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Free webinar to target total cost of ownership
September 26, 2013
Officials from Thomas Built Buses will explain what total cost of ownership (TCO) is, identify the three pillars of TCO, and discuss other aspects of the topic. The web seminar will take place on Oct. 15.
California driver training specialist Leann Kenley to retire
September 24, 2013
Kenley is set to step down from her position at the California Department of Education's Office of School Transportation on Sept. 30. State pupil transportation director Anna Borges tells SBF that Kenley has made significant contributions to the California pupil transportation community, particularly in the area of special needs.
3 reasons for bus drivers to get fit, and how to get there
September 24, 2013

For school bus drivers, obtaining a basic level of fitness and maintaining a healthy weight will enhance safety, professionalism and personal wellness. The job can actually provide a good structure for making time to exercise and eat well.

Subs: Choosing the right drivers for the job
September 19, 2013

Managers at school districts and bus companies say that they typically select these drivers from their existing pool of employees, and during the application or interview process, they look for candidates who have strong student management skills and understand the operation’s goals. Managers also share other qualifications and specifics of overseeing these members of the team.

Seon campaign aims to stop bullying on the bus
September 18, 2013
In conjunction with National Bullying Prevention Month in October, Seon is launching an ongoing campaign called "No Bullies on My Bus." Planned activities include holding a coloring contest for kids and distributing buttons at the NAPT trade show.
Transportation director recovering from brain tumor
September 18, 2013
Audrae Barnes, who oversees yellow bus service for Hattiesburg (Miss.) Public School District, experienced complications from surgery to remove the tumor and was on medical leave for several months, during which time a tornado greatly impacted his operation. Barnes is now back at work and is focused on getting his department fully staffed.
Webinar to target school transportation crisis management
September 18, 2013
The free, Zonar-sponsored webinar next week will discuss school transportation participation in crisis management and ways to prepare for the unthinkable. Former Superintendent John Barry will explain how Aurora Public Schools’ transportation department assisted in recovery efforts after the 2012 Aurora shooting.
54-year Virginia bus driver still going strong
September 18, 2013
Bedford County Public Schools driver James Bryant started his career in 1959 and has no plans to retire. He tells SBF he looks forward to greeting his passengers every day, and he has had few discipline problems, which he attributes to treating students with respect.
Report examines school district mergers
September 17, 2013
Smaller, financially strapped school districts that can offer greater educational opportunities together are the best candidates for mergers, according to new research by the New York State School Boards Association. But mergers can also present drawbacks, the report says, such as longer bus rides.
A tribute to the school bus builders
September 17, 2013

There seems to be a great sense of pride and fulfillment in their work. Indeed, they’re building one of the safest vehicles on the road — a vehicle that millions of schoolchildren rely on.

District honors fallen firefighters with bus license plates
September 13, 2013
Prescott (Ariz.) Unified School District’s buses will feature license plates that carry the names of 19 Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew members who lost their lives while battling a wildfire in June. The district’s transportation director says she received approval from the state Department of Public Safety on the plates.
Track time to save time
September 10, 2013

JobClock Hornet from ExakTime is a wireless time clock that tracks employees’ hours, location and job activities. Digital time records are automatically sent to payroll offices, helping to increase efficiency and save money by reducing the potential for inaccuracy on paper timecards.

EPA blogger touts yellow bus benefits
September 9, 2013
In a recent post for the agency's blog Greenversations, Christine Koester writes that the school bus has been part of American education for “generations,” and that in the U.S., school buses use 2.3 billion gallons less fuel every year than if people drove their children to school. Koester also touches on the environmental benefits of school buses.
U.S. education, transportation chiefs to ride school bus
September 6, 2013
Staff members at the Tucson (Ariz.) Unified School District bus depot will be joined by two very high-profile visitors on Wednesday morning: U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. The duo will discuss the importance of bus drivers in school safety, and they will ride along on a yellow bus.
Safety competition champ Antonio Perez joins California DOE
September 4, 2013
Perez will work for the state Office of School Transportation as bus driver instructor training program specialist. He previously served as instructor at San Dieguito Union High School District, and he has won the transit category in the School Bus Driver International Safety Competition for the past two years in a row.
Thomas Built Buses holds photo contest for parents
August 29, 2013
For the contest, parents submit a photo that depicts their child and a school bus. Five winners will each receive a $2,000 donation for their child's school.
Architecture student turns school bus into living space
August 29, 2013
For his master's final project, Hank Butitta bought an old school bus for $3,000. With about 15 months of work and $6,000 in improvements, the bus became a mobile living space that includes a bedroom, a kitchen and a bathroom.
6 keys to success in leadership development
August 29, 2013

No organization excels with only one leader. Developing a team of leaders is essential for future growth and sustainability.

North Carolina district expects big savings with GPS system
August 28, 2013
Pitt County Schools recently deployed GPS kits from Synovia Solutions to help parents keep tabs on their children and increase efficiency. A district-wide study found that changes like reduced idling and mileage and improved driver payroll management could save nearly $194,000 per year.
Veteran director takes on transportation for 2 districts
August 27, 2013
Neighboring New York school districts Livonia and Geneseo recently signed an agreement to have Michael Dallessandro at the helm of both of their transportation operations. Here, the veteran director discusses the logistics and goals for his new role.

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