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Memorable moments on the job
May 9, 2011
I think it’s safe to say that most people have an experience while doing their job that’s especially memorable, or a time when they realized the effect they were having on other people’s lives as a result of their work. One experience that sticks out for me in my years working for SBF is when ...
Operations take action to cut costs
April 15, 2011
It’s no secret that pupil transportation operations around the nation are contending with budget cuts due to the challenging economic climate. In the last few months, we’ve learned about a variety of efforts that school districts and transportation departments have implemented to alleviate the strain of this circumstance by cutting costs.
School bus security in Israel
April 11, 2011
While our industry trains and prepares for the possibility of a security threat, we can also reflect on how fortunate we in the U.S. are to not be subjected to the perpetual hazards that people in some other areas of the world live with. This came to mind upon learning of a school bus in Israel being struck by an anti-tank missile on Thursday.
SBF hits the road
March 28, 2011
We here at SBF visit pupil transportation facilities around Southern California throughout the year to chat with the staff and learn about the operation. Here, I’d like to share with you some of the things I learned during a visit to Orange Unified School District.
Retirement and replenishment
March 18, 2011
Over the past year, there has been a surge of pupil transportation stalwarts stepping down from their longtime posts, many of them state directors. Some are leaving the workforce altogether (at least for the time being), while others ...
The Benefits of Mainstreaming
February 25, 2011
In SBF's 2011 Special-Needs Survey, respondents report that 30 percent of their special-needs students are mainstreamed (i.e., ride regular-ed routes). I have a disability and in my opinion, when you have a disability, it boosts your self-esteem to be treated as “normally” as possible. It seems, then ...
Expanding on SBF’s 2011 Special-Needs Survey
February 14, 2011
SCHOOL BUS FLEET’s February 2011 issue features our annual Special-Needs Survey. This year, there was some information that we couldn’t fit in the survey for the print issue, so I’ll share it with you here.
Initiative in New Mexico Helps Fund Field Trips
January 20, 2011
The state is helping schools offset the cost of field trips to the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum with a new license plate. A portion of the fee for the plate goes to the museum for its Big Yellow School Bus Fund, a program developed to offer “bus scholarships” to help fund field trips to the museum.
Be carful with your words
January 7, 2011
It is by turns amusing and unsettling how much a small typo can alter the meaning of something. For example, maybe you’ve seen someone list his title as “assistant manger,” which would make him a trough for horses and cattle to eat from. ...
School buses spread Christmas cheer
December 13, 2010
Every December, we hear about school bus operations pitching in to help their communities celebrate the holidays and to provide for those in need. The ubiquity of news like this speaks to the generosity and good will of the people in the pupil transportation industry. Here’s a great example.
Connecting With Kids Through Song
November 24, 2010
In my years since joining the SBF team, I’ve learned how much school bus drivers can influence the lives of the students they transport. Bus driver Kristine Nyack has a positive attitude around her students, and she interacts with them by, among other things, performing an upbeat song.
Conference dispatch: postcards from Portland
November 22, 2010
The school bus industry convened in Portland, Ore., recently 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.
Get Moving!
November 15, 2010
How many hours do you spend sitting every day? I asked myself that question when I read a story about a substitute school bus driver who suffered a heart attack and died while he was transporting students last week. ...
Out of the mouths of babes
October 22, 2010
As I pored over the stack of contest entries, I was constantly amused by the kids' unexpected observations and quirky insights. But what struck me even more was how these heartfelt essays show what a significant impact school bus drivers have on their passengers. ...
Taking On The Unexpected
October 8, 2010
In my years on the SBF team, I’ve learned that with the pupil transportation industry, you should expect the unexpected. However, I was surprised upon recently learning the specifics of illegal bus passing problems at a couple of school districts. We report in our forthcoming November issue...
To fee or not to fee?
August 30, 2010
It seems counterintuitive to deter districts from using fees to keep their bus programs running. If a district can’t afford to continue providing free rides and has to cut transportation, no one wins.
Zen and the art of driving
August 23, 2010
Here at SBF, we’ve been blogging quite a bit about road safety and safe driving, a particularly good topic in light of the school year ramping up. Bus drivers face the prospect of encountering not-so-friendly fellow motorists on our nation’s roads . . .
Challenges Behind The Wheel
August 6, 2010
As someone who drives a relatively small car, I’m often apprehensive around SUVs and large trucks because many of the drivers are aggressive and they whip in and out of lanes like they own the road. This got me thinking...
Don’t dismiss this idea
July 23, 2010
What else can be done to protect students from stop-arm runners while they cross the street? There’s one approach that, despite its long record of effectiveness, is only required in one state.
Talk About a Revolution
June 21, 2010
I got caught up in an interesting reality TV show this spring that followed celebrity chef Jamie Oliver as he worked to change the school food system in Huntington, W.Va. . . .

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