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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.
Event honors man who transported African-American students during segregation
February 13, 2014
Willie Chisolm, an African-American businessman, bought two used buses to transport rural African-American children to school in the 1950s when all schools in South Carolina were segregated by race. Chisholm died in 1962, before the schools integrated in 1966.
Virginia dealership founder Sonny Merryman passes
December 10, 2013
Merryman, who died on Saturday at age 89, launched his school bus business in 1967 when Thomas Built Buses was looking for a new dealer in Virginia. Today, Sonny Merryman Inc. has three locations and more than 125 employees in the state.
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.
Connecticut school bus contractor got his start at 16
August 19, 2013
In 1944, Charlie Nichols started driving a school bus as a teenager — and then bought the bus company the same year. Now, at 85, he continues to drive a bus every day.
65-year school bus driver named education 'pioneer'
July 29, 2013
Guinness World Record holder Carl Fisher began his school bus driving career when he was just 16. On Monday, he is honored as a "Pioneer in Education" for his contributions to public education in Missouri.
Carrollton bus crash survivor points to the positives
July 25, 2013

It has been 25 years since the fiery Kentucky bus crash that killed 27 people. Jason Booher, now a high school administrator and coach, recounts his narrow escape from the burning bus and discusses the safety improvements that stemmed from the tragedy.

With growth, Krapf keeps focus on people
July 2, 2013

After 70 years in operation, Pennsylvania-based George Krapf Jr. & Sons is the sixth-largest school bus contractor in the nation and extends into multiple states. CEO Blake Krapf says that building strong relationships with districts and maintaining a top-quality staff are still the keys to the business.

REI's Chris Shigley on company growth, market trends
June 27, 2013

As Radio Engineering Industries celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2013, the company’s national sales manager says customers’ needs have played a key role in its development from a radio sales and repair store to a manufacturer and distributor of transportation products. One product he sees in great demand in the industry today is cameras, both for internal surveillance of a school bus and to capture stop-arm violators.

Industry veteran Dick Fischer to retire
June 25, 2013
Fischer, owner and president of Trans-Consult, will spend this summer on the road conducting his "Train-the-Trainer" program, and he'll then hang up his keys to spend more time with his family. He reflects with SBF on his nearly 61 years in the industry.
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.
Illinois bus driver logs 46 years behind the wheel
May 16, 2013
Joyce Bernard applied for and accepted a position at Serena Community Unit District #2 in 1967, craving a job that allowed her to spend a lot of time with her children. Now in her 70s, she tells SBF that the thing she loves most about her job is the students she transports, and she has no immediate plans to retire.
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.
Hoekstra Transportation celebrates 85-year anniversary
April 18, 2013
The Michigan-based company has been a dealer for Thomas Built Buses since 1980, and it also provides new and used school, child care and commercial vehicles. Officials say this year also represents a new beginning of growth and opportunity for the company.
REI celebrates 75-year anniversary
April 9, 2013
Radio Engineering Industries Inc., which provides video surveillance and other solutions for various markets, including the school bus market, was founded in 1938 by Clyde H. Hays, and it continues to be family owned and operated. The company will mark the milestone with special activities throughout the year.
Horlock points to growth in propane business for Blue Bird
March 19, 2013

With Blue Bird recently netting its biggest-ever order of propane school buses — more than 400 — President and CEO Phil Horlock is ebullient about the fuel’s potential. Here, he discusses alternative fuels, the state of school bus sales and other pertinent topics.

1 of Chowchilla school bus kidnappers denied parole
March 14, 2013
A California board again finds James Schoenfeld unsuitable for release from prison, but he will be re-examined in three years. In 1976, Schoenfeld and two others hijacked a school bus and imprisoned the 26 children and their driver in a buried moving van.
Ralph Braun: a pioneer in mobility
February 13, 2013
Braun, who was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy at 6 years old, went on to develop innovative mobility products, including a motorized scooter and a vehicle wheelchair lift. The founder and CEO of The Braun Corp., who passed away on Feb. 8 at age 72, is also remembered for his contributions to safe pupil transportation.
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.
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.
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