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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.
Students at Houston's Elmore Elementary School had fun while learning about safety with Buster the School Bus last week.
Kids learn safety lesson from Buster the School Bus
March 17, 2014
Second-graders at a Houston elementary school get an important lesson on school bus safety, thanks to Houston Independent School District transportation team members and Buster the School Bus. The presentation shows students how to behave before and after getting on the bus.
Tags: Texas
Green Brook (N.J.) Township Public Schools Transportation Supervisor Nancy Farinella has been able to achieve annual cost savings ranging from $50,000 to more than $150,000 by making the operation more efficient, while also bringing in revenue for the district.
New Jersey district focuses on efficiency, staff appreciation
March 17, 2014
Since joining Green Brook Township Public Schools in 2008, Transportation Supervisor Nancy Farinella has been able to achieve annual cost savings ranging from $50,000 to more than $150,000 by making the operation more efficient while also bringing in an average of $125,000 per year in revenue for the district. She discusses how, along with her passion for her team.
Former director pleads guilty to records tampering
March 14, 2014
Douglas Wessling will reportedly receive two years of probation and an order to pay a $1,000 fine for the crime, which is an aggravated misdemeanor. In the fall, he resigned as transportation director from Iowa's Galva-Holstein Community School District after state inspectors found that buses in the fleet that had issues had not been repaired, despite Wessling notifying the state otherwise.
In a snowstorm near Aspen Park, Colo., the driver of a bus with other bus drivers on board had pulled over to put on snow chains. John "Jack" Garland, one of the bus drivers who had gotten out to help, was fatally struck by a pickup truck that lost control. Photo by Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District
Pickup truck loses control, kills school bus driver
March 14, 2014
In a snowstorm near Aspen Park, Colo., last week, the driver of a bus with other bus drivers on board had pulled over to put on snow chains. A Colorado State Patrol trooper tells SBF that a pickup truck attempted to slow down and lost control, crashing into the bus and fatally striking John "Jack" Garland, one of the bus drivers who had gotten out to help.
Man illegally passes 4 school buses, sideswipes 3 cars
March 13, 2014
An employee at a Rhode Island school writes down Michael J. Lewis' license plate number and calls the police, who charge Lewis with driving with a suspended license and leaving the scene of an accident, and cite him for passing four occupied school buses.
Delaney Bus Lines supports Pink Shirt Day
March 13, 2014
Employees at the school bus contractor support the Canadian anti-bullying campaign by wearing pink T-shirts on Feb. 26. “We are only a small part of a student’s school day; however, we are committed to keeping our school buses bully-free zones,” General Manager Mark Begg says.
Tags: bullying
Update: Wyoming gov. signs bill to require stop-arm cameras
March 13, 2014
Under the new law, as of the 2016-17 school year, all school buses in the state will have to be equipped with external cameras to capture evidence of illegal passing. Up to $5 million will be appropriated to reimburse school districts for 100% of the costs of the video surveillance systems.
In a crash in Louisiana in February, an SUV’s tire tread separated, and the vehicle collided with a school bus carrying a high school baseball team. Photos from NTSB
NTSB investigating crashes involving tire failure
March 12, 2014
In one of the crashes, an SUV’s tire tread separated, and the vehicle collided with a school bus carrying a high school baseball team. The National Transportation Safety Board is also investigating a crash of a church van in which the tire that failed was part of a product recall.
Transfinder VP wins 40 Under Forty award
March 12, 2014
Joseph Rossi, vice president of global sales at Transfinder, is one of this year’s recipients of the award from an Albany, N.Y., business journal. Transfinder President and CEO Antonio Civitella says of Rossi, “He continues to deliver. It's exciting to work alongside him every day."
Michigan district extends contract with First Student
March 12, 2014
Under Troy School District’s three-year contract extension with the school bus contractor, 8,000 students in the district will continue to receive school bus service. Doug Meek, First Student area general manager, says First Student looks forward to "working with the district, students, parents and community for many years to come.”
National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman will leave the federal accident investigation agency in April to lead the National Safety Council.
After 10 years at NTSB, Chairman Hersman to step down
March 11, 2014
Deborah Hersman, who has served on the National Transportation Safety Board since 2004, will leave in April to become president and CEO of the National Safety Council. Mike Martin, executive director of the National Association for Pupil Transportation, says that Hersman "has been and will surely continue to be a very effective advocate for continuous improvement in school transportation."
Tags: NTSB

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