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South Carolina stop-arm camera bill signed
June 11, 2014
Gov. Nikki Haley approves legislation that allows South Carolina school buses to be equipped with digital video recording devices to document vehicles passing illegally. Stop-arm safety advocate David Poag says that "the use of video surveillance in enforcement efforts will ultimately make motorists think twice before passing a stopped school bus."
Pay raise proposed to help fill school bus driver shortage
April 28, 2014
At Greenville (S.C.) County Schools, starting school bus driver wages would increase 9.6%, from $11.68 to $12.80 per hour, under a budget proposal for fiscal year 2015. The move would be aimed at helping to attract and retain drivers.
National Express donates bus to community empowerment center
April 23, 2014
The school bus contractor gives the refurbished school bus to Brookland Lakeview Community Empowerment Center in West Columbia, S.C. As a part of the donation, officials say Thomas Built Buses assisted with the refurbishing of the bus, and Bridgestone Tires donated new tires.
STI subsidiary unveils new transportation service
April 15, 2014
SchoolWheels Direct will provide its new direct-to-parent transportation service to charter and private schools in Charleston, S.C. Families with students enrolled at schools serviced by the subsidiary will now be able to sign up for the type of bus service they would like, choose a route, make payments and manage their account on the provider's website.
District may invest $1M annually toward new buses
February 21, 2014
South Carolina’s Horry County Schools is considering making the investment each year until 2019 under a proposal set forth by the district’s chief officer for support services. The proposal was made to get the buses in the fleet under 15 years old to reduce breakdowns and repairs. No final decisions will be made until the district learns whether it will receive additional funding from the state.
Event honors man who transported African-American students during segregation
February 13, 2014
Willie Chisolm, an African-American businessman, bought two used buses to transport rural African-American children to school in the 1950s when all schools in South Carolina were segregated by race. Chisholm died in 1962, before the schools integrated in 1966.
Cameras and enforcement can reduce stop-arm violations
February 5, 2014
Web Exclusive: In this editorial, David Poag, who created the Stop-Arm Violation Education Enforcement campaign, says many would-be stop-arm violators will think again before passing a stopped school bus if they are educated about the use of stop-arm cameras and their role in enforcing stop-arm laws. He draws parallels between these violations and the effectiveness of efforts to enforce seat belt laws in personal vehicles and reduce drunken driving.
Boy fatally struck by truck while trying to get to bus
January 9, 2014
Six-year-old Zion Toland was trying to cross Highway 178 in Orangeburg, S.C., on Wednesday morning to board his school bus when he was fatally hit by the pickup truck. The South Carolina Highway Patrol says that the bus was making a U-turn and did not have its lights activated or stop arm extended.
Teachers prevent driverless, speeding bus from overturning
December 31, 2013
Bus driver Michael Hacker speeds through a stop sign and makes a late turn, throwing him to the floor and causing the bus to veer into a ditch. Lee Morris, a sign-language interpreter, grabs the wheel and regains control of the bus, while fourth-grade teacher Amy Ryan is able to reach the brake pedal by climbing around Hacker.
Bus driver dies before starting routes
November 5, 2013
Special-education bus driver Tammy Grant, 45, called for assistance to get off the bus and was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Grant was an employee of Durham School Services and had been driving buses for a South Carolina school district for more than 20 years.
Flag system shows that bus has been checked
August 12, 2013
The new Double Check Child/Safety System, conceived by a South Carolina school transportation director, is a reflective flag that can be secured at the back of the bus. At the end of a run, the driver walks to the back, checking for children, and then releases the flag so it hangs in the window — allowing supervisors to see that the bus has been inspected.
South Carolina stop-arm campaign gains momentum
July 29, 2013
During last week’s South Carolina Association for Pupil Transportation annual conference and trade show, attendees hear from Sen. Thomas Alexander, who urges them to contact local legislators in support of a bill that would increase the penalties for stop-arm violators. Anderson School District Five's David Poag also reveals that he is incorporating the Steffi Crossing Enhancer as part of the educational component of his S.A.V.E. (Stop-Arm Violation Education campaign).
District to use Disney tram-like audio messages in buses
July 9, 2013
Myrtle Beach, S.C.-based Horry County Schools is modifying audio messages designed for Disney World trams to use in 10 buses this fall to cut down on student discipline problems. Students will hear soothing music, safety messages and location alerts.
$23M set for South Carolina school bus replacements
July 8, 2013
Jay Ragley with the state Department of Education says that with the new funds, each district should get at least one bus. Money in the state’s budget to pay for the school buses will come from different sources, such as lottery funding.
Campaign aims to curb stop-arm violations in South Carolina
May 29, 2013
David Poag of Anderson School District Five tells SBF about the goals of the S.A.V.E. (Stop-Arm Violation Education Enforcement) campaign, which include making school bus stops in the state safer and creating awareness among the public and state legislators about the dangers of stop-arm violations. Sen. Thomas Alexander introduces legislation supporting one of the campaign's goals, telling SBF, “It’s hard for me to imagine how someone would pass the arm of a stopped school bus.”
Troopers say bus driver falls asleep, strikes tractor trailer
March 28, 2013
Anderson (S.C.) School District Five Superintendent Betty Bagley also says three students were on the bus when Tuesday’s accident occurred, but no serious injuries are reported. She says she believes a medical problem caused the driver to fall asleep behind the wheel.
South Carolina updates aging fleet with 342 new buses
January 2, 2013
The state, which owns its school bus fleet, makes its first purchase of new school buses since 2008. They will replace models as old as 1984. State Superintendent Mick Zais calls the move “the first step in modernizing the nation’s oldest school bus fleet.”
District official attributes bus driver shortage to student behavior
November 27, 2012
The transportation director for Colleton (S.C.) County School District blames the shortage, in part, on children’s conduct on the bus, and says that many drivers have been forced to do double runs. The state Department of Education holds a class for people who are interested in becoming a bus driver.
School bus impaled by log
August 30, 2012
Police cite the driver of a logging truck for making an improper turn after the Berkeley County (S.C.) School District bus is struck by a log on the back of the truck. The bus passengers are taken to the hospital as a precaution, but no one is injured.
District transportation director dies suddenly
July 31, 2012
After attending his sons' basketball games, Rock Hill (S.C.) Schools Transportation Director Anthony White checks himself into the hospital for side pain and what he thinks is pneumonia. He is declared dead the next morning.
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