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First Student to serve Ohio district under 10-year contract
June 3, 2013
The company will begin providing transportation services for Valley View Local Schools in Germantown on July 1, and First Student will install additional safety features on the district's school buses, including GPS, onboard digital video cameras and Child Check-Mate electronic reminder systems. In other news, First Student President Linda Burtwistle receives the 2013 Ohio Glass Ceiling Award, which honors women in leadership positions.
Stock Transportation driver saves choking student
May 24, 2013
Sarah Brake was on a morning route earlier this month when 9-year-old Abby approached her in distress because she was choking on food. Brake removed Abby from the bus and administered the Heimlich maneuver three times, successfully dislodging the food and allowing Abby to breathe.
Michigan district to privatize school bus service
May 8, 2013
Contractor Dean Transportation will provide the service to Walled Lake Consolidated School District beginning with the 2013-14 school year, a move that will save the district more than $1.428 million annually over the three years of the contract. Superintendent of Schools Kenneth Gutman notes in a letter to district parents and staff that the company was selected after “a rigorous interview process, reference checks with other districts, and after interviewing the owner.”
Auto yard owner indicted for bus thefts, scrapping
May 6, 2013
Sergio Quintero pleads not guilty to a 58-count indictment charging him with aggravated possession of a stolen motor vehicle, theft, criminal damage to property and illegal possession of auto titles. According to prosecutors in the case, investigators uncovered text messages from Quintero’s cell phone “where the timing and content correspond to the theft of the school buses.”
Nominate an outstanding contractor
May 6, 2013
SCHOOL BUS FLEET is calling for candidates for the annual Contractor of the Year award. Nominees should be people who have made significant contributions to pupil transportation at their own operations as well as through industry associations.
Durham partners with first responders for safety training
May 6, 2013
The school bus contractor works with first responders in Illinois for a training drill on evacuating school buses. The first responders explored five styles of school buses and could see how each emergency exit worked, including the different door options and roof hatches. In other news, Durham's parent company, National Express Corp., is awarded a safety management system certificate for the provision of student transportation services within North America.
New York associations respond to alcohol interlocks bill
May 2, 2013
The bill, which was drafted last fall, would require the devices to be installed in school buses in New York state as a way to prevent drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel of the bus. New York School Bus Contractors Association board member Paul Mori and New York Association for Pupil Transportation Executive Director Peter Mannella provide testimony during a Senate hearing on Thursday, expressing concerns about the legislation and offering potential alternatives.
New York bus drivers gear up for safety competition
April 24, 2013
Drivers from around the state will participate in the 42nd Annual New York State School Bus Safety Competition, which is scheduled to be held in Valley Cottage, N.Y., on May 18. Officials say the 125 participants will take a written exam and then test their skills on a road course.
New Jersey bus company honored for philanthropic work
April 23, 2013
B.R. Williams Inc. is recognized by the Salem County Chamber of Commerce as the county’s Distinguished Citizens of the Year for its efforts to assist victims of national tragedies. Following Hurricane Sandy, the company organized a “Stuff the Bus” event, delivering 17 busloads of goods, and following the Newtown, Conn., school shooting, the company donated a bus to help in transporting students and residents to a victim’s funeral.
School bus contractors to meet with legislators in D.C.
April 22, 2013
NSTA's Spring Bus-In will include congressional meetings, association committee meetings and the 10th anniversary celebration of the national Clean School Bus Program. NSTA Executive Director Ronna Sable Weber calls the event "critical to our success."
Call for Contractor Survey participants
April 22, 2013
This year’s survey will cover such topics as alternative-fuel use in school buses, security training for bus drivers and public address systems on school buses. The deadline for executives and managers at school bus companies to submit responses is May 6.
National Express celebrates Earth Week, promotes employee wellness
April 18, 2013
As part of Earth Week, the school bus contractor touts its year-round efforts to protect the environment, including an idling reduction program. The company also launches its second annual “Slim Down Challenge,” which is a 10-week competition that involves groups of four to seven employees aiming to score the best in percentage of weight lost.
Boston school bus contract goes to Veolia
April 10, 2013
Under the five-year contract, Boston Public Schools will continue to own the district’s school bus fleet. Veolia Transportation will be responsible for all aspects of operations, including safety performance, training, hiring and management of employees, and vehicle maintenance.
Durham drivers honored for community outreach
April 10, 2013
The school bus contractor has a nationwide Adopt-a-School program, and four drivers in Stratford, Conn., receive certificates of appreciation for their contributions to students and faculty at an elementary school. The Adopt-a-School program calls for employees to donate personal time to enrich the school experience for children across the U.S.
New Jersey school bus contracting veteran passes
April 3, 2013
Sandra "Sandy" Monteferrario passed away on March 29 after battling cancer. In 1967, she began working at Bergen-Passaic Transport Service and continued her career there for 35 years before retiring.
Durham School Services raises $6,400 for Special Olympics
April 1, 2013
The school bus contractor’s Lake Villa, Ill., terminal provides shuttle bus service for the Lake Bluff Polar Plunge, and 15 employees participate in the plunge, raising the money for Special Olympics Illinois.
Healthcare reform: determining full-time employees
March 21, 2013

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, large employers, such as school bus contractors, must offer affordable and minimal value healthcare insurance to full-time staffers by Jan. 1, 2014, or tax penalties will be imposed. Guidance from several federal agencies shows when employees must be treated as full time based on their work hours and employment timeframes, with examples for existing and new personnel.

Durham wins new Wisconsin, Illinois contracts
March 19, 2013
Beginning in August, the school bus contractor will serve the School District of Beloit (Wis.) and Red Bud (Ill.) Community School Unit #132. For the first district, Durham will operate routes with 33 buses, and for the latter district, the company will operate routes with 23 buses.
Contractors on school busing now, and what lies ahead
March 14, 2013

In this roundtable, executives from several school bus companies discuss driver shortage, the potential for growth in the contractor market this year, and what impact legislative issues — at the national and state levels — will have on their business, and on the industry as a whole.

Another transit agency ordered to halt school bus routes
March 12, 2013
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) directs a Michigan agency to halt several routes that were introduced in 2010 to transport about 300 students. The ruling comes a month after the FTA issued a similar order to a South Dakota transit agency.

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