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Governor urges lawmakers to consider privatizing school buses
January 20, 2011
Gov. Nikki Haley, in her first State of the State address, asks South Carolina lawmakers to privatize the state's school bus system. She says doing so could save the state money and provide students with newer buses.
Kentucky district to spend $1.5M on new bus radios
January 20, 2011
Jefferson County Public Schools opts to replace its outdated school bus radios with ones that will meet new FCC guidelines. The new radio system will reduce the number of buses on each channel from 300 to 100.
Parents form school bus company
January 20, 2011
When the Utah district where his daughter attends elementary school stopped providing bus service to her school, Ty Haguewood formed Smithfield Bus LLC with another parent. Eighty-two students ride the bus; the students’ parents pay a $206 yearly fee per child for them to ride it to and from school.
District board votes to end school bus service
January 20, 2011
The board president for the Colorado district says that the district can’t afford to pay for the service since it receives $600,000 from the state for transportation but has a $3.6 million budget. Bus service would stop with the 2011-12 school year.
Thirteen children were killed in school bus loading and unloading accidents in the 2009-10 school year.
Image by James Kraemer, 2safeschools.org
Danger zone fatalities drop
January 18, 2011
Thirteen children were killed in school bus loading and unloading accidents in the 2009-10 school year. The total is down nearly 25 percent from the previous year.
System simplifies air conditioning installation
January 18, 2011
Carrier Transport Air Conditioning’s new color-coded FlexCLIK hose and fitting refrigerant system offers color-coded laylines on each hose according to air conditioning function. The system’s components are bagged together, providing the service technician or installer with all the parts needed to complete the air conditioning connection.
Boy falls out of moving school bus
January 18, 2011
A preliminary investigation finds that the bus driver opens the bus doors for better visibility while stopped at railroad tracks and then makes a left turn onto a road, apparently forgetting to close the bus doors. The child falls onto the road during the turn, and the driver doesn't realize what happened until other students notify him.
Missouri districts to receive $7.5M for school transportation
January 18, 2011
The additional funding was made possible because revenue collections have been better than anticipated, according to the state's budget director. The funding will help school districts offset rising fuel costs while grappling with budget cuts.
Lawmakers have yet to reach agreement on illegal bus passing law
January 18, 2011
Mississippi senators say the House version of Nathan's Law, passed last week, weakens existing legislation on illegal passing. The bill includes a charge of aggravated assault for violators, but senators believe it will be impossible to prosecute violators on that charge.
Spring session of IC Bus University scheduled
January 14, 2011
The bus manufacturer’s training program for school bus technicians will be held the week of March 14. The session will provide instruction on such topics as bus maintenance, engines, wheelchair lifts and transmissions.
Driver arrested for bringing gun on school bus
January 13, 2011
Police arrest the school bus driver after students on the bus alert school officials to the situation. The driver, who worked on an as-needed basis, had not received a background check; he now faces firearms charges.
Rep. Jim Bird has introduced a bill in the Utah Legislature that would allow school boards to sell advertising space on the sides of their school buses.
Utah lawmaker aims again for school bus ads
January 13, 2011
Rep. Jim Bird introduces a bill that would allow school boards to sell advertising space on the sides of their school buses. A similar bill that Bird sponsored last year was defeated.
Mentally ill man deliberately causes school bus crash
January 13, 2011
A 21-year-old man puts his car into reverse and crashes into a school bus transporting a dozen elementary school students. The students and driver are uninjured; the man is transported to a local hospital.
Trans Tech Bus unveils new warranty
January 13, 2011
The Type A manufacturer will warrant each school bus and multi-function school activity bus for three years or 60,000 miles (whichever comes first) from the original in-service date of the vehicle, with no deductible.
Student Transportation acquires New York bus companies
January 13, 2011
The contractor’s acquisition of Ridge Road Express, along with related companies Grand Tours and Scholastic Transportation Management Services Inc., will add over 320 vehicles, annualized revenues of just over $16 million and six new locations for Student Transportation Inc.
Minnesota district may stop school choice busing system
January 12, 2011
Under a three-year plan proposed by St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Valeria Silva, the city would be divided into six areas and busing for students would be restricted largely to the area in which they live. The plan is designed to promote cost savings, higher student achievement and greater consistency among schools.
Nonprofit organization buys buses for district
January 12, 2011
The Viking Pride Foundation spends $200,000 to purchase two new and two used buses for Winthrop (Mass.) Public Schools, which will be used for daily routes and transporting athletic teams to away games, as well as field trips. Officials say the buses will save the district’s transportation department at least $40,000 annually.
SBF to spotlight ‘Top Shops’
January 11, 2011
Is your school bus maintenance program top-notch? If so, we'd like to share your success with the rest of our readers.
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Texas student killed by truck while exiting school bus
January 11, 2011
The 7-year-old boy is struck by a pickup as he crosses the street to his house after disembarking his bus. Salvador Hernandez, who allegedly failed to heed the bus' flashing lights and stop sign, is facing an involuntary manslaughter charge.
Georgia school bus driver prevents vehicle break-ins
January 11, 2011
Jennifer Vest overhears two people discussing plans to break into cars during a middle school basketball game and immediately reports it to campus safety officials. The Richmond County Board of Education honors Vest for her actions.

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