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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.

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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.

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Yellow buses: a worldwide beacon
February 2, 2012

That Chinese officials are looking to the American school bus system for guidance is a vital step, particularly in light of a recent tragedy in China’s rural Gansu province.

ARI-HETRA's HBP HDML (heavy-duty mobile lift) 8-4 is a hybrid lift that is battery powered.
Vehicle lifts: It's all about mobility
January 31, 2012

Officials at vehicle lift manufacturing companies say that the portability of mobile column units makes it easy to service buses, and each company’s lifts include numerous safety features, such as weight gauges and overload protection.

Contracting on the rise?
January 26, 2012

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy's 2011 school privatization survey found that 12.2 percent of districts in Michigan use privatized bus service, which is nearly triple the 2006 rate of 4.4 percent.

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Establishing positive behavior on the bus
January 24, 2012

The Positive Behavior Intervention and Support program provides students with incentives to meet and exceed behavioral expectations. Officials who work for a Maryland middle school say they have seen a change among students since implementing the program, and that it is a useful tool for the bus environment.

Early in his pupil transportation management career, Mike Connors went through school bus driver training and got a CDL. He still drives a bus from time to time.
Mike Connors: driven to lead
January 19, 2012

SBF's 2011 Administrator of the Year reinforces the vital role his school bus drivers play in students’ development. The veteran director oversees a large operation and dedicates himself to industry causes.

In his first year as a school bus driver, Evans Okoduwa talked an armed student into handing over his gun.
Heroes in school transportation 2012
January 17, 2012

In the second edition of this series, we highlight school bus drivers who saved lives with their quick thinking and vital skills. When danger arose, their training — and their instincts — came through.

2011 NAPT technology showcase
January 10, 2012

Here’s a look at the latest in pupil transportation products that were on view at the NAPT trade show in Cincinnati. New offerings included bonded polyurethane bus seat foam, a stop-arm violation camera system and a low-profile condenser.

Insight on timely topics
January 10, 2012

Speakers during the NAPT Summit discuss such issues as bullying, wheelchair use, training and alternative fuels. Attendees also see several new school buses.

During the NASDPTS conference in Cincinnati, NHTSA Administrator David Strickland touted the safety and environmental benefits of yellow school buses.
Feds show school bus support
January 5, 2012

At the annual conference of state pupil transportation directors, NHTSA Administrator David Strickland touts the safety and environmental benefits of the “humble yellow school bus,” as he calls it. NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman credits state directors and others in the industry for their work to prevent school bus-train crashes.

Compelling stories behind the numbers
December 28, 2011

At the front of the Pupil Transportation Statistics section in our 2012 Fact Book, there is this slogan: "It's what's behind the numbers that counts." What a great reminder of the importance of school bus transportation.

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Yellow bus industry: a tried and true system
November 29, 2011

Executive Editor Thomas McMahon shares his thoughts on what may cause some parents to avoid having their children ride school buses, but points to the industry's success and the need to inform those parents of the industry's unrivaled safety record.

Many options for alternative fuels
November 22, 2011

Alternative fuels are already being derived from an eclectic range of sources; the future will surely hold many more.

Recent months have seen significant action from federal agencies that affect the school bus industry. 
2011 school bus regulatory highlights
November 15, 2011

August and September were busy months for federal agencies influencing school buses. Here's a wrap-up of major actions announced or in the works.

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