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6-year-old Texas girl struck by school bus, later dies
April 16, 2014
Police said they believe that Jada Craft may have been running late and was trying to catch the bus when she was struck. She later died at her home. Investigators are expected to review the bus’ video surveillance cameras to determine how the accident happened.
Dallas County Schools techs train on lubrication, oil analysis
April 9, 2014
More than 80 Dallas County Schools techs take part in a lubrication training program hosted by Hydrotex. Also in attendance are high school students who are in a co-op program that focuses on developing the next generation of technicians.
Students not seriously injured when bus overturns
April 4, 2014
The three children on a Copperas Cove (Texas) Independent School District bus are restrained in their wheelchairs when the bus is broadsided by a car. They are left hanging upside down and have to be cut free of their restraints, but they, along with the bus driver and attendant, only sustain minor injuries.
District launches security, transit management system
April 3, 2014
Dallas County Schools begins using Force Multiplier Solutions’ BusGuard. The security and transit management system includes real-time video and audio, GPS, a thumbprint scanner, and multiple interior cameras and stop-arm cameras.
Houston district wins award for ‘School Bus Shuffle’ video
April 2, 2014
Houston Independent School District’s transportation department receives a Bronze Telly from the Telly Awards for its educational safety video “School Bus Shuffle.” The awards honor outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs, the best video and film productions, and online commercials, videos and films.
Houston driver trainer honored for excellent performance
March 19, 2014
Tomeka Criswell-Brooks, a driver trainer at Houston Independent School District, receives a certificate and a trophy for “Best Performance” upon completing the Region 4 Education Service Center’s Driver Trainer Academy.
Kids learn safety lesson from Buster the School Bus
March 17, 2014
Second-graders at a Houston elementary school get an important lesson on school bus safety, thanks to Houston Independent School District transportation team members and Buster the School Bus. The presentation shows students how to behave before and after getting on the bus.
Texas district to equip buses with stop-arm cameras
February 21, 2014
The Georgetown Independent School District and the Georgetown Police Department partner with road safety camera provider American Traffic Solutions to crack down on illegal passing of school buses. A statewide survey in Texas last year found 9,825 instances of stop-arm running in one day.
City council approves $300 stop-arm running fine
January 8, 2014
The San Marcos (Texas) City Council has approved a $300 civil penalty for illegally passing a school bus following a 15-week study conducted by BusGuard, a company that provides stop-arm cameras for school buses, that shed light on the severity of the problem.
Art teacher turns school bus into mobile classroom
January 2, 2014
Amelia Rabroker, owner and instructor of Tap Tap Art School, teaches art and cultural classes at venues in central Texas in the repurposed bus. She was inspired by the tap tap buses on the roads in Haiti — brightly colored school buses that are used for public transportation.
Bus driver defends girl from dog attack
December 16, 2013
Denise Dolcoe, a school bus driver for Fort Bend (Texas) Independent School District, was on her afternoon route when she noticed a pit bull attacking a girl. Officials say that the driver immediately stopped her bus, grabbed a bucket and ran to the girl’s defense.
Texas district cuts fuel costs by 33% with propane buses
November 26, 2013
Seguin Independent School District has been operating propane-powered school buses for six years, and it currently has 28 buses running on the fuel in its fleet, with plans to purchase more in the future. In addition to the savings in fuel costs, officials say the district has saved $500,000 since 2008 through the initial reimbursement for the purchase of the buses and the rebate on the fuel.
Houston drivers get creative for ‘School Bus Shuffle’ video
October 24, 2013
In honor of National School Bus Safety Week, Houston Independent School District’s transportation team created the video, which covers such topics as proper boarding procedures, how to sit on the bus and the importance of reporting bullying. Transportation Field Safety Investigator Curtis Harris wrote the song and choreographed its accompanying dance.
Over 2,000 propane school buses now running in Texas
October 10, 2013
The Propane Council of Texas reports that about 75 Texas school districts are operating buses powered by propane autogas. A 50-cent-per-gallon tax credit for propane has helped districts generate big savings in fuel costs.
Bus driver still at the wheel, serving community at 83
October 1, 2013
Pecos-Barstow-Toyah Independent School District bus driver John Stickels has served his community for the past 55 years as a school bus driver, coach and Boy Scouts of America troop leader, and he has been named Pecos Educator of the Year twice by the city of Pecos, Texas. He retired from teaching in 1998 and tells SBF this may be the year he retires from driving.
Volunteers make district’s ‘Bus Buddies’ program a success
September 4, 2013
A total of 351 community volunteers from 53 businesses and organizations participate in Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District’s program, which is designed to help new bus riders find their bus stops during the first few days of school. The program is a partnership between the district’s Volunteers in Public Schools and the Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce.
Driver charged for leaving 5-year-old on bus
September 4, 2013
The Sanger, Texas, school bus driver is arrested and faces charges of abandonment and endangerment of a child criminal negligence in last week’s incident. The boy boarded the bus in the morning and wasn’t discovered until the afternoon.
Fine for stop-arm running rises to $1,250 in Texas
August 26, 2013
The increased maximum fine for a first offense of stop-arm running goes into effect Sept. 1. The director of the Texas Department of Public Safety says that his agency "will not tolerate individuals who disregard the law and illegally pass stopped school buses."
Houston school bus staff trains on survival rescue
August 12, 2013
More than 1,200 school bus drivers and attendants are taking part in mock emergency drills to prepare them for a variety of crises. The drills simulate the effects of a fire on a school bus, an armed intruder and a wreck involving a train, among other scenarios.
District’s employees can’t be bus drivers and teachers
August 12, 2013
Dallas County Schools employees who were hired by Dallas Independent School District (DISD) to transport students and who are also teachers for DISD are told they can’t hold both positions under a new district policy. Officials say the policy change comes in part because one of the drivers was recently caught driving while clocked in as a teacher.
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