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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.
Education Compliance Group offers sale on training videos, book
May 8, 2013
All four of Peggy Burns' video training programs and her book on special-needs transportation are available at a 50% discount until Aug. 15.
Video shows 4-year-old alone on school bus
May 3, 2013
School bus video surveillance footage obtained by ABC15 shows an unsettling ordeal for a 4-year-old boy with special needs who was left behind. In the video, the boy appears to wake up, gets up from his seat and looks around. The youngster, holding his backpack, looks scared and unsure of what to do.
Dubai school transport conference draws global crowd
May 3, 2013
About 17 nations are represented at Dubai’s first school transportation conference. Speakers and delegates make recommendations in such areas as school transportation safety and security, driver training and road layout around schools. NAPT President Alex Robinson tells SBF that being at the event had a feeling of “what it was probably like to be at an early Warrensburg conference.”
Child Safety Network offers Safe Bus program
May 1, 2013
In partnership with the School Bus Safety Co., the Child Safety Network initiative aims to reduce school bus accidents — with an added benefit of generating revenue for districts. The free Safe Bus program, which receives funds from corporate sponsorships, includes a comprehensive training curriculum, school bus safety PSAs, and a GPS and parental notification system.
DVD teaches bullying response techniques
April 30, 2013
The video, called “What Are You Going To Do?,” was created by the Oregon Pupil Transportation Association and Dr. Allan Beane, founder of Bully Free Systems. It depicts various types of bullying, with one situation leading to a student taking a bus hostage. Those involved in developing the video tell SBF the goals were to show a worst-case scenario and provide tools that drivers can use to address bullying.
47-year school bus driver honored in New York
April 23, 2013
Pat Beesmer, a driver for Ethan Allen Transportation, is named School Bus Driver of the Year in Ulster County. A mother of three kids who have been passengers on Beesmer's bus says that she is "very tuned in to every child's needs — those who occasionally get bus sick, and those who miss Mom or Dad on their first day of school."
Veteran school transportation manager ends career with one last trip
April 19, 2013
When Louk Markham got behind the wheel of a school bus recently, it wasn't just any field trip — it was his final journey in a pupil transportation career that began nearly 40 years ago. Markham, who concluded his tenure as transportation supervisor at Merced (Calif.) City School District, discusses the highlights and challenges of his time in the yellow bus industry.
GreenRoad adds fleet tracking to driver management service
April 12, 2013
With the availability of GreenRoad Advanced Tracking, powered by GPS Insight, GreenRoad adds fleet management capabilities to its driver performance and safety solution, which combines real-time, in-vehicle safety feedback with a management portal that provides insight and guidance.
School Training Solutions team cycles Gulf Coast in relay
April 4, 2013
Director Patrick Willi and others from School Training Solutions, which provides online school bus driver training, set out on a 263-mile ride from New Orleans to Pensacola Beach, Fla., on April 5. Willi says that he hopes to use his experiences and stories from the bicycle relay to encourage road awareness and safety.
Study points to risks of 'permitted' left turns
April 3, 2013
Researchers in Oregon say that in permitted left turns — distinguished from protected left turns — drivers may have to pick their way through narrow windows of oncoming traffic. Their study finds that about 4% to 9% of the time, drivers making permitted left turns don't look to see if there are pedestrians in the way.
CASTO conference takes on distracted driving
March 26, 2013
At the California Association of School Transportation Officials’ annual event, several sessions address the dangers of distracted driving, while other sessions cover lessons learned from fatal incidents involving buses, and effective teaching strategies. The vendor show features more than 30 exhibitors.
Communicating clearly can cure confusion
March 20, 2013
Whether speaking or writing, accuracy and clarity are essential in communication. Supervisors need to make their instructions very clear so the whole department or group has proper direction and can achieve goals together.
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.
Transportation consortiums cut costs and boost training
February 12, 2013

Genesee Intermediate School District’s transportation consortiums provide service to special-needs and career/technical students in 21 districts. Route, bus maintenance and other efficiencies have saved participating districts $42.4 million since 1997, while service continues to expand. Driver training is extensive.

At 90, school transportation veteran still on the job
January 29, 2013
Earl Rineer continues to pass his annual physical, train and test school bus drivers, and drive when needed. On his 90th birthday, Pennsylvania officials honor him for his school transportation career and other service.
Alex Robinson builds training in NYC, partnerships at NAPT
January 24, 2013

Two months after becoming president of NAPT, Alex Robinson began running the largest school district transportation department in the nation in December 2011. Since then, her staff at the NYC Office of Pupil Transportation has undergone more than 40 hours of training, and NAPT has grown its connections to relevant organizations around the globe.

Bob Austin remembered as pupil transportation mentor, pioneer
January 17, 2013
Austin, who passed away on Jan. 7 after a long battle with cancer, led the creation of an innovative joint-powers school transportation agency in California and later imparted his knowledge and passion to school bus driver instructors with the state Department of Education. California state director Anna Borges discusses Austin’s contributions to pupil transportation.
NASDPTS looks at ways to enhance training, service
January 17, 2013

From routing strategies to innovative facilities, speakers at the state directors conference share numerous ideas for enhancing school bus service and training. The NASDPTS membership continues to change, with more state directors announcing their retirement.

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.

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