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Clearing Communication Hurdles with Parents
August 27, 2015

Barriers to clear communication, such as parents being less available, overwhelmed with information and not understanding the rules, can be overcome by meeting in person whenever possible, laying out specific rules and consequences, and providing access to real-time arrival information.

Student's cell phone video didn't tell the whole story
August 7, 2015

The district could have avoided embarrassment — for the school bus driver and for itself — by not passing judgment until after conducting a thorough investigation.

NSTA Advocacy in Action — Should alternative methods for drug and alcohol testing be allowed?
August 5, 2015

The National School Transportation Association believes that before commercial motor vehicle carriers are permitted to use an alternative to the current tests, there must be consensus that the alternate method is scientifically and technologically proven to be valid and reliable.

NAPT News & Views — Market disruptors make waves to ride them
August 3, 2015

There is a need for our industry to be more cognizant of "market disruptors" — people or organizations that redefine the status quo and then use the entropy they create to profit from the change they bring to the marketplace.

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Photo by Scott Goble
6 Tips for a Smooth School Start
July 29, 2015

Planning and practice can prevent transportation troubles on the first day of school. Bus prep, dry runs and parent contact are some of the key steps for a successful start.

Beyond the Bus: Supporting Safe Ways to School for All Students
July 24, 2015

Transportation departments can adopt new approaches to help reduce traffic around schools and to ensure the safety of students who don’t qualify for yellow bus service.

The School District of Escambia County (Fla.) has seen a decline in the number of minor school bus driver at-fault accidents due to training drivers to use a more proactive driving approach. Shown here is Robert Doss, director of transportation for the district.
6 Ways to Instill Safety Culture Among Drivers
July 22, 2015

Making sure drivers commit to preventive behaviors and that they understand how to eliminate risk are key. Discussing near-miss incidents as a group has also proved to be effective.

Low pay often fuels school bus driver shortage
July 1, 2015

Our 2015 Contractor Survey found that driver shortage among school bus contractors is on the increase. Adding to the difficulty of attracting people to the school bus driving profession is the pay.

NAPT News & Views — Now being on 'Candid Camera' is common
June 26, 2015

Many of us recall the “olden days” when Allen Funt’s hilarious TV show “Candid Camera” was a big hit. Little did we know then that being on a candid camera eventually would be commonplace.

Bitimec’s 626-EZ saves more water by applying soap through misting circuits, which also use less soap. The system is shown here washing a school bus at Brunswick County Schools in Bolivia, North Carolina.
6 Tips for Saving Water With Bus Wash Systems
June 24, 2015

Measures to cut water use while maintaining a clean fleet include brush systems, nozzle upkeep, and using foams and soap alternatives such as vehicle wash agents, suppliers say.

Transportation team members from Round Rock (Texas) ISD made the news after they braved icy conditions to pick up students and staff who were stranded on a trip.
15 Ways to Spread Good News About Your Operation
June 23, 2015

Who says all school bus news has to be bad news? Take a proactive approach to promoting your department’s successes through social media, newsletters, events and other PR efforts.

Kickert’s first “school bus” was a horse-drawn wagon fitted with board seats, as seen here in a parade in May.
Kickert School Bus Hits 100-Year Milestone
June 12, 2015

Throughout its history, the Illinois-based contractor has been at the forefront of using alternative fuels for its vehicles — beginning with a horse and wagon powered by oats and hay.

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Room for more growth in alt-fuels
June 8, 2015

In the past two years, alternative-fuel school bus sales more than doubled, and the options for alternative-fuel school buses have multiplied.

NAPT News & Views — NAPT Summit and SBX: All about you
June 4, 2015

A discussion after the first SBX captured perfectly why we offer this new membership benefit and have the annual Summit. Commenting on the myriad challenges facing school transportation professionals and why she found SBX valuable, an attendee said she “was hoping to find people that could help me solve some of my problems.”

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School buses play a key position in athletics
June 1, 2015

With running having become a lifelong pursuit for me, I recently found myself once again riding a school bus to an important race, just like in high school. On April 20, I ran in the Boston Marathon for the first time. ...

FerrellAutogas worked with a Wisconsin school district on a propane fueling station thatincludes a 30,000-gallon tank with three single-hose dispensers.
Alt-fueling Equipment Offers Myriad Options for Fleet Needs
May 27, 2015

For operations that run propane or CNG school buses, suppliers can provide customized solutions for efficient and reliable fueling.

Yuma (Ariz.) Educational Transportation Consortium, which operates 23 propane autogas buses, cut infrastructure costs by buying fuel at a bulk rate.
Making the Business Case for Alternative Fuels
May 22, 2015

End users say savings on propane autogas and CNG fuel and maintenance costs, along with having to perform less maintenance, help recoup the extra cost of purchasing the vehicles and installing fueling systems.

Bob Young (right), director of transportation at Boulder (Colo.) Valley School District, talks with other SBX attendees during a roundtable on operational efficiency.
School Bus eXchange Drills Down on Keys for Success
May 21, 2015

At the inaugural SBX event, school transportation officials share ideas on such topics as efficiency, technology and identifying the outputs of a successful operation.

A digital issue for a digital age
May 14, 2015

SBF decided to switch the Canadian Fact Book from print to digital this year for two key reasons: to get this information-packed issue to more people, and to do it more efficiently.

Stats show steady growth in contracted school buses
May 11, 2015

Data collected by SBF over the past six consecutive years show increases in the proportion of contractor buses being used, from one-quarter in 2007-08 to one-third in 2012-13.

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