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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.”
Frank Di Giacomo is publisher of SCHOOL BUS FLEET and vice president, bus and rail, at Bobit Business Media.
Compartmentalization plus
April 1, 2014
Rather than resting on the fact that the yellow bus is the long-established safest form of school transportation, we need to be constantly asking ourselves this question: Could school buses be safer? When we ask that question, we have to consider lap-shoulder belts, which has long been a contentious issue in the industry. ...
How do you communicate with your team?
March 17, 2014
When I have spoken with pupil transportation professionals, they have relayed to me the importance of communicating with their staff on all aspects of the operation that affect their jobs in order to safely transport students to and from school. Michael Shields of Salem-Keizer Public Schools in Salem, Ore., has frequent meetings with his staff ...
After a car crashed into his bus, John Horton noted some interesting reactions from his young passengers. Photo by Franktown Fire Protection District
How kids react to a school bus crash
March 7, 2014
After a car crashed into his bus, John Horton noted some interesting reactions from his young passengers. For example, a second-grader asked, “Why was there no explosion?” The next morning, as Horton and his passengers were approaching the intersection where the accident occurred …
Kids know good drivers
February 20, 2014
Do kids know what it takes to be a school bus driver? Surely most children aren’t aware of all the specific requirements: the training, the background checks, the testing, etc. But they do seem to understand that being a school bus driver is a tough job that …
School bus memorabilia: What’s in your collection?
February 6, 2014
An aspect of our readers’ enthusiasm for school buses that I find interesting is that many have extensive collections of school bus-related memorabilia. A particularly impressive collection belongs to ...
What’s your favorite school bus?
January 24, 2014
One thing I learned quickly when I joined SBF seven years ago is that not only are our readers passionate about transporting students safely, many of them are passionate about school buses in general.
School bus contractors target top issues for 2014
January 10, 2014
As contractors gather for NSTA's Midwinter Meeting, they will discuss a plethora of pressing issues. We asked several executives what they see as the top issues for the new year. NSTA President Tim Flood points to the challenges of a regulatory environment that he says could hinder the efficiency of contractors’ operations and increase driver shortages. ...
Top 5 most commented-on posts of 2013
December 30, 2013
As 2013 draws to a close, here's a recap of five blog posts this year that drew the most engagement from our followers.
This display on a retired North Carolina school bus shows the progression of school bus seats over the past 60 years.
Innovative display shows 60 years of school bus seats
December 12, 2013
Those who work in pupil transportation know that the yellow school bus has changed immensely in the past half century, and that includes the seats. To educate the public on how much school bus seats have changed and safety has increased, a group of pupil transportation people in North Carolina put together a fascinating exhibit. ...
School buses: life after shuttling students
November 25, 2013
On my drive home, a vehicle that’s caught my eye on numerous occasions is a Crown school bus that I’m fairly certain is someone’s personal vehicle: emblazoned on the sides and back of the bus are the words “COOL BUS.” Have you come across any retired school buses that are now used for a new purpose?
Positive experiences with seat belts
November 18, 2013
In the debate on whether seat belts are a good fit for large school buses, it seems that the best insight comes from those who actually have experience with the restraints in their fleet. Casey Cypert is one such person. He has observed the effects of lap-shoulder belts on his district's route bus for the past five years. ...
Conference dispatch: postcards from Grand Rapids
October 28, 2013
Last week, industry officials convened in Grand Rapids, Mich., for the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS) and National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) annual conferences. Here are a handful of shots we editors captured on camera of conference events and sights around the host city.
Thinking outside the bus
October 16, 2013
Many districts have turned to alternative transportation — vans, taxis and other vehicles — to supplement traditional school bus service in certain situations. But in the school bus industry, which has built an unparalleled safety record with its thorough driver requirements and strict vehicle construction standards, the thought of stepping outside of the school bus is disconcerting for many. ...
Crossing guards at school bus stops?
October 14, 2013
What if you could have a crossing guard at every school bus stop where young students cross the street? And what if you didn’t have to pay anything extra for this crossing guard service, other than maybe $20 apiece for hand-held stop signs? With an adult guiding them across the street, the youngsters would ...
Why the future of contracting looks bright
October 11, 2013
A look at effective strategies that some school bus contractors are employing, such as developing new marketing approaches, empowering local managers and establishing a distinct, consistent brand across the company.
Yellow bus laws: Is driver's ed doing enough?
September 27, 2013
I’ve often asked myself why you should have to educate the public on school bus safety laws. I’ve always believed it’s something that people should learn in driver’s education class.
How did you become a school transportation manager?
September 23, 2013
We have heard both sides of the coin: Working as a school bus driver first and making your way up the ranks gives you invaluable experience and perspective as a director or manager of transportation. Others have said that working in management in other fields gives you a lot to bring to the table in an administrative position at a pupil transportation operation. Which of these situations applies to you?

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