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Blake Krapf Named Contractor of the Year
September 7, 2010

The Krapf Bus Companies CEO has been a key figure in state and national associations while growing his family’s business. He recently secured a groundbreaking contract to privatize a school district operation in Virginia.

London bus operator to expand business in U.S.
September 2, 2010
Go-Ahead Group Plc operates about 120 yellow school buses in St. Louis in conjunction with its partner, Cook-Illinois Corp. Following a positive start to the project, the company’s CFO says the number of buses may double by next year.
NSTA donates more than $2K to Special Olympics
September 1, 2010
The association collected over $2,100 for the Special Olympics' St. Louis chapter in a raffle that was held during NSTA's annual meeting in July, and from the sale of old golf carts that were used for the School Bus Driver International Safety Competition.
District, drivers' association resolve outsourcing dispute
August 31, 2010
Collective bargaining agreement ends all legal action regarding the district's move to outsource transportation to Durham School Services. All the district's drivers become Durham employees as of Nov. 1.
NSTA Convention Features Notable News, Events
August 31, 2010

The association reveals that the Transportation Security Administration has completed its pupil transportation security assessment. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s new initiative to improve large bus and truck safety is discussed. Attendees also celebrate two industry veterans who are retiring.

Illinois School Bus installs ridership tracking system on fleet
August 26, 2010
ZPass by Zonar Systems logs the date, time and location that a student enters or exits a bus and transmits the information to each school within a district. The contractor says that the system will be particularly useful during the first few days of school as drivers adjust to new routes and children learn their bus stop locations.
Atlantic Express boosts driver safety with GreenRoad technology
August 26, 2010
The contractor is installing the GreenRoad 360 service on its buses. GreenRoad 360 provides drivers and fleet managers with real-time feedback to improve driving decisions and performance while also offering online reporting, analysis and coaching on drivers’ abilities, maneuvers and patterns.
First Student names senior contract manager
August 18, 2010
Jim Ring will fill the position at the contractor’s Cincinnati location, where he will oversee all transportation operations for four operating lots. In other news, four First Student bus drivers were honored by the National Safety Council for their outstanding driving records.
Durham wins two more contracts
August 12, 2010
The contractor will serve school districts in Louisiana and Michigan under three-year contracts that began on July 1.
Durham wins four new contracts
August 5, 2010
The contractor will serve school districts in South Carolina, California, Mississippi and Tennessee under four- and five-year agreements that began on July 1.
After driver DUI arrest, district to outsource busing
August 2, 2010
Illinois school district’s superintendent gives rationale for privatizing transportation service in an eight-page memo to the school board, which votes its approval. The move comes after a March incident in which police said a school bus driver was nearly three times the legal alcohol limit.
Blake Krapf named Contractor of the Year
July 29, 2010
Also in the NSTA awards ceremony, Barry Stock of National Express Corp. and Stan Weber of First Student Canada are inducted into the association’s Hall of Fame. Industry consultant Robin Leeds wins the Meritorious Service award.
International safety competition winners announced
July 26, 2010
More than 100 school bus drivers from 34 states and one Canadian province vied for the top spot in three categories during the annual event over the weekend. Pennsylvania's Larry Hannon earned his seventh competition win.
First Student drivers to test skills in safety competition
July 20, 2010
Fifteen of the contractor’s employees will participate in the National School Transportation Association’s 40th Annual School Bus Driver International Safety Competition this Saturday and Sunday in St. Louis. Competitors will complete a driving skills challenge and a written exam.
Student Transportation of Canada acquires Ontario operator
July 15, 2010
Leuschen Bros. Limited will add more than 250 vehicles from three new locations and increase STC's net revenues by $12 million, according to the company.
First Student wins Illinois contract
July 12, 2010
The contractor began serving Berkeley School District 87 on July 1. Under the three-year agreement, First Student is providing the district with 17 buses, each of which is equipped with a child-check reminder system, a crossing gate and a GPS system.
First Student wins new special-education contract
July 12, 2010
Under a three-year agreement that will begin on Aug. 1, the company will serve a Minnesota school district, providing transportation services for special-needs students and a total of 27 new buses. First Student will also continue to transport the district’s regular-ed students with a fleet of 49 buses.
Union tries to stop outsourcing of bus service
July 8, 2010
School bus drivers for a Connecticut district launch a petition drive calling for a public hearing before any vote is held by the school board on whether to contract out transportation.
First Student techs receive top ASE certification
July 6, 2010
Eleven employees at the contractor’s Schaumburg, Ill., location earn the Blue Seal of Excellence. The technicians maintain 346 buses that serve seven school districts in the area.
Cook-Illinois drivers excel during roadeo
July 6, 2010
David Jensen, Archie Banks and Jerry Heim, who work for subsidiaries of the school bus contractor, take the top three spots in the Illinois School Bus Safety Roadeo's semi-finals. They were required to complete a pre-trip inspection, participate in driving skills challenges and take a written exam.

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