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At the Oregon Pupil Transportation Association event, I saw firsthand how vital these summer conferences are for the success of our industry.
When school’s out for summer, it’s time to learn
June 26, 2015
Soon after the school year ends, many pupil transporters take a “busman’s holiday”: They attend an industry conference. So while most students have set aside their books for the summer, school transportation professionals take some time to focus on learning. I saw this firsthand …
According to a NHTSA survey, at any daylight moment in the U.S., about 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving.
A tragic reminder about texting and driving
June 5, 2015
A killer. That’s essentially what texting can become when it coincides with driving. That point was tragically reinforced by a fatal school bus crash in Knoxville, Tennessee, according to the police investigation.
Don West considers placing cameras in bus bumpers and mounting LCD screens to the window posts and eliminating cat-eye mirrors to give the driver a forward view, instead of looking at a curved reverse view mirror. 
Could cameras replace mirrors on school buses?
May 13, 2015
While doing blind spot training with a driver, Donald West came up with the idea of removing mirrors and replacing them with cameras and LCD screens to potentially see the entire danger zone of a school bus.
Thomas McMahon is executive editor of School Bus Fleet.
School buses play a key position in athletics
April 24, 2015
With running having become a lifelong pursuit for me, I recently found myself once again riding a school bus to an important race, just like in high school. On April 20, I ran in the Boston Marathon for the first time. ...
Bus driver Victoria DeCarlo created a driving course and used a dummy to re-enact how a student dragging may occur. She found that drivers experience visual challenges involving the stairwell, mirrors and door activation button placement. Photo by Victoria DeCarlo
Preventing dragging incidents: A school bus driver’s perspective
April 13, 2015
In response to a handful of tragic incidents in which students were dragged by their buses, I staged a re-enactment to find out how we can prevent these incidents. Findings showed drivers experience visual challenges involving the stairwell, mirrors and door activation button placement.
At SBX, school bus operators were given scheduled times to meet with suppliers. Here, Wanda Paul of Dallas Independent School District talks with Zonar’s Craig Kahoun (left) and Toby McGraw.
Making vital connections at School Bus Xchange
April 13, 2015
In the end, it was about breaking down barriers and building connections. With SBX attendees hailing from all over the nation, we heard that many are facing the same challenges: replacing aging buses, dealing with driver shortage, etc. And that’s why an event like this is so valuable. ...
Thomas McMahon is executive editor of School Bus Fleet.
Time to prove my trust in the bus
March 23, 2015
My personal support for the school bus has essentially been “on paper” — until now. With my son about to start riding the school bus, I realized this: It’s time to put my money where my mouth is. Or, more precisely, it’s time to prove my trust in the yellow bus.
These Round Rock (Texas) Independent School District school bus drivers and Transportation Director Fritz Klabunde, shown left, braved icy weather conditions to pick up students and staff who were stranded on a weekend in the Dallas-Fort Worth area by the weather.
Stories of school bus drivers going the extra mile
March 13, 2015
"School bus drivers behaving badly" stories abound, but do not represent the majority, who constantly go above and beyond, both on and off their routes. Some recent stories show that instead.
Officials announced Westfield Washington Schools' seat belt pilot program at IMMI’s Center for Advanced Product Evaluation on Friday.
District’s school bus seat belt project is a proactive step
March 10, 2015
Westfield (Ind.) Washington Schools will test out lap-shoulder belts on six of its buses. Several aspects of the program are interesting, such as that it's not in reaction to a crash or a mandate from lawmakers.
Legislators have recently proposed bills that would require school buses to pick up and drop off students on the side of the road that they live on.
Home-side stops should be goal, not mandate
February 23, 2015
Legislators have recently proposed bills that would require school buses to pick up and drop off students on the side of the road that they live on. That may sound good on paper, but in practice it would drive up transportation costs and bus ride times.
Proposed driver health funding cuts under fire
February 6, 2015
The Georgia governor’s proposed plan to cut health benefits for part-time school bus drivers fired up many of our readers, and they let us know. Some state legislators aren’t on board, either.
Tags: Georgia
Frank Di Giacomo is vice president/publisher emeritus of School Bus Fleet.
Bold new things in store for the new year
January 23, 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. One new development at SBF is that, after nearly 34 years with the magazine, I’m ...
6 key reasons that school bus drivers quit
January 9, 2015
Here, a veteran school bus driver presents a list of common concerns among his colleagues, from uncompetitive pay to a lack of support from upper management.
Winter brings challenging driving conditions and the need for extra vigilance. School bus driver Laura Dean (not pictured) composed a timely poem with a safety message for parents.
School bus driver’s Christmas poem shares safety message
December 22, 2014
With winter weather putting some school buses behind schedule, Laura Dean composed a poem that she describes as “a positive method to inform parents to have more patience.”
2014’s most commented-on posts
December 12, 2014
Check out which blog topics this year sparked the most debate and fueled spirited discussions in our comments section for some time afterward, as well as comment highlights.
This school bus snow globe has now attended two NAPT Summits. Will it go for a third next year?
School bus snow globe makes surprise return at NAPT
November 24, 2014
Kim Hamilton went to the NAPT Summit on a mission to bring back valuable information and training opportunities for the members of the Oklahoma Association for Pupil Transportation, of which she is executive director. But she had one other task to attend to: bringing me a snow globe that I had won at the conference two years ago.
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
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