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American Cooling Technology names Dave Oberdorff CEO
November 13, 2013
Oberdorff is promoted to the role of president and CEO of the company, which provides air-conditioning systems for buses. He previously served as general manager since joining American Cooling Technology in 2011.
Blue Bird adds new Canadian dealer
November 12, 2013
Dynamic Specialty Vehicles will provide sales, service and parts support for Blue Bird customers in British Columbia and the Yukon. The dealership has been supplying Type A buses to western Canada since 1988.
NYC: New school bus contracts to save $210 million
November 12, 2013
The New York City mayor and education chancellor report that the school busing contracts that were opened up for public bid last spring and awarded in May will save the city an estimated $210 million over the next five years. The savings is in addition to the $100 million saved from bids awarded last winter and the $95 million saved from pre-K contracts that were publicly bid in 2011.
School bus innovator Jack Parsons passes
November 11, 2013
Over his 59-year career in the industry, Parsons was credited with spearheading numerous improvements to pupil transportation and mentoring many school bus drivers, trainers, dispatchers and managers.
Florida authorities make arrest in school bus thefts
November 7, 2013
Alphonso Bernard Rock, owner of 95 South Tours and Transportation, is taken into custody after deputies discover two school buses that had gone missing from a Georgia district at a football stadium in Jacksonville, Fla. Deputies also discover two school buses that were stolen from a Florida district near an interstate in Gainesville, Fla.
Allied Specialty Vehicles forms bus group, names Kent Tyler CEO
November 7, 2013
Tyler, the former president of Collins Bus Corp., will lead the new Allied Specialty Vehicles (ASV) Bus Division. The group will include Type A school bus brands Collins, Mid Bus and Corbeil as well as seven bus brands from ASV’s recent acquisition of Thor Industries’ bus business.
MITO extends contract with Blue Bird
November 4, 2013
Electronics distributor MITO will continue to supply the school bus manufacturer with its factory-installed radio system. The contract extension is for three years.
Wyoming district gets iPads for school buses
October 31, 2013
At Sheridan County School District #1, 20 iPads have been assigned to 20 vehicles, which allows the transportation staff to ensure that any bus driver has access to the technology that is available through the device, including road and travel reports, weather conditions, health information about students and students’ addresses. Transportation Director Lori Thornburg discusses with SBF how the iPads are helping to increase safety and efficiency.
Online option offered for Oklahoma recertification requirement
October 30, 2013
School Training Solutions has released an online curriculum to help Oklahoma school bus drivers meet a new recertification requirement that the State Department of Education instituted. Drivers whose certification has expired for more than a year can purchase and take these online courses through the Oklahoma Association for Pupil Transportation.
Kansas school bus drivers honored for heroism
October 28, 2013
Gov. Sam Brownback proclaimed last Wednesday School Bus Drivers' Appreciation Day in the state. Rannie and Diana Schmidt were among those in the spotlight. The driving duo came across an accident last year and provided critical aid to a mother and daughter.
200 more students to get bus service in Hawaii
October 28, 2013
Beginning in November, the State Department of Education's "Get on Board" pilot program will provide school transportation to about 200 more students. The first phase of the initiative restored service to about 350 students at the beginning of the school year.
After child choked on bus, driver charged with neglect
October 24, 2013
A school bus driver is arrested and charged with child neglect after a child was choked unconscious by another child on her bus. Detectives say that the driver “failed to provide any assistance to the victim during or after the Oct. 15 attack.”
14 phenomenal women in school transportation
October 24, 2013

In this new feature, we spotlight dedicated women from around the nation ranging from school bus drivers, trainers and administrative assistants to bus company executives, directors of transportation and state directors whose work helps to keep students safe.

IC Bus unit with Cummins ISB debuts at NAPT
October 23, 2013
The first IC Bus CE Series school bus with the Cummins ISB 6.7-liter engine is publicly unveiled for the first time at the National Association for Pupil Transportation trade show. The manufacturer began taking orders for the ISB-equipped CE Series earlier this month.
Blue Bird, Synovia Solutions partner to offer Blue Bird Connect
October 22, 2013
Blue Bird Connect is a GPS system from Synovia Solutions, and the school bus manufacturer is making the system available to customers as a factory option when they order new buses. Customers have the option to activate, at no upfront cost, any or all components of Blue Bird Connect. Blue Bird dealers can also upfit an existing fleet of buses with the technology, regardless of brand.
Minnesota poster contest winners ‘hit it out of the park’
October 22, 2013
The top three place-winners for each grade in the state School Bus Safety Poster Contest were invited to watch a Minnesota Twins game, where they took the field to be recognized in a pre-game ceremony. State director Lt. Brian Reu shares details on the event, for which his office teamed up with state associations.
Charles Poland honored posthumously for heroism
October 22, 2013
Outstanding pupil transportation professionals were in the spotlight on Sunday night at the annual National Association for Pupil Transportation awards banquet. The event included a moving tribute to Charles “Chuck” Poland Jr., the Alabama school bus driver who was slain in the line of duty in January.
Big changes in store for 2014 Summit
October 22, 2013
Next year’s NAPT Summit in Kansas City, Mo., will incorporate the America’s Best school bus tech/inspect event and a new competition related to special-needs transportation. Also, the schedule will be streamlined to four days — Saturday to Tuesday. Here, NAPT Executive Director Mike Martin explains the changes.
Alfred Karam named SBF's Administrator of the Year
October 20, 2013
At Bethlehem Central School District in Delmar, N.Y., Director of Transportation Alfred Karam has adopted a businesslike approach to running the transportation department, while also focusing on student safety. The transportation team was able to reduce its overall transportation budget by about $900,000 for the 2012-13 school year, and by tracking key performance indicators such as planned versus actual ridership, they have been able to consolidate their routes from 111 to 86.
News segments feature HSM’s global healthcare option
October 16, 2013
HSM designed a program five years ago that offers its employees the option of traveling to Costa Rica or India for medical procedures. The ABC news segments followed two HSM employees as they traveled to Costa Rica for weight loss and knee replacement surgery. In both cases, surgeries that would have reportedly cost each employee $3,000 in out-of-pocket expenses if performed in the U.S. were completed in Costa Rica at no cost to either employee.

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