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Former director pleads guilty to records tampering
March 14, 2014
Douglas Wessling will reportedly receive two years of probation and an order to pay a $1,000 fine for the crime, which is an aggravated misdemeanor. In the fall, he resigned as transportation director from Iowa's Galva-Holstein Community School District after state inspectors found that buses in the fleet that had issues had not been repaired, despite Wessling notifying the state otherwise.
Bill would remove school bus age limit in Tennessee
January 23, 2014
The bill would prohibit the state from limiting the use of Type C and Type D school buses by years of service or by miles driven — as long as the buses are inspected at least once each school year and are deemed safe.
Another push to raise school bus age limit in Tennessee
December 30, 2013
Four years ago, a bill that was passed in Tennessee raised the maximum age for school buses from 15 to 17 years. Now, officials in some counties are advocating another increase in the state’s limit on school bus service life.
Top 5 most-viewed news stories of 2013
December 20, 2013
Here are the most popular news items posted on the SBF website this year, from a school district's bus inspection success streak to a set of PSA videos on the dangers of stop-arm running.
Zonar promotes 2 to VP roles
November 22, 2013
At the fleet management technology company, Fred Fakkema is now vice president of compliance, and Tony Bezilla is now vice president of product management. Zonar officials say that the promotions reflect the company's rapid growth and anticipation of future expansion.
Iowa officials caution against falsifying bus repairs
November 19, 2013
The warnings come after the arrests of two district transportation officials who allegedly lied to the state that problems with buses in their fleets had been repaired. In September, the state Department of Education’s transportation office hired a third school bus inspector, which has enabled the department to do call-back inspections on buses with serious deficiencies.
7 districts win grants from NAPT, Zonar
November 14, 2013
School districts from New Jersey to California have been selected to receive grants for school bus security, safety and efficiency equipment from Zonar. The districts were recognized at the recent NAPT Summit.
Big changes in store for 2014 Summit
October 22, 2013
Next year’s NAPT Summit in Kansas City, Mo., will incorporate the America’s Best school bus tech/inspect event and a new competition related to special-needs transportation. Also, the schedule will be streamlined to four days — Saturday to Tuesday. Here, NAPT Executive Director Mike Martin explains the changes.
DVD instructs on pre-tripping a conventional school bus
October 15, 2013
In the new DVD from Indiana school bus driver Greg Beaverson, he conducts a pre-trip inspection, beginning with the outside of the bus and then moving to the inside. The process is broken down into several chapters that can be selected from the DVD menu.
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.
3rd school bus inspector hired in Iowa
September 5, 2013
The addition of a third inspector was enabled by recent legislative approval to increase the state school bus inspection fee from $28 to $40 per vehicle. Tom Simpson, previously the transportation director for Humboldt (Iowa) Community School District, is appointed to the new inspector position.
Flag system shows that bus has been checked
August 12, 2013
The new Double Check Child/Safety System, conceived by a South Carolina school transportation director, is a reflective flag that can be secured at the back of the bus. At the end of a run, the driver walks to the back, checking for children, and then releases the flag so it hangs in the window — allowing supervisors to see that the bus has been inspected.
Iowa school bus inspection fee increases from $28 to $40
June 14, 2013
The state’s Legislative Rules Committee narrowly approves the increase, which will enable the state Department of Education’s Office of School Transportation to hire a third inspector. State director of pupil transportation Max Christensen tells SBF that his office is immediately going into “hiring mode.”
88% of Missouri school buses again approved in inspection
June 11, 2013
The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Motor Vehicles Inspection Division inspects 11,890 school buses, 10,493 of which receive approval, meaning they are found to be free of defective items. A total of 292 districts are awarded the distinction of Total Fleet Excellence for approval ratings of 90% or higher.
District’s shop foreman develops fleet management program
May 9, 2013
Todd Woodard created the program in Excel two years ago and has been testing it at Brevard Public Schools’ four transportation facilities in Florida since then. He explains to SBF how the program works and how it has improved communication and efficiency in the bus inspection process.
New school bus inspector hired in Iowa
March 15, 2013
Joe Funk takes over duties for inspecting school buses in the western region of the state. He joins inspector Verlan Vos and replaces Owen Freese, who recently retired from the position. A school bus inspection fee increase that is awaiting final approval will allow the Iowa Department of Education to hire one more inspector.
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.
Iowa bus inspection fee to increase, pending governor approval
February 5, 2013
The state Board of Education approves the proposal to increase the fee from $28 to $40, which will enable the state to hire an additional school bus inspector. As the change awaits approval from the office of the governor, state pupil transportation director Max Christensen tells SBF that “the increase is vitally important to keeping a viable school bus inspection process in the state of Iowa.”
Bill would expand S.D. school bus inspector pool
January 29, 2013
Under current law, members of the South Dakota Highway Patrol conduct yellow bus inspections. The legislation moving through the state Legislature would allow the highway patrol to approve other people to perform the inspections, such as personnel at school district transportation departments.
Zonar to launch fleet management conference
January 17, 2013
The provider of fleet telematics, remote diagnostics and mobile onboard computing will launch THE ZONE 2013 from May 14 to 16 in San Antonio. Officials say that the fleet management conference will offer renowned industry speakers covering strategic transportation topics.
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