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Bus Helps Emphasize the Importance of Staying in School
February 22, 2010
Students in the Midwest and Southeast are getting a firsthand look at the vital role education plays in their lives and how their actions, particularly in high school, can significantly impact the rest of their lives through a specially designed school bus dubbed “The Choice Bus.”
Don't even go there
February 8, 2010
For those involved in pupil transportation, illegal passing of school buses is a persistent and dangerous scourge. So what do you do when the vehicle that illegally drives by a school bus is … another school bus?
Preview results from SBF's annual Special-Needs Survey
January 25, 2010
SCHOOL BUS FLEET conducts an annual survey of special-needs transportation providers for our February issue. Not only do we try to keep tabs on long-term trends, like the rate of growth of the population of special-needs students being transported, but we also try to ask school bus operators something new each year.
What Keeps Your Operation Running Smoothly During Harsh Weather?
December 28, 2009
A few days before Christmas, many travelers had to rearrange their holiday plans due to flight delays and cancellations prompted by a snow storm on the east coast. Hearing about the problems people were having reaching their destinations got me thinking about the obstacles school bus operations must face and overcome...
Facing the perils of winter with a smile
December 14, 2009
For those in cold climes, driving in the winter can be an arduous task. Sometimes just getting out of the driveway requires a great deal of effort (and a good shovel). Then out on the road, there are perils like black ice, poor visibility and huge snow banks. I lived in Oregon many years ago and can still recall the near-death feeling ...
How Do You Make Riding a School Bus Fun for Students?
November 16, 2009
My first day of kindergarten was traumatic. I don’t doubt that for some kids, the prospect of riding a school bus for the first time is just as frightening. Fortunately for those kids, the school bus industry is...
Conference dispatch: postcards from Louisville
November 3, 2009
The school bus industry convened here in Louisville, Ky., for the annual NAPT and NASDPTS conferences. The events were full of fascinating speakers, inspiring awards presentations and entertaining sights and activities. Here's a look at what we SBF editors captured with our cameras.
A tough seat to fill
October 26, 2009
Those who have worked at school bus operations for many years have likely seen periods of acute driver shortage. For many school districts, now is not one of those times. As we report in our annual School District Survey ...
Chicago student’s murder sparks calls to action
October 12, 2009
The Obama administration, Chicago city officials and community groups have all begun to respond to the shocking and brutal beating death of 16-year-old honors student Derrion Albert.
Music fun for kids and adults alike
September 21, 2009
I wanted to brighten up your Monday with this fun music video from Daddy a Go Go, a rock and roll band created by John Boydston in Atlanta, Ga.
Bus makes memorable gift
August 31, 2009
Should every state’s governor have a model school bus in his or her office? Dirk Kempthorne thinks it would be a good idea. While he was governor of Idaho ...
We Welcome Your Feedback, News
August 17, 2009
We here at SCHOOL BUS FLEET strive to address a variety of topics in each issue of our magazine. One of the best ways for us to ensure that we’re providing you with information on the most timely pupil transportation issues is...
A heavy load to bear
August 10, 2009
I gripped the steering wheel of the massive vehicle, checked all of my mirrors, and slowly pulled onto the road, driving as carefully as possible to make sure my precious cargo stayed safe from harm. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a yellow school bus that I was operating this day. ...
Celebrating a job well done
July 27, 2009
Staff appreciation events boost morale and show employees that their services mean a lot.
Heading to the Mall for School Bus Safety Lessons
July 13, 2009
Two drivers for Missoula, Mont.-based school bus and charter motorcoach operator Beach Transportation Co. spent a Saturday earlier this year promoting school bus safety at a children’s fair held at a local mall. A Type A school bus was parked in the mall and the drivers...
Growing up yellow
June 29, 2009
I wonder whether my boys will get to a point in their youth when they begin to think the school bus is not cool. Will I need to lecture them on how safe it is, how convenient it is, how it reduces traffic and our own gas consumption? And will they care about any of that? ...
Do you tweet?
June 22, 2009
Many public organizations are jumping on the Twitter bandwagon to publish important information . . .
School bus delivers WWII education
June 15, 2009
Here’s yet another fascinating second life for a school bus: a traveling World War II museum. The 40-foot “BUS-eum,” as it’s called, has been roaming across the Midwest to inform folks about the experiences of prisoners of war in Nazi Germany. ...
Taking Time to Help Students in Need
June 8, 2009
I recently read an article online about an elementary school counselor and a team of volunteers in Minden, Nev., who fill backpacks with nonperishable food for students in need every Friday afternoon during the school year. Bus drivers...
Observe and report
May 18, 2009
In a recent blog post, I wrote about two school bus driver-attendant teams who had spotted clear signs that a 13-year-old girl was being abused by her adoptive mother.Not long afterward, Maine Gov. John Baldacci signed into law a bill that adds school bus drivers and attendants to a list of “mandated reporters” of child abuse. The list already ...

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