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Oklahoma district supports Child Abuse Awareness Month
April 7, 2014
The transportation department at Woodward Public Schools observes the cause in April by decorating its buses with blue ribbons, an international symbol for child abuse prevention. Transportation Director Rosetta Loomis tells a local newspaper that, “It is a wonderful teaching and learning opportunity.”
School bus thefts reported in 3 states
January 27, 2014
Investigations are underway and an arrest was made in unrelated school bus thefts in Oklahoma, Michigan and Louisiana in recent weeks. In at least two of the incidents, the keys were reportedly in the ignition when the buses were stolen.
TV program shows school bus manufacturing process
January 22, 2014
An episode of "How It's Made" explains key steps in the building of a school bus. The show was shot over a two-day period at the IC Bus plant in Tulsa, Okla.
Wind energy company delivers new buses to district
January 2, 2014
TradeWind Energy arranges for the lease of and delivers two new buses to Shidler (Okla.) School District after company officials learn about the district’s aging fleet and the district's difficulties in maintaining it. TradeWind Energy also commits to paying all costs associated with the lease of the buses for three years.
Online option offered for Oklahoma recertification requirement
October 30, 2013
School Training Solutions has released an online curriculum to help Oklahoma school bus drivers meet a new recertification requirement that the State Department of Education instituted. Drivers whose certification has expired for more than a year can purchase and take these online courses through the Oklahoma Association for Pupil Transportation.
District catches stop-arm runners with ‘Badges on Buses’
October 24, 2013
Norman (Okla.) Public Schools partners with a group of police officers for the initiative, in which one officer rides a school bus while other officers follow the bus in unmarked units. The officer on the bus radios the accompanying officers upon spotting a bus-passing violation, and enforcement action is taken.
America's Best winners hail from Oklahoma, Colorado
October 1, 2013
Casey Middleton of Tulsa (Okla.) Public Schools places first in the school bus inspector category, while Patrick Maloney of Douglas County (Colo.) School District takes the top spot in the technician category. Read more about the event and check out our photo gallery.
NSTA honors contractors for service excellence
July 25, 2013
Members convene in Tulsa, Okla., this week for the association’s 49th Annual Meeting and Convention, and they are honored during an awards ceremony in such areas as environmentally friendly efforts, and safe and longtime service.
Blue Bird contributes to Moore tornado recovery
June 19, 2013
The school bus manufacturer presents a check for $10,000 to the six Moore (Okla.) Public Schools bus drivers who lost their homes during the May 20 tornado. Blue Bird’s Oklahoma dealer, Ross Transportation Inc., contributes $2,500 to Moore tornado victims through the American Red Cross.
Senator to speak at NSTA meeting
June 17, 2013
U.S. Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma will provide a keynote address at the school bus contracting group's 49th Annual Meeting & Convention in Tulsa. Association officials say that Inhofe is a strong supporter of the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act program.
IC Bus aids Moore tornado recovery
June 6, 2013
The manufacturer donates a school bus filled with supplies and makes a $10,000 contribution to Moore (Okla.) Public Schools to assist in the district’s recovery efforts. The city was struck by a massive tornado on May 20.
School buses loaded with supplies for tornado victims
May 22, 2013
Student transportation provider Durham School Services is collecting emergency supplies for the victims of the devastating storm in Oklahoma. Students from Guthrie, Okla., have also brought a school bus stocked with supplies to Moore, which was hit by a tornado that was more than a mile wide.
IC Bus offers 4 technician training sessions
April 2, 2013
The IC Bus University classes will be held from June to August at the school bus manufacturer’s plant in Tulsa, Okla. The program aims to optimize service and maintenance proficiency and to broaden technician knowledge of IC Bus products.
IC Bus Tulsa plant rewarded for energy efficiency
August 24, 2012
The school bus manufacturer receives an incentive payment for nearly $150,000 for retrofitting its Tulsa plant with high-efficiency lighting. Officials estimate that the new lighting at the IC Bus plant will save more than 1.5 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year.
Cops help Okla. district deter stop-arm running
August 10, 2012
Tecumseh Transportation Director Teddy Kidney tells SBF that working with the local police department to crack down on illegal school bus passing has significantly raised awareness in the community. The police chief didn't need to be convinced of the problem — he's also one of the district's bus drivers.
Okla. high schoolers to ride transit buses for free
June 18, 2012
Under the program approved by the Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority board, students enrolled in Oklahoma City Public Schools’ academies can use the Metro buses at no charge, including for non-school activities. Metro and school buses will work in concert to transport the students.
IC Bus completes 100,000th school bus at Tulsa
June 5, 2012
The school and commercial bus manufacturer and parent company Navistar Inc. celebrate the production milestone on Tuesday at the Tulsa, Okla., bus plant. Officials say the bus will be presented to school bus contractor Student Transportation Inc.
IC Bus boosts efficiency at Tulsa plant
March 26, 2012
The manufacturer has been building school buses in the former B-24 bomber plant for 10 years now. Plant Manager Greg Hutchison, an auto industry veteran who came to the facility in September, tells SBF about changes that have increased quality and volume while keeping staffing levels consistent.
Okla. district to celebrate Love the Bus with hockey
February 14, 2012
Christy Clemons, assistant director of transportation for Norman Public Schools, partners with the Oklahoma City Barons hockey team and the Oklahoma Association for Pupil Transportation to put on "Love the Bus Hockey Night" to honor bus drivers and monitors. Clemons tells SBF she hopes the event will inspire other districts in the state to celebrate Love the Bus month.
Former Oklahoma state director begins new job
February 15, 2011
Randy McLerran starts work this week at National Bus Sales, which offers new, used and reconditioned buses, as well as bus customization services. McLerran, who has 31 years of experience in the industry, will serve as a school transportation specialist and sales representative.
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