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Driver uses reading contest to keep students calm on bus
June 2, 2011
OnnaJean Votra gets the idea while reading to her child. Students bring their own books or select one from a bag at the front of the bus. The team that reads the most books at the end of each week wins a prize.
School bus driver fired following accident
June 2, 2011
Lamount Lynch is charged with careless and reckless driving after he sideswipes three cars with his bus and strikes another, sending it into another vehicle and a tree. No students are on the bus at the time of the accident.
District stops transporting students on pothole-ridden road
June 2, 2011
The school system’s transportation coordinator says that the buses would rock back and forth when going over the deep potholes, and officials were concerned that students could hit their heads and get hurt. Part of the road was graded earlier this week.
Bus driver credited with saving special-needs student’s life
June 2, 2011
After noticing that Connor DiLorenzo is choking, Danny Waldrum pulls his bus over, calls 911, checks to see if the boy is breathing and administers an abdominal thrust, which dislodges a small pebble from his throat. A paramedic who responded to the incident says “it's absolutely possible” DiLorenzo could have lost his life without Waldrum's quick action.
Special-needs bus driver arrested for DWI
June 2, 2011
Officers pull Elizabeth Anaya over for running a red light and find an empty bottle of rum in her jacket pocket and an open can of beer in between her legs. A blood alcohol test reveals Anaya’s alcohol level is nearly twice the legal limit. She is charged with driving while intoxicated, running a red light and possession of an open alcohol container in a motor vehicle.
Last month, the Washington Legislature released its proposed 2011-13 biennial operating budget, which provides full funding for the state’s five regional transportation coordinators. In addition, money for school bus replacements has not been touched. Photo by Wikipedia user Bluedisk.
Lawmakers maintain funding for transportation coordinators, bus replacements
June 1, 2011
The news comes with the Washington Legislature's release of its proposed 2011-13 biennial operating budget, much to the delight of the Washington Association for Pupil Transportation. The group had voiced concerns about potential changes to these issues, and President Tom Culliton tells SBF that members are “very excited” about the latest developments.
Hawk lands in school bus
June 1, 2011
A driver in Massachusetts spots a stowaway on her bus: a 15-pound red-tailed hawk. The bird has to be coaxed out by police and animal control officers.
Family uses retired school bus as tornado shelter
June 1, 2011
Ohatchee, Ala., resident Jerry Moore says he and his family keep water and other supplies in the bus in the event that they have to stay in it for long periods of time. The bus is stored in the side of a hill.
Scholarships promote learning opportunities
May 31, 2011
Several scholarships for school bus industry conferences and student field trips are available through the National Association for Pupil Transportation.
Student death leads to call for tougher bus passing legislation
May 31, 2011
Kim Koenigs, the mother of a student who befriended Kadyn Halverson, starts a "Kadyn's Law" Facebook page in honor of the girl, who was killed by a motorist who failed to stop as she was walking across a road to board her school bus. The page calls for legislation that would provide more stringent laws for drivers who illegally pass school buses.
District’s bus drivers stage sick-out following layoff decision
May 31, 2011
About half of Trenton (N.J.) Public Schools’ drivers fail to report for work last Thursday after state fiscal monitor Marc Cowell overturns the district board’s vote to retain them and 150 other employees. Interim Superintendent of Schools Raymond Broach says they are working on “rectifying this situation.”
Rotary introduces new heavy-duty scissor lift
May 31, 2011
Features of the EFX60 include flip-up adapters that swivel, making it possible to pick up vehicles by either the frame or the axle. As a result, officials say technicians using the EFX60 can properly lift and service virtually any medium-duty or heavy-duty vehicle weighing up to 60,000 pounds.
The Del Norte district's transportation office was the incident command center for evacuating residents before a tsunami hit. Pictured are (clockwise from top) lead mechanic Jess Bigham, driver instructor Carlina Horn, dispatcher Ellen Lemrise and Gary Gleason, vice president of NUSURA, who had been working with the district in training and planning for evacuations.
Transportation department is key in tsunami evacuation
May 31, 2011
After the devastating tsunami hit Japan in March, the West Coast of the U.S. braced for impact. The director of transportation and a driver from a California district share details with SBF on their department's role in evacuating local residents before the surges hit.
Teen honored for efforts to make buses more fuel efficient
May 27, 2011
Jonny Cohen, inventor of GreenShields, is one of five winners of the Technology for a Better World Campaign. GreenShields is a polycarbonate shield that attaches to the front of school buses. It is designed to make them more aerodynamic and, in turn, result in fuel savings.
Nominee named for NAPT affiliate member director
May 26, 2011
Marisa Weisinger, technical specialist for Innovative Transportation Solutions in Houston, is nominated by officials from Q'Straint/Sure-Lok and Hydrotex to run for the position. It will be available this fall at the conclusion of the NAPT Summit when Mike Roscoe of the C.E. White Co. steps down after fulfilling a two-year term.
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Study projects over 200K education jobs to be cut
May 26, 2011
In the new survey by the American Association of School Administrators, nearly three-quarters of the responding school districts report that they plan to eliminate personnel in the 2011-12 school year. An official cites several factors that are having "a devastating effect on staffing the nation’s public schools."
Task force, school committee agree to $540 bus fee cap
May 26, 2011
The bus fee for the Massachusetts school district will remain at $270 per student, but the cap will reduce the cost for families with three or more children.
Tags: bus fees
2 arrested in multiple bus battery thefts
May 26, 2011
A man and a woman are taken into custody for the theft of 12 large bus batteries and connector switches from an elementary school in Iredell, N.C. They are also suspects in the theft of bus batteries from two other elementary schools in Statesville, N.C.
Tags: batteries
Details on Dossier Users Group summit announced
May 25, 2011
Fleet professionals who use Arsenault Associates’ Dossier asset maintenance management software will convene in Lafayette Hills, Pa., in October for the event. This year’s agenda will include three parallel breakout paths, each with multiple sessions, and an expanded hands-on training program.
New York association supports illegal bus passing bill
May 25, 2011
The legislation would allow for prosecution of such violations based on photographic evidence as well as allow for citations to be issued to the registered owner of the vehicle, regardless of who was driving it at the time. NYAPT President David Christopher points out that motorists in the state illegally pass school buses "some 50,000 times each day."

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