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NSTA supports NTSB recommendations on occupant protection
July 26, 2013
The school bus contractors group says that its 2007 Statement on Occupant Protection aligns with the National Transportation Safety Board’s new recommendations, which follow the agency’s investigations of last year’s fatal school bus accidents in Chesterfield, N.J., and Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Tim Flood named president of NSTA
July 25, 2013
In the role, Flood says that he plans to focus on addressing the growing safety and security challenges facing the industry and on increasing awareness of outsourcing school transportation as a safe and cost-effective solution.
NSTA honors contractors for service excellence
July 25, 2013
Members convene in Tulsa, Okla., this week for the association’s 49th Annual Meeting and Convention, and they are honored during an awards ceremony in such areas as environmentally friendly efforts, and safe and longtime service.
David Duke named Contractor of the Year
July 24, 2013
The CEO of National Express Corp. has overseen the company as it has achieved significant growth and safety accomplishments. He has also remained active in industry associations, serving on the National School Transportation Association board of directors for the last five years.
First Student donates $5,000 to support educational program
July 22, 2013
The school bus contractor allocates the money to sponsor Wichita (Kan.) Public Schools’ golf tournament, which supports the school system’s Educational Edge Program. The program is a nonprofit that raises funds for athletics, fine arts, and project grants for classrooms and teachers within the district.
First Student adds 50 Blue Bird propane buses to fleet
July 16, 2013
The school bus contractor will use the Propane-Powered Vision units to transport students under its agreement with Bozeman (Mont.) Public Schools. The buses feature GPS, digital video cameras, the Child Check-Mate electronic reminder system and crossing gates.
What's new in the Top 50
July 16, 2013

The latest developments related to several of this year’s largest school bus contractors.

Durham to serve Michigan district under 3-year contract
July 15, 2013
The school bus contractor’s agreement with Kenowa Hills Public Schools begins Sept. 1, and the contract is the company’s first in western Michigan. Durham will use 34 buses to serve six schools and more than 2,400 student riders, with a plan to replace a significant portion of the fleet over time, officials say.
STA to receive Blue Bird bus during Propane Road Tour
July 10, 2013
The Propane-Powered Vision unit will be delivered to Student Transportation of America’s Omaha, Neb., terminal next week during the tour, which will raise awareness of propane as a clean, safe, cost-effective and efficient alternative fuel for school bus use. The bus is the last in a landmark order of 434 propane Vision units that the contractor made last year.
With growth, Krapf keeps focus on people
July 2, 2013

After 70 years in operation, Pennsylvania-based George Krapf Jr. & Sons is the sixth-largest school bus contractor in the nation and extends into multiple states. CEO Blake Krapf says that building strong relationships with districts and maintaining a top-quality staff are still the keys to the business.

Durham wins Tennessee contract
June 26, 2013
The school bus contractor’s agreement with Hardin County Schools in Savannah is scheduled to begin July 1 in preparation for the upcoming school year. Durham will serve seven schools with 43 buses that will be equipped with GPS and video cameras.
Apple Bus acquires Mid America Transportation
June 21, 2013
Officials for the company say the acquisition will build its presence in Kansas City, Mo., and surrounding areas. Apple Bus will take over all of Mid America Transportation’s business, with the exception of its contract with Lexington R-V School District.
First Student chosen for National Safety Council award
June 19, 2013
The operator receives the 2013 Occupational Safety Excellence Achievement Award. The award is presented to companies that have reported injuries and illnesses that involved days away from work equal to or less than half of the Bureau of Labor Statistics rating, and had zero staff fatalities during the 2012 calendar year.
Krapf awards $25,000 in educational scholarships
June 19, 2013
The Pennsylvania-based school bus contractor continues its 22-year tradition of offering scholarships to deserving seniors at each of the high schools for which it provides student transportation. Among the 2013 recipients is Lauren Ahern, who attends Downingtown (Pa.) High School West.
Senator to speak at NSTA meeting
June 17, 2013
U.S. Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma will provide a keynote address at the school bus contracting group's 49th Annual Meeting & Convention in Tulsa. Association officials say that Inhofe is a strong supporter of the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act program.
Missouri bus company wins 3-year contract
June 4, 2013
Kansas City’s Apple Bus Co. will operate approximately 90 school buses for New Orleans-based FirstLine Schools. This is the transportation company’s first contract in Louisiana.
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.”

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