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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 eXchange, 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
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.

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