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A day in the life of a transportation director
January 8, 2013

At Shelby County Schools, enhanced driver training and partnerships with school staff have led to drastic improvements in student behavior on the bus. Here, we spend a day with Director of Transportation Debbie Rike to see how she steers the operation toward success.

Taking on the top challenges of the job
December 4, 2012

Clearly, the job of transportation director is not getting any easier. It takes people with a healthy supply of those “Top Traits” to lead transportation departments through these challenging times.

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.
Nonprofit aims to help veterans find yellow busing jobs
October 30, 2012
The Warriors in the Workplace organization debuted at the National Association for Pupil Transportation Summit last week, informing attendees of its initiative to help U.S. military members get back to work in the civilian sector — specifically the pupil transportation industry. President and Executive Director John Birmingham tells SBF that veterans can look for available jobs on the organization’s website.
Mich. districts experience driver shortage
September 13, 2012
Fruitport, Muskegon, Orchard View and Whitehall districts are all in need of drivers. Officials say that the requirements for the job — including extensive training, split shifts and drug screenings — often deter potential candidates.
Fla. district recruits drivers, loses training bus builder
September 10, 2012
To close a gap of 50 school bus drivers needed, Orange County Public Schools utilized a team of recruiters — existing drivers — to reach out to the community. In other news, Larry Creech, who designed and built a cutaway bus mock-up for the district's training, has passed away.
District buses special-ed kids, expects $400K in savings
April 9, 2012
Clovis (Calif.) Unified School District brings the service in house after it had been contracted and sees ridership growth in addition to financial benefits. Director of Transportation Charlie Ott discusses this with SBF, as well as the steps that were taken to make the transition this school year.
Ga., S.C. districts hit with bus driver shortages
March 6, 2012
One of the districts has been forced to double or triple routes to cope with the shortage. Recruitment and retention problems, as well as absenteeism, have contributed to the problem.
District promotes the rewards of driving a school bus
May 9, 2011
An article from the Fort Dodge (Iowa) Community School District profiles one of its bus drivers and describes the fulfillment and flexibility that come with the job. The article is posted on the district’s website, along with contact information for those interested in becoming a bus driver.
Driver absenteeism contributes to district’s bus route delays
October 14, 2010
Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools’ Chief Operating Officer Fred Carr addressed the problem in a letter to the district’s families. Carr wrote that the transportation department is scheduling drivers to cover absent employees’ routes and is also hiring more substitute drivers.
Recruiting, From Start to Finish
June 1, 2010

Putting an excellent driver behind the wheel of a school bus is the end result of a long search, from putting the call out for qualified candidates to background checks and interviews. Experts weigh in on fine-tuning the process.

Hiring the best players
March 30, 2010

Structured interviews will reduce the incidence of unsafe behaviors and make the kids safer. In today's economy, you can be more selective about whom you hire.

Contractor Roundtable: The Current Business Climate
March 12, 2010

School bus contractors offer insights on the advantages of contracting in the current economic climate as well as the impact of state and national regulatory issues.

Veteran bus driver to retire
February 11, 2010
Nancie Klein, an 80-year-old school bus driver who has worked for an Illinois district since 1971, will hang up her keys this week. Klein began her career on a dare and has transported generations of students.
Great Fleets Across America 2010
February 2, 2010

Our annual series is back as we profile five outstanding pupil transportation operations from around the nation. Find out how their safety practices, innovative training programs and open lines of communication have led them to succeed. 

Restructuring Transportation for Tight Budgets
October 29, 2009

Districts across the country are facing budget cuts — sometimes drastic. Pupil transportation professionals are examining innovative ways to maintain current levels of service with significantly fewer dollars.

Innovative Driver Hiring and Retention Methods
June 1, 2008

Maintaining a full staff of school bus drivers can be a persistent problem in pupil transportation. “We never seem to have a glut of school bus drive...

Job board launched for public transportation
April 1, 2008

An online job board for the school bus, motorcoach and transit industries has been launched at

Job board launched for public transportation
March 5, 2008
An online job board for the school bus, motorcoach and transit industries has been launched at www...
Parental Experience Drives Provider
March 3, 2008
By Jenna Curry, Assistant Editor Katie Scholes of Provider Enterprises, which has transported special-needs children for more than 25 years...
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