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1,600 transportation staff trained in Florida district’s fall conference
August 12, 2014
Orange County Public Schools prepares its school bus drivers, monitors and support staff for the new school year with a two-day event that covers such topics as student discipline, bullying, customer service and safe driving strategies.
New Florida state director has decades of experience
August 12, 2014
Ronnie McCallister, who succeeds longtime state pupil transportation director Charlie Hood, is no stranger to the Florida Department of Education. He began working there as a fleet program specialist in 1990 and was promoted to assistant director of pupil transportation in 2004.
School bus strikes, kills New Jersey woman
August 11, 2014
Leyla Kan was walking through an intersection, and even though she and Esperanza Jaramillo, the driver, had the green light, Jaramillo allegedly did not yield the right of way. Police have issued motor-vehicle summonses to Jaramillo for careless driving, failure to yield to a pedestrian who had the right of way, and driving with a vehicle with badly worn tires.
Don Collins, founder of Collins Bus, passes away
August 7, 2014
Collins, known as the "father of the Type A small school bus," passed away at his home in Florida on July 29 at the age of 83. He will be laid to rest on Aug. 8 in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
15 Tips to Boost Efficiency
August 7, 2014

From the bus routes to the shop to the transportation office, there are numerous opportunities to enhance efficiency. Here, directors share innovative ways to run a more cost-effective operation.

District holds training conference for over 400 bus drivers, aides
August 6, 2014
Albuquerque Public Schools' back-to-school event trains transportation personnel on such topics as emergency procedures, behavior intervention and bullying. One session gives school bus drivers tips on "how to avoid ending up on the 10 o’clock news."
Seon launches 2014 anti-bullying Coloring Contest
August 6, 2014
The contest will consist of two parts this year: for part one, contestants are asked to draw a “No Bullies on My Bus” outline picture on the contest sheet, and contestants will color in the winner’s outline picture for part two. The deadline for part one entries is Sept. 22.
Thomas Built Back to School Photo Contest returns
August 5, 2014
The bus manufacturer invites parents to submit a photo of their child that best represents the back to school season through Sept. 15. The top five winners will each receive a $2,000 donation for their child’s school.
New training program targets response to downed power lines
August 4, 2014
The program, "Safe Practices for Downed Power Lines," was developed by the National Association for Pupil Transportation and the School Bus Safety Co. The two organizations worked with experts from the power industry to create the training for school bus drivers and students.
Job fair for school bus drivers will be annual event
August 4, 2014
More than 175 prospective bus drivers and attendants take part in the first job fair at Kent ISD. Transportation Coordinator John Savage discusses the turnout of the event, which was a joint effort of 12 school districts and one school bus contractor.
District aims to get parents on board with new bus code of conduct
August 1, 2014
Danville (Va.) Public Schools’ new conduct policy for its school bus riders seeks to better inform and involve parents. Michael Adkins, director of transportation service, explains how the policy was developed and how it was tested on four buses — which he says experienced “dramatic changes” in student behavior.
Zonar names new chief operating officer
July 31, 2014
Vikas Jain comes to the transportation technology supplier with a long background in the transportation, automotive and M2M (machine to machine) industries. Zonar officials say he joins the company’s executive team at a time of unprecedented business growth.
Thomas Built Buses hires new VP of engineering
July 31, 2014
Tracy Mack-Askew's responsibilities in the role include design engineering, testing and compliance, along with research and development. She comes to the school bus manufacturer from General Motors, where she has spent the past 15 years of her career.
New school bus window among Blue Bird’s enhanced features
July 29, 2014
The manufacturer’s new E-Z Window, which is featured on the Vision and All American school buses, is said to feature a smoother, more ergonomic design. Blue Bird also launches enhanced features in luggage compartments, air conditioning and brakes for its buses.
Ohio school district buys 3 new Lion buses
July 29, 2014
Bedford City School District becomes the first district in Ohio to purchase Type C school buses made by Lion Bus. According to Transportation Supervisor Patrick Carney, the vehicle “will result in substantial cost-savings over the lifespan of the bus.”
Seon launches 2 new mobile surveillance products
July 28, 2014
The surveillance supplier's new offerings for school buses are a compact, high-resolution digital video recorder and a web-based version of Seon's video management software.
Audit: District could save $1.2M yearly by cutting secondary school busing
July 28, 2014
The study was requested by the Worchester (Mass.) City Council because of increases in “non-education” spending. Many oppose the idea of cutting bus service for grades 7-12, and one School Committee member says it would be an “academic disaster” due in part to chronic absenteeism.
2 school bus drivers arrested in child pornography sweep
July 25, 2014
The school bus drivers are among 14 men recently arrested and charged in an operation targeting child pornography offenders in New Jersey. One of the drivers allegedly exchanged sexually explicit images with an underage male he met online.
Collins Bus names new dealer in Canada
July 24, 2014
The Bus Centre is now the authorized dealer for Collins/Corbeil Type A buses in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
NSTA honors industry excellence at annual conference
July 24, 2014
Awards presented include its Gold Merit Award, Hall of Fame Award, and the Thomas Built Buses Continuing Education Grant. The organization also recognized Green School Bus Fleet Certification Program members.

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