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As corporate director of business relations for Synovia, Baxter will help to support clients’ needs and challenges.
Pete Baxter joins Synovia Corp.
July 7, 2010
The former Indiana state director of pupil transportation will serve as corporate director of business relations for the fleet management solutions provider. In the role, Baxter will communicate with the company’s end users, supporting their needs and challenges.
Canada launches passenger van safety review
July 7, 2010
The government will consult and seek input from provincial and territorial governments. An assessment of the stability of 15-passenger vans and multi-function activity buses; brake testing; and testing to determine the vehicle rollover threshold will also be conducted.
Pupil transportation veteran Pauline Gervais, known for her expertise in areas like special-needs transportation and student management, will serve as a consultant for Education Compliance Group alongside Peggy Burns and Mark Hinson.
Pauline Gervais joins Education Compliance Group
July 7, 2010
The pupil transportation veteran, known for her expertise in areas like special-needs transportation and student management, will serve as a consultant alongside Peggy Burns and Mark Hinson.
First Student techs receive top ASE certification
July 6, 2010
Eleven employees at the contractor’s Schaumburg, Ill., location earn the Blue Seal of Excellence. The technicians maintain 346 buses that serve seven school districts in the area.
Cook-Illinois drivers excel during roadeo
July 6, 2010
David Jensen, Archie Banks and Jerry Heim, who work for subsidiaries of the school bus contractor, take the top three spots in the Illinois School Bus Safety Roadeo's semi-finals. They were required to complete a pre-trip inspection, participate in driving skills challenges and take a written exam.
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District changes day care drop-off policy
July 6, 2010
Students will only be able to be dropped off at a day care center instead of at home if the center is on the same bus route. About 100 students currently take a bus to day care after school.
Driver reports school bus sprayed with pesticide
July 6, 2010
A school bus driver reports that her bus was sprayed with pesticide when she was driving past an orchard last week. Twelve students were on board, but no illnesses have been reported as a result of the spray.
Veteran school bus driver retires
July 6, 2010
Eleanor Jackson drove buses for two years in Rhode Island and then for two school districts in Maine for 39 years. She believes that the key to transporting students successfully is treating them with respect.
Fontinalis Partners invests in Everyday Solutions
July 1, 2010
The firm will help Everyday Solutions, which manufactures pupil transportation management systems, grow and expand its business. Ralph Booth, a founding partner at Fontinalis, has joined the company’s board of directors.
IMMI names facility manager for new plant
July 1, 2010
In this position, Steve Bragg will be responsible for all plant operations. Bragg has worked at the company for 11 years and previously held positions in plant maintenance and operations.
School bus contractor gives scholarships to grads
July 1, 2010
Krapf awards a total of $23,000 to 20 graduating high schoolers from the districts it serves. The company has been giving out scholarships since 1985.
Prices raised on Bridgestone tires
July 1, 2010
Bus and truck radial tire base prices are increased up to 6 percent. An exec says that the company “must pass along some of the increased costs that are outside of our control.”
Tags: tires
Legislators restore $900K for bus fuel, parts
July 1, 2010
The South Carolina Senate overrides Gov. Mark Sanford’s veto to cut the funding. Still, Department of Education officials say that the reduction of the fuel and parts budget from $70.1 million to $56.6 million doesn't leave enough to run buses for the entire school year.
The elimination of general education elementary bus service at Oceanside (Calif.) Unified School District will impact about 1,500 students district-wide.
District eliminates elementary transportation
July 1, 2010
Southern California district, which had stopped offering transportation for middle and high school students some years ago, has eliminated busing for general-ed elementary students as part of its efforts to balance the budget.
IMMI offers SafeGuard Summer Exchange program
July 1, 2010
Through the program, school districts can replace SafeGuard STAR restraints and other restraints manufactured in 2004 or earlier. After districts remove the manufacturing labels from the retired products, they will be sent a $15 coupon toward the purchase of new STAR restraints. The program runs until Sept. 30.
Fatigue expert among new NTSB members
June 30, 2010
Mark R. Rosekind has conducted research on fatigue and implemented programs in numerous fields, including transportation. Prior to joining the board, he founded and served as president and chief scientist of consulting firm Alertness Solutions. Also joining the board is Earl F. Weener, a licensed pilot who has dedicated his career to aviation safety.
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Speakers set for Dossier Users Group summit
June 30, 2010
Eric Ice of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will speak about the administration’s Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 initiative. Mark Norton of the Arizona Division of Safety and Health will discuss fleet maintenance safety.
Bill disqualifies CDL holders for DUI offenses
June 30, 2010
Under a new Louisiana law, individuals are unable to operate a school bus for 10 years if they are convicted of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol while operating a commercial motor vehicle or noncommercial motor vehicle or refuse to submit to a blood-alcohol test after being arrested for suspicion of DUI.
District pushes for increased traffic control near buses
June 29, 2010
To bolster student safety, Dallas County Schools officials have asked a city council committee to pass an ordinance for zones to be created around school buses that motorists could not cross while the buses’ stop arms are deployed.
Candidates sought for Continuing Education Award
June 29, 2010
Recipient of the NAPT award, sponsored by Thomas Built Buses, will earn a grant of up to $1,000 to cover expenses for an approved workshop.
Tags: NAPT

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