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.
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.
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.
The big, yellow bus also proves to be a sign of safety for the public in general, particularly in times of crisis.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The latest developments related to several of this year’s largest school bus contractors.
Do your homework to understand how one operation compares to yours, and then — and only then — dare to compare.
Whether directing students to cross the street safely in front of the bus or providing instructions during an emergency, these systems are vital to helping drivers communicate effectively. Suppliers meet these needs with systems as simple as speakers and a microphone or as elaborate as speakers integrated with emergency switches and ambient noise systems.
After 70 years in operation, Pennsylvania-based George Krapf Jr. & Sons is the sixth-largest school bus contractor in the nation and extends into multiple states. CEO Blake Krapf says that building strong relationships with districts and maintaining a top-quality staff are still the keys to the business.
As Radio Engineering Industries celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2013, the company’s national sales manager says customers’ needs have played a key role in its development from a radio sales and repair store to a manufacturer and distributor of transportation products. One product he sees in great demand in the industry today is cameras, both for internal surveillance of a school bus and to capture stop-arm violators.
For transportation directors, moving to a new school district can be a great career path or a rocky road. Here are key factors to consider before taking the plunge.
Restructuring school start times requires careful planning and collaboration with key stakeholders. Overcoming the obstacles can reap big savings in transportation costs.
Speakers and delegates from around the world gathered at the emirate’s first school transportation conference, making recommendations in safety and security, driver training and other areas. NAPT President Alex Robinson says that being at the event had a feeling of “what it was probably like to be at an early Warrensburg conference.”
How much have these green buses penetrated the overall school bus market? We targeted that question in our latest school bus sales research.
We need a national school transportation policy that underscores the critical connection between classroom learning and efficient, reliable and safe student transportation. And, we need stable funding instead of the “let’s make a deal” maneuvers that occur in cash-strapped state legislatures.
With budget cuts in effect, it is imperative to save the district money in any way possible, from route changes to regulating driver hours to obtaining a top-of-the-line preventive maintenance program.
In the months since bus driver Charles Poland was gunned down and a student was taken hostage, Dale County Schools is “doing better with time,” Superintendent Donny Bynum says. Here, he reveals insights on the heartrending episode and describes what has helped his district in the healing process.
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