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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.
Trans Tech eTrans goes on N.Y. tour
April 26, 2012
The manufacturer's all-electric bus makes a stop at the Empire State Plaza in Albany on Thursday for a government VIP and media ride-along. Officials say the bus, which features an electric chassis from Smith Electric Vehicles, has a trip range of approximately 120 to 130 miles per charge and produces zero emissions.
N.Y. bills target school bus passing, signage
February 21, 2012
The state Senate passes a trio of school bus bills that backers say will protect child safety and enhance communication. One would impose a 60-day suspension of a driver’s license if convicted of stop-arm running two or more times.
EPA awards grant to N.Y. contractor
February 16, 2012
Chestnut Ridge Transportation receives the grant to replace and/or upgrade the school bus fleets it operates for East Ramapo and Ramapo central school districts. The funding is awarded as part of the NSTA's "Go Yellow, Go Green" national campaign, which encourages cleaner operation of school buses.
New state director appointed in N.Y.
February 6, 2012
Mary Faherty Sansaricq succeeds Marion Edick, who recently retired from her post as director of pupil transportation services. Officials say Sansaricq has more than 20 years’ experience as an educator and administrator, during which time she served in the New York State Education Department’s Pupil Transportation Unit and Office of Educational Management Services, among other work.
Longtime N.Y. state director retires
January 5, 2012
Marion Edick stepped down from her post as the state’s director of pupil transportation services on Dec. 30. During Edick’s tenure, physical performance tests for school bus drivers were implemented and several programs were developed through the $400,000 training fund, including master instructor trainings and continuation of the PDS program.
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.
‘Red light’ game puts N.Y. district officials ill at ease
October 18, 2011
Peter Lawrence, director of transportation for Fairport (N.Y.) Central School District, speaks with SBF about an incident on a district bus in which a student forces his way from one end of the bus to the other while other students try to physically prevent him from doing so — a game called "red light." Lawrence offers tips for school bus drivers who might experience similar incidents.
MV Transportation purchases N.Y. school bus operator
August 22, 2011
The company buys USA United Fleet Inc., and MV’s student transportation subsidiary, Reliant Transportation Inc., assumes the existing bus fleet and four New York City Department of Education operation and maintenance contracts. The company will begin operation of more than 500 bus routes with about 600 vehicles at the start of school in New York City on Sept. 8.
N.Y. toughens restrictions on bus driver applicants
August 16, 2011
The legislation, signed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday, adds to the list of convictions that would either permanently disqualify a school bus driver applicant or disqualify the candidate for five years. Crimes for which a conviction would ban a person from becoming a bus driver include aggravated manslaughter in the first or second degree and sexual abuse in the first degree.
Bill would change school bus seat requirement for N.Y. districts
June 22, 2011
The School Bus Mandate Relief Act would allow boards of education for school districts to reduce the number of seats provided for student transportation if there is a documented history for three years showing that eligible pupils are not using the buses provided by the districts. The legislation was passed by the state Senate last week.
New York legislators recognize state’s school bus drivers
June 8, 2011
On May 24, the state Senate adopted a resolution sponsored by Sen. William Larkin that declares Oct. 21, 2011, School Bus Driver Appreciation Day. Bus driver Maureen Moore has contacted Larkin since 2005 to request the adoption of the resolution. She tells SBF that her ultimate goal is to achieve a National School Bus Driver Appreciation Day.
New York association supports illegal bus passing bill
May 25, 2011
The legislation would allow for prosecution of such violations based on photographic evidence as well as allow for citations to be issued to the registered owner of the vehicle, regardless of who was driving it at the time. NYAPT President David Christopher points out that motorists in the state illegally pass school buses "some 50,000 times each day."

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