Shrinking school budgets are forcing some school bus fleets to look at the 'pre-owned' market, where research and comparison shopping can save thousands of dollars.
Managers can maximize their efficiency by streamlining communication, reducing paperwork and parceling tasks into bite-sized chunks.
Train-the-trainer programs can help to improve the skill sets of your staff, even if they think they know it all.
The proper application of traffic engineering can help school bus fleets increase their safety margins.
If the school bus is indeed an extension of the classroom, then a change in education is evidenced by the passengers who are being transported today.
How do you choose from all the motor oils on the market? How do you even know you get what you're paying for?
Our survey found something that at first glance might seem the opposite of what you might expect. We asked: "Do you have problems recruiting and/or retaining mechanics?" The study found that managers of larger fleets were far more likely to say yes to that question than smaller fleets.
The message that most often gets to the American public about school bus transportation is consistently negative. Thus, when a tragedy occurs, there is no residual good will to discourage overreaction.
First off, I would like to thank the Ohio Association for Pupil Transportation for its hospitality at its annual conference in Columbus in mid-March.
Before you send out your next set of bids, review your spec'ing process to ensure that it delivers the product that you want.
School bus operators share their positive and negative experiences in dealing with chassis and body manufacturers.
The Internet can be used to track key legislation and approaching storms. It also can trim costs in disseminating information.
By adopting a decentralized, team-oriented structure, Tulsa's transportation department has shifted decision-making power to the rank and file.
Fortunately, wages are not the driving force for employment. 'Making a difference' is the leading attraction, and many parents respond.
School districts are often hesitant to expand first aid training because of liability and confidentiality concerns.
These tips on training, equipment, communication, information and program monitoring can improve the safety and efficiency of your operation.
Sophisticated brake-testing systems may require a significant investment, but the potential rewards include improved efficiency and record tracking.
Behavior problems exhibited by students with disabilities are not uncommon on the school bus.
When such a tragedy occurs, it challenges our leadership skills. As a superintendent, it's my job to ensure that every department, including transportation, is working as a team with the district office.
Although the vast majority of today's school buses are spec'd for Budd-style disc wheels, some fleets still prefer the Dayton-style spoke wheel.
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