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15 Tips to Boost Efficiency

From the bus routes to the shop to the transportation office, there are numerous opportunities to enhance efficiency. Here, directors share innovative ways to run a more cost-effective operation.

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<p>Megan Geroux is NAPT's marketing and communications specialist.</p> NAPT Summit: Driving innovation, new certification
Highlights of the event, taking place in Kansas City, Missouri, Nov. 8-11, include a new professional certification for those involved in transporting students with disabilities and the newly formatted one-day trade show, featuring more than 120 vendors.
<p>The Dallas County Schools co-op program is designed for students seeking careers in vehicle maintenance. They learn the trade, earn extra money, and some are hired by the district after they graduate.</p> Apprentice, Intern Programs Groom Great Workers
In addition to giving students work skills and experience, districts get employees who are already familiar with the shop and its practices.
McKinney Sees Longer Bus Life, Diesel Dedication
IC Bus President John McKinney says that school buses now have an average life cycle of nearly 15 years, which means that product durability and customer support are especially critical. He also points to diesel as the “backbone of the industry” and discusses the decision to offer the Cummins ISB engine.
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Motor oils
Duralec Super motor oils are made for EPA 2007 and 2010 emissions-equipped diesel engines requiring the use of emissions-compliant oil.

Oil drain valve
Company officials said that the new EZ Oil Drain Valve replaces the standard drain plug on all engines for clean and easy oil changes.

Hybrid undercoating
ValuGard Hybrid Technology Undercoating strikes a balance between fast drying solvent formulations and slower drying, more temperature sensitive, 100% water-based products, company officials said.

Tool box
The new Compact Pocket “Go Box” is work-ready, featuring 33 professional quality bits in a compact steel storage box, company officials said.

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<p>The Santa Monica Unified School District transportation staff receives a driver safety award circa 1951.</p> PHOTOS: A look back at a California district

Here are some vintage photos of Santa Monica Unified School District's (now Santa Monica-Malibu... Visit photo gallery

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