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Gary Moore, a safety coordinator for the Missouri Center for Education Safety, went over the details of the fatal shooting of school bus driver Charles Poland last year and ways to prevent or cope with similar incidents before the live-action event.
NAPT Summit inspires with powerful learning experiences
November 17, 2014
The conference was filled with inspiring and emotionally charged events. Two particular standouts that got people talking and stuck with me were the live action active shooter event and Capt. Scott O’Grady’s harrowing account of how he survived for six days after being shot down in enemy territory, which he shared on Veterans Day.
Frank Di Giacomo is publisher of School Bus Fleet and vice president, bus and rail, at Bobit Business Media.
14 signs and symptoms of ‘bleeding yellow’
November 7, 2014
The term “bleed yellow” is like a declaration of one’s commitment to the school transportation cause. But how can you be sure that you fit the bill? If bleeding yellow were a medical condition, how would a doctor diagnose you with it?
In Delaware, school bus driver seat belts are spec’d in fluorescent orange or green to make it easier for supervisors to see that their drivers are buckled.
Bright ideas to make sure drivers buckle up
October 24, 2014
In a recent incident, a school bus driver who wasn't wearing his seat belt fell out of his seat and crashed into a garage. We know from occasional reports like this that some school bus drivers aren’t always buckling up. One tool that has proven to be helpful ...
Considering Don Carnahan’s vast experience and leadership in pupil transportation, it's clear that he left some big boots to fill.
Don Carnahan left big boots to fill
October 21, 2014
At a memorial service for pupil transportation icon Don Carnahan, attendees recalled myriad aspects of the man: his passion for yellow school buses as well as for motorcycles, the glory of his football days, his caring words for friends in need, his commitment to advances in technology, and his taste for red meat and cigars.
Tags: NAPT
Seon recently kicked off part 2 of its anti-bullying coloring contest. Shown here are all the entries for last year's contest.
What are you doing to prevent bullying on the bus?
October 10, 2014
Companies such as Seon are doing their part to combat bullying during National Bullying Prevention Month. One district transportation manager found out about Seon’s efforts and was inspired to do the same. 
Tags: bullying
Thomas McMahon is executive editor of School Bus Fleet.
School bus driver’s smile went a long way
September 26, 2014
It had been a rough day for Valerie Robertino. She was ready to get home. Then she pulled up behind a school bus with its red lights flashing and its stop arm extended. Robertino looked alongside the bus and didn’t see any kids getting off. ...
In this year’s Top 100 survey, 29% of the respondents said that they have a severe or desperate school bus driver shortage.
How do you deal with driver shortage?
September 12, 2014
One of the challenges in pupil transportation that tends to ebb and flow is shortages of school bus drivers. Our latest survey suggests that the problem has worsened in the past year. Now we want to delve into the solutions that are helping to address driver shortage.
Frank Di Giacomo is publisher of SCHOOL BUS FLEET and vice president, bus and rail, at Bobit Business Media.
Fuel tax exemption must be protected
August 27, 2014
While the school bus fuel tax exemption has been preserved for well over three decades, the dire situation of the Highway Trust Fund could pose a threat. Fuel tax revenue for the fund has declined in recent years as cars have become more fuel-efficient and the number of miles driven has decreased.
Thomas McMahon is executive editor of SCHOOL BUS FLEET.
Racy bus ad serves as cautionary tale
August 18, 2014
A transit bus picking up primary pupils in Sydney, Australia, recently was adorned with an ad that would make most parents cringe. Although the mishap took place abroad, it raises the question of whether something similar could happen here in the U.S.
This photo, from Laurie Smith of Richfield Springs (N.Y.) Central School, was awarded an Honorable Mention in our 2014 Photo Contest. It shows the value of the yellow school bus in student access to extracurricular activities.
The school bus as key to well-rounded education
August 13, 2014
An image of students taking a “yellow limo” to prom, which became one of our 2014 Photo Contest Honorable Mentions, prompted a discussion among us here at SBF about the value of extracurricular activities and the school bus’s critical role in making it possible for many students to participate.
