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Still looking for a few good people?
April 1, 2003

The pupil transportation community is full of good people who understand and relish the awesome challenge of transporting schoolchildren to and from s...

Industry News
March 1, 2003

Driving instructors fix mirror problem with homemade grid

BEL AIR, Md. — When Kathie Mayor couldn’t see the rear bumper in the m...

Q&A: Budgetary Challenges Pressure the Whole Industry
March 1, 2003

Tom Cellitti, vice president/general manager of International Truck and Engine Corp.’s Bus Vehicle Center, got a working introduction to school buses ...

How to make peace with your 'sixth sense'
March 1, 2003

In my version of “The Sixth Sense,” the tortured little boy played by Haley Joel Osment whispers a slightly different terrible secret: “I see deadline...

10 Characteristics of Safe, Professional School Bus Drivers
March 1, 2003

If you are like me, by the time the last few weeks of the school year roll around you are probably running out of ideas for fresh and interesting safe...

Spring Branch ISD Takes Two-Sided Approach to Success
February 1, 2003

Spring Branch Independent School District in Houston believes it can provide better transportation service to its students by splitting the program. O...

Interest Grows in Tracking of Students on Buses
February 1, 2003

Although tracking of vehicles using GPS (global positioning systems) is becoming increasingly common in commercial transportation, it’s still rarely u...

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...

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