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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.

Tags: bus fees
Sharing a bright idea
June 5, 2012

A critical part of our mission here at SCHOOL BUS FLEET is to help our readers do their jobs better. In many cases, we write about innovative safety practices that school bus operations have implemented and found success with. The expectation here is that other operations might be interested in trying out these bright ideas for themselves.

When they don't go yellow
May 29, 2012

As a school transportation director, you may not be able to mandate that school buses be used for activity trips, but you can help ensure that safe motorcoach carriers are selected.

NAPT News & Views — Distracted driving: high on the national policy agenda
May 22, 2012

Distracted driving means different things to different people. But it seems clear that this subject will continue to be at the top of the national agenda as policymakers in Washington seek the proper balance between innovation, convenience and safety.

Ross and White Co.’s popular combination brush and touchless system includes a wraparound brush design.
Bus washing made easy
May 17, 2012

Today’s systems include features that enable users to maintain a spotless fleet quickly, all while reducing water and energy consumption.

Michael Dallessandro is transportation director at Niagara Wheatfield Central School District in Niagara Falls, N.Y.
Progressive discipline: out of sync with busing
May 10, 2012

Progressive discipline in pupil transportation environments for anything other than general personnel issues — such as tardiness, absenteeism or drivers room behavior — can be bad for kids.

Phil Downs, manager of fleet services for Columbus City Schools, is pictured plugging in one of the district’s IC Bus hybrid school buses.
Green Fleets Across America 2012
May 3, 2012

From operating alternative-fueled vehicles to installing pollution-control equipment on buses to reducing idling, pupil transportation operations are doing their part to provide a healthy and safe ride to and from school for students. Here, we provide details on these and other environmentally friendly practices at school districts and contractors throughout the country.

Sleep for safety
May 1, 2012

Good sleep is important for everyone’s well-being, but it’s even more crucial for those who work in transportation.

NAPT News & Views — Belts in buses: Will NTSB tip the scale?
April 26, 2012

The question of whether to install seat belts on large school buses has been an emotional, contentious issue for a very long time. School bus professionals with a particular interest in this issue should not miss NTSB Vice Chairman Christopher Hart’s presentation at the NAPT Summit in Memphis, Tenn., this October. When he talks, everyone should be listening carefully.

Rebel with a cause
April 25, 2012

I never met Joe Mirabella, but I got the sense that he was committed to doing what he felt was right — even if that meant going against the grain.

247Security’s Touchdown wireless management system incorporates GPS with video in one easy-to-use interface.
GPS: fleet tracking and more
April 19, 2012

Today’s systems for the pupil transportation market allow end users to monitor the location of their operation’s buses, and they can help in performing many other functions, such as route analysis and monitoring driver speed and idling.

Tags: GPS
Dan Maybury, a First Student service manager, works on buses running in Hempfield Area School District.
Forging a successful partnership
April 12, 2012

The strain of managing an in-house transportation department was running Hempfield Area School District ragged. Contracting out to First Student brought equipment and safety improvements, all while cutting costs.

Photo by Lt. Theo Webber of the Traverse City Fire Department
Emergency preparedness: How’s your department’s ‘C3’?
April 10, 2012

Developing an emergency preparedness plan based on command, control and communication can help to reduce injuries and potentially save lives. Building relationships with first responders can ensure your operation’s viability in the emergency response cycle by bringing awareness of what it has to offer during crises.

Bus crashes: Tough lessons learned
April 3, 2012

Why do we cover tragic accidents? Mainly because we want to share with our readers any information that could help in improving school bus safety.

NAPT News & Views — NAPT acts against violence on school buses
March 29, 2012

The association is planning to offer several workshops on violence prevention at the NAPT Summit in Memphis, Tenn., later this year. Officials are reaching out to law enforcement and other agencies, legal experts and professional educators to put together an agenda packed with experts on this and other important topics.

Tags: bullying, NAPT
Atlantic Express operates some buses with left-side doors along one-way streets in New York City.
2012 Contractor Showcase
March 27, 2012

In this year’s showcase, regional managers and executives for some of North America’s largest school bus contractors discuss the biggest changes they have seen in their area in recent years.

Maintaining a smaller inventory at your shop can help cut costs.Photo courtesy of Navistar
Achieving inventory efficiency
March 20, 2012

Adjusting your parts inventory to fulfill the needs of your technicians and to address the repairs that occur most will help bus maintenance and parts ordering in your shop run smoothly.

Michael Dallessandro is transportation director at Niagara Wheatfield Central School District in Niagara Falls, N.Y.
Upholding policy: It's not easy being the messenger
March 13, 2012

Managers often run into trouble and are accused of “not being receptive” to an individual’s needs simply because we are trying to equitably uphold a school transportation policy or law.

Technicians at Salem-Keizer Public Schools in Salem, Ore., undergo mentored training before working on buses by themselves.
Skilled techs keep fleets top-notch
March 6, 2012

Pupil transporters say that technicians should have a desire to learn, and they discuss methods and resources for instruction. They also say that employee communication, a strong preventive maintenance program and performance benchmarking are essential to achieving well-maintained school buses.

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