Thomas McMahon is executive editor of SCHOOL BUS FLEET.
School bus drivers are in the public eye
July 28, 2014
The way school bus drivers greet their passengers, handle disciplinary issues or respond to a student who’s struggling can have a lasting impact on the youngsters on their bus. Also, because of the sensitive nature of their profession, school bus drivers are susceptible to ending up in the media spotlight.
Interviews: Getting at what’s not on the resume
July 21, 2014
As I work on a story on best practices for conducting interviews, some sources have stressed to me how important it is to screen for critical qualities that you can’t train on, such as a positive attitude and an assertive personality.
Thomas McMahon is executive editor of SCHOOL BUS FLEET.
School bus means many things to many people
July 16, 2014
Beyond its vital role in education, the school bus has provided a home on wheels for many who have sought to simplify their lives or to travel the country. The yellow bus also represents an important economic opportunity for hundreds of thousands of people, including an African refugee who came to the U.S.
Bobit Business Media founder Ed Bobit (left) was inducted into the National Association for Pupil Transportation Hall of Fame in 1999. Also inducted that year was Buster Bynum, former pupil transportation director in Virginia.
How Ed Bobit impacted pupil transportation
July 3, 2014
Beyond his contributions in trade magazine publishing, including SCHOOL BUS FLEET, what you may not know about Ed Bobit is the crucial role he played in the survival of the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) in its early years. As NAPT Executive Director Mike Martin puts it, "There would be no NAPT without Ed Bobit. Period."
One of the winning photos from SBF's 2013 Photo Contest, taken by Scott Goble, director of transportation, Canandaigua (N.Y.) City School District.
Capturing a snapshot of your industry
June 20, 2014
Sometimes the best way to tell a story is through visuals, and our readers have provided us with many compelling ones. Whether photos or videos, we are looking to you to continue to help us get the most accurate view of your day-to-day experiences.
This photo shows the aftermath of a South Carolina incident in which a teenage girl was struck by a vehicle passing her bus. The girl's shoes lie in the road; her backpack is on top of the bus.
Stop-arm incident photo is worth 1,000 words
June 16, 2014
One interesting detail in the journey of a South Carolina stop-arm camera measure through the legislative process is the role that a photo played. Bill sponsor Sen. Thomas Alexander showed the shocking picture to other legislators to help galvanize support for the bill.
Thomas McMahon is executive editor of SCHOOL BUS FLEET.
The trouble with cutting bus service
May 19, 2014
Previously, I discussed the notion that districts have a responsibility to be “in the transportation business,” which some disagree with. Here, I want to draw attention to issues that arise when districts decide to cut school bus service. As shown in the Etiwanda (Calif.) School District example, increased traffic around schools is one of the key problems. ...
Kelly Aguinaldo is managing editor for SCHOOL BUS FLEET.
Cars backing up after running a stop-arm?
May 9, 2014
We are well aware of the problem of motorists illegally passing school buses that are stopped for students who are boarding or disembarking. Another problem that we hadn’t heard of is drivers passing a stopped bus, realizing what they’d done and then backing up their car to where they should have stopped. A school bus driver contacted us about this issue ...
Thomas McMahon is executive editor of SCHOOL BUS FLEET.
Districts are in the transportation business
April 25, 2014
A school board member at a Virginia district told the Washington Post, “We are not in the transportation business. We are in the education business.” That statement seems misguided and even unsettling. Yes, school districts’ primary responsibility is to educate children. But that doesn’t mean it’s their only responsibility. …
Kelly Aguinaldo is managing editor for SCHOOL BUS FLEET. Here, Shane Kirley shares with her his top professional accomplishments.
Take stock in your accomplishments
April 18, 2014
We’ve all had personal and professional accomplishments that we’re particularly proud of. One of my top professional accomplishments is learning and writing about the ins and outs of an industry that I knew very little about when I started working for this publication. For Shane Kirley, whom we've reported on in the past, obtaining his CDL was one of his “best accomplishments.”
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