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Magda Dimmendaal Named Contractor of Year
August 1, 2004

Upon starting her first job in pupil transportation 31 years ago, Magda Dimmendaal didn’t expect to become an industry leader. She started as a bus dr...

School bus contractors share $500,000 retrofit grant
August 1, 2004

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National School Transportation Association (NSTA) awarded grants totaling $500,000 to six school bus operators at the En...

40 years of influence - and counting
June 1, 2004
The National School Transportation Association is 40 years old this year. We think that’s cause for celebration, and we’ll be rolling out the red carp...
School Bus Contractors Still Fighting the Tide
June 1, 2004

The funk created by the still-stalled U.S. economy, the dangerous quagmire in Iraq and the continuing threat of terrorism on American soil is being fe...

Kulick resigns NSTA post
June 1, 2004
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Jeff Kulick has resigned as executive director of the National School Transportation Association (NSTA). His last day was Apr...
SBF's 2004 School Bus Contractor Showcase
March 1, 2004

Durham School Services

Austin, Texas

Fleet composition: 8,300 school buses
States ope...

Bill Beck named SBF's Contractor of the Year
August 1, 2003

Bill Beck doesn’t mind a challenge. He actually enjoys facing problems and is even happier when he finds solutions. As the departing president of the ...

Teaching Bus Safety With Grade-Specific Programs
August 1, 2003

Every year, school districts and bus contractors try to generate new ideas to promote and teach school bus safety to riders. It’s harder than it sound...

Major challenges met, others still remain
June 1, 2003

When I began my tenure as president of the National School Transportation Association (NSTA) two years ago, I set out three goals. They were personal,...

Continued Signs of Uncertainty for School Bus Contractors
June 1, 2003

Contractors big and small are vertically challenged these days. No, it’s not that they’re short in stature. It’s that they’re pressured by factors up ...

Pete Settle Named 2002 Contractor of the Year
August 1, 2002

Pete Settle, president of Petermann LLC in Cincinnati, has tried to walk away from the school bus business three times, unsuccessfully. Careers in aut...

SBF Showcase: Top Contractor Fleets
March 1, 2002

First Student Inc.

Fleet composition: 15,000 school buses
Drivers: 19,000
Students transported daily: 1,000,0...

First Student, Maryland and Verizon
January 1, 2002

First Student Inc. has received approval from the Hamilton County (Tenn.) Board of Education to negotiate for the school system’s transportation servi...

Keys to Developing Effective Contractor Specifications
September 1, 2001

The relationship between a school district and its transportation contractor can be influenced by any number of factors, but the most critical determi...

Phillip S. Paige Named SBF's Contraactor of the Year for 2001
August 1, 2001

Phillip Paige, president of Paige Bus Enterprises in Riverdale, Ill., was named School Bus Fleet's Contractor of the Year for 2001. The award, ...

SBF Showcase: Giant Contractor Fleets
March 1, 2001

This special section spotlights successful and innovative school bus programs. This showcase profiles four of the largest school bus contractors in North America.

John Corr Named SBF's Contractor of the Year
August 1, 2000

The president of The Trans Group grows family business into 700-plus bus operation and spearheads New York legislation that allows school districts to use RFPs to solicit school bus services.

Union fails to solidify Ohio contractor’s drivers
April 18, 2000
School bus drivers and attendants at the Warren, Ohio, location of Community Bus Services, a school bus contractor headquartered in Youngstown, Ohio, have rebuffed organizing efforts by a local union.
Consolidation bolsters need for fleet conversions
September 1, 1999

Two giant transportation companies in the United Kingdom — National Express Group PLC and FirstGroup PLC — have crossed The Pond to grab a hunk of the privatized school transportation segment.

Mid Columbia Bus Co. Named SBF’s Contractor of the Year
August 1, 1999

The Oregon-based contractor has used family ties to build an efficient, safe operation in the Pacific Northwest.

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