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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.
Tags: NAPT
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."
Debbie Wheaton of Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District in Arizona was a winner with this shot in last year’s Photo Contest.
Deadline extended for SBF Photo Contest
May 24, 2011
Shutterbugs who haven’t yet entered this year’s competition have some extra time to get their shots in. The deadline is now June 8.
Driver, 3 students assist seizing girl on bus
May 24, 2011
Corey McCann alerts the bus driver to a 13-year-old girl who is having a seizure. The driver and another student lay the girl in the bus aisle while McCann radios the bus garage for help. Another student directs traffic around the bus from the back window.
Teen drives through stop sign, collides with bus
May 24, 2011
The collision causes the school bus driver to lose control of the vehicle, and the bus strikes a stone wall and a house. No passengers are on board the bus at the time of the accident, but the driver sustains a minor hand injury.
Bus a/c suppliers join forces
May 23, 2011
American Cooling Technology is acquired by KODA Enterprises Group, which owns ProAir LLC. The former owners of American Cooling and all of the employees will join the KODA team.
Bus drivers could be given authority to search students
May 23, 2011
Under a proposal before an Indiana district’s school board, a driver would have to have a reasonable suspicion that a student has an item or substance that puts others on the bus in danger. The driver would then have to get permission from the district’s transportation department before searching a student or his or her belongings.
The security training program being developed by Rutgers University’s Center for Transportation Safety, Security and Risk is designed to teach bus drivers how to effectively communicate with schoolchildren while a crisis is occurring. 
Photo by Rachel Wilson
New school bus security training course in development
May 20, 2011
Karen Lowrie, associate director of Rutgers University’s Center for Transportation Safety, Security and Risk, discusses the program with SBF. It is designed to teach bus drivers how to effectively communicate with schoolchildren while a crisis is occurring.
Association speaks out against ads on school buses
May 19, 2011
In a letter to state legislators, the New York Association for Pupil Transportation calls for the defeat of bills that would allow advertisements to be placed on yellow school buses. Executive Director Peter Mannella says that compromising the iconic color of school buses with ads “presents safety risks to our children.”
60-percent bus fee hike rejected
May 19, 2011
Public school trustees vote down the proposal by Calgary Board of Education administrators. The move would have cost parents of an elementary or junior high student $33.50 per month, up from $20 per month to ride the same bus this year.
Tags: bus fees
First Student recognizes veteran bus drivers
May 19, 2011
Nineteen employees who work for the school bus contractor are celebrating 40 years on the job this year. First Student President Linda Burtwistle says their commitment to the students and communities they serve is commendable.
4 students attacked by dog on bus
May 19, 2011
The students are injured when the dog follows a group of children on board, with one student sustaining a bite. A police officer is forced to shoot the dog, which continues to act aggressively after it is off the bus.
Former school teacher Stephen Dawson said his noise alarm prototype could be integrated into a bus security camera, mobile two-way radio or GPS system to help control the noise level on a bus.
Former teacher invents bus noise alarm
May 19, 2011
Stephen Dawson develops the alarm to control the noise level in his classroom, and he then realizes it could help solve safety problems in a school bus environment. He discusses with SBF how the device works.

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