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Insights offered on fuel hedging
October 31, 2010
Charley Kennington informs state pupil transportation directors on the process, which he says can provide school bus operations with predictability for their fuel budgets.
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NAPT conference kicks off with focus on safety
October 31, 2010
Speakers at the Portland event address topics of perennial interest with renewed intensity. In one workshop, attendees learn tips to improve safety during school bus loading and unloading.
Ohio state director and industry veteran Pete Japikse (right) accepts the 2010 Administrator of the Year award from SBF Publisher Frank Di Giacomo.
Pete Japikse named Administrator of the Year
October 31, 2010
The Ohio state director has been involved in pupil transportation for more than 30 years. He is a driving force for improving school bus safety and service standards in his state.
New fleet maintenance program to be shown
October 31, 2010
Transfinder will give presentations on its new browser-based solution, Servicefinder, at the NAPT trade show this week. The program helps manage buses, parts, inventory and work orders.
Survey: Propane, hybrid use grows among district bus fleets
October 28, 2010
Finding is among the results of SBF’s School District Survey, which also shows an increase in budget cutbacks for busing and more districts reporting driver shortage.
School Bus Safety Week events in Missouri a success
October 28, 2010
Representatives from five school districts participated in a school bus driver workshop hosted by Gina Crump, creator of the "Respect the Ride" bus safety program; ideas for approaching school bus safety as a team were shared. Crump also held assemblies at Willard R-2 School District where drivers’ responsibilities were shared with students.
New product offers combined fleet inspection, AVL, video
October 28, 2010
Zonar Systems and AngelTrax collaborated on the system, which offers Zonar's Electronic Vehicle Inspection Report feature and real-time vehicle location via GPS, as well as AngelTrax's Virtual Synchronized Mapping feature, high-resolution cameras and FlexPlay video playback software.
A new feature in SCHOOL BUS FLEET will profile people in pupil transportation who have saved a life or performed some other heroic act. 
Photo by Barry Johnson
SBF to spotlight school bus heroes
October 28, 2010
New feature in SCHOOL BUS FLEET will profile people in pupil transportation who have saved a life or performed some other heroic act.
School bus driver teaches students through songs
October 27, 2010
Susan Flick’s goal is to make students feel a sense of friendship on the bus and establish learning on the way to school. She recently taught them a song about good nutrition and last year, she taught them a rap song about being respectful to others.
SBSC unveils new training module for special-needs transportation
October 27, 2010
The seven-DVD training module includes an overview of pertinent legislation and addresses securement, transportation challenges, emergency evacuations, types of special needs, balancing needs and lifts and mobility devices.
STA technicians to become master-certified
October 27, 2010
More than 85 percent of the school bus contractor’s 200-member maintenance team is working toward the certification under the ASE School Bus Test Series. The series includes multiple certification exams on such topics as body systems and special equipment, diesel engines and electrical/electronic systems.
Teen who crashed into school bus under investigation for DUI
October 26, 2010
Blood samples have been taken from the driver of a BMW and his two passengers to determine if they had been using drugs or alcohol prior to fatally striking a pedestrian and crashing into the back of a school bus on Monday. A manslaughter charge is likely to be pursued against the driver if he is found to have been under the influence.
District recognizes driver’s dedication for School Bus Safety Week
October 26, 2010
In a profile on Dana Saxon, officials at Washoe County School District in Reno, Nev., note that he has a two-year perfect attendance record and he works diligently to not only ensure students’ safety, but to also earn their respect.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson discuss proposed standards to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the fuel efficiency of heavy-duty trucks and buses.
Feds unveil efficiency standards for trucks, buses
October 26, 2010
The EPA and NHTSA propose the first national standards to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the fuel efficiency of heavy-duty trucks and buses. School buses are included in the vocational vehicles category.
Alabama study: Seat belts result in negative cost benefits
October 25, 2010
Study finds rate of seat belt use of 61.5 percent. Equipping buses with seat belts also resulted in capacity loss of 5 to 18 percent. Researchers suggest funding would be better spent on danger zone safety improvements.
Minnesota school bus veteran passes away
October 25, 2010
Martin Walsh owned Columbia Capital Transit Company until its sale to ARA Services in 1975. The company provided transportation services to students throughout the state, including those at St. Paul, Minneapolis, Roseville and Mounds View school districts.
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Efforts to restore cuts to school bus transportation fail
October 22, 2010
A citizen petition to reinstate transportation for students in Framingham, Mass., who live within two miles of their schools fails 89 to 40 by a ballot vote at a special town meeting. The chairwoman of a committee that opposed the petition says the town needs to focus on cutting costs.
District outfits fleet with Networkfleet GPS system
October 22, 2010
Palm Springs (Calif.) Unified School District equips its 100 vehicles with Networkfleet 4200 to reduce operating costs, improve driver safety and increase response times. In addition to vehicle tracking, the system provides detailed vehicle performance data.
First Student names senior contract manager
October 22, 2010
Roger Radcliffe will hold the position for the company’s Detroit location. He will oversee all transportation, safety and maintenance operations for the company’s contract with Detroit Public Schools.
NASDPTS backs the federal proposal to require lap-shoulder belts on new motorcoaches, citing increased safety for children who ride in the vehicles on activity trips.
State directors support seat belt proposal for motorcoaches
October 21, 2010
NASDPTS backs the federal proposal to require lap-shoulder belts on new motorcoaches, citing increased safety for children who ride in the vehicles on activity trips. The association also supports a federal requirement for lap-shoulder belts in the driver seat of new large school buses.

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