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At 82 years old, Sarah Guilford, a part-time bus assistant for Washington Elementary School District #6 in Phoenix, has no plans to retire anytime soon.
Bus assistant reflects on 42-year career at Arizona district
December 17, 2013
Sarah Guilford began working at Washington Elementary School District #6 in Phoenix in one of the school cafeterias, and she became a bus driver three years later. She now works part time as a bus assistant, and she discusses with SBF changes to the industry over the years and her experiences with students.
Bus driver defends girl from dog attack
December 16, 2013
Denise Dolcoe, a school bus driver for Fort Bend (Texas) Independent School District, was on her afternoon route when she noticed a pit bull attacking a girl. Officials say that the driver immediately stopped her bus, grabbed a bucket and ran to the girl’s defense.
Tags: heroism, Texas
When he retires next summer, Bob Riley will have served nearly eight years as executive director of NASDPTS.
NASDPTS Executive Director Bob Riley to retire
December 16, 2013
Riley, a former state and district director, has held the executive role for the state pupil transportation directors association since 2006. NASDPTS is now searching for a replacement for Riley, who is expected to retire in June of next year.
Tags: NASDPTS
Seon Design reinforces commitment to bullying awareness
December 13, 2013
In the company's latest blog post, Marketing Coordinator Tia O'Grady provides a recap of Seon’s activities throughout the year to support anti-bullying efforts and its own anti-bullying campaign, "No Bullies on My Bus."
Tags: bullying
Parents ask for bus service to resume after fatal accident
December 12, 2013
Parents with children who attend two schools located near the site of a recent accident have started two online petitions to urge California's Etiwanda School District to resume bus service. Bus service for regular-education students was discontinued in the 2010-11 school year due to budget issues.
Alabama district reverses decision to end bus service
December 12, 2013
The service for regular-education students at Hoover City Schools was set to end with the 2014-15 school year, but Superintendent Andy Craig and school officials are now exploring ways to continue offering the service with the district’s own bus fleet and drivers and to charge students a fee to ride the bus. Craig says that the ability for the district to both receive state allocation for transportation and collect fees from bus riders was the primary factor in this latest decision.
6 factors to consider in leasing equipment
December 12, 2013
Web Exclusive: When you need additional equipment, there are numerous financing options out there. Here are tips for making the right leasing decisions for your operation.
Thomas Built donates $10K to schools for photo contest winners
December 11, 2013
Five schools across the U.S. were each awarded $2,000 for their programs in science, technology, engineering and math in recognition of the winning entries of the inaugural Thomas Built Buses Back to School Photo Contest.
Stock acquires Perry Rand’s student transportation
December 11, 2013
With the acquisition of this division of Perry Rand Transportation Group Ltd., officials say Stock Transportation will gain approximately 100 new drivers and operate 67 additional routes in Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia.
State directors to develop training guidelines for seat belts
December 11, 2013
In response to NTSB recommendations, NASDPTS says it will develop guidelines to assist schools in training bus drivers, students and parents on “the importance and proper use” of various types of school bus seat belts. The state directors association says it will also develop educational materials on “lap and shoulder belts providing the highest level of protection for school bus passengers” — another NTSB recommendation.
School Bus Logistics, TransTraks partner for training
December 11, 2013
School Bus Logistics will assist with software training, technical support and sales for TransTraks customers. TransTraks, a transportation management software company, will provide School Bus Logistics with new software and training options for the latter company’s customers.
Virginia dealership founder Sonny Merryman passes
December 10, 2013
Merryman, who died on Saturday at age 89, launched his school bus business in 1967 when Thomas Built Buses was looking for a new dealer in Virginia. Today, Sonny Merryman Inc. has three locations and more than 125 employees in the state.
Man who stole bus to go to Detroit found not guilty
December 10, 2013
Josiah Daniel Curtis, 26, who broke into a Wyoming, Mich., school bus yard last year and stole a bus to drive to Detroit so that he could record music, was found not guilty by reason of insanity. Curtis appeared in Michigan's Kent County Circuit Court for trial on multiple felony charges, including malicious destruction of property over $20,000 and vehicle theft.
Tags: Michigan
In the 2013 sales year, there was a total of 36,073 school buses sold in the U.S. and Canada.
School bus sales up 13% in 2013
December 10, 2013
U.S. and Canadian school bus sales this year increased for the second year in a row. There were 36,073 school buses sold in 2013, compared to 32,034 units sold in 2012.
Florida’s Don Ross named general manager of LBS South
December 9, 2013
Ross joined the school bus dealership in April as service director after working for more than 13 years at the School District of Manatee County in several roles, including director of transportation and vehicle maintenance. In his new role, Ross will be responsible for the management, oversight and strategic direction of LBS South.
Tags: Florida
Blue Bird donates bus to philanthropic group
December 6, 2013
The school bus manufacturer presents the keys to a freshly painted 24-foot bus to Bob Votruba, founder of One Million Acts of Kindness. The bus is an upgrade from the 23-year-old bus the organization purchased in 2009 for Votruba to travel around the country, speaking to public schools, colleges, homeless shelters, hospitals and businesses, striving to inspire daily kindness, empathy and peace.
NSTA names new marketing, communications coordinator
December 6, 2013
Travis Pryor is a recent graduate from the University of Maryland with a bachelor's degree in communications, and officials say he has had several internships in his field of study relating to marketing, public relations and more. Pryor replaces Megan Benfatti, who has left the association to pursue an opportunity to further her website and web development talents.
Tags: NSTA
Atlantic Express has operations in New York, Massachusetts, California and Pennsylvania, with a total of more than 5,000 school buses.
Atlantic Express to shut down at year’s end
December 5, 2013
After its unionized drivers voted down a new contract offer, the nearly 50-year-old school bus operator says it will close the business. “We gave the union our best offer, which was significantly better than what the new companies in the industry are providing,” Atlantic Express officials say in a statement. “Without this labor contract, we have no choice left but to proceed with the sale of all of the company’s assets and contracts.”
1 killed in Idaho school bus crash with dump truck
December 5, 2013
The bus is transporting 10 children to an elementary school in Kuna, Idaho, on Thursday morning when it collides with a dump truck. A sixth-grader succumbs to injuries at the scene, and four other students are injured. “My heart goes out to the many students, families, and staff that have been impacted by this accident,” the district's superintendent says.
Fire prompts aide, drivers to distribute smoke detectors
December 5, 2013
Two children in West Virginia died in the fire in their home on Oct. 21. In response, a bus aide and a group of drivers, with the help of the Logan City Fire Department, give out hundreds of free smoke detectors to grade-school children who ride Logan County buses.

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