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Author Jean Zimmerman (right) says physical therapists will teach transportation personnel how to protect their back and lift students safely when evacuating them from the bus.
Physical therapists are valuable resource for transportation
August 28, 2012

From providing information on disabilities and how they will impact the school bus ride to offering tips for proper wheelchair securement and evacuations, these individuals can greatly assist in safely transporting special-needs students. In the new school year, they should be involved in planning and training sessions.

Winton Woods City School District and Finneytown Local School District, both in Cincinnati, have been sharing transportation services since the 2011-12 school year.
Districts join forces, cut costs
August 23, 2012

Winton Woods City School District and Finneytown Local School District in Cincinnati share their transportation services, including buses, routes and fueling stations. In sharing special-education service alone, the operations have each saved about $25,000.

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Positive interactions encourage peaceful bus ride
August 20, 2012

While surveillance cameras and assigned seating can help in addressing student behavior problems on the school bus, officials say that getting to know passengers, handling discipline issues in a positive way and acknowledging proper bus etiquette are also effective ways to keep troublesome behavior at bay. Here, we share the specifics of several programs and initiatives based on these approaches.

SBF’s Frank Di Giacomo (left) presents the Contractor of the Year award to members of the Kobussen family: Ann, Scott, Joe, Dan, Melissa (Miller), Marion and Jim Kobussen.
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Contractor of the Year profile: Kobussen Buses
August 16, 2012

The Wisconsin school bus operator delivers exemplary service to its school district customers — one of which Kobussen has been serving for nearly 75 years. Members of the Kobussen family have also been key contributors to industry associations, and they are known for lending a hand to colleagues.

Stop-arm running in the crosshairs
August 14, 2012

Since the West Virginia Department of Education sent me the footage of a middle school student nearly being struck by a car illegally passing his school bus, I’ve probably watched it at least a dozen times. I can’t help but think of one of my own kids in that frightening situation.

NAPT News & Views — NAPT Summit boasts something for everyone
August 14, 2012

The NAPT Summit is the premier place for state and community school bus professionals to see the big picture, to learn about and explore the challenges and changes in our industry. Officials say you’ll also have plenty of opportunities for professional development and networking.

With Zonar’s ZPass student tracking system, students swipe an RFID card over a reader installed on the bus, and their name, the date, location and time that they boarded and disembarked the bus is transferred to the district or bus company.
Monitor ridership, manage fleet with student tracking systems
August 9, 2012

Today’s solutions tell pupil transporters where and when students boarded and disembarked the bus. Officials from companies that offer the solutions say that having this information can help in answering parent inquiries, and by knowing how many buses are needed for transportation, operations can optimize routes.

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Transporting students with autism
August 7, 2012

Autism can affect behavior, speech and language development, sensorimotor skills, visual and auditory processing, and learning skills. Understanding the extent of this condition in your passengers will help in determining how they should be treated during bus rides and evacuations.

REI’s high-resolution stop-arm camera captures the license plate info of stop-arm violators. Its day/night setting provides optimum viewing of the license plate.
Catch stop-arm runners in their tracks
August 2, 2012

Many operations are turning to exterior cameras to help capture — and deter — illegal passing of school buses. Here are details on six systems that can collect crucial evidence.

Midwest Transit Equipment employs over 200 people and has a $4 million parts inventory.
Midwest Transit Equipment: focused on customer service
July 24, 2012

Located in Kankakee, Ill., Midwest Transit Equipment has over 200 employees and five locations to serve its customers. The school bus dealership is dedicated to providing safe, reliable equipment, and offers many different buses, parts and services.

In January, super-fog rolled in over Volusia County Schools’ bus compound in DeLand, Fla.,  for two days, creating zero visibility for employees.  They reportedly could not even see their hands in front of their faces.
Is your school district prepared for super-fog?
July 17, 2012

Super-fog is a combination of smoke and early morning water vapor that produces zero visibility over roadways. When it impacts a Florida operation, buses are convoyed out of the terminals until they reach a clear area, and a “pre-warning” procedure is developed.

Garfield School District Re-2’s bus yard is fully fenced in and monitored using Bensoftware’s SecuritySpyvideo surveillance software.
Bus yard safety, inside and out
July 12, 2012

Physical security such as fences and video surveillance, in addition to providing your drivers and other staff with ID badges and safety training, can go a long way in securing your bus yard.

Good terms with the government
July 9, 2012

This is not just about what we at SBF did. It’s part of what I see as growing ties between the pupil transportation community and key federal agencies.

Students who ride Adams 12 Five Star Schools buses in Thornton, Colo., swipe a ZPass card when they board and disembark. This monitors the ridership, and the system is also used for the district’s bus fee program.
Zonar brings cost savings, efficiency boost to districts
July 5, 2012

Operations in Colorado and Ohio are using the company’s student tracking, school bus inspection and GPS solutions, and officials report these benefits in such areas as routing and bus maintenance. Two are also using the student tracking system for bus fee programs, and they are generating $300,000 and $1.2 million as a result.

Ronshay Dugans was killed when her school bus was crushed by a cement truck. The truck driver was reportedly drowsy when he got behind the wheel.
The dangers of drowsy driving
July 3, 2012

On Sept. 5, 2008, 8-year-old Ronshay Dugans was killed after a cement truck swerved into the bus she was riding. The truck driver was drowsy when he got behind the wheel.

Take a stand against school bus funding cuts
June 27, 2012

The school bus industry is repeatedly asked by policymakers to do more with less. It's time to take a stand.

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NHTSA Administrator David Strickland (at podium) speaks at a “Click It or Ticket” event last year. At right is U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
NHTSA's David Strickland: school bus defender
June 21, 2012

On David Strickland’s watch, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has publicly supported the safety record of the yellow bus and has launched a campaign to promote ridership. In an exclusive interview with SBF, the administrator discusses these topics and reaffirms the agency’s decision to not mandate seat belts on large school buses.

From left: Dennis Huffmon, Dan Cutter, Greg Hutchison and Kathy Seegebrecht.
New execs bring ‘fresh eyes’ to IC Bus
June 19, 2012

Over the past year, the school bus manufacturer has assembled a leadership team that is instilling new ideas into the business — from manufacturing improvements to sales and marketing strategies.

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How a fair can assist and energize your staff
June 12, 2012

In a time when many pupil transportation employees have to do more with less, a resource and appreciation fair may be the medicine they need. Here’s a step-by-step guide to launching this valuable event — which can cost you virtually nothing.

2 different takes on bus fees
June 8, 2012

No one is going to be excited about paying school transportation fees, but in some cases, they could be the best bet for saving yellow bus service.

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