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Law enforcement official named School Bus Champion
March 11, 2014
Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. Ray Robinson, who is the head of the pupil transportation division of the Highway Patrol and also serves as Tennessee’s chief safety inspector for school buses, receives the American School Bus Council’s award. “To someone who works a lot with oil and grease, there is no bigger honor than to be recognized by your peers,” Robinson says upon accepting the award.
Man charged with DUI after crashing into school bus
March 5, 2014
Witnesses in Knoxville, Tenn., tell police that a Jeep rear-ended an SUV, then shot through the median and hit the driver’s side of a school bus that had around 45 students on board. The Jeep driver is accused of driving under the influence, possession of drug paraphernalia and other charges.
District revamps transportation, reduces late buses by 97%
January 29, 2014
Tennessee’s Metro Nashville Public Schools restructured the department last fall, and officials say the number of late morning buses has decreased 69% since Oct. 1, and the number of late afternoon buses has decreased 28%. Customer service and turnaround time on bus repairs have also improved.
In harsh cold, school buses serve as warming stations
January 24, 2014
With temperatures hovering in the single digits on Thursday, Nashville residents who needed a break from the bitter cold could climb aboard a "Mobile Warming Station" — also known as a yellow school bus. The city's Office of Emergency Management partnered with Metro Nashville Public Schools for the innovative program.
Bill would remove school bus age limit in Tennessee
January 23, 2014
The bill would prohibit the state from limiting the use of Type C and Type D school buses by years of service or by miles driven — as long as the buses are inspected at least once each school year and are deemed safe.
Another push to raise school bus age limit in Tennessee
December 30, 2013
Four years ago, a bill that was passed in Tennessee raised the maximum age for school buses from 15 to 17 years. Now, officials in some counties are advocating another increase in the state’s limit on school bus service life.
Wheel end assembly cited in school bus fire
August 22, 2013
A fire on a Blue Bird propane school bus on Monday likely originated in a wheel end assembly and did not compromise the propane fuel tanks, an independent fire investigator finds. There was no one on the bus at the time of the fire, and the engine was off.
Durham wins Tennessee contract
June 26, 2013
The school bus contractor’s agreement with Hardin County Schools in Savannah is scheduled to begin July 1 in preparation for the upcoming school year. Durham will serve seven schools with 43 buses that will be equipped with GPS and video cameras.
Bus driver suspended after wreck story proven false
May 30, 2013
The school bus driver reportedly tells investigators that the accident she was in was caused by an oncoming car moving into her lane. But an onboard camera recording shows that she was distracted for a few seconds by a student, and it also shows two cars passing the bus in the proper lane approximately 15 to 20 seconds before the wreck.
Program makes bus driver certification more efficient
May 29, 2013
Tennessee launches the THP Pupil Transportation Certification application, which replaces a paper-based manual process. Officials expect the program’s mobile and web-based components to provide substantial savings in time and expense and a significant reduction in errors due to manual entry.
Ad firm owner: Bus ads are safe, beneficial for districts
May 16, 2013
Todd Isaacs of District Solutions says that school bus advertising can help cash-strapped districts raise revenue, and he points to the ads' record on the road. The approximately $15,000 that one district has raised so far is being put toward transportation for homeless students to after-school programs.
4 students charged in school bus vandalism
April 8, 2013
At a Tennessee school, one bus had a broken window, and fire extinguishers had been removed from four buses and discharged inside one of them. A school resource officer develops information that leads to the arrest of three middle school students and one high school student.
Former school bus driver charged with statutory rape
March 28, 2013
The 49-year-old man is arrested on Wednesday for allegedly having sex with a juvenile. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says that the man, who was a school bus driver at the time, met two youths in October and provided alcohol to them before the alleged act occurred.
Transportation staff fights back against cancer’s toll
March 27, 2013
For Stewart County (Tenn.) Schools, raising money for the battle against cancer is personal: In the past few years, the transportation department has lost two to cancer and has seen others diagnosed. Last year, the district’s drivers and students raised more than $4,000 as part of Relay for Life.
Driver pinned between car and school bus in parking lot
December 3, 2012
Bus driver Pat Williams sustains minor injuries in last Thursday’s accident. She reportedly thought her vehicle was in park when she got out to warm up her bus, but it was in gear and it rolled when she walked behind it.
Tenn. IC Bus dealer names new account manager
November 27, 2012
Ashley Hailston joins Cumberland IC Bus Sales in Nashville as bus account manager. She previously served as executive director of student services for Daymar Colleges Group.
NAPT glitzes up awards ceremony
September 6, 2012
Taking a few cues from Hollywood, the association will add a literal red carpet and "swag" bags to its awards banquet this fall. Officials discuss the format changes with SBF.
NAPT Summit adds 2 speakers
August 2, 2012
Michael Eugene of Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, Fla., and Anne S. Ferro of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration are scheduled to speak at the National Association for Pupil Transportation's 2012 Summit in Memphis in October.
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