The interactive tool from the Propane Education & Research Council shows how many propane school buses are in operation in each state.
Every summer, Terry Thomason, a dispatcher for Washington Elementary School District in Phoenix, travels to Minneapolis, where she meets her mother and siblings, and the group then drives to Marmarth, N.D. Their quest? They’re in search of dinosaur fossils.
“It began with a dream that my mother had to be able to be a part of a dinosaur dig,” Thomason explains. “After much research, we found the Marmarth Research Foundation. For the past five years, my mother, brother, three sisters and I head out to the land of the dinosaurs.”
Thomason and her family work for 10 action-packed days, heading out to a dig location at 6 a.m. She says they work on digging out large bones, or they work on areas close to where large bones were found to try to uncover other pieces of the dinosaur.
“We also get time to explore the territory in the hopes of discovering a new site or an undiscovered new species,” Thomason adds. “After a day in the field, we spend the evening in the lab. There, we can work on bones that have been brought in from the field — we clean them and work on putting pieces of the bones together.”
Thomason says she enjoys doing the prep work and jacketing on some of the large triceratops bones in the field. She adds that she feels blessed to be able to meet people from around the world who also volunteer for the Marmarth Research Foundation.
Thomason says she also feels blessed to have her job in pupil transportation. She has been with Washington Elementary School District since 1998 — she started as a school bus driver. Thomason says she enjoyed getting to know the students she transported and their parents, and now as a dispatcher, she has an opportunity to interact with many staff members.
“Together, we make a spectacular team,” she says.
The school bus contractor marks its 20th anniversary while taking the spotlight as the Nasdaq Stock Market closes on Wednesday.
The school bus contractor is using an analytics platform from ByteCurve to enhance data analysis at its operations.
Know a contractor who deserves recognition for his or her efforts? We’re accepting nominations for School Bus Fleet’s 2017 Contractor of the Year award.
After 33 years of service to Columbus City Schools, Steve Simmons will officially retire on May 31.
The free web seminar will give an in-depth look at Fortress Mobile’s all-in-one solution for surveillance and fleet management technology.
The software developer selects Kecia Ling, the director of transportation operations at Savannah-Chatham County (Ga.) Public School System, for building routes for over 26,000 students in four months and overcoming transportation challenges during Hurricane Matthew.
The PBS NewsHour piece looks at safety benefits and financial concerns involved in the issue. Interviews include transportation directors and NHTSA’s former administrator.
Blaine County School District launches an internal investigation after the crash that injured a dozen students. The superintendent says the driver and transportation director are no longer with the district.
This year's conference will include three keynote speakers, new “NextPloratory Sessions,” workshops on a wide range of topics, and a one-day trade show.
Display and lighting technology supplier Luminator Technology Group and video surveillance equipment supplier Apollo Video Technology will collaborate to enhance their services.
The engine manufacturer officially endorses and recommends two Power Service products: Diesel Kleen and Diesel Fuel Supplement.
The school bus manufacturer’s new site incorporates a dynamic design and a news service feed, along with product-related offerings.
Thomas Built Buses is now offering a feature called Diesel Particulate Filter Temperature Stabilization, aka “Stay Warm,” on its buses with Cummins diesel engines.
Teresa Stroble, a driver for District Five Schools of Spartanburg County (S.C.), is hailed for quickly evacuating 56 students when they noticed smoke.