
Alfred “Al” Lewis pulls the bus over, opens the passenger door and window to let the smoke out, sprays the fire extinguisher into the vents, and gathers the students in wheelchairs and carries them outside to safety. Meanwhile, the nurse helps the other two students out of the rear door.
Kansas district extends contract with First Student
March 24, 2014
The contract with Shawnee Mission (Kan.) School District 512 is a five-year agreement that includes the operation, maintenance and management of a fleet of more than 200 vehicles. The fleet services 50 schools throughout the district.
First Student honored for supporting fire academy
March 18, 2014
The school bus contractor receives a 2013 Appreciation Award from the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute for donating retired school buses to the institute for training. The institute provides firefighters throughout the world with training in settings that replicate real-life situations.
Michigan district extends contract with First Student
March 12, 2014
Under Troy School District’s three-year contract extension with the school bus contractor, 8,000 students in the district will continue to receive school bus service. Doug Meek, First Student area general manager, says First Student looks forward to "working with the district, students, parents and community for many years to come.”
First Student saves 3.2M gallons of fuel with DriveSmart
March 6, 2014
In a blog post on Tuesday, the company discusses this and other benefits of the initiative, which is designed to cut down carbon emissions while simultaneously improving safety. “Smart” stands for: Safe driving, Managing speeds, Avoiding rapid acceleration and hard braking, Reducing idling, and Talking to maintenance.
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.
First Student names new president as Burtwistle steps down
January 8, 2014
Dennis Maple takes the reins of North America's largest school bus contracting company. He most recently served as president of Aramark Education. At First Student, Maple succeeds Linda Burtwistle, who will step down after a brief handover period.
14 phenomenal women in school transportation
October 24, 2013

In this new feature, we spotlight dedicated women from around the nation ranging from school bus drivers, trainers and administrative assistants to bus company executives, directors of transportation and state directors whose work helps to keep students safe.

Danger zone rules are focus of School Bus Safety Week
October 16, 2013
This year's theme is "Stand Back From the Yellow and Black," reminding students to wait and walk outside of the 10-foot danger zone around the bus. Some operations are also targeting stop-arm running during School Bus Safety Week.
First Student names area GM of Alaska locations
October 15, 2013
In the Alaska role, Laura Hansen works closely with local management teams and oversees operations for locations, financial results, safety, and fleet and maintenance. The First Student veteran most recently served as senior location manager for the school transportation provider's Portland, Ore., facility.
How Thomas, First Student are working toward a better bus
September 20, 2013

First Student and Thomas Built Buses’ partnership hinges on a high level of collaboration and transparency. Their efforts are helping both companies become more efficient and make improvements that could benefit the entire industry.

First Student promotes Bobbie Hartman
August 20, 2013
The contractor names Hartman senior director, marketing sales and support, where she will continue developing and executing customer marketing plans and brand strategies, and oversee the creation and production of business proposals for First Student.
Tips and tools to select safe stops
July 23, 2013

Pupil transporters recommend considering everything from whether to use mid-block stops or corner stops to avoiding situations where students must cross a busy street to ensuring that the bus has enough room to maneuver in the area. Staff input and routing software can assist in this task.

First Student donates $5,000 to support educational program
July 22, 2013
The school bus contractor allocates the money to sponsor Wichita (Kan.) Public Schools’ golf tournament, which supports the school system’s Educational Edge Program. The program is a nonprofit that raises funds for athletics, fine arts, and project grants for classrooms and teachers within the district.
First Student adds 50 Blue Bird propane buses to fleet
July 16, 2013
The school bus contractor will use the Propane-Powered Vision units to transport students under its agreement with Bozeman (Mont.) Public Schools. The buses feature GPS, digital video cameras, the Child Check-Mate electronic reminder system and crossing gates.
First Student chosen for National Safety Council award
June 19, 2013
The operator receives the 2013 Occupational Safety Excellence Achievement Award. The award is presented to companies that have reported injuries and illnesses that involved days away from work equal to or less than half of the Bureau of Labor Statistics rating, and had zero staff fatalities during the 2012 calendar year.
First Student to serve Ohio district under 10-year contract
June 3, 2013
The company will begin providing transportation services for Valley View Local Schools in Germantown on July 1, and First Student will install additional safety features on the district's school buses, including GPS, onboard digital video cameras and Child Check-Mate electronic reminder systems. In other news, First Student President Linda Burtwistle receives the 2013 Ohio Glass Ceiling Award, which honors women in leadership positions.
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.

First Student driver honored for customer service excellence
March 11, 2013
Richard Fumi receives the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Pinnacle Award for Outstanding Service, which recognizes those who go above and beyond the call of duty to best serve their customers. In other news, First Student was recently named the 2013 Business of the Year by the Park Hill District Hall of Fame Committee in Kansas City, Mo.
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