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GPS Technology Monitors Buses
January 1, 2002

The transportation department at Palm Beach County (Fla.) School District will be increasing its school bus monitoring capabilities via the Global Tra...

Conducting Effective Meetings
January 1, 2002
No one enjoys a meeting that lacks structure or usefulness, and it’s a sure bet that no one learns from that type of meeting. Still, meetings are a ne...
Test Your Bus Drivers’ Knowledge
January 1, 2002
The following questions are samples from the CDL exam for passenger bus operators. Use them to test the expertise of your drivers. During a pre-trip ...
Father Calls For Tougher Drug Tests
January 1, 2002
On Feb. 7, 2001, 15-year-old Brian Burdett was struck and killed by his own school bus when he stopped in the road, apparently to tie his shoe. Nearly...
12 Ways to Gain Staff Cooperation
January 1, 2002
1. The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it. Avoid an argument as you would a losing proposition. 2. Never tell someone they are wr...
The Cure for Boring In-Service Sessions
January 1, 2002
Even the most interesting in-services have critics, and understandably so. Over the years, drivers tire of the “same old stuff.” There are only so man...
A Silver Lining to the Rising Unemployment Rate
January 1, 2002
The shortage of school bus drivers is finally abating, helped considerably by the increasing number of people who find themselves jobless in the withe...
Don’t Get Taken in Online Investing
January 1, 2002
Whether searching for pupil transportation products or services or researching personal investments, it’s important to have a strategy for finding the...
Evaluating Your Mentor Program
January 1, 2002
Assigning new hires a mentor driver to answer questions and provide support can be a highly effective means of rounding out a new driver’s training. B...
Judgment Call
January 1, 2002
A principal at an elementary school wants to have a bus driver disciplined for allegedly being rude to a parent during a morning pick-up. The driver d...
2-Year Prison Term for Driver
January 1, 2002
The California school bus driver who was convicted of running over and killing 15-year-old Brian Burdett last year has been sentenced to two years in ...
News from the World of Pupil Transportation
December 1, 2001

’Danger zone’ deaths slip

TOPEKA, Kan. — Latest statistics reveal that nine children were killed by their own school bus or by a passing veh...

Training Program Merits Acclaim
December 1, 2001

At the National Association for Pupil Transportation’s (NAPT) Annual Conference last month in Nashville, Tenn., the Hillsborough County (Fla.) Schools...

Tips on Spec’ing Pre-K School Buses
December 1, 2001

Because the population of pre-kindergarten children being transported to and from schools, childcare centers and Head Start agencies in school buses h...

Don’t Make These Routing Errors
December 1, 2001
John Fahey, assistant superintendent at Buffalo (N.Y.) City School District, discusses the most common mistakes made during the routing process. L...
Negotiating Accommodations
December 1, 2001
As an employer, meeting the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) can be confusing, but it doesn’t have to be traumatic. The key t...
Hints for De-Escalating Conflicts
December 1, 2001
In the field of school transportation, conflict is commonplace. Regardless of whether it exists between employees, students or parents, conflict can c...
What You Need to Know about Risk
December 1, 2001
School transportation managers deal with several risk management issues on a daily basis. What areas of risk-management training should be required of...
Should our Transportation Program Be Audited?
December 1, 2001
Our transportation department seems to be running smoothly, but I think it could be run more efficiently. How do I know if there’s a need for a third-...
A Busing Contract
December 1, 2001
To reduce behavior problems down the road, you may want to start the year off with a student busing contract that lays out expectations for appropriat...

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