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Biloxi Bolsters Technician Training, Shop Efficiency
March 16, 2015

Requiring technicians to be ASE Master certified has helped Biloxi (Miss.) Public Schools keep its maintenance costs low and its vehicle in-service rate at 96%.

New face, same mission
March 3, 2015

I met many of you at the NAPT Summit, and immediately I could tell that this industry is a community that is passionate about keeping children safe and contributing to their education.

Tags: NAPT
NAPT News & Views — Love the Bus builds vital relationships
March 3, 2015

Love the Bus is about continuously re-forging the important relationships between our industry and the students, families and schools — the customers — we serve.

NSTA Advocacy in Action — How we advocate for the school bus industry
March 2, 2015

Advocacy efforts have involved defending existing laws that benefit the industry, opposing regulations that would be harmful, and promoting new policies that will help and grow the industry.

BusBoss now features the customizable SmartRoute Dashboard™, which alerts directors to different factors while planning daily bus routes, such as students not assigned to stops or routes.
School Bus Software Offering More Accessibility, One-Stop Shop Options
February 27, 2015

Choices abound for routing and fleet maintenance software packages that are available on any web-connected device, eliminate the need to spend time importing and exporting data to one central location, and automatically track a variety of information in real time.

IC Bus Exec Trish Reed Talks Propane, School Bus Sales
February 25, 2015

Reed discusses the benefits of IC Bus’ new propane school bus, which the manufacturer sees tying in to projected growth in alternative fuels.

NTSB Chief Discusses Seat Belts, Safety Technologies
February 20, 2015

In this Q&A, Christopher Hart discusses with SBF the Chesterfield and Port St. Lucie crash investigations, lap belts and lap-shoulder belts for school buses, driver fatigue and other safety issues.

More than 175 prospective school bus drivers and attendants took part in a job fair in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in July. Thirteen operations participated in the fair, which was held at Kent ISD.
20 Tips for Dealing with Driver Shortage
February 18, 2015

School bus driver shortage is an ongoing challenge for the industry that has gotten worse recently, SBF research has found. Here, we share best practices in tackling the problem, from boosting recruiting efforts to addressing absenteeism.

Set in an urban area, the Raytown Quality Schools transportation department buses approximately 5,750 students. It recently adopted an approach to student behavior management that has drastically reduced poor conduct and bullying incidents.
Department Boosts Behavior Training, Improves Bus Environment
February 17, 2015

Raytown (Mo.) Quality Schools practices Positive Behavior Support, which drastically reduced write-ups for minor infractions and bullying. The approach refocuses the spotlight on students who follow the bus rules instead of those who cause trouble to get attention, and emphasizes teaching students how to meet behavior expectations.

Bold new things in store for the new year
January 26, 2015

From the new event that we're launching with NAPT, School Bus Xchange, to a couple of key changes on the School Bus Fleet team, exciting things are happening here.

16 key school transportation issues in the New Year
January 26, 2015

NAPT News & Views: As we begin a new year, we want you to have a snapshot of the issues we consider front and center for our industry. Here are some issues on the NAPT public policy radar screen in 2015.

Cheryl Wolf is a special-needs transportation consultant based in Lafayette, Indiana. She is also a member of School Bus Fleet’s editorial advisory board. She can be reached at cwolf22@comcast.net.
Bolstering specialized training for school bus drivers
January 26, 2015

More districts are including cross training among drivers of both general-education and special-needs students. This will enable them to step into a different bus situation and transport all students in their care safely.

Alt-fuel Vehicles, Safety Tools on Tap at NAPT Trade Show
January 22, 2015

Several alternative-fuel vehicles debuted during the show in Kansas City, Missouri, including two new CNG school buses and an all-electric bus. Also, safety-related products, such as a stop-arm violation data system and a student and vehicle tracking system, grabbed the spotlight.

Jim Beekman Awarded for Efficiency Efforts, Keen Leadership
January 20, 2015

Beekman galvanized the Orange County (Fla.) Public Schools transportation department and implemented numerous improvements, which led to increased efficiency, multi-million-dollar savings and high staff morale.

Tags: Florida
SWAT team members sweep a school bus after the live-action event that simulated a response to an active shooter.
Conferences Target School Bus Security, Leadership Skills
January 14, 2015

Here, we recap highlights from the NAPT Summit and NASDPTS Conference, which were held in Kansas City, Missouri, in November. Sessions covered such pertinent topics as shooter response training, student safety and leadership, and awards recognized vital contributions to pupil transportation.

Tags: NAPT, NASDPTS
14 signs and symptoms of 'bleeding yellow'
December 2, 2014

If bleeding yellow were a medical condition, how would a doctor diagnose you with it?

Tags: NAPT
Bright ideas to make sure drivers buckle up
November 25, 2014

It’s up to each school bus driver to wear his or her seat belt at all times while operating the bus, but we know from seeing occasional reports that there are some drivers who aren’t always buckling up. With that in mind, transportation supervisors have to reinforce the importance of driver seat belt compliance, and they have to monitor that compliance.

China Faces Challenges in Bolstering School Bus Safety
November 20, 2014

A fatal school van crash in China in 2011 confirmed the need for stronger safety measures in transporting students. Industry veterans from the U.S. are sharing their expertise with Chinese counterparts, but the country’s vast population, extreme traffic congestion and other factors present obstacles to implementing an American-style yellow bus system.

Max Christensen and his wife, Lisa, adopted two children from China: Olivia and Isaiah. They are pictured at the Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
14 Fascinating Personalities in Pupil Transportation
November 14, 2014

A WWII veteran who is still training school bus drivers in his 90s. A mechanic-turned-manager who test-drove a bus to Toad Suck, Arkansas. A state director who used to be a hair stylist. Get the scoop on these and other intriguing school bus people in the return of this popular series.

Family members and friends of school bus driver Jennifer Foughty are pictured here in front of her bus. Foughty died unexpectedly in 2013 at age 39.
6 Helpful Routes to Take When a School Bus Driver Dies
November 5, 2014

What courses of action should a transportation leader follow when a school bus driver dies? Here, a veteran director who recently faced that sad situation shares steps to help staff members, students and the driver’s family deal with their loss.

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