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Ill. school bus company undergoes leadership changes
September 20, 2012
Effective Jan. 1, Steve Hemmerlein will join North America Central School Bus Holding Co. LLC as the CEO; current CEO and founder Bruce Barr plans to retire. H. Kevin Mest is serving as the interim CEO, and he also assumes the position of chief operating officer. The new team includes Patrick Earley as chief financial officer as well.
Blue Bird honors long-time employees
September 6, 2012
The company honors 66 employees with employment milestones of 35 years or greater during a ceremony. The employees are awarded with a certificate of appreciation and a gift of $50 per five-year employment increment.
Pittsburgh’s new school bus contract to save $1.8M
September 5, 2012
The school district collaborated with its 19 transportation providers to come up with the new agreement, which freezes a rate increase, among other changes. Director of Pupil Transportation Ted Vasser tells SBF about how the deal was worked out.
First Student adds 99 buses to Cincinnati fleet
August 27, 2012
The school bus contractor adds the Thomas Built Saf-T-Liner buses to its fleet that serves Cincinnati Public Schools. The buses feature an enlarged front window for greater visibility and a footprint of near-zero nitrogen oxide emission.
Rachel McCleery to leave NSTA
August 23, 2012
McCleery will end her tenure at the association on Aug. 30 to do press and correspondence work for a Michigan congressman. McCleery joined NSTA in July 2011 as communications and operations manager, and officials say she was a valuable asset to the association, having advanced its social media exposure and updated its operating systems.
First Student names Mich., Ga. location managers
August 17, 2012
John Kiraly manages all aspects of daily transportation operations for the location serving Saginaw (Mich.) Public Schools, including maintenance, safety and training. Jim Daniel oversees the facility in Savannah, Ga., including all aspects of safety, maintenance and training for Savannah-Chatham County Public School System.
Contractor of the Year profile: Kobussen Buses
August 16, 2012

The Wisconsin school bus operator 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 been key contributors to industry associations, and they are known for lending a hand to colleagues.

Student Transportation officials to appear on TV
August 14, 2012
CEO Denis Gallagher and the team from subsidiary Jordan Transportation will be featured on “Nightly Business Report” on Wednesday as part of the news program’s back-to-school series. In anticipation of the new school year, the company is preparing buses, test-driving routes and training drivers.
Family sells bus company to Riteway
August 7, 2012
The Degnitz family, after 40 years in the business, sells Degnitz Bus Service to Riteway Bus Service Inc. Degnitz served the School District of Random Lake in Wisconsin, and officials say Degnitz's management and drivers will continue in their roles as part of the Riteway team.
First Student names location manager, wins new contract
August 1, 2012
Dave Chappell will oversee all transportation operations in Greensboro, N.C., including safety and maintenance for Guilford County Schools. In other news, the company will provide school transportation for the Nebraska panhandle under a four-year agreement with Gering and Scottsbluff Public Schools.
First Student to provide shuttle service to high schoolers
July 30, 2012
The school bus contractor will transport these students within Lorain (Ohio) City School District for the upcoming school year following the district’s decision to eliminate high school busing due to budget cuts. The cost for the service is $20 per student for the entire school year, and it is being provided free of charge to the district.
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.

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