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School Bus Software Offering More Accessibility, One-Stop Shop Options
February 27, 2015

Choices abound for routing and fleet maintenance software packages that are available on any web-connected device, eliminate the need to spend time importing and exporting data to one central location, and automatically track a variety of information in real time.

HSM treats 75 drivers to breakfast for Love the Bus
February 27, 2015
North Carolina State Superintendent June Atkinson rides on a school bus and joins drivers for a Love the Bus breakfast sponsored by HSM.
Blue Bird becomes publicly traded company
February 26, 2015
The school bus manufacturer debuts on the Nasdaq stock exchange with the ticker symbol “BLBD” after the close of an acquisition by Hennessy.
Minnesota district launches late-bus alert app
February 25, 2015
St. Paul Public Schools’ free MySPPS Bus application provides alerts on school buses that are running more than 10 minutes late.
School bus driver visits Peru for charitable work
February 25, 2015
Tiger Melhem of Prince Edward Island, Canada, is bringing about $15,000 worth of donated items to needy kids for Help a Kid Wear Shoes in Peru, a charity he launched in 2007.
Update: Suspect identified in school bus fires
February 25, 2015
Police say it appears that a juvenile suspect was acting alone when two school buses were burned in Newport, North Carolina, on Sunday night.
IC Bus Exec Trish Reed Talks Propane, School Bus Sales
February 25, 2015

Reed discusses the benefits of IC Bus’ new propane school bus, which the manufacturer sees tying in to projected growth in alternative fuels.

2 school buses burn in suspected arson
February 23, 2015
The buses, parked in a school lot in Newport, North Carolina, were set on fire on Sunday night. Police say that “suspicious items” were found on the buses.
Florida state school bus driver competition to return
February 19, 2015
Hillsborough County Public Schools will host the event on Feb. 28. It has been several years since a state school bus driver competition has been held in Florida.
20 Tips for Dealing with Driver Shortage
February 18, 2015

School bus driver shortage is an ongoing challenge for the industry that has gotten worse recently, SBF research has found. Here, we share best practices in tackling the problem, from boosting recruiting efforts to addressing absenteeism.

Department Boosts Behavior Training, Improves Bus Environment
February 17, 2015

Raytown (Mo.) Quality Schools practices Positive Behavior Support, which drastically reduced write-ups for minor infractions and bullying. The approach refocuses the spotlight on students who follow the bus rules instead of those who cause trouble to get attention, and emphasizes teaching students how to meet behavior expectations.

Blue Bird honors dealers for sales, service
February 17, 2015
The manufacturer recognized the 35 recipients of the 2014 Dealer Award for their exceptional sales and service performance at its dealer meeting. Bryson Sales and Service of Washington took top honors as the 2014 Blue Bird Dealer of the Year.
Video shows school bus driver walking off job
February 17, 2015
Surveillance footage shows a bus driver for Columbia-Brazoria Independent School District in Texas yelling at students, pulling the bus over, deboarding and waiting for a backup driver to arrive. She resigned the day after the incident.
NTSB: Transportation fatalities dropped 3% in 2013
February 17, 2015
Fatalities in all modes of transportation totaled 34,678 in 2013, down from 35,796 in 2012, according to preliminary figures from the National Transportation Safety Board.
SafeStop brings bus, student tracking app to California
February 12, 2015
SafeStop debuted its school bus and student tracking app, SafeStop, with parents of students at Campbell Hall, a school located in North Hollywood. The app is also available in New York, Florida and South Carolina.
NHTSA, EPA officials show ‘Love’ for the school bus
February 12, 2015
Federal dignitaries join elementary students to celebrate the yellow bus and its vital role in education at the American School Bus Council’s main event for Love the Bus.
4 students burned on school bus
February 12, 2015
The radiator on the North Carolina bus overheated and spilled hot liquid into the rear compartment where the children were seated. While three were transported to a burn unit for treatment, none of the injuries are considered life-threatening.
Newly found footage of historic school bus accident to air
February 10, 2015
Home movie footage of a school bus being pulled out of a Kentucky river following what has been called the worst school bus accident in U.S. history will be shown as part of a film that is a follow-up to the 2009 documentary The Very Worst Thing.
Driver receives school bus casket as gift
February 10, 2015
Glen Davis, a former longtime bus driver for Grand Meadow (Minn.) Public Schools, received a casket built and painted to resemble a school bus from his friend, the owner of a funeral home, who wanted to pay tribute to his life.
To lessen shortage, district lets attendants take a test-drive
February 10, 2015
Humble (Texas) Independent School District invited its bus attendants to take part in a ride-and-drive event, allowing them to try driving a school bus in the safety of a large parking lot. Nearly all the attendants who participated have decided to start training to become school bus drivers.
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