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City council approves $300 stop-arm running fine
January 8, 2014
The San Marcos (Texas) City Council has approved a $300 civil penalty for illegally passing a school bus following a 15-week study conducted by BusGuard, a company that provides stop-arm cameras for school buses, that shed light on the severity of the problem.
Dennis Maple, First Student's new president, joins the school bus contracting company from Aramark Corp.
First Student names new president as Burtwistle steps down
January 8, 2014
Dennis Maple takes the reins of North America's largest school bus contracting company. He most recently served as president of Aramark Education. At First Student, Maple succeeds Linda Burtwistle, who will step down after a brief handover period.
The National School Bus Loading and Unloading Survey is compiled each year by the Kansas State Department of Education's School Bus Safety Education Unit.
Survey finds 9 danger zone deaths in last school year
January 7, 2014
In the 2012-13 school year, six students in the U.S. were killed by vehicles passing their school bus, while three were killed by their bus. The findings come from the National School Bus Loading and Unloading Survey, which the Kansas State Department of Education compiles each year.
Bus driver retires after 37 years
January 7, 2014
Nikki Carnell, a school bus driver for Ponca (Neb.) Public School District, drove on her route for the last time on Dec. 20. As a tribute to her on her last day, many high school students who live along her route rode the bus instead of driving to school, and she was presented with roses at the school.
Tags: Nebraska
Boy struck by school bus in New Jersey, later dies
January 7, 2014
The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office says that while the bus was stopped to pick up children, “the victim began walking around the front of the bus” and “when the vehicle began moving forward again, it struck the child.” An investigation is ongoing, and counselors are made available throughout the district where the boy attended school.
Transportation staff at Nevada's Storey County School District took part in a full day of interactive security training with consulting firm ApexSCF.
School bus drivers train to take on active shooters
January 7, 2014
Transportation staff at Nevada's Storey County School District spent a stimulating day learning how to respond to shooters and other security threats on the bus. The session included hands-on training on how to use the bus to throw an armed intruder to the floor and even how to physically disarm or incapacitate the intruder.
Virginia legislator calls for school bus seat belt study
January 6, 2014
Del. Scott Lingamfelter introduces a resolution that calls for the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to study the effectiveness of requiring seat belts on school buses in Virginia. Among other tasks, the commission would have to consult and summarize the findings of past and current studies on the effectiveness of requiring seat belts on school buses and solicit input from each local school board on the effectiveness and cost of requiring the belts on every yellow bus.
J.J. Keller names new president, executive VP
January 6, 2014
Marne L. Keller-Krikava, previously the executive vice president, succeeds James J. Keller as president and CEO, while Rustin R. Keller assumes the role of executive vice president and chief operating officer. Keller-Krikava has held positions of increasing responsibility since joining the company full time in 1990, and Rustin Keller joined the company full time in 1999.
2 children left on North Dakota school bus
January 6, 2014
As the driver exits the bus, another driver sees a child looking out a window on the bus and reports it. The child is taken off the bus and transported to school, while the second child is discovered on a later search of the same bus. The general manager for the company that runs the bus says the incident was driver error and that the driver “should have done the walk-through.”
Maryland county launches stop-arm camera program
January 3, 2014
Several Montgomery County Public Schools buses are now equipped with automated cameras to record illegal passing. Officials say that the program will expand over the next few months and will target bus routes with the highest reports of violations. The fine for violations caught on camera is $125.
School bus driver charged with drunk driving, resigns
January 3, 2014
Police in Springboro, Ohio, respond to a report of a school bus being driven erratically. The driver of the special-needs bus reportedly registers at about 0.05% blood alcohol content. She resigns the next day.
New contractor takes over bus service at Massachusetts district
January 2, 2014
With the shutdown of Atlantic Express, Hudson Public Schools contracts with North Reading Transportation to provide school bus service for the rest of the school year. District Superintendent Kevin Lyons tells parents that while changing contractors in the middle of the year is not an ideal situation, “we are working hard to help ensure the smoothest of transitions.”
Driver who left child on bus expected to resign
January 2, 2014
Dan Danielson, who is also the transportation director at Algona (Iowa) Community School District, allegedly left Logan Cavin, a 4-year-old student, on a school bus for several hours on the morning of Dec. 19. Cavin was discovered at the school district's transportation facility at about 1 p.m. by another bus driver.
School bus crash responder wins Carnegie Medal
January 2, 2014
When a school bus collided with a tractor-trailer in Nebraska in 2012, motorist Philip Petr stopped and provided critical help. With a fire spreading in the wreckage, Petr climbed into the bus and helped students escape.
Bus driver brings cheer to special-needs students as Santa
January 2, 2014
Rick Waite’s stint as Santa Claus began three years ago when he decided to grow out his beard. He says he sings to the students he transports and listens to their requests for Christmas, but his primary goal is to make sure they leave the bus feeling better than they did when they got on board.
Tags: Utah
Linda Bluth blogs on IEP's role in transportation
January 2, 2014
In a new post on the National PTA website, Bluth explains how parents can help ensure that their special-needs child's transportation needs are met. Individualized Education Program team members, including the parents, must give input on how the child's disability impacts school bus safety.
Tags: IEP
In our new photo gallery, we feature shots of school buses that have been painted and reconstructed for a variety of purposes. This converted bus serves as a tailgate vehicle supporting the Cleveland Browns. 
Photos: School buses after shuttling students
January 2, 2014
School buses can take on a whole new life after they're retired from student transportation service. In a new photo gallery on the SBF website, we share shots of buses that have been painted and reconstructed for a variety of purposes, from racing to shuttling people for safari tours, and more.
Art teacher turns school bus into mobile classroom
January 2, 2014
Amelia Rabroker, owner and instructor of Tap Tap Art School, teaches art and cultural classes at venues in central Texas in the repurposed bus. She was inspired by the tap tap buses on the roads in Haiti — brightly colored school buses that are used for public transportation.
Tags: Texas
Wind energy company delivers new buses to district
January 2, 2014
TradeWind Energy arranges for the lease of and delivers two new buses to Shidler (Okla.) School District after company officials learn about the district’s aging fleet and the district's difficulties in maintaining it. TradeWind Energy also commits to paying all costs associated with the lease of the buses for three years.
Teachers prevent driverless, speeding bus from overturning
December 31, 2013
Bus driver Michael Hacker speeds through a stop sign and makes a late turn, throwing him to the floor and causing the bus to veer into a ditch. Lee Morris, a sign-language interpreter, grabs the wheel and regains control of the bus, while fourth-grade teacher Amy Ryan is able to reach the brake pedal by climbing around Hacker.

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