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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.

Edupro Group will hold its Transporting Students with Disabilities and Preschoolers National Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Fla., in March. Photo courtesy of Visit Orlando
Special-needs conference to cover myriad topics
March 1, 2012

Sessions during the 21st National Conference on Transporting Students with Disabilities and Preschoolers will address such issues as medications on the school bus, transporters and the IEP, and dealing with difficult people.

Kids tell it like it is
March 1, 2012

As I did after the previous edition of the Children's Choice contest, I put together a collection of amusing and moving comments from the kids' essays. They provide a clear picture of how much school bus drivers mean to their passengers — and how dedicated the drivers are to the kids' well-being.

Industry veteran Willie Tarleton recently completed a decade of service as NAPT’s Region IV director.
Willie Tarleton: Industry leader just keeps on leading
February 28, 2012

Willie Tarleton, director of transportation services for the Midland (Texas) Independent School District, has made 29 years of contributions to yellow transportation and has completed a decade of distinguished service as NAPT's Region IV director.

Tags: NAPT
Keeping eyes on safety
February 23, 2012

How can an ad, which is designed to catch people’s attention, not distract from the safety equipment on a school bus?

Rifled Air's BH-20 Evaporator has a rated capacity of 60,000 Btu/hour and is mounted in the front or rear bulkhead.
A/C units boost serviceability
February 16, 2012

Improved service access and convenient size are among key features of the latest air-conditioning systems for school buses.

Keeping our eyes on the prize
February 9, 2012

An industry veteran discusses the negative repercussions of high levels of stress and offers tips on how to stay on track to good physical and mental health. Doing so will help one stay focused on “the prize” — the next generation of students.

Kings Canyon USD was the first district in the nation to receive an eTrans all-electric school bus (at left) from Trans Tech Bus. The district hopes to acquire five more within the next year.
Electric bus brings changes
February 7, 2012

Kings Canyon USD was the first district in the nation to receive an eTrans all-electric school bus from Trans Tech Bus. The district hopes to acquire five more within the next year.

Cheryl Wolf is a special-needs transportation specialist with nearly 30 years of experience in the school bus industry. She can be reached at cwolf22@comcast.net or (765) 426-9747.
12 tips for effective special-needs training
February 3, 2012

Use local resources within your special-education department to train drivers and attendants in managing student behavior during the bus ride.

NAPT News & Views — Follow through on this resolution
February 2, 2012

Trade associations are a great place to build a name for yourself; NAPT is no exception. Getting and remaining involved in industry and professional activities through NAPT will bring you to another level in your career.

Tags: NAPT

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