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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.
Contractor Roundtable: The Current Business Climate
March 12, 2010

School bus contractors offer insights on the advantages of contracting in the current economic climate as well as the impact of state and national regulatory issues.

National Express names new leadership
March 9, 2010
David Duke will join the organization as chief executive officer in June 2011. In the interim, John Elliott will assume the role of CEO of National Express Corp., which operates as Durham School Services in the U.S. and Stock Transportation in Canada.
Transportation industry veteran passes away
February 26, 2010
Thomas Gallagher, father of Student Transportation Inc. Chairman and CEO Denis Gallagher, had been a consultant for the school bus contractor since 1999. He previously worked for Laidlaw Transit and founded Coast Cities Coaches.
Detroit Public Schools to privatize transportation
February 23, 2010
First Student will transport the district’s nearly 90,000 students with a fleet of about 360 vehicles under a five-year contract that begins on May 1. By the start of the 2010-11 school year, all of the buses will feature GPS tracking and child-check reminder systems, as well as crossing gates.
STA offers 'stimulus plan' to school districts
February 17, 2010
The contractor has designated $100 million to help district-owned pupil transportation operations convert to privatized service with the aim of reducing costs so that more money can be spent on education. STA says it will replace older buses, hire local and existing bus drivers, and purchase equipment and supplies from local merchants.
First Student wins Kansas contract
February 9, 2010
The contractor will serve Wichita Public Schools 259 under a seven-year agreement that will begin on Aug. 1. First Student will manage 600 buses, each of which will be outfitted with a digital video camera, GPS and an electronic vehicle inspection component.
NSTA awards Green Fleet Certification to 11 members
January 29, 2010
Open to all NSTA members in good standing, the Green Fleet Certification program has been endorsed by the EPA's Clean School Bus USA program.

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