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Peter Lawrence completes Professional Development Series
December 1, 2011
The director of transportation from Fairport (N.Y.) Central School District is the first to finish all of the National Association for Pupil Transportation's PDS courses, which cover a wide range of pupil transportation topics. Lawrence discusses the benefits of the program in an interview with SBF.
Md. district receives Bluth-Eisman field trip scholarship
November 15, 2011
National Association for Pupil Transportation Past-President Dr. Linda F. Bluth and her partner, Betsy Eisman, endow their 2011 field trip grant to Harford County Public Schools. The field trip grant covers the cost of transportation, entry fees, supplies and/or classroom resource materials.
2011 school bus regulatory highlights
November 15, 2011

August and September were busy months for federal agencies influencing school buses. Here's a wrap-up of major actions announced or in the works.

12th person completes NAPT special-needs training
November 7, 2011
Tami Lynn Cooper is an employee of Student Transportation of America in Goleta, Calif. The NAPT Special Needs Training Program consists of six special-needs courses in a variety of different settings, including a school bus roadeo and a trade show, and it is supplemented by two courses from the NAPT Professional Development Series Program.
New NAPT board members elected
November 3, 2011
Don Carnahan of Zonar Systems is president-elect and Barry Sudduth of Stafford County Public Schools in Virginia is elected Region 2 director. Ken Mulder of Special School District of St. Louis County in Missouri is elected Region 4 director and Dave McDonald of Rosco Vision Systems is affiliate member director. Also during the Summit, winners were chosen for the NAPT poster contest.
NAPT trade show features many new products
October 27, 2011
Among the new products from the nearly 130 exhibitors is a quasi-static three-point activity seat from Freedman Seating Co., a camera system from Fortress Mobile that captures stop-arm violators and a condenser from American Cooling Technology. Thomas Built Buses displays its redesigned Type D unit, the Saf-T-Liner EFX, while Blue Bird displays its Next Generation Propane-Powered Vision school bus.
Mike Connors named Administrator of the Year
October 24, 2011
The director of transportation at Florida’s Brevard Public Schools oversees an operation of more than 400 route buses, but he shows an exemplary level of personal attention to customers. He also just served a two-year term as president of his state association.
Pupil transporters honored for service, safety excellence
October 24, 2011
School bus driver John Fothergill and Peter Lawrence of Fairport (N.Y.) Central School District were among the honorees at Sunday's NAPT awards banquet. During Monday's celebratory breakfast, this year's "America's Best" school bus technician and inspector were among the individuals recognized for their achievements.
Q&A: NAPT's Alexandra Robinson casts an eye on the future
October 20, 2011

At this year’s conference in Cincinnati, Alexandra Robinson will become president of the National Association for Pupil Transportation. Her goals include analyzing the link between student achievement and access to school bus service, and maintaining and growing the industry’s pool of strong leaders.

Annual association conferences: off to Ohio
October 18, 2011

This year’s NASDPTS and NAPT conferences will be held in Cincinnati, covering such topics as student behavior challenges, stop-arm violations and maintaining a transportation program under serious budget restraints. The NAPT trade show will feature more than 100 exhibits from industry suppliers.

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.
Who’s behind the wheel?: optimizing driver background checks
October 13, 2011

Officials say it is important to conduct both federal and state checks, as well as monitor applicants’ driving records. Pupil transporters discuss their operations’ hiring policies and procedures, which include contacting previous employers, and also share suggestions on ways the industry could protect itself against undesirable candidates who move from state to state.

NAPT Summit keynote speaker to discuss bullying prevention crusade
October 6, 2011
Jessica Brookshire will share with attendees her passion for and the mission of K.A.R.M.A: Kids Against Ridicule, Meanness and Aggression, which she founded. Brookshire has appeared at schools across Alabama and Georgia, speaking to more than 85,000 children in two years on behalf of the organization.
Donald Tudor retires after 20 years as state director
October 5, 2011
The industry stalwart from South Carolina plans to remain active in pupil transportation, offering consulting services to school districts. Tim Camp, who has been working for Tudor for the past seven years, is named the new state director.
Winners named in ‘America’s Best’ tech, inspector contest
October 3, 2011
Alan Fidler of Indiana places first in the technician category and Jack Defibaugh of West Virginia takes the top honor in the inspector category. Fidler, Defibaugh and the other competitors were scored on a written exam and multiple hands-on components.
2 more pupil transporters complete NAPT special-needs training
September 30, 2011
Michele Drorbaugh of Seattle Public Schools and Jeffrey A. Finfrock of Student Transportation of America’s terminal in Carnegie, Pa., are the 10th and 11th people, respectively, to complete the association’s Special Needs Transportation Training Program. The program provides transportation personnel serving students with disabilities with access to educational opportunities at both local and national conferences.
NAPT awards over a dozen scholarships
September 29, 2011
The scholarships cover the cost of registration to attend the 2011 Annual NAPT Summit, which will be held in Cincinnati next month. The funding for nine of the scholarships was provided by Zonar Systems. The funding for four of the scholarships was provided by Peter Lawrence, director of transportation for the Fairport (N.Y.) Central School District, and his wife, Linda.
NAPT News & Views — The federal fuel economy mandate
September 19, 2011

President Obama recently announced he was ordering the creation of a new national policy that would result in less greenhouse gas pollution from medium- and heavy-duty trucks for the first time. It seems to me the linchpin of long-term success here is simple: Companies still have to meet customer demands at an affordable price.

First Canadian pupil transporter completes NAPT special-needs training
September 12, 2011
Shelley Fletcher-Halls, an employee of STC Elliott Coach Lines, is the ninth person overall to complete the association's Special Needs Transportation Training Program. The program comprises six special-needs courses in a variety of settings and is supplemented by two courses of elective instruction from the NAPT Professional Development Series Program.
NAPT Summit: great networking opportunities
September 8, 2011

Call me old-fashioned, but I still think the ideal is to talk face to face. The upcoming Annual Summit of the National Association for Pupil Transportation is one of the best ways to make connections and talk face to face with school bus industry peers.

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