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Former manager sentenced for stealing $572K from districts
March 25, 2014
Michelle Pumilia is sentenced to five years in New Jersey state prison without the possibility of parole, and she is permanently barred from public employment and must forfeit all public pension and retirement benefits. From 2005 to 2012, while she was employed at two different school districts, Pumilia stole the majority of the money by authorizing payments to fictitious bus companies for transportation services that were never provided to the districts.
New Jersey district focuses on efficiency, staff appreciation
March 17, 2014
Since joining Green Brook Township Public Schools in 2008, Transportation Supervisor Nancy Farinella has been able to achieve annual cost savings ranging from $50,000 to more than $150,000 by making the operation more efficient while also bringing in an average of $125,000 per year in revenue for the district. She discusses how, along with her passion for her team.
Bill would mandate special-needs training for drivers, aides
January 31, 2014
The New Jersey legislation would require the commissioner of education to develop such a program, and it would need to include, at minimum, instruction on appropriate behavior management, effective communication, use and operation of adaptive equipment, and understanding behaviors that may be related to specific disabilities.
Boy struck by school bus in New Jersey, later dies
January 7, 2014
The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office says that while the bus was stopped to pick up children, “the victim began walking around the front of the bus” and “when the vehicle began moving forward again, it struck the child.” An investigation is ongoing, and counselors are made available throughout the district where the boy attended school.
Gatekeeper Systems secures Sheppard Bus contract
December 17, 2013
The company will supply mobile video solutions for the New Jersey-based school bus contractor’s fleet. Doug Dyment, president and CEO of Gatekeeper, says the contract enables the company to expand sales “in geographic regions where there has previously been limited exposure.”
Bus driver admits to DUI with students on board
December 3, 2013
A New Jersey woman recently pleaded guilty to operating a school bus with 25 students on board while she was impaired by alcohol in November 2011. During the trip home on that day, several students called their parents and expressed fear at the way she was driving.
No criminal charges for bus, truck drivers in fatal New Jersey crash
November 21, 2013
The Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office completes its investigation of the February 2012 crash that killed an 11-year-old girl and injured 17 other students in Chesterfield Township. Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi says that upon review of the findings from his office’s investigation and the National Transportation Safety Board’s findings, “the negligent conduct of the parties does not rise to the required level of recklessness that would be needed to bring criminal charges."
NTSB: Proper lap belt use could have lessened injuries in bus crash
July 23, 2013
In its investigation of last year's fatal Chesterfield, N.J., school bus crash, the National Transportation Safety Board finds that some students wore their lap belts improperly and some didn't wear them at all. The agency says it believes that lap belts can provide a benefit to most school bus passengers who wear them properly, although the addition of shoulder belts would reduce flailing injuries and provide greater protection.
NTSB to meet on 2 fatal school bus crashes
July 18, 2013
In a meeting next week, National Transportation Safety Board members will address last year's Chesterfield, N.J, and Port St. Lucie, Fla., school bus crashes. The board will also consider possible recommendations on school bus safety.
Mom allegedly boards bus, slaps student
July 17, 2013
Rebecca Sardoni is arrested and faces charges in the incident, which she says was prompted by her daughter being the victim of bullying. Toms River (N.J.) Police Chief Michael Mastronardy says that not only did Sardoni hit a child, she struck a child who was not involved in the bullying.
New Jersey stop-arm camera bill clears committee
June 19, 2013
The measure would allow video surveillance systems on school buses to catch illegal passers in the act. Violators would also face increased fines, ranging from $300 to $500.
New Jersey bus company honored for philanthropic work
April 23, 2013
B.R. Williams Inc. is recognized by the Salem County Chamber of Commerce as the county’s Distinguished Citizens of the Year for its efforts to assist victims of national tragedies. Following Hurricane Sandy, the company organized a “Stuff the Bus” event, delivering 17 busloads of goods, and following the Newtown, Conn., school shooting, the company donated a bus to help in transporting students and residents to a victim’s funeral.
New Jersey school bus contracting veteran passes
April 3, 2013
Sandra "Sandy" Monteferrario passed away on March 29 after battling cancer. In 1967, she began working at Bergen-Passaic Transport Service and continued her career there for 35 years before retiring.
New Jersey association responds to case involving girl’s fall from bus
February 19, 2013
In January, Onyx Williams fell or jumped from the back of her school bus, and an investigation found that her route had only one aide on the bus instead of two, as agreed in the contract between the school district and its former contractor. Now, the New Jersey School Bus Contractors Association reports that the company is continuing to bid on routes, which the association says calls for “stricter measures and a renewed effort to make sure we are keeping our children safe.”
Roundabout planned for intersection in fatal New Jersey bus crash
February 19, 2013
Burlington County officials say the roundabout, which has been in the works since 2004, is devised to improve traffic flow, and it is not a direct response to last year’s crash in Chesterfield involving a school bus and a dump truck. That accident resulted in the death of one student and injuries to 17 others. A county spokeswoman tells The Times of Trenton that the county implemented several safety measures at the intersection on its own volition following the crash.
N.J. school bus associations merge, form new group
January 17, 2013
The New Jersey School Bus Owners Association and the Garden State School Bus Contractors Association merge to create the New Jersey School Bus Contractors Association, which comprises members from more than 30 school bus companies. Officials say the merger took place “to better coordinate efforts as they relate to pupil transportation matters within New Jersey.”
11 batteries stolen from contractor's buses
January 17, 2013
First Student serves Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District in New Jersey, and officials say the thefts earlier this week caused some buses to run late in the morning. The news follows an incident last week in which batteries were stolen from 16 school buses in Florida.
N.J. district to put ads on school buses
January 15, 2013
Medford Township Public Schools will reportedly become the first school system in the state to begin school bus advertising, which the district’s superintendent says is an “effective means of generating vital capital and an exciting community awareness platform for corporate sponsors.” A local grocery store chain will advertise on the operation’s 52 buses.
Documents show bus girl jumped from had wrong number of aides
January 10, 2013
Onyx Williams suffered serious head trauma after she jumped from the back of her moving special-needs bus, and she later died. A copy of the contract between her school district and the bus company that was providing its special-needs transportation indicated that two aides were to be assigned to Williams’ route, but only one was on board at the time of the incident.
Girl suffers head trauma after fall from moving school bus
January 4, 2013
Authorities in Rutherford, N.J., say that the 16-year-old special-needs student opened an emergency hatch at the back of the bus, and they believe she either fell or jumped. Three other students, the driver and an aide were on the bus.
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