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First Student expands operations in Illinois
June 25, 2014
The contractor will provide transportation for eight additional school districts for the upcoming school year, and expects to add approximately 200 new positions.
First Student helps collect 12,300 items for food pantries
May 19, 2014
The school bus contractor’s Belleville, Ill., terminal partners with two local school districts and the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce to collect 12,300 items of non-perishable food for the seventh annual “Drive Away Hunger” campaign. The items are donated to four food pantries in the area.
Illinois bill would increase walking distance to 2 miles
April 16, 2014
School boards would be required to provide free transportation for students who live 2 miles or more from their assigned school, up from one and a half miles, under House Bill 5967. In a letter to a local newspaper, Illinois School Transportation Association President Patrick Johnson writes that the legislation would put “thousands of school children at risk, increase traffic congestion and harm the environment.”
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.”
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.
2 Illinois directors earn special-needs endorsement
November 27, 2013
Sharon Pierluissi of Lakeside Transportation/Cook-Illinois Corp. and Barbara Rizzo of Peotone Community School District 207-U are the latest to complete NAPT's Special Needs Transportation Training program.
Cook-Illinois buys 20 Blue Bird propane buses
August 28, 2013
The new Propane-Powered Vision school buses will transport students in Berkeley (Ill.) School District 87. Cook-Illinois reportedly utilized the school bus industry’s first adaptation of propane technology back in the early 1980s.
Sunrise Transportation adds 25 propane Blue Birds to fleet
July 3, 2013
The purchase of the Propane-Powered Vision school buses will enable the contractor to offer the students and community of Chicago environmentally friendly transportation while delivering operational savings, officials say.
Illinois bus driver logs 46 years behind the wheel
May 16, 2013
Joyce Bernard applied for and accepted a position at Serena Community Unit District #2 in 1967, craving a job that allowed her to spend a lot of time with her children. Now in her 70s, she tells SBF that the thing she loves most about her job is the students she transports, and she has no immediate plans to retire.
Auto yard owner indicted for bus thefts, scrapping
May 6, 2013
Sergio Quintero pleads not guilty to a 58-count indictment charging him with aggravated possession of a stolen motor vehicle, theft, criminal damage to property and illegal possession of auto titles. According to prosecutors in the case, investigators uncovered text messages from Quintero’s cell phone “where the timing and content correspond to the theft of the school buses.”
Durham partners with first responders for safety training
May 6, 2013
The school bus contractor works with first responders in Illinois for a training drill on evacuating school buses. The first responders explored five styles of school buses and could see how each emergency exit worked, including the different door options and roof hatches. In other news, Durham's parent company, National Express Corp., is awarded a safety management system certificate for the provision of student transportation services within North America.
Buses evacuated after student finds fake grenade
April 25, 2013
In the ongoing investigation, police say that after the student found the object on the bus, it was reportedly given to the bus driver, who evacuated the bus and notified officials. A bomb squad determines that it did not pose a threat, but students were also removed from other buses at a high school and taken into the school.
Stormwaters strand school buses in Midwest
April 18, 2013
In Oswego, Ill., a school bus slid into a ditch along a washed-out section of road. Four students and the driver were evacuated from the stuck bus. Near Ava, Mo., a school bus became temporarily stranded in an area between two low water crossings that became inundated.
Durham School Services raises $6,400 for Special Olympics
April 1, 2013
The school bus contractor’s Lake Villa, Ill., terminal provides shuttle bus service for the Lake Bluff Polar Plunge, and 15 employees participate in the plunge, raising the money for Special Olympics Illinois.
Scrap company owner charged after stolen buses are shredded
March 11, 2013
Chicago police arrest Sergio Quintero on Friday, and he is charged with felony possession of a title or registration that has not been assigned. The charge stems from his alleged involvement in the theft of eight school buses, which were brought to his scrap yard, and three of them were destroyed.
Ill. school bus driver recounts shooting
November 27, 2012
The Illinois Central School Bus driver is praised for keeping calm and keeping her passengers safe during last week’s incident, in which she says seven men surrounded the bus and were using it for cover. One student had disembarked the bus when the shooting started, and the driver ran out and retrieved her.
Zonar, NAPT award $50K equipment grant
October 30, 2012
The Transportation Joint Agreement operating at Crystal Lake (Ill.) School Districts 47 and 155 receives the grant at the 2012 NAPT Summit. Officials say the money will be used to outfit school buses with a combination of Zonar’s Electronic Vehicle Inspection Report, V3 telematics platform and ZPass.
Ill. school bus company undergoes leadership changes
September 20, 2012
Effective Jan. 1, Steve Hemmerlein will join North America Central School Bus Holding Co. LLC as the CEO; current CEO and founder Bruce Barr plans to retire. H. Kevin Mest is serving as the interim CEO, and he also assumes the position of chief operating officer. The new team includes Patrick Earley as chief financial officer as well.
Men charged for school bus battery thefts
July 16, 2012
Danny Kelly and Michael Kniser are charged with burglary for stealing 25 batteries from First Student buses in June. Bail for Kelly is set at $30,000, and bail for Kniser is set at $50,000.
Dozens of school bus batteries stolen in Ariz., Ill.
June 29, 2012
Thieves in Collinsville, Ill., make off with more than 35 batteries from a contractor's buses. In Peoria, Ariz., about two-dozen batteries are ripped off and buses are damaged at a school district lot.
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