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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
Law enforcement official named School Bus Champion
March 11, 2014
Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. Ray Robinson, who is the head of the pupil transportation division of the Highway Patrol and also serves as Tennessee’s chief safety inspector for school buses, receives the American School Bus Council’s award. “To someone who works a lot with oil and grease, there is no bigger honor than to be recognized by your peers,” Robinson says upon accepting the award.
AngelTrax expands operations to the Midwest
March 11, 2014
The mobile surveillance system supplier opens a new operations center in Jeffersonville, Ind. The expansion will enable AngelTrax to introduce new solutions in a larger, more central market, officials say.
Bus driver charged with driving under suspension after accident
March 10, 2014
According to the Louisiana State Police, Janice Norris’ driver’s license had been suspended for non-payment of traffic tickets issued from out of state. She was arrested and transported to a detention center following the accident, in which she had backed her bus into another vehicle.
Michigan district returns parked buses to service
March 10, 2014
Grand Rapids’ Forest Hills Public Schools had placed nine buses out of service in November following a fire in a bus of the same year and model. Following a lengthy investigation and replacement of the distribution module in the buses, they return to the road on Monday.
Bill would require bus drivers to perform child checks
March 7, 2014
The Minnesota legislation would also establish reporting requirements: failure to perform a post-trip child check would need to be reported to the director of pupil transportation within 72 hours, and if a bus driver is convicted of not performing the required child-check procedure, the school bus driver endorsement on the person’s license would be canceled for one year. Shelly Jonas of the Minnesota School Bus Operators Association weighs in on the effectiveness of the proposed changes.
IC Bus dealer Midwest Transit acquires Allied Bus Sales
March 7, 2014
With the acquisition of Allied Bus Sales from FirstGroup America, Midwest Transit Equipment expands its bus sales, service and parts business to include all of Missouri and Kansas.
Mother bringing child to bus passes illegally, gets citation
March 6, 2014
The Ohio mother passes the bus while it is stopped, with its lights flashing and stop sign activated, to pick up another child for school, and police cite the woman. The bus driver says that she had stopped at the child's home, but the child was not ready, so she continued on her route.
First Student saves 3.2M gallons of fuel with DriveSmart
March 6, 2014
In a blog post on Tuesday, the company discusses this and other benefits of the initiative, which is designed to cut down carbon emissions while simultaneously improving safety. “Smart” stands for: Safe driving, Managing speeds, Avoiding rapid acceleration and hard braking, Reducing idling, and Talking to maintenance.
Bill would exempt school bus drivers from paying tolls
March 6, 2014
Under House Bill 1331 in the Florida Legislature, a person driving a public school bus or another district-owned vehicle on official school district business could pass free through all tollgates and over all toll bridges and ferries in the state. The bill’s sponsor reportedly looked into the issue after a middle school student called her office to ask about tolls paid by school bus drivers.
Tags: Florida
Indiana stop-arm camera bill dies in Senate
March 6, 2014
The sponsor of the bill, Sen. Michael Crider, didn't offer the bill for a second reading on Monday, so it couldn’t receive a final vote in the Senate by the Tuesday deadline. Some senators had concerns with how contracts between school corporations and camera enforcement companies would be arranged, which was one reason why Crider didn’t make it available for another reading.

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