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Q&A: Blue Bird Seeks to Improve Cost Position, Supplier Security
February 1, 2003

With school districts and contractors constrained by tight budgets from purchasing large numbers of new buses, these are hard times for the school bus...

Some lowlights of 2002
February 1, 2003

What was the worst thing one of your drivers, or one of your supervisors, did in 2002?

Supervisors speak out

The worst thing o...

Bridging the Communication Gap: Foreign Language Driver Training
February 1, 2003

In a rapidly changing nation, where students hail from a multitude of foreign cultures, speaking only one language in schools and on the school bus is...

Study Analyzes Cell Phone Use by Drivers
December 1, 2002
A new study by the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis (HCRA), a research organization dedicated to promoting public health, estimates that cell phone us...
Driving With Presence of Mind
December 1, 2002
Delores Little, a 24-year school bus driver with the Middletown Board of Education in Middletown, Ohio, has seen a lot in her time. But nothing quite ...
Parents Sue Over Child Left on Bus
December 1, 2002
The parents of a 3-year-old boy left on a bus for four hours are suing the Board of Education of Milford, Conn., and Winkle Bus Co., the school bus co...
Harassment charge against bus driver
December 1, 2002
One of your drivers is accused of sexual harassment by a student on a middle-school route. The driver has no history of similar complaints. The girl w...
Trying Students with a Jury of Peers
December 1, 2002
Greenville County Schools in Greenville, S.C., is testing a new tool for dealing with misbehavior on campus — youth court. Two high schools will be pi...
A Simplifying Software Program
December 1, 2002
Merle Jewett, director of transportation for the Merced (Calif.) City School District, manages transportation for approximately 600 special-needs stud...
Driver Conflict Management Tips
December 1, 2002
P.E.A.C.E. (People Effectively Addressing Conflict Everyday) Skills Inc. is an Irmo, S.C.-based consulting firm that teaches organizations practical a...
The Not-So-Simple Life of a Starfish
December 1, 2002
Deborah Lincoln, pupil transportation director in Oregon and president of the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services...
Highway-Rail Intersection Awareness
December 1, 2002
• Look for the advance warning sign, a yellow circle marked by an “R X R,” to allow time for a gradual stop. Motorists traveling behind the bus may no...
Drivers’ wish list
December 1, 2002
The one thing that would best allow us to do the job better is improved discipline. All other factors taken into consideration —wages, training, equip...
Q&A: New President at Thomas Faces Key Challenges
December 1, 2002

In late August, Thomas Built Buses announced that longtime president John Thomas III was stepping down and being replaced by John O’Leary, a driving f...

Bus sales on the rise despite opinions to the contrary
December 1, 2002

Although the full recovery of the U.S. economy is still in the offing, North American school bus sales rebounded during sales year 2002 (Nov. 1, 2001,...

Set 5 achievable goals for the coming year
December 1, 2002

No one warns you about how fast the years tumble by as you grow older. Each year gets behind us more quickly than the last. Psychologists probably hav...

What's New in the Top 100
December 1, 2002

Buncombe County retrofits engines for cleaner emissions
As part of its Voluntary Diesel Retrofit Program, the Environmental Protection Age...

Robert Pape Named SBF's Administrator of the Year for 2002
December 1, 2002

For his achievement and leadership in the school transportation industry, Robert Pape, director of transportation at Lawrence (N.Y.) Public Schools, w...

News from the World of Pupil Transportation
November 1, 2002

Blue Bird closes Iowa plant permanently

FORT VALLEY, Ga. — Blue Bird Corp. has closed its school bus manufacturing facility in Mount ...

‘Assistant Drivers’ Provide Solution
November 1, 2002
The school bus driver shortage presents a seemingly never-ending dilemma. Creative recruiting efforts are the norm as school districts attempt to moll...

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