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New president named for First Student


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CINCINNATI — FirstGroup America has appointed Linda Bell as president of First Student Inc.

Bell joined FirstGroup in January 2008, serving most recently as president of the company’s other subsidiaries, First Transit and First Services.

She has 12 years of experience in transportation, having served as chief financial officer of Houston-based Coach USA, a charter bus, airport shuttle, sightseeing, group tour and taxi service.

“Linda will be a tremendous asset to First Student,” said Mike Murray, CEO of FirstGroup America. “Her knowledge of the transportation industry and her focus on safety and customer service will further strengthen our team.”

In other news, David Duke, senior vice president of sales for First Transit and First Services, will now also be responsible for sales for First Student. Duke joined FirstGroup America in August 2008 and has more than 20 years of experience in the transportation industry.

“I am pleased to have David leading the sales strategy in all three parts of the organization,” said Carey Paster, president and CEO of commercial development at FirstGroup America. “He has a keen focus on customer retention and a track record of attracting long-term customers. I know he will bring those skills to First Student.”


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What’s important now is the understanding that you and your student have identified your bus stop and he is aware of his route home. I misunderstood that concern from your original message. I’m sorry that either you or your son was inconvenienced by your son missing his assigned stop and I’m hopeful that he understands now. "Mike Shedor reply directly placing full blame on the parent and the child"

Mike Shedor    |    Aug 15, 2014 01:59 PM

My son Marrell Fountain of Pioneer Trail Middle School experienced his first day of middle school and first bus ride 8.14.14. The driver asked why was he still on the bus , he said because I don't live over there I live in Wyncroft Apartments. The driver said I dont know where that is so I'll have to take you back to the first stop. In which he told her he didnt live by. Over an hour later she dropped him back of, he was then lost for another hour and had no clue how to tell me to find him. All this accured in 93 degree weather. I spoke to Tom the supervisor at Olathe First Student who told me all they can say is they did the best they could an 12 others where lost. I work for the Unified District the child should have been returned to school an parents notified. This type of behavior and response could have been critical, fatal and completely unacceptable.

Ms. Watson    |    Aug 15, 2014 01:56 PM

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