When such a tragedy occurs, it challenges our leadership skills. As a superintendent, it's my job to ensure that every department, including transportation, is working as a team with the district office.
A safety coordinator and drivers combine talents to bring an entertaining - and informative - show to schoolchildren.
Vengeful students can disrupt a driver's or aide's life with a false report. Some officials believe tougher penalties are necessary.
Job satisfaction is the key to retaining drivers. Treat them with respect, compensate them fairly, show your appreciation - or lose them.
I'd like to offer my own advice on dealing with the driver shortage. Some of this is drawn from my experience in the publishing world, which has its own healthy share of turnover.
We spend countless hours in the schools, working with the elementary students to foster a sense of responsibility and respect.
I've said this before, school bus drivers have a tremendous - and terrible - responsibility. So many things can go wrong.
Global positioning system (GPS) technology is becoming widely used, but will it satisfy the requirements of school bus operators?
NTSB Chairman Jim Hall challenges the industry to 'commit' to lap-shoulder belts, while CNN's Jim Polk challenges the NAPT.
With all the publicity about the year 2000 (Y2K) computer problem, the school transportation industry has been strangely silent on this issue.
"Loser cruiser." This is the term a junior high school student used to describe the school bus she rode every day. It got me thinking about our industry's lack of commitment to improving the image of the yellow school bus to the people who really matter — students.
I've never been much of a rah-rah guy. Sure, I occasionally enjoy listening to inspirational stories about people who've overcome incredible odds, but...
Recognized for his excellence at the local and state levels, Bobby Gaffney of Woodford County received this year's award.
Improve your communication links, driver-chaperone training and post-accident preparation to maximize transportation safety.
Practice, persistence and preparation are the keys to winning a school bus driving competition
Coordinated plans — rehearsed in tabletop and actual simulations — ensure that school bus operators can handle nature's nastiest surprises.
At press time, Carpenter’s survival was in doubt, hinging on a bailout plan that seemed more grounded in wishful thinking than reality.
The long hours and deepening stress levels, caused by inadequate staffing, driver shortages, passenger misbehavior and parent complaints, can only lead to a systematic burnout of transportation managers.
Consistency, documentation and progressive discipline are the keys to 'successful' termination of drivers and others.
Reducing your liability exposure requires constant attention to driver training, awareness of a fleet's weaknesses and a commitment to 'best practices.
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