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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.
HSM supports Bikes for Tykes program
December 23, 2013
The company donates $10,000 to the Hickory (N.C.) Fire Department toward the purchase of new bikes in support of Bikes for Tykes, a program that delivers bikes each year to children in need in the Hickory area. HSM employees and fire department volunteers also help to assemble and distribute the bikes.
Students, families surprise bus driver with Christmas gifts
December 20, 2013
Two-time cancer survivor Fred Taylor receives a winter coat and other cold-weather gear. Over the last 20 years that Taylor has been a bus driver, he has gained a significant amount of support from the community because of his positive attitude and compassion.
Thomas Built names 2013 Supplier of the Year
December 20, 2013
The honor goes to Julian Electric, which has been a Thomas Built Buses supplier for more than seven years. The school bus OEM also recognizes other exemplary companies at its annual supplier event.
Top 4 most-viewed feature articles of 2013
December 20, 2013
This year’s features that captured the most readers’ attention cover Dubai’s first school transportation conference, outstanding women in the industry, child-check devices and a Q&A with Blue Bird’s president and CEO.
Pilot project lets students opt for city buses
December 19, 2013
Some Whitehorse, Yukon, high school students now have the option to ride city buses for free instead of school buses as part of a pilot created by the government of Yukon and the city of Whitehorse. The free transit passes are intended to give students another option for transportation if they stay late for after-school activities, and for getting to places other than home.
2-year-old with cancer gets to ride the school bus
December 18, 2013
Ava Parker, who has terminal brain cancer, wanted a chance to ride a bus and go to school. On Tuesday, she and her family boarded a yellow bus and spent the afternoon with a preschool class.
Bus assistant reflects on 42-year career at Arizona district
December 17, 2013
Sarah Guilford began working at Washington Elementary School District #6 in Phoenix in one of the school cafeterias, and she became a bus driver three years later. She now works part time as a bus assistant, and she discusses with SBF changes to the industry over the years and her experiences with students.
NASDPTS Executive Director Bob Riley to retire
December 16, 2013
Riley, a former state and district director, has held the executive role for the state pupil transportation directors association since 2006. NASDPTS is now searching for a replacement for Riley, who is expected to retire in June of next year.
Seon Design reinforces commitment to bullying awareness
December 13, 2013
In the company's latest blog post, Marketing Coordinator Tia O'Grady provides a recap of Seon’s activities throughout the year to support anti-bullying efforts and its own anti-bullying campaign, "No Bullies on My Bus."
Alabama district reverses decision to end bus service
December 12, 2013
The service for regular-education students at Hoover City Schools was set to end with the 2014-15 school year, but Superintendent Andy Craig and school officials are now exploring ways to continue offering the service with the district’s own bus fleet and drivers and to charge students a fee to ride the bus. Craig says that the ability for the district to both receive state allocation for transportation and collect fees from bus riders was the primary factor in this latest decision.
6 factors to consider in leasing equipment
December 12, 2013
Web Exclusive: When you need additional equipment, there are numerous financing options out there. Here are tips for making the right leasing decisions for your operation.
Thomas Built donates $10K to schools for photo contest winners
December 11, 2013
Five schools across the U.S. were each awarded $2,000 for their programs in science, technology, engineering and math in recognition of the winning entries of the inaugural Thomas Built Buses Back to School Photo Contest.
State directors to develop training guidelines for seat belts
December 11, 2013
In response to NTSB recommendations, NASDPTS says it will develop guidelines to assist schools in training bus drivers, students and parents on “the importance and proper use” of various types of school bus seat belts. The state directors association says it will also develop educational materials on “lap and shoulder belts providing the highest level of protection for school bus passengers” — another NTSB recommendation.

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