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Take a sneak peek into a digital school bus
April 1, 1999

First off, I would like to thank the Ohio Association for Pupil Transportation for its hospitality at its annual conference in Columbus in mid-March.

Get More from Your Specs in the Long Run
April 1, 1999

Before you send out your next set of bids, review your spec'ing process to ensure that it delivers the product that you want.

Dealer Service Can Make or Break Relationships with Buyers
April 1, 1999

School bus operators share their positive and negative experiences in dealing with chassis and body manufacturers.

Internet Provides Practical Benefits for Transportation Managers
April 1, 1999

The Internet can be used to track key legislation and approaching storms. It also can trim costs in disseminating information.

Staff Empowerment Is Objective of Team Management System
March 1, 1999

By adopting a decentralized, team-oriented structure, Tulsa's transportation department has shifted decision-making power to the rank and file.

Head Start Programs Push 'Commitment' to Recruit, Retain Drivers
March 1, 1999

Fortunately, wages are not the driving force for employment. 'Making a difference' is the leading attraction, and many parents respond.

Tragedy puts emphasis on planning, teamwork
March 1, 1999

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.

Puppet Masters
February 1, 1999

A safety coordinator and drivers combine talents to bring an entertaining - and informative - show to schoolchildren.

False Accusations Create Dilemma for Drivers, Managers
February 1, 1999

Vengeful students can disrupt a driver's or aide's life with a false report. Some officials believe tougher penalties are necessary.

Staying Power: Keys to Improving Driver Retention
February 1, 1999

Job satisfaction is the key to retaining drivers. Treat them with respect, compensate them fairly, show your appreciation - or lose them.

Driver turnover hurts, but there's gain in pain
February 1, 1999

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.

Children learn from parents that buses are 'loser cruisers'
February 1, 1999

We spend countless hours in the schools, working with the elementary students to foster a sense of responsibility and respect.

Show no mercy toward these neglectful drivers
February 1, 1999

I've said this before, school bus drivers have a tremendous - and terrible - responsibility. So many things can go wrong.

GPS Brings School Buses into Range
December 1, 1998

Global positioning system (GPS) technology is becoming widely used, but will it satisfy the requirements of school bus operators?

Dramatic Moments Highlight 1998 NAPT Show
December 1, 1998

NTSB Chairman Jim Hall challenges the industry to 'commit' to lap-shoulder belts, while CNN's Jim Polk challenges the NAPT.

Will the 'Millennium Bug' bite school bus operators?
December 1, 1998

With all the publicity about the year 2000 (Y2K) computer problem, the school transportation industry has been strangely silent on this issue.

Lack of commitment fuels the 'loser cruiser'
December 1, 1998

"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.

This motivational speech left me wanting more
December 1, 1998

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...

Kentuckian Named SBF's Administrator of the Year
December 1, 1998

Recognized for his excellence at the local and state levels, Bobby Gaffney of Woodford County received this year's award.

Manage an Activity-Trip Crisis Before it Occurs
October 1, 1998

Improve your communication links, driver-chaperone training and post-accident preparation to maximize transportation safety.

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