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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.

Roadeo champions reveal secrets of their success
October 1, 1998

Practice, persistence and preparation are the keys to winning a school bus driving competition

How to Navigate Your Fleet Through Disasters
October 1, 1998

Coordinated plans — rehearsed in tabletop and actual simulations — ensure that school bus operators can handle nature's nastiest surprises.

Turmoil at Carpenter burdens entire industry
October 1, 1998

At press time, Carpenter’s survival was in doubt, hinging on a bailout plan that seemed more grounded in wishful thinking than reality.

A tough question: Your money or your life?
October 1, 1998

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.

The Secret of Letting Go
September 1, 1998

Consistency, documentation and progressive discipline are the keys to 'successful' termination of drivers and others.

Limit Your Liability — Before Accidents Happen
September 1, 1998

Reducing your liability exposure requires constant attention to driver training, awareness of a fleet's weaknesses and a commitment to 'best practices.

Safety training has bottom-line impact
September 1, 1998

No piece of equipment can replace a good driver and attendant training program.

We need to create a new generation of drivers
June 1, 1998

Drivers in the past did as was expected, and did it with much less training and education than we enjoy today. Through the years, however, the school bus driving "job" has turned into the school bus driving "profession."

Using Computer Technology to Optimize Your Program
April 1, 1998

For routing and scheduling, maintenance tasks and information gathering, computers can save time and money.

Bringing higher standards to a Head Start operation
April 1, 1998

Making the transition from a public school transportation system to a Head Start operation offered some exciting challenges in the area of behind-the-...

Buses, Bells and Budgets
March 1, 1998

As school districts wrestle with budget issues, transportation managers try to eke out every possible efficiency in their operations. For many years, ...

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