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Drivers rescue cat from bus engine
November 24, 2014
Two Westlake (Ohio) City Schools bus drivers help save the life of a cat who suffers a broken leg and tail after getting caught in a school bus engine. The drivers are raising money to cover the medical costs for her recovery, and one driver has adopted the cat.
China Faces Challenges in Bolstering School Bus Safety
November 20, 2014

A fatal school van crash in China in 2011 confirmed the need for stronger safety measures in transporting students. Industry veterans from the U.S. are sharing their expertise with Chinese counterparts, but the country’s vast population, extreme traffic congestion and other factors present obstacles to implementing an American-style yellow bus system.

New NAPT site targets ‘Data Driven Decisions’
November 19, 2014
The association’s 3d.napt.org website aims to help school transportation providers make informed decisions with safety and efficiency in mind.
NAPT board members take on new responsibilities
November 18, 2014
Keith Henry moves into the president position, and Steve Simmons will serve as acting president-elect until NAPT’s next election.
NAPT honors award winners at Summit
November 18, 2014
SCHOOL BUS FLEET Publisher Emeritus Frank Di Giacomo was recognized with the NAPT Distinguished Service award, and Bill Loshbough, NAPT's trade show manager, was inducted into the NAPT Hall of Fame.
14 Fascinating Personalities in Pupil Transportation
November 14, 2014

A WWII veteran who is still training school bus drivers in his 90s. A mechanic-turned-manager who test-drove a bus to Toad Suck, Arkansas. A state director who used to be a hair stylist. Get the scoop on these and other intriguing school bus people in the return of this popular series.

Blue Bird announces price increase
November 14, 2014
The 3.2% increase will cover cost increases in labor and materials. Blue Bird has maintained prices since 2011, officials say.
Seon names anti-bullying contest winners
November 13, 2014
Three winners were honored at the NAPT Summit. Each winner will receive a Seon stuffed teddy bear and anti-bullying medal, and their school will receive a Bully Project DVD and Educator’s Kit, and a $500 donation for anti-bullying education.
Transfinder to open new office in Texas
November 12, 2014
The Austin office will offer additional support hours and training. Texas has Transfinder’s second-largest concentration of customers.
New Micro Bird Type A bus turns heads at trade show
November 12, 2014
According to Blue Bird, the T-Series bus body’s aerodynamic features aid in increasing fuel economy by about 20%.
Blue Bird to unveil new Type A bus, new technology
November 10, 2014
Along with the new Micro Bird T-Series bus, Blue Bird will debut an electronic stability control system and a new Propane Vision warranty.
Keynote speaker encourages audience to ‘enjoy the ride’
November 10, 2014
Motivational speaker Steve Gilliland amuses the NAPT crowd with anecdotes that illustrate the importance of enjoying life’s journey and feeling passion for your work.
Jim Beekman named SBF’s Administrator of the Year
November 10, 2014
The industry veteran galvanized the Orange County (Fla.) Public Schools transportation department and implemented improvements that led to increased efficiency, multi-million-dollar savings and high staff morale.
Blue Bird announces 2014 Supplier Awards
November 7, 2014
The company presented its 2014 Supplier of the Year award to Bendix Commercial Systems for teaming with Blue Bird to launch a premier air disc brake. Blue Bird also recognized 10 other suppliers for quality, innovation and service.
Texas district honored for safety, efficiency initiatives
November 7, 2014
Houston Independent School District is recognized by District Administration magazine for its bus tracking, safety and fleet greening programs.
Leadership changes, dealer inventory funding at Navistar
November 7, 2014
A $250 million deal will support IC Bus and International Truck dealer inventory funding. Also, Navistar is restructuring its senior leadership team.
American Cooling Technology appoints 2 to sales team
November 6, 2014
The bus air-conditioning supplier names Rick Coffman regional sales engineer for the Southwestern U.S. and Bill Schroyer the Southeast regional sales manager.
SBF to head up tech talk at NAPT
November 5, 2014
Editors from the magazine will head up a roundtable discussion about automated and connected vehicle technology with industry experts at the NAPT Summit on Saturday.
Mother arrested for yelling profanities at kids' bus driver
November 5, 2014
Tamara Moore allegedly swore at the Clayton County, Georgia-based driver, threatened her and commented on her weight because the driver missed her kids' stop. Police charged Moore with disorderly conduct and disrupting the operation of a public school.
6 Helpful Routes to Take When a School Bus Driver Dies
November 5, 2014

What courses of action should a transportation leader follow when a school bus driver dies? Here, a veteran director who recently faced that sad situation shares steps to help staff members, students and the driver’s family deal with their loss.

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