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5 ways to gain support from school boards
March 4, 2014

With funding for pupil transportation tight, those providing the service must show board members its value. District and bus company officials share tips that can help in getting this group of individuals to become advocates for the yellow bus, from making yourself visible and available to sharing positive stories about your operation.

Troopers: Man purposely rams bus, attempts to board
January 22, 2014
Jonathan Modesitt is arrested following last week’s incident, in which Oregon State Police troopers say he dropped his pants after hitting the bus and tried to get on board with a gun. He faces multiple charges, including driving under the influence of intoxicants.
First Student names area GM of Alaska locations
October 15, 2013
In the Alaska role, Laura Hansen works closely with local management teams and oversees operations for locations, financial results, safety, and fleet and maintenance. The First Student veteran most recently served as senior location manager for the school transportation provider's Portland, Ore., facility.
Oregon district adds riders but decreases route buses
October 10, 2013
Last school year, Salem-Keizer Public Schools added two schools and changed bell times. The district's routing team was able to increase efficiency and reduce the number of large buses by 1% and small buses by 2% compared to the previous year.
DVD teaches bullying response techniques
April 30, 2013
The video, called “What Are You Going To Do?,” was created by the Oregon Pupil Transportation Association and Dr. Allan Beane, founder of Bully Free Systems. It depicts various types of bullying, with one situation leading to a student taking a bus hostage. Those involved in developing the video tell SBF the goals were to show a worst-case scenario and provide tools that drivers can use to address bullying.
School bus drivers win case against union
March 26, 2013
A group of school bus drivers in Oregon file a federal charge with the National Labor Relations Board, saying that a local union demanded that they join and pay full dues or face discharge. The settlement that the drivers win includes back pay.
Bus drivers deliver Christmas gifts to students in need
December 19, 2012
Drivers for David Douglas School District #40 in Portland, Ore., adopt 50 children this year as part of the transportation operation’s adopt-a-family program. Driver Trainer Kathy Calkins tells SBF that all parents get a scarf and gloves or a hat, students get coats and three gifts, and babies receive warm clothing or a toy.
Ore. state director Steven Huillet to retire
November 30, 2012
During his tenure at the Oregon Department of Education, Huillet has worked on key developments to enhance school bus maintenance and safety, including a certification program for technicians to conduct annual inspections.
Collins delivers 134 propane buses to First Student
November 15, 2012
The NEXBUS units will be used by the school bus contractor to provide student transportation to Seattle Public Schools and Portland (Ore.) Public Schools. The propane fuel system was developed in partnership with CleanFUEL USA.
Ore. bus driver logs 41 years of safe driving
November 6, 2012
Sherren Wargnier also serves as a driver trainer for Salem-Keizer Public Schools in Salem, Ore., and she works as a third-party tester for CDL applicants. She tells SBF what has contributed to her safe practices behind the wheel, and officials from the Oregon Department of Education weigh in on her career as well.
Ore. bus driver praised for actions to prevent accident
November 1, 2012
As Pam Alley’s bus is stopped on a two-lane highway while students are crossing the road, she notices a log truck approaching from behind the bus, and it is not slowing down. After the students clear the road, Alley swerves to the left as the truck driver veers off the road to the right, reportedly missing the bus by inches.
Ore. district revises bell times, cuts road calls
September 25, 2012
The Salem-Keizer Public Schools transportation department has adjusted all school bell times, which director Michael Shields says reduced the number of routes without causing problems or service interruptions. In other news, road calls were reduced for all vehicles by 38.4% compared to the previous year.
Judge: Driver’s suit over flag firing should go to trial
August 7, 2012
Ken Webber was fired last year for flying a Confederate flag on his personal vehicle on school property, and he sued to get his job back. The bus company and the school district had argued the suit should be dismissed because he flew the flag as an expression of what he called his “redneck lifestyle” and not protected political speech, but U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Clarke now rules against the motion.
Durham wins Wash., Ore. contracts
June 18, 2012
The contractor will serve Newport (Wash.) School District and St. Helens Public Schools in Portland under five-year agreements that will begin in July for the upcoming school year. Durham will operate 78 routes for Newport and 28 routes for St. Helens.
Ore. district sees cost savings from propane buses
March 13, 2012
Portland Public Schools operates some of its own buses and also contracts with First Student — eighty percent of all the buses are powered by the fuel. Officials say the propane units run up to 30,000 miles longer than buses fueled by gasoline, resulting in lower maintenance costs, and the district expects to see a 50-percent savings in fuel costs.
Ore. district enhances service, cuts crashes by 25%
September 29, 2011
Over the past year, Salem-Keizer Public Schools significantly reduced its accident rate, improved processing time for special-needs passengers and developed new bell times. Transportation department members also received some key honors from the Oregon Pupil Transportation Association.
Oregon association’s workshop to focus on bullying
December 28, 2010
The Oregon Pupil Transportation Association’s 2011 Winter Workshop, to be held Feb. 26, will feature presentations on such topics as the role school bus drivers can play in stopping violence, and how to respond to bullying on the spot. It will also include a mock bullying/hostage event.
Propane Type A buses delivered to Oregon district
November 4, 2010
Portland Public Schools is running five NexBus units from Collins Bus Corp. that are powered by the alternative fuel. The manufacturer says that the buses exhibit excellent cold-weather starting and have a range of 300 miles.
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