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2 school bus drivers arrested in child pornography sweep
July 25, 2014
The school bus drivers are among 14 men recently arrested and charged in an operation targeting child pornography offenders in New Jersey. One of the drivers allegedly exchanged sexually explicit images with an underage male he met online.
Site of fatal school bus crash converted to traffic circle
July 15, 2014
The intersection in Chesterfield, N.J., where one student was killed and 17 others were injured when a dump truck struck their school bus in 2012, was previously controlled by a two-way stop sign. There were 15 accidents at the intersection between 2007 and 2011, but investigators determined that, based on the bus’s position, the layout of the intersection did not contribute to the 2012 accident.
District faces traffic protest over courtesy busing cuts
June 10, 2014
Public and non-public school officials in Lakewood, N.J., are in talks to avert a call for parents to drive thousands of children to their private schools in protest against the elimination of publicly funded courtesy busing. Last month, the Lakewood Public Schools Board of Education eliminated all courtesy busing from the 2014-15 budget as a way to meet tax hike caps set by the state.
Bullet hits bus carrying special-needs students
May 2, 2014
The bus is hit while carrying six special-needs students and three employees as three to four men fired several shots. No children are injured.
New Jersey district boosts training with bus crash drill
May 1, 2014
Perth Amboy Public Schools' transportation department conducts the full-scale drill in partnership with the city's police and fire departments, as well as EMS personnel and students, to better prepare all involved in the event of a real emergency. Transportation Manager Edmund Treadaway discusses the event, which was nine months in the making.
New Jersey contracting veteran George Dapper passes
April 28, 2014
Dapper passed away on Friday at the age of 68. He began working full time for his father’s business, George Dapper Inc., in 1969, and under Dapper’s leadership, the company’s fleet grew to 475 school vehicles, including school buses. Eric Raphael of Irvin Raphael Inc. spoke fondly of his colleague, saying, “George was a mentor and role model to me my entire life.”
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.”
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