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Update: Indiana gov. signs bill on bus funding losses
March 31, 2014
The bill, signed into law last week, is designed to give flexibility to school districts facing transportation budget reductions. The legislation allows districts that have lost at least 10% of their transportation fund levies due to property tax caps to use money from other funds to pay for transportation through 2016.
Indiana stop-arm camera bill dies in Senate
March 6, 2014
The sponsor of the bill, Sen. Michael Crider, didn't offer the bill for a second reading on Monday, so it couldn’t receive a final vote in the Senate by the Tuesday deadline. Some senators had concerns with how contracts between school corporations and camera enforcement companies would be arranged, which was one reason why Crider didn’t make it available for another reading.
Bill aims to help deal with school bus funding losses
March 4, 2014
The Indiana legislation would allow school corporations that have lost at least 10% of their transportation fund levies due to circuit breaker credits (property tax caps) to use money from other funds to pay for transportation through 2016. The bill unanimously passes the state Senate.
Indiana district gives 3-year notice to end bus service
February 13, 2014
The Decatur Township school board passes a resolution to notify the Indiana Department of Education that it may terminate transportation services in 2017. Superintendent Matt Prusiecki says that "unfortunately, due to our financial situation, this is a cut we need to consider," but it could be avoided if local voters pass a property tax increase.
Ice, snow cited as factors in 2 school bus crashes
February 10, 2014
Police say that no children were injured in the separate incidents, which both happened on Friday in southern Indiana. In one crash, a minivan hit a patch of ice and slid into a school bus. In the other, a bus slid off a roadway and into a ditch.
2-year-old with cancer gets to ride the school bus
December 18, 2013
Ava Parker, who has terminal brain cancer, wanted a chance to ride a bus and go to school. On Tuesday, she and her family boarded a yellow bus and spent the afternoon with a preschool class.
Measure to provide funding for contractor rejected
November 7, 2013
M&M Bus Co. operates 74 school buses for Muncie (Ind.) Community Schools, and members of the community reject a referendum that called for raising property taxes by 22 cents for every $100 of assessed property value for a total of $3.35 million for the contractor. The next step will be to submit a waiver to the state.
Cummins offers new 5-liter V8 diesel
October 7, 2013
The engine manufacturer holds a press event to share details on the new ISV5.0 and to show it running in a Type C school bus and several other test vehicles. Cummins officials discuss the engine's benefits, including low total cost of ownership and quieter operation.
Indiana district teaching bus drivers Spanish
August 8, 2013
Twenty-one bus drivers are learning the language as part of a program that was started to help them better communicate with a growing number of Latino students in the area. The drivers are learning just enough Spanish to make the students comfortable, such as being able to welcome the kids on the first day of school.
Propane buses save Indiana district 50% on fuel costs
May 7, 2013
Tippecanoe School Corp. purchased five Propane-Powered Blue Bird Vision school buses last year, and Director of Transportation Kevin Neafie says the district pays nearly half the price for propane compared to diesel, and that so far, the operation has saved $10,000 on these five buses alone.
Student raises $6,000 for Wi-Fi on school buses
April 10, 2013
The high schooler has a goal of getting the units installed on some of the buses at his school district, and officials for the Indiana school system say that the superintendent is supportive of the idea. Administrators are developing guidelines for having Wi-Fi installed on buses.
MacAllister Transportation adds new account manager
February 4, 2013
Terry Mullins joins the Blue Bird school bus dealership with sales responsibility for the northern half of Indiana. He is a 30-year veteran of the Air Force and Indiana Air National Guard.
School bus driver spots stun gun
December 7, 2012
The driver notices the weapon in her rearview mirror and returns to a school, where police search the students. After a tip from another student, officers reportedly find the stun gun in the backpack of a 15-year-old, who now could be expelled.
Alarm aims to prevent bus rolling incidents
November 28, 2012
After incidents in which school buses rolled away when drivers failed to engage the parking brake, an Indiana school district and a bus dealership collaborate on a solution. The system warns drivers if they have unfastened their seat belt without engaging the air brake parking system.
Ind. district to adopt transit-style bus routes
August 7, 2012
The changes at Washington Community Schools will take effect Aug. 14 and are made in response to state budget constraints. Officials say the routes now have designated stops within an area or region throughout the city limits, and buses will no longer do door-to-door stops, among other new policies.
Ind. association awards 2 scholarships
May 15, 2012
Erin Weber and Abbey Schmitt, two high school seniors, each receive $500 from the Indiana State School Bus Drivers Association. The association gives out the scholarships annually to the children and grandchildren of members.
VIDEO: School bus crashes into diner during Ind. tornado
April 2, 2012
Onboard footage shows the vehicle being lifted into the air before it was flung into a diner during a tornado in Henryville last month. In the video, driver Angel Perry can be heard providing instructions to students on board and safely evacuating them before the tornado hits the bus.
Ind. district increases safety measures after tornado
March 28, 2012
Stephen Satterly, director of transportation and school safety at the Community School Corp. of Southern Hancock County in New Palestine, discusses with SBF the training topics he’s covering with his bus drivers and the policy changes he’s planning to implement following this month’s F4 tornado in Henryville. He also shares emergency planning best practices that are part of a white paper he’s co-writing.
Onspot expands Ind. factory
March 14, 2012
The manufacturer of automatic tire chain systems purchases the 3-acre property next door to its North Vernon facility. The property includes a 7,400-square foot building that will become a storage warehouse.
Ind. bill aims to ban bus fees
February 1, 2012
Students and parents could not be charged a fee for transportation to and from school, under legislation that passed out of the Indiana House. The issue of school bus fees has been a source of contention in the state in recent years.
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