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Virginia legislator calls for school bus seat belt study
January 6, 2014
Del. Scott Lingamfelter introduces a resolution that calls for the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to study the effectiveness of requiring seat belts on school buses in Virginia. Among other tasks, the commission would have to consult and summarize the findings of past and current studies on the effectiveness of requiring seat belts on school buses and solicit input from each local school board on the effectiveness and cost of requiring the belts on every yellow bus.
J.J. Keller names new president, executive VP
January 6, 2014
Marne L. Keller-Krikava, previously the executive vice president, succeeds James J. Keller as president and CEO, while Rustin R. Keller assumes the role of executive vice president and chief operating officer. Keller-Krikava has held positions of increasing responsibility since joining the company full time in 1990, and Rustin Keller joined the company full time in 1999.
2 children left on North Dakota school bus
January 6, 2014
As the driver exits the bus, another driver sees a child looking out a window on the bus and reports it. The child is taken off the bus and transported to school, while the second child is discovered on a later search of the same bus. The general manager for the company that runs the bus says the incident was driver error and that the driver “should have done the walk-through.”
Maryland county launches stop-arm camera program
January 3, 2014
Several Montgomery County Public Schools buses are now equipped with automated cameras to record illegal passing. Officials say that the program will expand over the next few months and will target bus routes with the highest reports of violations. The fine for violations caught on camera is $125.
School bus driver charged with drunk driving, resigns
January 3, 2014
Police in Springboro, Ohio, respond to a report of a school bus being driven erratically. The driver of the special-needs bus reportedly registers at about 0.05% blood alcohol content. She resigns the next day.
New contractor takes over bus service at Massachusetts district
January 2, 2014
With the shutdown of Atlantic Express, Hudson Public Schools contracts with North Reading Transportation to provide school bus service for the rest of the school year. District Superintendent Kevin Lyons tells parents that while changing contractors in the middle of the year is not an ideal situation, “we are working hard to help ensure the smoothest of transitions.”
Driver who left child on bus expected to resign
January 2, 2014
Dan Danielson, who is also the transportation director at Algona (Iowa) Community School District, allegedly left Logan Cavin, a 4-year-old student, on a school bus for several hours on the morning of Dec. 19. Cavin was discovered at the school district's transportation facility at about 1 p.m. by another bus driver.
School bus crash responder wins Carnegie Medal
January 2, 2014
When a school bus collided with a tractor-trailer in Nebraska in 2012, motorist Philip Petr stopped and provided critical help. With a fire spreading in the wreckage, Petr climbed into the bus and helped students escape.
Bus driver brings cheer to special-needs students as Santa
January 2, 2014
Rick Waite’s stint as Santa Claus began three years ago when he decided to grow out his beard. He says he sings to the students he transports and listens to their requests for Christmas, but his primary goal is to make sure they leave the bus feeling better than they did when they got on board.
Tags: Utah
Linda Bluth blogs on IEP's role in transportation
January 2, 2014
In a new post on the National PTA website, Bluth explains how parents can help ensure that their special-needs child's transportation needs are met. Individualized Education Program team members, including the parents, must give input on how the child's disability impacts school bus safety.
Tags: IEP
In our new photo gallery, we feature shots of school buses that have been painted and reconstructed for a variety of purposes. This converted bus serves as a tailgate vehicle supporting the Cleveland Browns. 
Photos: School buses after shuttling students
January 2, 2014
School buses can take on a whole new life after they're retired from student transportation service. In a new photo gallery on the SBF website, we share shots of buses that have been painted and reconstructed for a variety of purposes, from racing to shuttling people for safari tours, and more.
Art teacher turns school bus into mobile classroom
January 2, 2014
Amelia Rabroker, owner and instructor of Tap Tap Art School, teaches art and cultural classes at venues in central Texas in the repurposed bus. She was inspired by the tap tap buses on the roads in Haiti — brightly colored school buses that are used for public transportation.
Tags: Texas
Wind energy company delivers new buses to district
January 2, 2014
TradeWind Energy arranges for the lease of and delivers two new buses to Shidler (Okla.) School District after company officials learn about the district’s aging fleet and the district's difficulties in maintaining it. TradeWind Energy also commits to paying all costs associated with the lease of the buses for three years.
Teachers prevent driverless, speeding bus from overturning
December 31, 2013
Bus driver Michael Hacker speeds through a stop sign and makes a late turn, throwing him to the floor and causing the bus to veer into a ditch. Lee Morris, a sign-language interpreter, grabs the wheel and regains control of the bus, while fourth-grade teacher Amy Ryan is able to reach the brake pedal by climbing around Hacker.
Another push to raise school bus age limit in Tennessee
December 30, 2013
Four years ago, a bill that was passed in Tennessee raised the maximum age for school buses from 15 to 17 years. Now, officials in some counties are advocating another increase in the state’s limit on school bus service life.
Our pick for the best photo gallery of the year shows engaging emergency training at Houston Independent School District.
Editors’ picks: videos and photo gallery of the year
December 30, 2013
See the SBF staff's selections for the most interesting images and videos that appeared on our website in 2013. The top videos, both focused on student safety, demonstrate the "School Bus Jive" and the "School Bus Shuffle."
Photo by Lois Cordes
Top 10 most 'liked' stories on SBF's Facebook in 2013
December 30, 2013
Here, we share stories that piqued our followers' interest throughout the year. Topics ranged from stop-arm running to school bus safety to driver wellness to drivers who have logged many years behind the wheel.
Blue Bird names 2013 Dealer of the Year
December 23, 2013
The top honor goes to A-Z Bus Sales of California and Hawaii, which officials say grew its market share and quadrupled its year-over-year propane bus sales, all while providing its customers with first-class customer service, parts support and training. Regional awards, service awards and a propane leadership award are also distributed at Blue Bird's annual dealer meeting.
HSM supports Bikes for Tykes program
December 23, 2013
The company donates $10,000 to the Hickory (N.C.) Fire Department toward the purchase of new bikes in support of Bikes for Tykes, a program that delivers bikes each year to children in need in the Hickory area. HSM employees and fire department volunteers also help to assemble and distribute the bikes.
Students, families surprise bus driver with Christmas gifts
December 20, 2013
Two-time cancer survivor Fred Taylor receives a winter coat and other cold-weather gear. Over the last 20 years that Taylor has been a bus driver, he has gained a significant amount of support from the community because of his positive attitude and compassion.
Tags: Ohio

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