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VIDEO: Motorist drives on sidewalk to pass stopped bus
September 13, 2012
After being contacted by the bus driver about a previous violation, police wait for Shena Hardin and cite her following Tuesday’s incident. Hardin’s mother says that her daughter was running late, and that she made the move to “give that bus plenty of room.”
Ohio state director Pete Japikse steps down
September 4, 2012
The 32-year veteran of pupil transportation retires from state service, but he will soon begin a new role with the Ohio School Boards Association in which he says he will “continue working with the great people in this business.”
First Student adds 99 buses to Cincinnati fleet
August 27, 2012
The school bus contractor adds the Thomas Built Saf-T-Liner buses to its fleet that serves Cincinnati Public Schools. The buses feature an enlarged front window for greater visibility and a footprint of near-zero nitrogen oxide emission.
Bill would set inspection standards for wheelchair lifts
August 1, 2012
Under the Ohio legislation, the rules adopted and enforced by the state Department of Safety would require that each lift installed on a vehicle used for pupil transportation be inspected by a person certified by the lift’s manufacturer. The inspector would need to sign a form attesting to the lift’s compliance with the rules.
First Student to provide shuttle service to high schoolers
July 30, 2012
The school bus contractor will transport these students within Lorain (Ohio) City School District for the upcoming school year following the district’s decision to eliminate high school busing due to budget cuts. The cost for the service is $20 per student for the entire school year, and it is being provided free of charge to the district.
Driver-trainer adds new title: CDL examiner
July 26, 2012
Jim Clary, who drives a school bus and trains other drivers at his Ohio district, qualifies as an examiner to test new truck and bus drivers for their CDL.
Ohio district maintains county’s EMS vehicles
May 24, 2012
Gallipolis City School District partners with Gallia County Commissioners to service the county’s five EMS vehicles and one rescue truck. Troy Johnson, the district’s transportation/safety director, tells SBF that the partnership is saving the county approximately $30 a work hour, and the technicians work in staggered shifts so that it doesn’t interfere with their school bus-related duties.
Ohio recognizes school bus drivers statewide
May 7, 2012
May 7 is School Bus Driver Appreciation Day, and Ohioans are reminded to show their support for these individuals. Officials say the state Legislature designated the first Monday in May as School Bus Driver Appreciation Day to “increase public recognition of the important function that school bus drivers serve in safely transporting children to and from school.”
Ohio bill would require schools to address bus bullying
February 2, 2012
The Jessica Logan Act, which will now go before Gov. John Kasich for approval, would mandate that schools provide education to students on bullying and develop policies to address the issue both online and on the school bus.
Ohio district to reduce bus service to state minimum
January 12, 2012
Tiffin City Schools' board of education votes to reduce bus service so that next school year, only students in grades K-8 who live more than two miles away from school will ride a district bus. The plan is expected to save the district $120,000.
Ohio bus driver honored for actions during crash
December 15, 2011
On Oct. 5, Paint Valley Local Schools driver Mark Anderson turned his bus into a soybean field after a car collided head-on with the bus. The district's superintendent says this helped to prevent the bus from rolling over.
Ohio district to use Versatrans product suite
December 12, 2011
Tyler Technologies has signed an agreement with Columbus City Schools to provide the district with its student transportation management solution. In addition to the core routing and planning product, the district selects many other Versatrans applications, including Onscreen for GPS and Triptracker.
Ohio pupil transporter completes NAPT special-needs training
December 2, 2011
Dona Marie Beauchea of FirstGroup America in Cincinnati is the 13th person in the nation to complete the association’s Special Needs Transportation Training Program. The program has a core curriculum of six special-needs courses in a variety of different settings, and it is supplemented by two courses from the NAPT Professional Development Series Program.
Why school bus crashes are on the decline in Ohio
September 22, 2011
State director Pete Japikse says that better training and management practices have led to a steady decrease — about 25 percent over the past 11 years — in the number of school bus accidents in Ohio. He discusses the state's safety efforts in an interview with SBF.
Ohio district saves $110K with electronic inspection report
September 1, 2011
An executive summary from Zonar noted that the average time for Columbus City Schools bus drivers to complete an inspection was just under seven minutes, but the time budgeted was 15 minutes. Cutting the budgeted time to 10 minutes led to an annual savings of $110,000.
First Student names new managers in Ohio
November 4, 2010
Scott Turney will direct and manage multiple operations throughout the state for the contractor as region operations manager. George Gans will serve as contract manager for the company’s Columbus location.
First Student wins Ohio, Michigan contracts
June 16, 2010
Under a three-year agreement, the contractor will serve Columbus City Schools beginning July 1, operating more than 270 of the district’s routes. The company’s three-year contract with Oak Park Schools will begin with the 2010-11 school year. It will provide regular and special-education busing for students.
Seat belt bill eyed in Ohio
May 18, 2010
Beginning in 2014, new school buses would have to be equipped with lap-shoulder belts. Operators would not be held liable if passengers don’t buckle up.
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