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Take-Home Pay Less Than Zero?
March 1, 2002
Is it possible for a school bus driver to bring home a negative paycheck? Apparently so. Dan Schmidt recently quit his job as a school bus driver for...
Large District Driver Meetings
March 1, 2002
For the first time in more than 15 years, Fairfax County (Va.) Public Schools had a single countywide meeting for all of its 1,600-plus drivers and at...
5 Steps to a More Organized Office
March 1, 2002

A common misconception held by school transportation professionals is that a messy desk is a sign of hard work. But even in a fast-paced industry depe...

How to react to the mystery of Otto Nuss
March 1, 2002

We may never know why 63-year-old Otto Nuss decided to hijack his own school bus, with 13 youngsters aboard, and light out for Washington, D.C., on an...

Let's take the bite out of labor negotiations
March 1, 2002

Last year I found myself involved in negotiations between various groups of educators, administrators and board members for a school district in Misso...

Tight Budgets Force Fleets to Look at Bus Purchase Options
March 1, 2002

Cary Hartwig had a problem. The transportation supervisor at Northwood-Kensett Community Schools in Northwood, Iowa, needed to replace two buses in hi...

Onboard Video Assists in Training
February 1, 2002

The San Marcos (Calif.) Unified School District has equipped three school vans with audio/video recording systems that register bus movement. The Driv...

Use Empathy Effectively
February 1, 2002
The most effective managers are those who have the ability to empathize with their employees. This means identifying with and understanding their feel...
A Call for Public Involvement
February 1, 2002
School bus safety is not solely your operation’s responsibility, though it may seem so at times. It’s also important for the general public to underst...
Limit Involuntary Overtime Hours
February 1, 2002
Forcing employees to work overtime can cause substandard work and considerable strain on individuals outside of the workplace. Yet many employers cont...
How to Predict the Unpredictable
February 1, 2002
Is there any way to predict that a bus driver will do something bizarre that could endanger passengers, like Otto Nuss in the Pennsylvania hijacking? ...
Is It Safe to Fast-Track Driver Trainees?
February 1, 2002

A dire need of drivers, both substitute and regular, has prompted some school districts and contractors to “fast-track” recruits through the pre-servi...

Judgment Call
February 1, 2002
A bus driver has been seriously injured in an unprovoked attack by a middle-school student. School district officials do not want any negative publici...
'GMA' Puts Heat on Bus Exhaust
February 1, 2002
A study conducted by a Yale University researcher suggests that children are being exposed to unhealthy levels of diesel exhaust fumes from school bus...
Dealing with Different Personalities
February 1, 2002
Knowing key personality types may help you understand how to better communicate with your employees. To test your personality, go to www.humanmetrics....
Provide Your Drivers with Carrots
February 1, 2002
Research shows that using carrots, or employee recognition, can be an effective method of gaining loyalty and commitment. It is also an inexpensive wa...
Tragedy Requires Quick Response
February 1, 2002
On Nov. 29, 2001, a 9-year-old girl was killed and several others were critically injured when a snowplow crashed into a school bus during a snowstorm...
Follow FMCSA Safety Guidelines
February 1, 2002
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) was created in January 2000 to improve commercial vehicle safety on the highways. With studies...
Effective Ways to Use the Internet
February 1, 2002
How are you using the Internet to improve your program? I use the Internet frequently to get timely information straight from the source. I find the ...
Audio feed an invasion of privacy?
February 1, 2002
School districts and contractors who employ video surveillance in their school buses should be wary of recording audio. In a court case in Berks Coun...

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