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3 steps to bolster safety for school motorcoach trips
January 14, 2014
North Carolina state pupil transportation director Derek Graham reports on FMCSA's recent Bus Safety Roundtable and shares a three-step approach that schools and school districts can use to improve student safety when chartering motorcoaches for school trips.
Minnesota association launches live stream of meetings
January 14, 2014
Minnesota Association for Pupil Transportation members who can't make it to Wednesday's committee meetings in person will have another option: tuning in online. A live stream will be available on YouTube, even allowing web viewers to submit questions.
NAPT trade show: buses, components and more
January 14, 2014

New offerings that were on view and introduced during the show in Grand Rapids, Mich., include an all-electric school bus, a wheelchair retractor tie-down system, heater kits, LED lights and fleet management solutions.

Holland Bus Co. invests more than $1M to expand facility
January 13, 2014
The Michigan-based dealership for Blue Bird Corp. now features over 9,000 square feet of service space, including six new service bays dedicated to school buses, 8,000 square feet for body repairs, 5,000 square feet of parts inventory and 3,000 square feet dedicated to sales support. Officials say the expansion accommodates the growing demand for Blue Bird school bus sales, and parts and service support.
STERI-FAB kills bugs and mold, disinfects surfaces
January 13, 2014
STERI-FAB is an EPA-registered product from Noble Pine Products Co. that kills bedbugs, lice, ticks and many other insects, as well as mold, mildew and bacteria, while also disinfecting the area where it is applied. Company officials say it can be applied without dilution, and it does not leave a residue.
District must bus student to both parents’ homes
January 10, 2014
The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania rules that a school district in Lancaster must provide the service to the student from both of his divorced parents’ homes, upholding an older ruling by a county judge who found that the district was violating the state Public School Code by refusing to provide such service. The Commonwealth Court judge notes that the school bus that serves the neighborhood has empty seats and could accommodate the boy without adding another stop along its route.
Missing 4-year-old found after spending day at wrong school
January 9, 2014
The Toronto boy reportedly boarded the wrong bus on Monday morning and was taken to a school that was not the one he attended. Hours after police issued an alert that the 4-year-old was missing, he is located at the wrong school, where he may have been mistaken for a new student.
Zonar announces 10% conference registration discount
January 9, 2014
Attendees who register for THE ZONE by Jan. 31 receive a 10% discount. The conference takes place from April 22 to 24 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, and offers two days of more than 50 educational sessions and numerous training opportunities, company officials say.
NASDPTS bolsters support for lap-shoulder belts
January 9, 2014

The state directors association had previously expressed its support for lap-shoulder belts if funding is made available. At the annual NASDPTS conference, the board strengthens its position by dropping the funding clause. Safety topics were the focus of many conference sessions.

Frigid temperatures cancel bus routes, delay school
January 8, 2014
From coast to coast in the U.S. and in some Canadian provinces, this week’s cold snap has impacted pupil transportation operations. Issues such as thickened fuel and oil and frozen air lines cause districts to cancel bus service and close schools or delay school start times.
Bus driver retires after 37 years
January 7, 2014
Nikki Carnell, a school bus driver for Ponca (Neb.) Public School District, drove on her route for the last time on Dec. 20. As a tribute to her on her last day, many high school students who live along her route rode the bus instead of driving to school, and she was presented with roses at the school.
J.J. Keller names new president, executive VP
January 6, 2014
Marne L. Keller-Krikava, previously the executive vice president, succeeds James J. Keller as president and CEO, while Rustin R. Keller assumes the role of executive vice president and chief operating officer. Keller-Krikava has held positions of increasing responsibility since joining the company full time in 1990, and Rustin Keller joined the company full time in 1999.
Web exclusive: Bonus coverage of NAPT sessions
January 6, 2014

Here's the scoop on several engaging sessions at the National Association for Pupil Transportation's 2013 Summit in Grand Rapids, Mich. Topics include school bus loading and unloading safety, Medicaid reimbursement, and overcoming the challenges of a disability.

NAPT Summit report
January 6, 2014

From sessions on enhancing safety and efficiency to awards for outstanding service, here’s our rundown of highlights from the National Association for Pupil Transportation’s 2013 Summit, held in Grand Rapids, Mich., in October.

5 tips for connecting with special-needs students
January 3, 2014

Using visuals and short, simple statements are key changes drivers and aides can make in their communication style to better connect with students who have hearing, vision and cognitive impairments, and physical endurance issues. Meanwhile, transportation directors should build a solid communication plan between drivers and aides, teachers, nurses and parents to ensure everyone involved has the information needed to serve the students.

Photos: School buses after shuttling students
January 2, 2014
School buses can take on a whole new life after they're retired from student transportation service. In a new photo gallery on the SBF website, we share shots of buses that have been painted and reconstructed for a variety of purposes, from racing to shuttling people for safari tours, and more.
Art teacher turns school bus into mobile classroom
January 2, 2014
Amelia Rabroker, owner and instructor of Tap Tap Art School, teaches art and cultural classes at venues in central Texas in the repurposed bus. She was inspired by the tap tap buses on the roads in Haiti — brightly colored school buses that are used for public transportation.
Wind energy company delivers new buses to district
January 2, 2014
TradeWind Energy arranges for the lease of and delivers two new buses to Shidler (Okla.) School District after company officials learn about the district’s aging fleet and the district's difficulties in maintaining it. TradeWind Energy also commits to paying all costs associated with the lease of the buses for three years.
Top 10 most 'liked' stories on SBF's Facebook in 2013
December 30, 2013
Here, we share stories that piqued our followers' interest throughout the year. Topics ranged from stop-arm running to school bus safety to driver wellness to drivers who have logged many years behind the wheel.
Blue Bird names 2013 Dealer of the Year
December 23, 2013
The top honor goes to A-Z Bus Sales of California and Hawaii, which officials say grew its market share and quadrupled its year-over-year propane bus sales, all while providing its customers with first-class customer service, parts support and training. Regional awards, service awards and a propane leadership award are also distributed at Blue Bird's annual dealer meeting.

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