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Leadership, from Lincoln to school bus drivers
December 3, 2013

Like this Civil War-era luminary and others, bus drivers provide guidance to their passengers, and they are dedicated and care for those they work with and serve — all characteristics of a great leader.

NAPT News & Views — Dave McDonald shares his hopes, fears
December 3, 2013

To shed some light on the personalities that make up the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) board of directors, the association has launched a series of board member profiles. Here, we hear from Dave McDonald, NAPT affiliate member director and director of business development and technical sales for Rosco Vision Systems.

Dispatcher digs dinosaur fossils
December 3, 2013

Every summer, Terry Thomason, a dispatcher for Washington Elementary School District in Phoenix, travels to Minneapolis, where she and her mother and siblings volunteer for the Marmarth Research Foundation.

Emirates Transport provides bus service for private schools
December 2, 2013
The United Arab Emirates transportation company officially launches its service for private schools with an operational fleet of 100 buses. Emirates Transport officials say they expect to add 230 buses to the service.
NHTSA stats show traffic deaths rose in 2012
November 21, 2013
There were 33,561 highway fatalities in 2012, which was a 3% increase from 2011, according to data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Still, agency officials say that highway deaths over the past five years continue to remain at historic lows.
Report of car following bus takes humorous turn
November 21, 2013
For school bus drivers, vigilance is essential, but sometimes it has unexpected results. That was the case in a recent incident in Miami in which a school bus driver reported a suspicious-looking vehicle following the bus.
2 school bus drivers arrested after fight
November 19, 2013
At their bus depot in Portsmouth, Va., the two drivers allegedly engage in a verbal altercation that turns physical, including one of the women hitting the other several times with a stun gun. No children are present during the incident.
Trans Tech names Leonard Bus Sales Dealer of the Year
November 19, 2013
John Phraner, president of the Type A school bus manufacturer, says the dealership has helped the company grow its sales and offers “the best service and support” to its customers. Earlier this year, Leonard Bus Sales opened a Trans Tech-specific sales and customer support facility in Garden City Park, N.Y.
6 tips to strengthen relationships with unions
November 19, 2013

Being in a transportation management position can sometimes feel like being in between a rock and a hard place. However, directors who have effective working relationships with their unions say frequent communication, pitching in to build a team, and researching collective bargaining agreements help.

AT&T expands push-to-talk capabilities
November 14, 2013
New dispatch features enable workforce management functionality as part of Enhanced PTT, the company's push-to-talk solution. The features allow businesses to map the locations of company-issued Enhanced PTT devices on desktop software in near-real time, monitor push-to-talk activity and record conversations of employees using company-issued Enhanced PTT devices.
HSM names 2 directors for innovation center
November 14, 2013
At the company’s Corporate Innovation and Technology Center (CI&T), Scott Beatty is the new CI&T director of design services, and Jim Cardinale is CI&T director of furniture solutions.
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.

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