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Colorado’s David Anderson added to SBF advisory board
May 22, 2013
Anderson, the director of transportation and fleet service at Adams 12 Five Star Schools, joins eight other industry luminaries on the SCHOOL BUS FLEET editorial advisory board, which provides vital input for the magazine and website.
Mentoring program trains students to be technicians
May 16, 2013
Vocational school students who are chosen for the program work part-time in Orange County (Fla.) Public Schools' bus maintenance facilities, learning from experts and getting hands-on experience.
Norgren air intake throttle designed to improve emissions control
May 15, 2013
The air intake throttle manages airflow, optimizing exhaust gas recirculation, selective catalytic reduction and diesel particulate filters, according to the company. It is engineered specifically for heavy-duty diesel engines in commercial vehicles.
District’s shop foreman develops fleet management program
May 9, 2013
Todd Woodard created the program in Excel two years ago and has been testing it at Brevard Public Schools’ four transportation facilities in Florida since then. He explains to SBF how the program works and how it has improved communication and efficiency in the bus inspection process.
Rotary Lift recommends inspecting, maintaining vehicle lifts
May 2, 2013
The company says vehicle lifts are “essential” to the bus inspection process, so bus maintenance personnel should take time before the inspections to inspect, clean and maintain the lifts they have and think about replacing any nearing the end of their life expectancy.
Choosing the right maintenance software for your facility
May 2, 2013

Each system brings a diverse set of functions to the school bus market, including inventory tracking and work order generation, and many are customizable to meet operations’ individual needs.

Fleet expert Don Ross joins bus dealership LBS South
April 30, 2013
Ross is named service director for the school bus dealership in Jacksonville, Fla. He previously worked for the School District of Manatee County for more than 13 years in several positions, including director of transportation and vehicle maintenance.
7 school districts awarded grants for bus retrofits
April 24, 2013
The Jefferson County, Mo., districts will receive a total of $300,000 to equip school buses with emission-reducing equipment. The funding comes from lead producer Doe Run as part of an agreement with the EPA.
Bee Line offers vehicle lifts, wheel equipment
April 18, 2013
The company’s new partnership with Corghi USA provides the HD700 Tire Changer and the ET66 Wheel Balancer. Bee Line also recently partnered with PKS Equipment & Engineering to offer several types of vehicle lifts.
Blue Bird offers rack, pole tests as standard features
April 8, 2013
The manufacturer provides the Colorado Rack Test and the Kentucky Pole Test specifications — both of which pertain to structural integrity — as standard on its conventional and transit-style school buses.
4 students charged in school bus vandalism
April 8, 2013
At a Tennessee school, one bus had a broken window, and fire extinguishers had been removed from four buses and discharged inside one of them. A school resource officer develops information that leads to the arrest of three middle school students and one high school student.
Texas district invests in tech training
April 3, 2013
The training was provided for Dallas County Schools’ technicians by Hydrotex, Stewart & Stevenson and Alternator Service. Officials say Hydrotex provided training on the principles of lubrication, Stewart & Stevenson provided training on Allison transmissions and Alternator Service provided instruction on a battery and charging system.
IC Bus offers 4 technician training sessions
April 2, 2013
The IC Bus University classes will be held from June to August at the school bus manufacturer’s plant in Tulsa, Okla. The program aims to optimize service and maintenance proficiency and to broaden technician knowledge of IC Bus products.
TRP releases new parts catalog
April 1, 2013
The TRP Bus Parts catalog includes all-makes TRP aftermarket parts for school buses, motorcoaches and transit buses, in addition to name brand parts available from manufacturers such as Meritor, Bendix, Eaton, Webb and Leece-Neville. It can be downloaded from TRP’s website in a fully illustrated electronic format.
SoundOff offers rectangular LEDs for school buses
March 21, 2013
The new LEDs are available as back-up, park/turn and stop/tail/turn lights. Company officials say that the LEDs offer enhanced light output and off-angle visibility.
New mobile column lift suited for school buses
March 19, 2013
The MCH413 is smaller than Rotary Lift’s other Mach mobile column lifts — about a foot shorter and 150 lbs. lighter — and has a rated capacity of 13,000 lbs. per column. As a result, it also has a lower price.
New school bus inspector hired in Iowa
March 15, 2013
Joe Funk takes over duties for inspecting school buses in the western region of the state. He joins inspector Verlan Vos and replaces Owen Freese, who recently retired from the position. A school bus inspection fee increase that is awaiting final approval will allow the Iowa Department of Education to hire one more inspector.
How to make the most of technician training
March 12, 2013

Tech-to-tech instruction and partnering with neighboring school districts for training exercises provide easy opportunities to develop employees’ skills and knowledge. Having good equipment and taking advantage of resources available through state pupil transportation associations are also worthwhile.

Maine school bus damaged in fire
February 21, 2013
No one is injured in the blaze, but the Portland Public Schools bus sustains an estimated $35,000 in damage. The district says that an employee was patching the bus' seats using tape, liquid vinyl and a heat gun when the fire began.
Thomas Built releases details on 2013 technician training
February 20, 2013
Thomas Built Institute sessions will be held May 7-10 in Greensboro, N.C., and July 23-26 in Reno, Nev. Topics to be covered include emissions systems, advanced electrical, coolant, maintenance and cost savings, and utilizing websites, resources and wire diagrams.

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