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REMINDER: Tips for promoting the importance of school buses
March 22, 2011
A free web seminar this Thursday that is 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.
'America's Best' competition to be held in San Antonio
March 22, 2011
The NAPT's 8th Annual America's Best competition will be hosted by the Texas Association of School Bus Technicians Sept. 27 to 30. The competition will be integrated with a variety of workshops for both technicians and inspectors related to components and systems on school buses.
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Student charged with felony for bomb threat
March 22, 2011
Police say that a school bus driver saw the 11-year-old boy on the bus with a device that resembled a bomb, and that the driver heard the boy threaten to detonate it on the bus or in a school. SWAT teams determine that there are no explosives on the device, but police take the boy into custody.
Starcraft's new multi-function school activity bus, the Prodigy XP, offers steel-cage construction, seat belts and air conditioning among its standard features.
Starcraft unveils new MFSAB
March 18, 2011
The manufacturer's new multi-function school activity bus, the Prodigy XP, offers steel-cage construction, seat belts and air conditioning among its standard features.
Kevin Jennings of the U.S. Department of Education, shown here at last fall's NAPT conference, announced this week that a free training program to help school bus drivers deal with bullying is expected to be released in July.
Feds to offer driver training on bullying
March 17, 2011
A free program specific to pupil transportation is expected to be released this summer. The U.S. DOE’s Kevin Jennings makes the announcement at the Transporting Students With Disabilities conference.
Pictured are the top competitors in the 14th National Special-Needs Team Safety Roadeo, in which school bus driver and attendant teams are judged in a variety of skills.
Special-needs conference covers training, growth
March 17, 2011
Workshops at the Transporting Students With Disabilities event focus on developing staff and students. School bus drivers and attendants compete in the special-needs roadeo.
Measures to increase school transportation funding rejected
March 17, 2011
The members of a Missouri House committee decide not to vote on amendments that would have provided an additional $35 million to the state’s school districts for transportation costs. The panel opts to stick with Gov. Jay Nixon's previous recommendation of $98 million in bus funding for the upcoming school year.
School bus driver charged for texting while driving
March 17, 2011
Police charge Evelyn Guzman with risk of injury to a minor and reckless endangerment. Footage from the surveillance camera on her bus allegedly shows her texting; police believe Guzman sent and received 1,068 text messages while operating a bus between April 6 and May 15, 2010.
First Student wins Louisiana contract
March 17, 2011
Under the five-year agreement, the contractor will provide school bus service for the St. James Parish School Board beginning in April. The company will also provide all routing, maintenance and management services, and hire drivers for routes currently without a district driver.
Boy attacked by moose near bus stop
March 17, 2011
A 6-year-old boy is taken to a medical center to receive treatment for a head injury he sustains after he is charged by a moose upon exiting his school bus. The boy's mother was waiting near the bus stop in her car.
Energy-efficient lighting installed in district’s parking lots
March 15, 2011
Lumetech Group outfits Dallas County Schools’ lots with the LED lighting solution. Officials estimate that annual energy savings will be in excess of 505,000 kilowatt-hour per year, and the district expects to save approximately $363,600 in electricity and lighting maintenance.
Police search for men who harassed children at bus stop
March 15, 2011
The men approach a 5-year-old girl and 9-year-old boy in a car after following the bus they had been riding. The children ask the men why they were following the bus; one reportedly says it is because he is "a rapist."
Bus driver fined for 'ignoring another bus' flashing lights'
March 15, 2011
Wendy Sue Restoule must pay $250 within the next six months for the incident. She was initially charged with failing to stop for a school bus — a violation punishable by a fine of up to $2,000 and six demerit points, but ahead of her trial, a plea was entered on her behalf to the lesser charge of disobeying a traffic control signal in her lane.
Police investigating 2 fatalities involving school buses
March 15, 2011
A 6-year-old boy in Louisiana passes away on Monday morning from head injuries he sustained when he was caught on the outside of his school bus and dragged along a road. On Monday afternoon, an 8-year-old boy in Georgia passes away when he is run over by a school bus at a district’s transportation facility.
Trapper catches alligator lurking near school bus stop
March 14, 2011
Parents and students express concern after the 10-foot, 400-pound reptile is spotted in a pond not far from the bus stop. The alligator was taken away last Thursday.
Vehicle-train accidents rose in 2010
March 11, 2011
Officials from Operation Lifesaver say that the improving economy may have contributed to the increase in vehicle-train and pedestrian-train collisions, deaths and injuries last year.
A new device (upper left) serves as an additional mirror on one side, providing an enhanced view of the danger zone. On the back of the mirror is a stop arm, deterring motorists from passing the bus on the right.
Enhancing vision in the danger zone
March 11, 2011
As a school bus driver, Gloria Buley sought a way to enhance the safety of children outside of the bus. What she came up with is a device that serves as an additional mirror and a stop arm. She explains the invention in an interview with SBF.
Drivers and attendants who transport wheelchair-seated students are asked to share their experiences in a survey being conducted by university researchers.
Photo courtesy Larry Schneider
Study seeks to improve wheelchair transport safety
March 10, 2011
School bus drivers and attendants are asked to share their experiences in a survey being conducted by university researchers. The outcome is expected to help bolster the safety of wheelchair-seated students by identifying needs for improved technologies, standards and training.
Bus carrying kindergartners reportedly loses brakes
March 10, 2011
The driver tells investigators that she felt the brakes fail as she was driving up a steep hill. The bus knocked down a fire hydrant and utility pole before crashing into a car and coming to a stop against a tree on the front lawn of a nearby house.
New fuel purchasing plan could save district $500K
March 10, 2011
The transportation staff for the North Carolina district put 1.3 million gallons of diesel fuel out to bid in February and accepted a bid price of $2.85 per gallon. The district typically uses 60,000 gallons of diesel fuel per week to operate its buses; officials say that if the state contract price of $3.24 remains at that rate until June 30, the district would see an approximate total savings of half a million dollars this year.

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