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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.
New Jersey district embraces new ideas and saves big
August 27, 2013

Medford Township Public Schools continually seeks out opportunities to grow its sustainability practices, reduce transportation costs and generate revenue, which have been accomplished through such initiatives as a solar project, shared bus service and running vehicles on biodiesel. From the solar project alone, the district has realized savings of $300,000 annually.

North Carolina district makes changes for smoother bus service
August 22, 2013
The Wake County Public School System has hired more bus drivers, developed more realistic bus routes and improved how parents can access information about transportation in an effort to prevent the problems that occurred at the beginning of the last school year. Last school year, there were complaints about buses arriving very late or not at all.
Driver shortage expected to impact bus schedules
August 21, 2013
At Columbus (Ohio) City Schools, an effort has fallen through to contract for temporary bus drivers to cover routes while permanent drivers complete their training and earn their commercial driver’s license. Officials say that morning elementary school routes may run up to 30 minutes late, and there may be some delays for high school bus passengers in the afternoon.
Blue Bird names parts and service manager
August 21, 2013
Bill Landreth joins the company as general manager of parts and service, where he will work with dealerships to support Blue Bird’s service and support pledge, along with globally growing the parts and service division. He brings to the company more than 30 years of experience with parts and service management, specifically focused in the truck and school bus industries.
REMINDER: Nominate a great administrator
August 21, 2013
Do you know an exemplary school transportation director who deserves recognition for his or her efforts? SBF is getting ready to select a recipient for our annual Administrator of the Year award. The deadline for nominations, Aug. 30, draws nigh.
Directors wearing 2 hats balance responsibilities
August 20, 2013

Bus service is just one part of the duties many transportation directors need to juggle on a daily basis. Getting the right people on board, delegation, planning and prioritizing are essential.

Iowa district moves to stop ineligible bus riders
August 15, 2013
Waterloo Community Schools will mail postcards with bus stop information to all eligible riders instead of printing it in a local newspaper to help prevent students who do not qualify for service from catching a ride. The district’s superintendent says a “significant” number of students who don’t qualify for service ride at no cost, and one of the district’s goals is to reduce routes and save money.
Public outcry over decision to end regular-ed bus service
August 13, 2013
Hoover (Ala.) City Schools holds a forum to address the board of education’s decision to stop the service with the 2014-15 school year, and parents, students and other community members attend and tell school officials that their decision was a mistake. The district’s superintendent says he is still exploring other variations of the plan, such as phasing in the bus cuts over a longer period of time.
Let's ditch the cowboy terms
August 13, 2013

It is imperative that the industry emphasize its relevance, its professionalism and its commitment to safety. Calling your transportation facility a “bus barn” does not suggest any of those things.

Houston school bus staff trains on survival rescue
August 12, 2013
More than 1,200 school bus drivers and attendants are taking part in mock emergency drills to prepare them for a variety of crises. The drills simulate the effects of a fire on a school bus, an armed intruder and a wreck involving a train, among other scenarios.

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