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6 keys to success in leadership development
August 29, 2013

No organization excels with only one leader. Developing a team of leaders is essential for future growth and sustainability.

Medford Township Public Schools has solar roof and ground arrays at seven locations, including its transportation facility. Pictured is the district’s Chairville Elementary School and the transportation center.
New Jersey district embraces new ideas and saves big
August 27, 2013

Medford Township Public Schools continually seeks out opportunities to grow its sustainability practices, reduce transportation costs and generate revenue, which have been accomplished through such initiatives as a solar project, shared bus service and running vehicles on biodiesel. From the solar project alone, the district has realized savings of $300,000 annually.

Since becoming CEO of National Express Corp. in 2011, David Duke says the company’s safety performance has continued to improve, and employee and customer feedback is positive.
David Duke named Contractor of the Year
August 22, 2013

The CEO of National Express Corp. refocuses the company on its core values and oversees an acquisition that increases the fleet to more than 20,000 school buses. He aims to provide opportunities for employees to grow while attracting new people to the business, and he remains active in industry associations.   

Selecting skilled team members, delegating responsibilities to them, creating an action plan and prioritizing tasks are all necessary steps to balancing dual or even multiple job responsibilities, according to transportation directors interviewed by SBF.
Directors wearing 2 hats balance responsibilities
August 20, 2013

Bus service is just one part of the duties many transportation directors need to juggle on a daily basis. Getting the right people on board, delegation, planning and prioritizing are essential.

Let's ditch the cowboy terms
August 13, 2013

It is imperative that the industry emphasize its relevance, its professionalism and its commitment to safety. Calling your transportation facility a “bus barn” does not suggest any of those things.

Positively managing change helps others
August 8, 2013

While we can’t always control what happens to us, we can manage our responses by being a leavening agent for positive change in the lives of others.

The right way to make a left
August 7, 2013

There’s no good way around it: We have to turn left sometimes, often without the “protection” of a solid green arrow. For school bus drivers, training to “perfect the art” of knowing the bus and how to steer it will allow them to focus on watching out for objects in the intersection.

NAPT News & Views — Steve Simmons discusses the times he would travel back to
August 6, 2013

NAPT has launched a series of board member profiles. Here, we hear from Steve A. Simmons, NAPT Region 3 director and director of transportation at Columbus (Ohio) City Schools.

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10 factors that affect vehicle dynamics
August 1, 2013

Understanding vehicle dynamics will help the driver maintain optimum control of the bus, which is essential to maintaining student safety. Here, factors ranging from tires and centrifugal force to weight shift and acceleration are addressed.

Chris Ellison, transportation manager, Eugene School District 4J, was able to accomplish his goal of getting to know all of the approximately 130 employees when he first started at Eugene by walking around the facility, sitting in the driver’s room and riding bus routes.
6 tips for directors coming aboard a new district
July 30, 2013

When taking on a new position at a different district, assessing and getting used to new people and procedures can be a challenge. Transportation directors who have successfully made the transition share advice on how to implement changes and get to know new employees and peers.

Jason Booher, who was 13 when he survived the Carrollton bus crash, now speaks to students, churches and school bus drivers about the lessons learned from the tragedy.
Carrollton bus crash survivor points to the positives
July 25, 2013

It has been 25 years since the fiery Kentucky bus crash that killed 27 people. Jason Booher, now a high school administrator and coach, recounts his narrow escape from the burning bus and discusses the safety improvements that stemmed from the tragedy.

Queen Creek (Ariz.) Unified School District #95 strives to put its bus stops in residential neighborhoods, away from busy thoroughfares. Photo courtesy of Queen Creek (Ariz.) Unified School District #95.
Tips and tools to select safe stops
July 23, 2013

Pupil transporters recommend considering everything from whether to use mid-block stops or corner stops to avoiding situations where students must cross a busy street to ensuring that the bus has enough room to maneuver in the area. Staff input and routing software can assist in this task.

Shop pop quiz: commonly missed issues
July 18, 2013

The following questions cover commonly missed issues in school bus maintenance. For the budget-minded director or fleet manager, making sure that technicians get these types of items right the first time is important in keeping costs down.

Safety beyond the school
July 16, 2013

The big, yellow bus also proves to be a sign of safety for the public in general, particularly in times of crisis.

Industry veteran pens travel book
July 16, 2013

Sian Thornthwaite of STC Consultancy in Pride Park, Derby, U.K., journeyed around the U.S. last summer with her beagle, Bailey, and wrote about their adventures in Dog Days in New England.

NAPT News & Views — Peter Mannella on how he would change the world
July 16, 2013

To shed some light on the personalities that make up the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) board of directors, the association has launched a series of board member profiles. Here, we hear from Peter Mannella, NAPT Region 1 director and executive director of the New York Association for Pupil Transportation.

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Why transporters and educators should work together
July 16, 2013

The No. 1 win is for students with disabilities, who through this collaboration will get the most appropriate transportation service in a high-quality, efficient and safe way.

I took the wheel — of a yellow bus
July 16, 2013

The goal was for me to get a better sense of what school bus drivers face in terms of maneuvering such a large vehicle on the road. Its ease of maneuverability was eye-opening.

What's new in the Top 50
July 16, 2013

The latest developments related to several of this year’s largest school bus contractors.

Transportation costs: 'Dare to compare'?
July 11, 2013

Do your homework to understand how one operation compares to yours, and then — and only then — dare to compare.

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