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Alfred Karam (left), director of transportation at Bethlehem Central School District, receives the Administrator of the Year award from SBF Executive Editor Thomas McMahon.
Alfred Karam named SBF's Administrator of the Year
October 20, 2013
At Bethlehem Central School District in Delmar, N.Y., Director of Transportation Alfred Karam has adopted a businesslike approach to running the transportation department, while also focusing on student safety. The transportation team was able to reduce its overall transportation budget by about $900,000 for the 2012-13 school year, and by tracking key performance indicators such as planned versus actual ridership, they have been able to consolidate their routes from 111 to 86.
Seon continues bullying awareness in new blog post
October 18, 2013
Marketing Coordinator Tia O’Grady discusses different anti-bullying campaigns and how supporting such efforts helps to increase awareness for the cause. The company will continue to spread the word about its own “No Bullies on My Bus” campaign during the NAPT trade show in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Tuesday and Wednesday. Seon will also launch its Smart-Reach Cellular router at the show, which transmits live video when connected to a Seon DVR.
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Thermo King unveils HVAC solutions at NAPT
October 18, 2013
The supplier is showcasing its StudentAIRE line, which is designed to be compact and affordable for school bus operators, manufacturers and dealers. The line, which will be featured at the Thermo King booth during the trade show on Tuesday and Wednesday, includes a high performance air-conditioning system requiring minimal space; a bulkhead evaporator for small to mid-size school bus applications; and two split air-conditioning systems.
On Oct. 15, President Obama signed H.R. 3095, which requires the FMCSA to go through a formal notice and comment rulemaking proceeding when issuing guidance on the screening, testing and treatment of commercial drivers for obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders.
Obama signs sleep apnea bill
October 18, 2013
The bipartisan bill requires the FMCSA to go through a formal notice and comment rulemaking proceeding when issuing guidance on the screening, testing and treatment of commercial drivers for obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. The National School Transportation Association and the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services were among the groups advocating for the legislation.
Man hijacks Arkansas school bus
October 17, 2013
Nicholas John Miller boards the bus armed with a knife and commandeers the bus, driving it from Jacksonville, Ark., to Cabot, Ark., before police stop the bus. Miller is arrested and faces several charges, including a felony count of vehicle piracy, 12 felony counts of kidnapping and two felony counts of aggravated assault. Neither the bus driver nor the 11 students on the bus are injured.
New mobile column technology offers flexible lift system
October 17, 2013
MAHA USA’s new, redesigned MCL family of ball-screw-powered, wireless mobile column lifts are engineered to accelerate the velocity of maintenance activities by providing a flexible vehicle lifting system that creates a more open, productive and accessible work space, according to the company.
2 dogs shot by police near school bus stops
October 17, 2013
Richmond (Va.) Police Department officers respond to the scene after receiving a report of a dog bite with injury. While waiting for Animal Care and Control to respond, the dogs continue to run in the area where children are gathering at the bus stops, and they charge at an officer, who fires twice, killing one of the dogs.
Cesar Davila, a student in Brownsville, Texas, won the 2012 National School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest, which illustrates the theme for this year's School Bus Safety Week.
Danger zone rules are focus of School Bus Safety Week
October 16, 2013
This year's theme is "Stand Back From the Yellow and Black," reminding students to wait and walk outside of the 10-foot danger zone around the bus. Some operations are also targeting stop-arm running during School Bus Safety Week.
News segments feature HSM’s global healthcare option
October 16, 2013
HSM designed a program five years ago that offers its employees the option of traveling to Costa Rica or India for medical procedures. The ABC news segments followed two HSM employees as they traveled to Costa Rica for weight loss and knee replacement surgery. In both cases, surgeries that would have reportedly cost each employee $3,000 in out-of-pocket expenses if performed in the U.S. were completed in Costa Rica at no cost to either employee.
Transfinder to showcase new browser application at NAPT trade show
October 16, 2013
President and CEO Antonio Civitella will unveil the browser application for pupil transportation management and give a presentation on next generation innovations on Oct. 22. The company will also celebrate its 25th anniversary.
First Student names area GM of Alaska locations
October 15, 2013
In the Alaska role, Laura Hansen works closely with local management teams and oversees operations for locations, financial results, safety, and fleet and maintenance. The First Student veteran most recently served as senior location manager for the school transportation provider's Portland, Ore., facility.
Ontario police observe School Bus Safety Month
October 15, 2013
The Greater Sudbury Police Service Traffic Management Unit cracked down on motorists who committed safety-related infractions in September, with the efforts focused in school zones. Among the offenses were 105 speeding violations, 15 hand-held device offenses for cell phone use and reports of illegal bus passing.
Car renovator to restore rare vintage school bus
October 15, 2013
Rich Willard, owner of Vintage Motorcars, a restoration business, is restoring a circa 1948 Nash school bus for a Paris-based collector of Nash vehicles. The project, Willard’s first bus restoration, likely will take more than 3,000 man hours to complete and will cost in the $150,000 range.
Thomas Built dealer BusWest expands into Nevada
October 15, 2013
BusWest acquires the Nevada Thomas Built Buses dealership from Arizona-based Auto Safety House. BusWest, which has sales and service locations in California and Hawaii, will now also serve Nevada through an office in North Las Vegas.
Murrell Martin, pupil transportation specialist at the Utah State Office of Education, will officially assume the chair position of the National Congress on School Transportation later this week. He's seen here accepting the American School Bus Council's School Bus Champion Award. 
Utah’s Murrell Martin named NCST chair
October 15, 2013
The state director will officially assume the role at the conclusion of the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services conference in Grand Rapids, Mich., later this week, and in the role, he will preside over the 16th National Congress on School Transportation in 2015. Martin replaces West Virginia state director Ben Shew, who is retiring at the end of this month.
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In the conventional bus version of “School Bus CDL Pre-Trip Inspection,” Hamilton Southeastern School District bus driver Greg Beaverson conducts a pre-trip inspection, beginning with the outside and then moving to the inside.
DVD instructs on pre-tripping a conventional school bus
October 15, 2013
In the new DVD from Indiana school bus driver Greg Beaverson, he conducts a pre-trip inspection, beginning with the outside of the bus and then moving to the inside. The process is broken down into several chapters that can be selected from the DVD menu.
Reduced idling, biodiesel and new buses have helped Orange County (Fla.) Public Schools lessen the amount of diesel used by its yellow fleet.
Florida district cuts diesel use by 151K gallons in a year
October 14, 2013
Orange County Public Schools' combined initiative of anti-idling, biodiesel and fuel-efficient buses resulted in an overall reduction of 151,788 gallons of diesel fuel this past year. The economic benefit was a cost avoidance of $538,847 in fuel costs to the district, and the environmental benefit was a reduction of 1,503 metric tons of carbon matter output.
New tool helps lift big tires
October 14, 2013
The Tire Lifter is designed to make it easier for one person to lift heavy tire and wheel assemblies from horizontal to vertical. The tool can be used to lift mounted 22.5 and 24.5 single tires and 300-lb. super single tires.
Striking Boston bus drivers return to work
October 10, 2013
After walking off the job on Tuesday, the approximately 300 drivers have returned to work and yellow bus service has resumed for Boston Public Schools. The union that represents the drivers says they agreed to return to work after the contractor that serves the district agreed to meet to discuss driver grievances.
Child’s thank-you note makes bus driver feel appreciated
October 10, 2013
Alan Boyle, a bus driver for Virginia's Henrico County Public Schools, receives a note of appreciation from one of his passengers and contacts a local news outlet to share it. Boyle tells the news outlet that his “thankless” profession faces constant criticism, but the note makes him feel special.
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