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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.
School Bus Contractor Has a Plan
July 6, 2010

Student Transportation Inc. head Denis Gallagher discusses his “Education Stimulus Plan,” which he says gives districts an immediate cash benefit. He also talks about the company’s recent name change and its growth.

School bus contractor gives scholarships to grads
July 1, 2010
Krapf awards a total of $23,000 to 20 graduating high schoolers from the districts it serves. The company has been giving out scholarships since 1985.
NSTA Convention to Cover Current Industry Issues
July 1, 2010

Sessions at this year’s event will provide the latest information on such topics as clean diesel and school bus advocacy projects. Activities will focus on bus security and the stranded-pupil problem. NSTA is also stepping up its efforts to recognize contestants in the School Bus Driver International Safety Competition. 

What's New in the Top 50
July 1, 2010

Recent developments with several of this year's largest school bus contractor companies.

First Student honors veteran school bus drivers, aides
June 23, 2010
Sixty-five of the contractor’s employees have served their communities for 40 years or more. In other news, First Student parent company FirstGroup America is raising awareness for National Safety Month by reminding motorists to turn off mobile devices while driving.
First Student wins Ohio, Michigan contracts
June 16, 2010
Under a three-year agreement, the contractor will serve Columbus City Schools beginning July 1, operating more than 270 of the district’s routes. The company’s three-year contract with Oak Park Schools will begin with the 2010-11 school year. It will provide regular and special-education busing for students.
Nominate an outstanding contractor
June 15, 2010
SBF calls 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.
Michigan bill would outsource non-instructional labor
June 3, 2010
The legislation would require the outsourcing of all non-instructional support services in public school districts for contracts of $20,000 or more, typically food, janitorial and transportation services.
Riteway wins clean air award
June 1, 2010
Riteway operates vehicles that meet the new EPA guidelines. Other "green" initiatives include a recycling program, digital imaging, energy efficient lighting and video conferencing for all locations.
School bus contracting veteran to retire
May 25, 2010
Barry Stock has been a fixture in the pupil transportation community since he launched Stock School Transport in 1988. He recently served as president of NSTA and was named SBF’s Contractor of the Year in ’97. He describes his career as “exhilarating and rewarding.”
Krapf Bus Co. names new execs
May 25, 2010
James Folkes, a past NSTA board member, will serve as vice president of operations in the school bus division. Shawn McGlinchey, retired U.S. Coast Guard Reserves executive officer, has accepted the position of director of risk management.
STA drivers win 11 trophies at roadeo
May 24, 2010
Twelve school bus drivers representing the contractor competed in the 57th Annual Southern California Sectional Roadeo this month. Among the awards they received was the team title in the Best Represented category. Trophy winners will compete in the State Championship Roadeo this Sunday.
New leadership structure at FirstGroup America
May 14, 2010
The company will not name a new North American CEO following Mike Murray’s recent departure. First Student President Linda Burtwistle and other business unit heads will report directly to Sir Moir Lockhead, CEO of FirstGroup plc.
SBF calls for Contractor Survey participants
May 3, 2010
Managers and executives at school bus contractor companies are encouraged to respond; the deadline is May 17.
Student Transportation to deploy propane buses in contract renewal
April 30, 2010
Subsidiary Positive Connections has been awarded a contract renewal for a Minnesota school district that includes replacing about 20 percent of the fleet with propane-fueled buses.
FirstGroup America leaders step down
April 28, 2010
President and CEO Mike Murray, a 10-year veteran of the company, will resign his post at the end of this week. CFO Mark Lawton has also left the company, whose business units include school bus contractor First Student.
Connecticut district expects to benefit from outsourcing
April 9, 2010
Regional School District 17 has taken advantage of Student Transportation of America’s stimulus program. The district will receive an initial payment of $830,000 for the purchase of its fleet, which district officials say will free up funding for school facility improvements. STA will also offer positions to all current RSD 17 bus drivers.
Durham fleet achieves 100-percent inspection rating
March 15, 2010
Durham School Services operates 99 routes for Tacoma (Wash.) Public Schools and also provides maintenance services for the 70 district-owned buses used for special-education routes.

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