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Apps, web tools help directors organize data, manage staff
October 3, 2013

Directors deal with packed schedules and the need to frequently be offsite. The latest apps and web tools provide the ability to manage attendance, access up-to-date fleet information, and more quickly share vital information with staff in emergencies even when they are not sitting behind their desks.

Trans Tech Bus hires Mike Hall as vice president
October 2, 2013
Hall comes to the Type A school bus manufacturer with more than 19 years of production and manufacturing experience in the military equipment industry. He will be responsible for all operations of Trans Tech Bus.
Kids pick Leslie Andrews as school bus driver of the year
October 1, 2013
Four students nominated Andrews, a driver for Pender County (N.C.) Schools, in the annual Children's Choice contest. Two of those students tie for first place for their essays about Andrews, who one says "loves helping people of all ages and wouldn’t hurt a fly."
Bus driver still at the wheel, serving community at 83
October 1, 2013
Pecos-Barstow-Toyah Independent School District bus driver John Stickels has served his community for the past 55 years as a school bus driver, coach and Boy Scouts of America troop leader, and he has been named Pecos Educator of the Year twice by the city of Pecos, Texas. He retired from teaching in 1998 and tells SBF this may be the year he retires from driving.
Top 100 News
October 1, 2013

News related to the Top 100 School District Fleets includes cost-cutting measures that improved performance at a Virginia district, a significant reduction in diesel use in Florida school fleets, and hands-on survival rescue training at a Houston district.

Grand Rapids conferences to cover crash results, security, KPIs
September 26, 2013
Christopher Hart, vice chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, will address NAPT and NASDPTS members in a joint session. He is expected to discuss recent crash investigation results and recommendations. Also during the joint session, attendees will watch the film “Impact: After the Crash,” which reenacts the catastrophic 1988 bus crash in Carrollton, Ky., and shares inspirational stories of survivors.
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.

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