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NSTA honors outstanding contractors
July 19, 2012
More than a dozen school bus contracting professionals earn awards at the National School Transportation Association’s ceremony in Milwaukee. Percy Abbott of First Student wins the Distinguished Service honor.
Kobussen named Contractor of the Year
July 19, 2012
The Wisconsin school bus contractor delivers exemplary service to its school district customers — one of which Kobussen has been serving for nearly 75 years. Members of the Kobussen family have also served as key contributors to school transportation associations, and they are known for lending a hand to colleagues.
Minn. pupil transporters honored for service, dedication
July 18, 2012
The Minnesota School Bus Operators Association recognizes six school bus drivers with the Transportation Specialist Award. Betty Jeanne Trobec, owner of Trobec’s Bus Service Inc., receives the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Bruce Dischinger, an owner of Monarch Bus Service, receives the Jim DeVeau Award.
Winners named in national bus safety competition
July 17, 2012
Drivers from around the nation participate in the 42nd Annual School Bus Driver International Safety Competition. Mark Koelbl of First Student in Alberta places first in the Conventional Bus category, Antonio Perez of San Dieguito Union High School District in California takes top honors in the Transit Bus category and Russell Altizer of Montgomery County Public Schools in Virginia wins first place in the Small Bus category.
N.Y. association names top technician
July 2, 2012
Matt Gould, a service manager and school bus technician for First Student, receives the 2012 Technician of the Year award from the Central New York Association for Pupil Transportation. Officials say the annual award recognizes a school transportation professional who works to ensure a safe and efficient school bus ride.
First Student wins 2 Mich. contracts
June 28, 2012
The contractor will serve Flint Community Schools in a three-year agreement, adding 45 new buses to the fleet, and Saginaw Public Schools under a five-year agreement, adding 20 new buses to the fleet. In other news, parent company FirstGroup America hosts a delegation from the Arab state Oman to discuss best practices, including road safety, management and hiring.
First Student purchases 86 Blue Bird propane buses
June 26, 2012
The contractor receives the buses this month, and they will be used by Portland (Ore.) Public Schools. Officials for Blue Bird and ROUSH CleanTech, which developed the fuel system for the buses, say that it is the largest single order to date for the Next Generation Propane-Powered Vision. In related news, John Roselli joins Blue Bird as director of alternative fuels.
New execs bring ‘fresh eyes’ to IC Bus
June 19, 2012

Over the past year, the school bus manufacturer has assembled a leadership team that is instilling new ideas into the business — from manufacturing improvements to sales and marketing strategies.

Durham wins Wash., Ore. contracts
June 18, 2012
The contractor will serve Newport (Wash.) School District and St. Helens Public Schools in Portland under five-year agreements that will begin in July for the upcoming school year. Durham will operate 78 routes for Newport and 28 routes for St. Helens.
Durham awarded 3-year contract
June 14, 2012
Durham School Services will operate 97 home-to-school routes and 109 buses for Rochester (Mich.) Community Schools starting in July. The company reportedly plans to hire as many of the district's drivers, monitors, mechanics and staff as possible, and officials say the contract will save the district approximately $4.7 million over the three-year period.
First Student completes safest year ever, officials say
June 12, 2012
The company travels more than 250,385 miles between preventable collisions in fiscal year 2011-12, and the chance for injury on or around a school bus is one in 7,690,000 million miles driven. This achievement is attributed to employee training and face-to-face safety conversations. In other news, the company is awarded a new five-year contract with Xenia (Ohio) Community Schools.
Stock Transportation driver honored for service excellence
June 11, 2012
Donna Graves is named the 2011-12 School Bus Driver of the Year by the Nova Scotia Federation of Home and School Associations. Graves, who has worked for Stock Transportation for more than 12 years, was nominated by Shatford Memorial Elementary School, where she transports students.
Durham School Services wins R.I., Minn. contracts
June 7, 2012
Under a three-year agreement with the Burrillville School Department in Harrisville, R.I., the company will operate 27 home-to-school routes and 34 buses beginning with the 2012-13 school year. Durham’s contract with Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Independent School District 191 in Burnsville, Minn., is reportedly the company’s first in the state, and it will operate 100 buses for the district.
STI subsidiary wins new contract
June 5, 2012
In addition to securing the contract, Student Transportation of America Inc. signs two non-material letters of intent to acquire two school transportation companies. Officials say the contract and acquisitions will add over 190 vehicles to the fleet and annualized revenues of over $9 million.
First Student awards $8K in scholarships
June 4, 2012
Four high school seniors at Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District in Palmer, Alaska, receive the money from the school bus contractor, which will help cover the cost of college or vocational school tuition. In other news, First Student is providing shuttle service at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, Wash., through Labor Day.
Ill. bill would set new rules for awarding bus contracts
May 31, 2012
The General Assembly passes House Bill 4029, which would require that school districts award school bus contracts by first considering the bidder most able to provide safety and comfort for students, and stability of service. Then price may be considered. The legislation now awaits approval or veto from Gov. Pat Quinn.
Birnie Bus adds over 200 units with new contract
May 30, 2012
The Rome, N.Y.-based company will start work on a new school transportation contract in Duval County, Fla., in August. The pact will increase Birnie's fleet by about 221 large buses.
STI honors military employees and families
May 29, 2012
The contractor asks its more than 9,000 employees to recognize those at the company who have served in the armed forces or are in active duty as part of Military Appreciation Month. The recognitions will continue throughout the year.
Transporte Sonnell brings 40 new buses to Puerto Rico
May 29, 2012
The company replaces older buses in its fleet with new Trans Tech Bus units. Hernan Burgos, vice president of operations, tells SBF that Transporte Sonnell is "the first school bus contractor company that brought new buses here in Puerto Rico."
MV Transportation's revenue up 14%
May 22, 2012
The company reports record revenue of $829 million in 2011. Also last year, MV subsidiary Reliant Transportation made two acquisitions in the student transportation market and became one of the 50 largest school bus contractors in the U.S. and Canada.

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