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District investigates incident involving knife set on bus
January 10, 2011
The superintendent for the Ohio district says that the knives were part of a cutlery set that was being sold for a school booster’s fundraiser, and some were sent home with students. No one was injured in the incident.
New Jersey governor approves bus advertising bill
January 7, 2011
Gov. Chris Christie has signed into law legislation that will allow school districts statewide to place advertisements on the exterior sides of their buses. Fifty percent of any revenue generated by the sale of advertising space will be used by districts’ boards of education to offset the cost of fuel for providing pupil transportation services.
Texas district receives $2M to purchase propane buses
January 6, 2011
Houston Independent School District receives a total of $2,120,500 from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Railroad Commission of Texas to help buy the buses. The money will fund 70 percent of the cost, with the district covering the rest.
South Carolina buys buses from Alabama district
January 6, 2011
The state's Department of Education purchases 24 buses to replace its aging fleet. It marks the third time that South Carolina has bought used school buses in the past six years.
A five-year reauthorization of the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act was among the bills that President Obama signed into law on Tuesday.
Obama signs Diesel Emissions Reduction Act
January 6, 2011
The program, which provides funds to reduce emissions from school buses and other diesel vehicles, is reauthorized for another five years. An industry official calls it "one of the most important clean air initiatives passed by Congress in recent years."
Tags: emissions
Durham School Services acquires New Jersey contractor
January 5, 2011
Durham has begun integrating Vogel Bus Company Inc., which serves 40 customers throughout the state with a fleet of approximately 195 buses. Officials say the acquisition will allow Durham to increase market presence in New Jersey and continue to achieve growth goals.
West County Transportation Agency (WCTA) in Santa Rosa, Calif., has a large number of spare buses and has therefore been able to park many of its older buses, like the 1987 Crown bus pictured, without affecting its service to students. However, WCTA Executive Director Michael Rea still has problems with the California Air Resources Board's revised Truck and Bus Regulation, saying it creates an unfunded mandate for school districts.
Revised clean air rule still concerns pupil transporters
January 5, 2011
Among the changes to the California Air Resources Board’s Truck and Bus Regulation is the amount of time that school bus operations have to get their buses to comply with emissions-control technology percentage limits. A member of the state’s School Transportation Coalition discusses with SBF the organization’s problems with the regulation, including its view that it creates an unfunded mandate for school districts.
Tags: emissions, EPA
Alternative fuel tax credits extended through 2011
January 5, 2011
One credit covers up to 30 percent of the cost of installing propane and CNG fueling stations. Another is a 50-cent per gallon credit for propane and CNG.
Missouri governor may reduce funding for bus service
January 5, 2011
As one school district eliminates service for several hundred students due to a substantial cut in the amount of state aid for school buses and transportation this school year, Gov. Jay Nixon says that under his proposed 2011 budget, funding for buses and transportation is on a “watch list” for potential budget cuts.
Winner named for special-needs conference scholarship
January 4, 2011
American Logistics will fund an all-expenses paid trip for Diane Clinkscales, transportation and facilities coordinator for a Head Start operation in Oregon, to attend the 2011 National Conference and Exhibition on Transporting Students With Disabilities and Preschoolers.
Vail (Ariz.) Unified School District has participated in two marathons and raised $16,000 that is being put toward the district's transportation department.
Photo courtesy of Vail Unified School District
District combats budget woes by providing transportation for marathon
January 4, 2011
Employees of the Vail Unified School District participate in a local marathon, and the district is asked to provide transportation for the event's runners. Vail's transportation supervisor discusses with SBF how the district has now participated in two marathons and raised $16,000 for its transportation department.
Jordan Transportation acquires New Jersey contractor
January 4, 2011
The company, an operating subsidiary of Student Transportation Inc., completes the acquisition of Kevah Konner Inc. It will provide 100 vehicles and annualized revenues of $4.8 million.
Missouri school district acquires lot for new district-operated fleet
January 4, 2011
The district's board of education purchases the lot, which includes an office and maintenance facility, from its contractor. School officials believe that having a district-operated fleet will save money in anticipation of major budget cuts; the district also switches to a three-tier bus system to further cut costs.
A Virginia legislator has introduced a bill that would add a missing word to the state's regulation on stopping for school buses.
Photo by Barry Johnson
Loophole in bus passing law targeted
January 4, 2011
One missing word in Virginia’s regulation on stopping for school buses allowed a motorist to avoid being convicted. A state legislator introduces a bill that would add “at” to fix the law.
Kevin Jennings of the U.S. Department of Education will give a keynote address on bullying at the upcoming Transporting Students With Disabilities conference. He also spoke on the topic at last fall's NAPT Summit, as seen here with a slide showing bullying victims.
DOE official to discuss bullying at special-needs event
January 3, 2011
In a keynote address at the Transporting Students With Disabilities conference, Assistant Deputy Secretary Kevin Jennings will speak on what the federal government is doing to help school officials, including transporters, cut down on bullying.
Driver pens book to promote positive bus behavior
January 3, 2011
Per author Charlie Warr’s vision, the book would be sponsored by local businesses, whose ads would be placed inside. Those books would then be provided free to schools that would use them.
Lawmakers to again consider illegal bus passing law
January 3, 2011
Nathan’s Law, named after a boy who was killed by a motorist as he was disembarking his school bus, will be re-introduced during the Mississippi Legislature’s 2011 session. The bill got full support from the state Senate last year, but died in a House committee.
Special-needs agency changes name to reflect focus of service
December 30, 2010
Texas Panhandle Mental Health Mental Retardation becomes Texas Panhandle Centers — Behavioral and Developmental Health. Officials say the new name also reflects the organization’s goal of erasing the stigma attached to intellectual disabilities.
Special-needs student falls from moving bus, dies
December 30, 2010
Six-year-old Jeremy Jennings Jr. opens the bus’ rear door and falls onto the road, sustaining traumatic brain injuries. Family members, who took him off of life support two days later, question why he wasn’t in the harness that his state-mandated education plan required him to have.
Review: Expert guidance on safety restraints
December 30, 2010
The School Bus Safety Handbook is deemed “the definitive authority” on installing car seats, safety vests and wheelchairs on school buses in this review by pupil transportation consultant Ted Finlayson-Schueler.

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