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Special-needs student survives fall from bus on freeway
July 8, 2011
The boy only sustains lacerations after falling out of the bus' rear emergency exit. District officials say freeway noise may have prevented the driver from hearing an alarm signaling that the door was open. When an attendant goes to check on the student, she sees the door is partially open and that the boy is not in the bus.
Review: Transporting Students With Special Needs
July 8, 2011
Special-needs transportation specialist Cheryl Wolf writes that this training course by the School Bus Safety Co. is a "great resource" that provides a large amount of information on the topic. The program includes a driver’s job aid that can be placed on the bus as a step-by-step reminder of best practices.
NAPT special-needs training program offered nationwide
July 8, 2011
The association’s Special Needs Training Program will be available throughout the year at various events around the country. The curriculum explores such issues as the legal basis for special-needs transportation, and activities include observation of or participation in a special-needs roadeo and attendance at a trade show featuring special-needs products and services.
Blue Bird officials say that the latest Propane-Powered Vision provides increased fuel economy, greater horsepower and torque, and a 67-gallon fuel tank.
Blue Bird unveils next-generation propane school bus
July 7, 2011
Company officials say that the latest Propane-Powered Vision provides increased fuel economy, greater horsepower and torque, and a 67-gallon fuel tank.
Last transportation payment saved for Illinois districts
July 7, 2011
The state’s 2011 fourth quarter transportation payment had been targeted to be cut. But while that reimbursement has been restored, a new challenge surfaces: Gov. Pat Quinn has cut from his budget about $89 million for transportation for the next school year.
Ariz. districts serve free summer meals on buses
July 7, 2011
The Litchfield Elementary School District is inspired to serve meals through the state's Summer Food Service Program on its buses by another district's successful mobile meal program. The buses offer an alternative to parks, where heat is often a deterrent for students.
The design specifications of the CR-2 unit include a one-piece "drop in" construction to reduce the time it takes to complete the installation.
ACT roof-mount A/C condenser has low-profile design
July 7, 2011
American Cooling Technology's CR-2 is 7 inches tall and weighs 43 pounds. Company officials say its low height increases roof clearance, while its tapered leading edge eliminates the need to install a branch guard.
Student Transportation to acquire four school bus companies
July 6, 2011
The contractor has signed letters of intent for each of the acquisitions, which are scheduled to close prior to the start of the school year in August. They will add more than 150 vehicles to the company’s fleet and annualized revenues of over $7.8 million.
Thomas Built announces activity bus rental program
July 6, 2011
The manufacturer’s MyBus vehicles with a 14-passenger configuration are available for short- and long-term rental through the company’s dealers. The program includes complete physical damage and liability insurance.
Elliott to stay on in new role at National Express Corp.
July 5, 2011
School bus contracting veteran John Elliott, who previously served as interim president and CEO of National Express Corp., will focus on customer and employee relations and will represent the company within the industry.
Conn. allows video in citing stop-arm runners
July 5, 2011
Warning signs have to be posted on school buses equipped with surveillance systems to catch the violations. Images have to clearly show the license plate number of passing vehicles.
S.C. votes to pay for buses with unclaimed lottery money
July 5, 2011
Lawmakers vote to use the $12.4 million to pay for school buses overrides Gov. Nikki Haley's veto of the original budget item. Haley vetoed the item because she believes the state should focus on privatizing its bus system, but lawmakers say students need safe transportation while the state investigates the benefits of privatization.
ASBC forum to focus on national education efforts
July 5, 2011
The forum will be held Aug. 3 and 4 in Chicago and will focus on how the school bus industry can get involved in the education efforts, as well as how the ASBC can better serve the industry.
Navistar donates step van to assist in Alabama rebuild
July 5, 2011
Company officials present the vehicle’s keys to the executive director of Hale Empowerment and Revitalization Organization Inc., which is working on recovery efforts in the wake of tornadoes that recently swept through the state. Navistar also donates $50,000 to the Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund.
The Ogden (Iowa) Community Schools board approved the purchase of the district's longtime contractor, Stumbo Transportation, after owner Doug Stumbo (pictured) announced his plan to retire this year. Stumbo Transportation was one of SBF's Great Fleets Across America in 2010.
Iowa district purchases school bus company
July 5, 2011
The Ogden Community Schools board approved the purchase of the district's longtime contractor, Stumbo Transportation, for $360,300 after owner Doug Stumbo announced his plan to retire this year. The district took over service on July 1. Superintendent of Schools Bill Roederer tells SBF he believes the district will save money in the long term by running its transportation department and school buses.
Citing soaring commodity costs, IC Bus will add a surcharge of up to $1,495 to the prices of its school and commercial buses. Pictured is the RE Series.
IC Bus prices to rise in September
June 30, 2011
Citing soaring commodity costs, the manufacturer will add a surcharge of up to $1,495 to the prices of its school and commercial buses. IC Bus President John McKinney says that the company has been able to absorb some increases through manufacturing efficiencies, “but we could not absorb them all.”
Illinois bus drivers get more flexibility for refresher
June 30, 2011
Under a new state rule change, school bus drivers can take their annual refresher class up to 60 days before their refresher date without changing that date. State director Cinda Meneghetti tells SBF that with fewer classes being offered due to budget cuts, the new flexibility is key.
Texas district acquires 12 propane buses
June 30, 2011
Friendswood Independent School District will replace diesel buses with the propane units and install an on-site propane fueling station with grants from the Texas Railroad Commission and Houston-Galveston Area Council.
Tags: propane, Texas
GreenRoad adds safety, efficiency features to driver management solution
June 30, 2011
The company has increased the functionality of GreenRoad 360 by adding posted speed performance and idling heat maps and expanding its data integration ability.
Teen fatally struck by tractor-trailer
June 29, 2011
The accident occurs when Aniya Williams is trying to catch a city bus in Staten Island, N.Y. Williams used to ride a school bus, but service to her school was eliminated. Last week, the state Senate passed a bill to mandate that the city Department of Education provide school bus transportation to children in grades three through eight who live more than one mile from school.

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