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Do you know where your children are?
July 3, 2007
A recent article in the Baltimore Sun discusses the use of GPS technology to allow parents to track the whereabouts of their children. The reporter engaged the issue by interviewing a mother who bought her 7-year-old daughter a cell phone equipped with a GPS tracking device after the girl was put on the wrong school bus by a substitute teacher.
Dealing with the P word
June 26, 2007
If you're like me, you're constantly putting out fires. Most of them are small and don't require much thought or enterprise. But they sure add up! Over the course of a day, I attend to dozens of things that were not on my to-do list. Some of them could have been postponed, but they were easy to resolve and gave me a small sense of accomplishment.
If it bleeds, it leads
June 19, 2007
Ever wonder why school bus crashes, even minor ones, tend to receive wide, out-of-proportion coverage in the local news? And the regional and national news, as well, depending on the casualty count? It's pretty simple, really. Stories about endangered children, especially if accompanied by photos or video footage, pique a community's interest. Local residents might have a friend or relative who attends the involved school. Plus, traffic accidents have high curiosity value, which may explain...
Time to fasten your belts?
June 11, 2007
The two most populous states in the nation — California and Texas — now have laws on the books requiring school buses to be equipped with lap-shoulder seat belts for passengers. Texas joined California last week when its governor, Rick Perry, signed a bill requiring all new school buses bought after Sept. 1, 2010, to have three-point belt systems.
Taking the bus again
June 6, 2007
I've started taking the bus again. No, not to school. That was many decades ago. Now, I'm riding the local transit bus to the office about once a week. But I'm finding many similarities to my school bus ride from so long ago.
Can you hear me now?
May 30, 2007
I read an interesting thread in our Forum about whether bus drivers should be allowed to yell at their passengers. Most of the respondents believe it's OK, and often necessary, to yell at students. Others said department policies prohibited them from doing so. As the father of two boys, ages 6 and 8, I can assure you that I occasionally have to, uh, speak loudly to get their attention. They get so involved in what they're doing that they don't otherwise hear me. It's only rarely that I yell...
Where there's a wheel, there's a way
May 23, 2007
I want to share an inspiring story sent to me by Jerry Cataldo, shop foreman at Trussville City Schools in Alabama. At 4 a.m. on Friday, May 11, a custodian noticed that the tires of 28 of the system's 44 buses had been flattened. All 168 tires of the buses parked at Hewitt Trussville High School and Hewitt Trussville Middle School were either going flat or completely flat and broken loose from their rims.
Talking out of turn
May 21, 2007
I saw a news report on a local TV station over the weekend about L.A. school bus drivers caught using their cell phones while transporting students. The report had a "gotcha" quality to it, with the reporter confronting the drivers as they got off the bus. This wasn't the worst piece of TV journalism that I've seen, but it did make a point -- bus drivers are violating California law by using cell phones while driving a school bus.
Yes, in my backyard
May 18, 2007
You've heard of NIMBY, right? If not, it means "not in my backyard" and generally refers to neighborhoods that don't want certain types of local development, e.g., liquor stores, prisons (!), rail lines, etc.Well, I've got a NIMBY situation. Just two blocks from where I live, a former elementary school that has been used for adult education classes is going to be re-activated this fall as a middle school. The kids who will be attending this school were displaced because their existing facil...
First time for everything
May 16, 2007
I’ve never blogged before, as will soon become apparent. But those of you who are familiar with my articles and columns in SCHOOL BUS FLEET already know that I’ve been a part of the pupil transportation community for many years. So I feel amply qualified to publish my thoughts here, even if the medium is a bit different from ink and paper.

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