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Distracted bus driver cited in crash that injured 29 students
July 17, 2014
John Logan, a Lewis County (Mo.) C-1 School District bus driver, is charged with improper lane usage resulting in an accident on April 1. While Logan slides a trash can to a child who says she is sick, the front right tire drops off the road and he reportedly over-steers to correct the bus, causing it to slide down an embankment and roll on its top. The Missouri State Highway Patrol report concludes that Logan was at fault because the driver is responsible for staying focused on driving.
School bus driver honored for starting reading program
July 10, 2014
The Missouri Association for Pupil Transportation names Rudy Rhodes of the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District the 2014 School Bus Driver of the Year at its annual conference on Wednesday. Rhodes was nominated by a coworker for his community service activities, including initiation of the Book Buddies program at Prairie View Elementary School.
Man looking for ride allegedly steals school bus
June 20, 2014
Donald L. Francis is charged with tampering with a motor vehicle in the first degree, a Class C felony, after allegedly stealing a North Wood R-IV (Mo.) School District bus. Francis admits to sheriff’s deputies that he was intoxicated and looking for a ride, found a school bus with keys in it, and drove to St. Clair, which is where authorities found the bus.
85% of Missouri school buses pass initial inspection
June 9, 2014
Nearly 12,000 school buses are inspected in the Missouri State Highway Patrol's 2014 school bus inspection program. In all, 10,161 of the buses are approved upon initial inspection.
District honored for school bus routing after tornado
May 12, 2014
The transportation department at Missouri's Joplin Schools receives the 2014 Public Sector Excellence Award from Tyler Technologies for its creative use of the Versatrans transportation management system following a May 2011 tornado, including identifying students affected by the disaster and creating new routes around the damaged areas. Two more school districts are among the seven other award recipients.
Man arrested for boarding Missouri school bus
April 28, 2014
The man reportedly approaches two students who are on the bus, but they are able to disembark, and district staff personnel monitor the situation until law enforcement arrives. When asked why he had come to the school, the man says he’d come to take a child.
Missouri district builds its own bus video systems
April 24, 2014
At Carl Junction R-1 School District, shop technicians put together four-camera surveillance systems for the district's school buses. The team recently began testing two additional cameras: one on the back of the bus and one underneath.
Parkway launches CNG bus project with $1.5M grant
April 3, 2014

After securing federal highway funds, the Missouri school district buys 30 compressed natural gas buses and builds a fast-fill fueling station. Here’s a look at how Parkway won the grant and what it expects with the new buses — including savings in fuel and maintenance costs.

IC Bus dealer Midwest Transit acquires Allied Bus Sales
March 7, 2014
With the acquisition of Allied Bus Sales from FirstGroup America, Midwest Transit Equipment expands its bus sales, service and parts business to include all of Missouri and Kansas.
Mutual respect strengthens driver-technician relations
February 25, 2014

Clear communication is also essential to a solid working relationship between these groups of employees. In-service or safety meetings provide an opportunity for growth in these areas by allowing drivers to learn about their buses and ask the techs questions. Drivers must also be proactive in reporting maintenance concerns.

2 dismissed after disabled student left on bus
January 24, 2014
Missouri officials say that a school bus driver and an aide left a nonverbal 19-year-old in her wheelchair on the bus and then found her at the end of the school day. School staff gave the student fluids and checked her vital signs before taking her home.
Students to be transported on buses with seat belts after accident
January 17, 2014
Starting with the 2014-15 school year, the buses used at Pembroke Hill School in Kansas City, Mo., will be equipped with three-point seat belts, and a monitor will be on board to make sure that the students are strapped in. Officials make the decision after 22 students were injured last year when their bus tipped onto its side en route to a camp.
Big changes in store for 2014 Summit
October 22, 2013
Next year’s NAPT Summit in Kansas City, Mo., will incorporate the America’s Best school bus tech/inspect event and a new competition related to special-needs transportation. Also, the schedule will be streamlined to four days — Saturday to Tuesday. Here, NAPT Executive Director Mike Martin explains the changes.
Missouri district to transition fleet to CNG
August 6, 2013
In a 10-year lease-purchase agreement, Lee’s Summit R-7 School District will replace its diesel fleet with 149 Thomas Built school buses powered by compressed natural gas (CNG). The district’s program also includes a shift toward CNG-powered facility maintenance trucks and continued use of all-electric delivery trucks.
65-year school bus driver named education 'pioneer'
July 29, 2013
Guinness World Record holder Carl Fisher began his school bus driving career when he was just 16. On Monday, he is honored as a "Pioneer in Education" for his contributions to public education in Missouri.
Apple Bus acquires Mid America Transportation
June 21, 2013
Officials for the company say the acquisition will build its presence in Kansas City, Mo., and surrounding areas. Apple Bus will take over all of Mid America Transportation’s business, with the exception of its contract with Lexington R-V School District.
88% of Missouri school buses again approved in inspection
June 11, 2013
The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Motor Vehicles Inspection Division inspects 11,890 school buses, 10,493 of which receive approval, meaning they are found to be free of defective items. A total of 292 districts are awarded the distinction of Total Fleet Excellence for approval ratings of 90% or higher.
7 school districts awarded grants for bus retrofits
April 24, 2013
The Jefferson County, Mo., districts will receive a total of $300,000 to equip school buses with emission-reducing equipment. The funding comes from lead producer Doe Run as part of an agreement with the EPA.
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.
Jury points to pedal misapplication in Liberty bus crash
March 26, 2013
In the fatal Liberty, Mo., school bus crash in 2005, the National Transportation Safety Board ruled out mechanical failure and found that the circumstances “are consistent with driver pedal misapplication.” Now, in a civil trial, the jury echoes the federal investigators’ conclusion.
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