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Governor proposes merging school districts
March 8, 2011
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says in his 2012 budget address that "our fiscal reality demands consolidation" among the state's school districts. Also, cuts are planned to state transportation funding for districts.
Bus driver fired for taking students to political rally
March 8, 2011
The on-call driver takes a bus full of students and several teachers on the detour while returning from a field trip. He allegedly exited the bus and joined the demonstration, leaving the students on board the bus.
Arizona and Michigan operations honor drivers, aides
March 8, 2011
As part of Love the Bus month in February, Portage Public Schools in Michigan and Dysart Unified School District in Arizona hold events for employees. Drivers for Portage Public Schools receive certificates of recognition and lapel pins for safe driving.
Thomas Built calls for Driver of the Year nominations
March 7, 2011
For the sixth annual contest, students in kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to submit essays of at least 90 words to nominate their favorite school bus drivers. The grand prize winner will receive a laptop computer, a Thomas Built jacket and a Saf-T-Liner C2 school bus lunch box, and the nominated driver will receive a $1,000 Visa gift card.
Under Poway (Calif.) Unified School District’s Flexible Route Driver program, drivers must be available at all times during seven-day periods to provide service for night/overnight field trips during the week and to serve as a substitute driver if a regular-route driver calls in sick.
District to save $100K with new field trip initiatives
March 7, 2011
Poway (Calif.) Unified School District Director of Transportation Timothy Purvis tells SBF that the district is on track to save this much by the end of the school year through his efforts to assign regular-route bus drivers to transport students during weekday night field trips, and through the Flexible Route Driver program. Under the program, three drivers make themselves available at all times during seven-day periods to work on field trips and serve as substitute drivers.
The team at Delaney Bus Lines in Avonmore, Ontario, wore pink T-shirts on Feb. 23 in support of Pink Shirt Day, an annual, nationwide anti-bullying event.
Contractor supports anti-bullying event
March 7, 2011
Delaney Bus Lines employees wear pink T-shirts on Feb. 23 in observance of Pink Shirt Day. The Canadian event originated from an incident several years ago when two students organized a protest to show support for a boy who was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school.
Tags: bullying
Boy allegedly bullied by special-needs student on bus
March 7, 2011
The mother of a 9-year-old boy says her son was hospitalized after he was kicked by an older student while riding the bus. She wants the other student to be taken off of the bus, but she says school officials told her that the student cannot be removed because he has special needs.
Tags: bullying
Updated diabetes guide available
March 4, 2011
Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel provides school personnel (including transportation managers and bus drivers), parents and students with a team approach for helping students manage their diabetes in a school setting. The guide includes revised information on such topics as training for school personnel.
Rhode Island family challenges school bus monitor bill
March 3, 2011
New legislation would eliminate the state's requirement for monitors to be on all school buses for kindergartners up to fifth-graders. The Pendergasts, whose daughter was struck and killed by her own school bus in 1985, are in favor of preserving the mandate, saying that monitors help to increase student safety.
Police: Medical condition likely led to bus crash
March 3, 2011
Joann Jensen strikes a power pole while transporting students and is then transported to a hospital, where she is pronounced dead. Police believe Jensen may have suffered a medical condition while driving that caused her to lose control of the bus and hit the pole.
Minnesota school bus seat belt cutter requirements clarified
March 3, 2011
Officials from the Department of Public Safety explain that all school buses built after Dec. 31, 2007, and used in the state must be equipped with a full-width handgrip webbing strap/seat belt cutter in the driver compartment.
Nation’s highway traffic surges
March 3, 2011
A new federal report shows that Americans drove 3 trillion miles in 2010, the most vehicle miles traveled since 2007 and the third-highest ever recorded.
A free web seminar sponsored by the American School Bus Council and presented by SBF will offer guidance on communicating the benefits of the yellow bus.
Photo by Scott Goble
Tips for promoting the importance of school buses
March 2, 2011
A free web seminar sponsored by the American School Bus Council and presented by SBF will offer guidance on communicating the environmental, economic, educational and safety benefits of the yellow bus.
FlexPlay Pro, AngelTrax Bus Video’s new video data management platform, features a four- or eight-channel video display with selectable audio playback and an innovative blur feature.
AngelTrax offers new video data management platform
March 2, 2011
FlexPlay Pro can be used to analyze live and stored video surveillance and telematics. Features include remote system configuration, automatic wireless downloads, live video streaming, instant system health notifications and an enhanced user interface.
North Carolina districts could pay more transportation-related costs
March 1, 2011
Under her proposed 2012 budget, Gov. Beverly Perdue wants to eliminate the $57 million the state would spend on replacing school buses. She also wants local governments to pick up the costs for workers’ compensation claims for drivers, which are estimated at $35 million statewide.
In a new PSA in Utah, former basketball All-Star Mark Eaton explains that the state's school buses "save over $40 million and reduce over 11 million gallons of fuel."
NBA great promotes the yellow bus
March 1, 2011
In a new PSA in Utah, former basketball All-Star Mark Eaton explains that the state's school buses "save over $40 million and reduce over 11 million gallons of fuel."
Mike Shedor will oversee First Student's Kansas and central Missouri territories. He will also coach staff on the school bus contractor's safety policies and training programs.
First Student names new region operations manager
March 1, 2011
Mike Shedor will oversee the school bus contractor's Kansas and central Missouri territories, including locations in Jefferson City, Kansas City and Columbia in Missouri, and Olathe, Shawnee Mission and Blue Valley in Kansas. He will also coach staff on First Student's safety policies and training programs.
Company provides small bus for students on hazardous road
March 1, 2011
The Red Lion Bus Co. vehicle will serve 18 students who attend a Pennsylvania school district. The children live off of a road deemed by the state to be too hazardous for walking, and it is too narrow for a regular-size school bus to navigate.
NASDPTS is conducting a nationwide survey to determine how many motorists illegally pass stopped school buses.
State directors to tally bus passing
February 28, 2011
NASDPTS is conducting a nationwide survey to determine how many motorists illegally pass stopped school buses — an ongoing problem that results in multiple student fatalities each year.
Blue Bird introduces financial service provider
February 28, 2011
Blue Bird Capital Services offers such solutions as commercial leases, loan agreements and municipal financing. Additionally, officials for the school bus manufacturer say customers will experience new opportunities with preferred rates and competitive finance programs.

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