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Man arrested in theft of 500 gallons of school bus fuel
August 8, 2013
In Ripon, Calif., police catch a man allegedly in the act of stealing more than $2,000 worth of fuel from a storage tank used by school buses. The suspect reportedly had a trailer with hoses and pumping equipment for fast siphoning.
Fuel stolen from 4 Texas school districts
July 24, 2013
Authorities said that thieves have stolen diesel and gasoline — several hundred gallons at a time — from the Garrison, Martinsville, Chireno and Nacogdoches independent school districts. Video surveillance cameras have captured the suspect vehicle as a gold pickup pulling a trailer loaded with six tanks.
Winners named in Texas ‘Best Technicians’ contest
July 15, 2013
Twenty-six school bus mechanics competed for top spots in the Texas Association of School Bus Technicians’ Texas Best Technicians Competition. First place in the inspector division went to Kevin Vollweiler of Frisco Independent School District. Allen Wilcox of Denton Independent School District took first place in the technician division.
Texas bus driver honored by school risk program
July 10, 2013
The nonprofit Property Casualty Alliance of Texas names Joe Page its Texas Bus Driver of the Year. The Nacogdoches Independent School District driver receives a plaque and a check for $1,000.
‘Bus Buddies’ program helps young riders find stops
July 8, 2013
Under Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District’s program, volunteers from within the district assist during afternoon bus rides, ensuring that elementary students disembark the bus at their correct stop during the first three days of the school year. The program reportedly helps to reduce students’ stress.
Texas district to stop some summer school bus service
July 2, 2013
The school system’s superintendent says there is not funding to pay for rural school bus transportation, noting that while some students are required to pay a fee to attend summer school, it does not include the price of transportation.
Texas bus drivers can send students to principal
June 27, 2013
New legislation signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry gives school bus drivers the authority to address discipline issues on their buses by sending students to the principal’s office. The legislation, which takes effect immediately, states that principals must respond by employing appropriate discipline management techniques consistent with districts’ student code of conduct.
Stop-arm pilot catches nearly 50 violations in 2 months
May 24, 2013
For the pilot program, American Traffic Solutions provided Mansfield (Texas) Independent School District with its CrossingGuard school bus stop-arm camera solution to help monitor the extent of the problem.
Texas district’s transportation services honored for sustainability
May 20, 2013
The Houston Independent School District wins the National Association of Fleet Administrators Excellence in Public Fleet Sustainability award for 2013. The district is recognized for its use of alternative fuels and partnership with the University of Houston to test a school bus filter that will convert smog-producing pollutants emitted from engines into water and nitrogen gas.
Pupil transporter, alt-fuel advocate Mike McClung passes
March 14, 2013
McClung, who served in the transportation department at Northside Independent School District in San Antonio from 1977 to 2000, passed away on March 9 at the age of 65. McClung was a longtime supporter of using alternative fuels to power school buses, and he was instrumental in converting the district’s fleet from diesel to propane.
Colorado team wins special-needs roadeo
March 14, 2013
Myra Walstead and Jesse Hill from Academy School District 20 take first place in the annual National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo. The runner-up teams hail from Georgia and California.
Toddler struck, killed by school bus in Texas
January 23, 2013
The 15-month-old girl gets out of the front yard of her home and runs in front of the bus. The driver reportedly does not see the girl, and the bus knocks her down — then she is run over by the back wheels of the bus.
Texas districts see cost savings from propane buses
January 23, 2013
Dallas County Schools is among the school systems in the state running buses on the fuel, and it reportedly saves about $500,000 annually with the $0.50-per-gallon tax credit. Officials from the Propane Council of Texas say that with the recent extension of alternative-fuel tax credits, districts will be able to save more money this year.
Bus crashes into motel swimming pool
January 22, 2013
Officials for a Texas school district say that the bus was on its way to a school when it swerved off an access road, hit a utility pole and landed on top of one end of the pool. No children were on the bus, and the driver only sustained cuts and bruises.
Man tries to drive off in loaded school bus
January 3, 2013
Police in Palestine, Texas, say the 30-year-old man may have been involved in an altercation before he boarded a school bus and attempted to drive away. After struggling with the man, the bus driver and two bystanders were able to pull him from the bus and hold him on the ground until police arrived.
Border Patrol to step up bus inspections after pot found
December 13, 2012
A school bus driver and athletic coach discover 500 pounds of marijuana on a bus in Marfa, Texas. Officials for the U.S. Border Patrol Big Bend sector say they will now have canine units check three sides of school buses instead of just the downwind side when they’re stopped at checkpoints.
Suspects identified in bus vandalism case
November 20, 2012
Authorities in Gonzales, Texas, arrest 17-year-old Layne Navarro and detain two other minors in connection with the incident, which occurred earlier this month. The 14 Gonzales Independent School District buses were broken into, and the onboard fire extinguishers were discharged.
District to reinstate free bus service
November 13, 2012
Regular-education students who live more than two miles from their home campus will be eligible for the service under a “blended transportation model” that the Keller (Texas) Independent School District’s board of trustees approves. The model will be implemented on Jan. 23, and students within the two-mile range will continue to have the option to purchase bus service for $75 per semester.
Video shows inside of bus during accident
November 2, 2012
In the footage released by San Antonio Independent School District, a car can be seen colliding with the bus, and the bus begins to crash through an interstate overpass. The video cuts out before the bus hits the access road below.
School bus plunges off overpass in Texas
October 5, 2012
A 7-year-old boy and two adults were recovering in a hospital from injuries they sustained in Thursday’s accident in San Antonio. Police say the bus fell about 15 feet to the access road below after colliding with a car.

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