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First Student names area general manager for Washington
July 14, 2014
Bill Noftz will be responsible for the overall performance of the school bus contractor’s Washington state locations, including financial results, operational performance, safety, fleet and maintenance. Noftz has more than 25 years of experience in the school transportation industry.
Pepper spray on school bus disrupts trip to volcano
May 21, 2014
The bus was en route to Washington's Mount St. Helens. After a student discharged pepper spray, the bus driver began to have trouble breathing but was able to pull over safely "before she became overwhelmed," according to the Washington State Patrol.
Bus driver inspires reading program, wins award
May 15, 2014
Carlyn Kraft, a bus driver for the Pasco (Wash.) School District, has read to the students who ride on her bus and has brought them books for several years. The Children’s Reading Foundation of the Mid-Columbia found out and plans to launch a “Books on the Bus" reading program in her honor. Kraft also receives the 2014 Literacy Champion Award.
School bus driver fired after crashing into ditch
May 5, 2014
Bus surveillance footage from the April 21 incident in Orting, Wash., clarifies some key details about the crash, which was initially reported in the media to have been caused by a bee distracting the bus driver. District officials say that based on their review of the material, the driver has been terminated.
Transportation veteran made mark in training, new facility
May 5, 2014
Sharon Schalk was a driving force in training Washington's school bus driver instructors, and she pushed for funding for a much-needed new transportation facility at her district. She died on April 25 after being diagnosed with cancer a few months earlier.
School bus driver strike averted in Seattle
March 4, 2014
Teamsters Local 174, which represents more than 450 school bus drivers in Seattle, had said it was prepared to strike since mid-February. On Saturday, the union ratifies a new contract with First Student.
Industry veteran turns 90, reflects on career
February 19, 2014
Web Exclusive: Washington's Anton Neyens has been retired from pupil transportation for more than a decade, but on Sunday, he celebrated a milestone: his 90th birthday. Here, he discusses the progression of his career, from automotive technician to pupil transportation manager to school bus salesman.
Seattle district approves busing cuts, arrival time changes
February 10, 2014
Seattle Public Schools’ board members sign off on a transportation plan for 2014-15 that includes shifting bus arrival times back by about 10 minutes (a previous proposal called for adding 10 minutes to the start time of middle and high schools). Also, board members approve ending transportation service to option school students who live outside that school’s middle school attendance area, among other measures.
Cooperative helps districts save money, time
February 6, 2014

Walla Walla (Wash.) School District won matching funds from the state to obtain funds for a facility to support a cooperative that serves three school district transportation departments, and it hasn’t cost taxpayers additional tax dollars. The Southeast Washington Transportation Cooperative provides vehicle maintenance at a fraction of the cost of local shops as well as a driver training program that saves districts staff and time.

America's Best winners hail from Oklahoma, Colorado
October 1, 2013
Casey Middleton of Tulsa (Okla.) Public Schools places first in the school bus inspector category, while Patrick Maloney of Douglas County (Colo.) School District takes the top spot in the technician category. Read more about the event and check out our photo gallery.
Washington state superintendent backs stop-arm cameras
September 13, 2013
More than 1,500 school bus passing violations were counted in Washington's one-day survey earlier this year. Under state legislation passed in 2011, school districts have the authority to equip buses with stop-arm cameras, and state Superintendent Randy Dorn is urging districts "to look into whether installing the cameras is the right thing for that community.”
$43 million increase for school bus funding in Washington
July 2, 2013
The State Legislature commits to an additional $42.8 million for student transportation operations for the 2013-14 school year, or approximately 40% of the existing statewide underfunding.
Blue Bird’s 550,000th bus delivered to Washington district
June 13, 2013
Mukilteo School District takes delivery of the manufacturer’s 2014 All American rear engine unit from dealer Bryson Sales and Service. Officials say the bus features a one-piece roof bow and a purpose-built chassis, along with an ergonomic driver’s cockpit and enhanced parts commonality with the Blue Bird Vision.
Washington district maintains bus inspection success streak
February 19, 2013
For the 15th consecutive year, Highline Public Schools’ transportation department earns outstanding marks from the Washington State Patrol on its school bus safety inspection. Each year, the patrol conducts one scheduled inspection and one unannounced inspection.
For the Hahns, pupil transportation is in the family
January 8, 2013
Marcia Hahn is transportation director at Wenatchee (Wash.) School District #246, and her son, Ryan, is transportation director at Central Kitsap School District #401 in Silverdale, Wash. The two discuss with SBF their careers, goals and what they’ve learned from one another over the years.
Wash. governor proposes plan to fully fund school transportation
January 2, 2013
Outgoing Gov. Chris Gregoire proposes a wholesale excise tax on gasoline and diesel fuel that would increase gradually over the next three biennia to eventually fund the entire pupil transportation budget. Gov.-elect Jay Inslee says in a statement through his spokesman that he “will lay out his own budget priorities that reflect his vision for state government and his commitment to create a lasting economic recovery with secure jobs for Washington's middle class.”
Wash. lawmakers propose school transportation funding change
December 11, 2012
School bus services in the state would be paid for out of the transportation budget rather than the general fund to help legislators comply with a Supreme Court order to increase basic education funding for students. House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan says that any money for bus service would have to come out of revenue generated from a transportation funding package that lawmakers may put before voters next year.
District stuffs bus with food and supplies for the needy
November 20, 2012
A Washington district bus parked in front of a Walmart proves to be a big draw for donations. In last year’s Stuff the Bus event, the Lakewood School District transportation staff collected more than 4,000 pounds of food. This year, they said that the bus seemed to be filling even faster.
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.
Wash. district holds ride-along for incoming students
August 16, 2012
Issaquah School District #411 holds a school bus tour for incoming kindergartners and their parents that includes a practice run of unloading and crossing the street, as well as a stop at a school to see how the buses line up.
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