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Driver arrested after allegedly ordering students off bus
March 26, 2014
Wesner Laventure is arraigned on 20 counts each of reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of children. Police are notified of the situation by the mother of one of the students, who was told by other children that Laventure had forced a number of passengers off the bus at different locations, including busy highways.
Thermo King honors top dealers
March 26, 2014
The manufacturer of temperature control systems presents its 2013 Dealer Awards to companies that provide superior and consistent customer service. Regional dealer awards are distributed, and Thermo King of North Florida in Jacksonville receives the Bus Dealer of the Year award.
Transportation director wins Ohio association's top award
March 26, 2014
The Ohio Association for Pupil Transportation honors Toledo Public Schools' Brad Aemisegger with the William Rice Award of Excellence, which designates the state's transportation supervisor of the year. Aemisegger got his start in the industry almost 30 years ago as a school bus driver for the Toledo district.
Update: District switches to 3-tier transportation
March 26, 2014
The board at Minnesota’s South Washington County Schools approves a plan to adjust bell times from four to three tiers, which will go into effect for the 2014-15 school year. However, the board decides against shortening walking distances to the levels at which they had been up until last school year.
Former manager sentenced for stealing $572K from districts
March 25, 2014
Michelle Pumilia is sentenced to five years in New Jersey state prison without the possibility of parole, and she is permanently barred from public employment and must forfeit all public pension and retirement benefits. From 2005 to 2012, while she was employed at two different school districts, Pumilia stole the majority of the money by authorizing payments to fictitious bus companies for transportation services that were never provided to the districts.
Kansas district extends contract with First Student
March 24, 2014
The contract with Shawnee Mission (Kan.) School District 512 is a five-year agreement that includes the operation, maintenance and management of a fleet of more than 200 vehicles. The fleet services 50 schools throughout the district.
Bill would allow stop-arm cameras on Alabama buses
March 24, 2014
Under the legislation, local school boards would be permitted to authorize the use of the technology to capture motorists who illegally pass buses. The fine for a stop-arm violation under the legislation would be a maximum of $300 for the first offense, $750 for a second offense and $1,000 for each subsequent offense in a five-year period.
SBF named a Maggie Award finalist
March 24, 2014
The SCHOOL BUS FLEET 2013 Fact Book is one of five contenders in the category of Guides, Catalogues and Directories. The Maggie Awards recognize trade and consumer publishing excellence in the western U.S.
District partners with road commission to keep students safe
March 24, 2014
The Owosso (Mich.) Public Schools transportation staff teamed up with the Shiawassee County Road Commission to transport students safely during this year’s harsh winter. Owosso Transportation Supervisor Jayne Campbell says the road commission team was very helpful, providing information about road conditions and when plow trucks would arrive to clear the roads for buses.
Tags: winter
Charlie Hood (at left), the longtime Florida state pupil transportation director, will become executive director of NASDPTS this summer, after Bob Riley retires.
Charlie Hood named next executive director of NASDPTS
March 24, 2014
Hood, the longtime Florida state pupil transportation director, will take on the association position this summer, after current Executive Director Bob Riley retires. NASDPTS President Max Christensen says that Hood "brings new ideas and enthusiasm to the position that will help the association move forward with expanded services and direction."
Report: Nearly half of students have seen bullying on the bus
March 21, 2014
According to Awareity’s new Student Safety Report, 44% of students surveyed said that they have witnessed or experienced bullying on the school bus. The report sheds light on bullying and other student safety risks.
Tags: bullying
2 webinars to discuss driver safety
March 20, 2014
The free, Zonar-sponsored events next week will examine the topics of school bus driver distraction and crash risks for commercial fleets. Nikki Hughes, director of school transportation services at California’s San Juan Unified School District, will be the featured speaker in the distraction webinar.
DOE: School bus plan could save $500K by end of year
March 20, 2014
A Hawaii Department of Education official says that the anticipated savings from Oahu’s school bus reform initiative, which is part of a statewide plan to overhaul the transportation program, is $100,000 more than what officials originally expected by the end of the 2013-14 school year. Meanwhile, the department is expanding service in the pilot area, which includes about 30 schools, while decreasing the number of buses in the fleet.
First Observer security training to come back online
March 20, 2014
After more than a year on hiatus, the government program is set to come back online soon to resume the training of transportation professionals in security awareness. Bill Arrington and Steve Sprague of the Transportation Security Administration discuss the ongoing efforts to launch First Observer 2.0.
Bus driver charged following alleged road rage
March 20, 2014
Linda Barreto was pulled over while transporting students after 911 callers reported a bus cutting them off in a reckless manner and also hitting the brakes. She was arrested and charged with child abuse and possession of dangerous drugs.
Student transportation authority expected to save districts $2.5M
March 20, 2014
Edmonton (Alberta) Public Schools and Edmonton Catholic Schools will work together over the next two years to create the Edmonton Student Transportation Authority, a separate legal entity that will deliver joint transportation services for both school districts. Officials from the districts say that in addition to the annual cost savings, it will improve efficiency and reduce ride times.
Houston driver trainer honored for excellent performance
March 19, 2014
Tomeka Criswell-Brooks, a driver trainer at Houston Independent School District, receives a certificate and a trophy for “Best Performance” upon completing the Region 4 Education Service Center’s Driver Trainer Academy.
First Student honored for supporting fire academy
March 18, 2014
The school bus contractor receives a 2013 Appreciation Award from the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute for donating retired school buses to the institute for training. The institute provides firefighters throughout the world with training in settings that replicate real-life situations.
Driver saves family from potential house fire
March 18, 2014
Georgia bus driver Brandi Holcomb notices a spark coming from a house and begins yelling and honking her horn to alert the people inside. Randy Roberts wakes up when he hears Holcomb, goes outside, and is able to disconnect the wire that is causing the spark.
Tags: Georgia
NHTSA: 0.35% of fatal crashes were school transportation related
March 17, 2014
The latest federal data show that of the 348,253 fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes from 2003 to 2012, 1,222 were classified as related to school transportation. A large majority (71%) of those killed in school transportation-related crashes in that 10-year span were occupants of other vehicles.

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