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Atlantic Express’ Domenic Gatto to retire
October 9, 2012
The founder and CEO of school bus contractor Atlantic Express Transportation Corp. will step down from his post on Dec. 31, 2013, after more than 40 years in the industry. Officials say a search for Gatto’s replacement is underway, and once the new CEO is in place, Gatto will serve as a consultant for the company.
Longtime N.Y. contractor Larry Pierce passes
October 5, 2012
Pierce ran school transportation provider Pierce Coach Line for more than 60 years. He served as president of both the National School Transportation Association and the New York State School Bus Contractors Association, and he was named SBF's Contractor of the Year in 2008.
School bus driver picks up stranded Israeli journalists
October 4, 2012
An SUV carrying the press corps, in New York for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to the U.N. General Assembly, runs out of gas in a tunnel. One of the journalists calls the school bus driver who picks them up “our guardian angel driver.”
School bus driver stops pit bull attack
September 27, 2012
Bus driver David Bliss pulls over when he sees two pit bulls attacking a golden retriever, which is being walked by a woman with her grandson. Bliss is bitten while pulling the dogs apart and receives nine stitches.
James Rogan named chair of N.Y. driver training committee
September 27, 2012
The School Bus Driver Instructor Advisory Committee makes recommendations on safety training for drivers, monitors and attendants across New York state. Rogan, director of safety and training at Chestnut Ridge Transportation, says that the group reviews and develops “curriculums aimed at maintaining the highest safety standards.”
NYC Dept. of Education honored for GIS work
September 13, 2012
The department receives a Special Achievement in GIS award at an Esri conference. Alex Robinson, executive director of the department’s Office of Pupil Transportation, tells SBF that in addition to the more than 8,000 school buses on routes daily, "we couldn’t do what we do without amazing mapping technology and GIS experts."
Bullied bus monitor starts anti-bullying foundation
August 23, 2012
Karen Klein, who received an outpouring of support after a video of her being bullied by students on a bus went viral, launches the Karen Klein Anti-Bullying Foundation using $100,000 of the $703,873 that was raised on her behalf. The foundation is starting a music tour to raise money for anti-bullying counseling, among other initiatives.
Industry veteran completes NAPT special-needs program
August 7, 2012
Ted Finlayson-Schueler is the latest pupil transportation official to complete the association’s Special Needs Transportation Training Program. The program has a core curriculum that consists of six special-needs courses in a variety of settings, and it is supplemented by two courses of elective instruction from the NAPT Professional Development Series Program.
Former bus driver gets probation for abusing girl
August 3, 2012
Marjorie Jones places tape over the mouth of a 7-year-old student who is unable to speak, but says at trial that she was "entertaining" the girl. She is sentenced to three years of probation and 100 hours of community service, and she is also facing a lawsuit from the girl's family.
Bullied school bus monitor to retire
July 31, 2012
Karen Klein of Greece (N.Y.) Central School District became a household name when video of her enduring harassment from students on board a bus went viral. Last week, she announced her plans to leave her job, but she says the bullying incident is not the reason behind her decision.
Bus driver’s invention targets student crossing safety
July 26, 2012
The STEFFI Crossing Enhancer is designed to be worn on the back of a driver’s hand, and it comprises a gray reflective arrow on a bright yellow background with an orange border. Victoria DeCarlo, who developed the product, tells SBF that it can be worn on a bare hand or over a glove, and that its colors and arrow are highly visible through the windshield of a school bus, and from a distance.
Bus driver killed in collision with cement truck
July 24, 2012
Six others, including four children, are injured after the driver of the cement truck loses control of his vehicle and strikes the school bus. The crash reportedly melds the fronts of the vehicles.
District plans bus loop safety upgrade
July 16, 2012
As part of the project at Dansville (N.Y.) Central School District, a fence will be built at the edge of a parking lot facing the bus loop, and the loop will be off-limits to vehicular traffic during school hours.
Bus monitor bullies suspended from school, bus
July 3, 2012
The students responsible for verbally harassing bus monitor Karen Klein will be transferred to an alternative education program and are required to complete 50 hours of community service with senior citizens. The district says the students and their families have cooperated fully with the investigation.
N.Y. association names top technician
July 2, 2012
Matt Gould, a service manager and school bus technician for First Student, receives the 2012 Technician of the Year award from the Central New York Association for Pupil Transportation. Officials say the annual award recognizes a school transportation professional who works to ensure a safe and efficient school bus ride.
District: 4 to be disciplined in bus monitor bullying
June 28, 2012
The Greece (N.Y.) Central School District identifies four middle school students as participants in the incident, in which school bus monitor Karen Klein was profanely taunted. The students will receive "disciplinary action to the fullest extent appropriate," officials say.
NYAPT addresses bus monitor bullying incident
June 26, 2012
Last week, video of monitor Karen Klein being verbally abused by students on the bus went viral. The New York Association for Pupil Transportation says that the students’ behavior toward Klein was offensive and pledges to work with state and local officials to enhance training to help bus drivers and monitors respond to such situations.
Fundraiser for verbally abused bus monitor raises $290K
June 21, 2012
A student uses a cell phone to film the profane taunting of bus monitor Karen Klein and posts the video online. The video goes viral, and an online fundraising effort is developed to send Klein on vacation.
N.Y. district’s walking distance unchanged following vote
May 22, 2012
Pearl River School District students in grades 9 through 12 who live within three miles of school and eighth-graders within two miles of school are not eligible to take the school bus. A petition to reduce the limit to 1.5 miles is narrowly defeated.
Survey: 30% of N.Y. districts to reduce bus service
May 10, 2012
The New York State School Boards Association and the New York State Association of School Business Officials survey 403 districts. They are making cuts in numerous areas, including transportation, to keep their budget proposals for the upcoming school year within the state’s new property tax cap.

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