An event at the Governor’s Residence highlights school bus safety issues and recognizes winners of the state’s poster contest and safety competition.
It does not seem possible that two years ago, I was sitting in Salt Lake City waiting to accept the nomination of president-elect of the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT). As I said that day, it is truly an honor to lead this family of professionals dedicated to the safe transportation of our precious cargo. I used the word “family” for many reasons.
I wish to take this opportunity in my first President’s Letter to thank my family at home for their support throughout my career. My wife, Sandy, and my sons, John and Jimmy, have actually become quite excited about school bus safety and industry-related topics! I would also take this opportunity to thank my office staff, school district and bus contractor for all of their support. Throughout my tenure, you will no doubt come to know and love these people as I do.
Earlier, I mentioned the “precious cargo” that we are responsible for. As we work through the next several years, it will be my honor to lead a group of equally special people that hold extreme importance to me. I consider the members of NAPT to be family, and over the next several years, I will work to make sure that our members always feel welcome and “at home.” Additionally, we will seek out new members and perhaps renew old acquaintances. In fact, the No. 1 goal of my administration will be expanding our family. This will be accomplished in many ways that I will be sharing with you continually.
Because we are a national organization, our sheer numbers dictate that it is difficult to be in all places at all times. It is like the example a friend of mine shared with me recently. During holiday times, it is not always possible for all of our families to be physically present at the holiday table, but they are always with us in spirit. At NAPT, not all members will always be physically present, but we will reach out to ensure that they always feel like part of the family.
Our No. 2 goal is to review and renew our strategic policy. The NAPT Board of Directors will meet this winter to further enhance our existing strategic plan in a way that will be monumental. There will be more to follow.
Goal No. 3 will be to continue to expand our Professional Development Series as well as discover new ways to accomplish professional growth for our membership.
Last, but certainly not least, is that the NAPT will continue our relationships with the National School Transportation Association and the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services. These partnerships have been nurtured with great care, and we will continue to do so.
The next two years bring great hope and promise, not only for our association, but also for the yellow bus industry as we work diligently to resolve the many complex issues at hand. We will work together and accomplish great things.
The initial rollout will showcase companies in such areas as attendance, camera technology, GPS, fleet maintenance, and parent portal.
The New York School Bus Contractors Association holds a variety of school bus safety events throughout the state and renews its call for stiffer penalties for drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses.
NAPT and SBF are researching issues related to school bus driver shortage. Transportation directors and hiring managers are asked to complete a survey on the subject. The deadline is Monday.
Tod Eskra takes the reins of the school bus fleet management services firm, which is a member of the TransPar Group of Companies.
This powerful PSA tells the heartbreaking story of 12-year-old Adam Kempf, who was fatally struck by a van while crossing the street to board his school bus in 2012.
During School Bus Safety Week, state troopers are riding on or following school buses to catch motorists who illegally pass them.
A 15-year-old in Pennsylvania said he was hit with a metal rod while waiting for his bus. Authorities say his fabricated story brought in more than $4,000 in donations on GoFundMe.
The new edition of National School Transportation Specifications and Procedures incorporates updates that were adopted at the 2015 industry congress.
Appreciation efforts for Cobb County’s more than 1,000 drivers include a poetry contest, thank-you cards, and breakfasts and lunches.
Emporia (Kan.) Public Schools’ video for National School Bus Safety Week informs the public about safety procedures, including pre-trip inspections, warning lights and stop arms, and student loading and unloading.
Durham School Services has created “Rollin’ With Safety,” which gives students and parents school bus safety tips.
Jefferson County (Ky.) Public Schools cancels some school bus routes three days in a row. The bus drivers’ union says that the district is 50 to 70 drivers short.
Among other PACCAR Parts and Peterbilt Motors Co. awards presented in Orlando, Florida, The Peterbilt Store receives the TRP Bus Segment Dealer of the Year Award.
School districts in Georgia and other states have adopted the "Safe, Orderly, and Respectful" concept for teaching students about school bus safety.