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Clearing Communication Hurdles with Parents
August 27, 2015

Barriers to clear communication, such as parents being less available, overwhelmed with information and not understanding the rules, can be overcome by meeting in person whenever possible, laying out specific rules and consequences, and providing access to real-time arrival information.

2 Rhode Island school districts launch SafeStop app
August 26, 2015
The Barrington and East Providence districts will begin using the mobile app, which gives parents updates on their child's school bus.
Zonar partners with ATG for usage-based insurance programs
August 25, 2015
The ATG Clearinghouse offers insurance carriers permission-based access to Zonar customers’ vehicle and driving history data to assist underwriting and claims.
GreenRoad launches in-vehicle video system
August 25, 2015
The system is designed to associate captured footage with driving behavior data for individual safety events, providing information about how external and behavioral factors contributed to the outcome.
Bus a/c supplier Spheros partners with Transit Cooling Solutions
August 24, 2015
Ontario-based Transit Cooling Solutions will manage and support Spheros North America’s Canadian bus market interests.
Sticker reminds New Jersey school bus drivers to check for sleepers
August 24, 2015
New Jersey school districts and contractors can order the free sticker for their buses. It reads, “Is everyone off the bus? Check everywhere and be sure.”
1,500 transportation staffers take part in training conference
August 20, 2015
Orange County (Fla.) Public Schools prepares for the new school year with a week of training on such topics as driving safety, security awareness and customer service.
Iowa district transportation director Danny Thede to retire
August 19, 2015
After nearly 30 years in the school bus industry, Thede will step down as Indianola Community Schools’ transportation director in September.
Iowa presents prestigious Tom Horn Memorial Award
August 19, 2015
The state’s top pupil transportation honor goes to Paul Heide, the recently retired transportation director for Storm Lake Community School District.
Iowa school bus veteran Owen Freese to retire
August 18, 2015
Freese has worked in the industry for nearly 30 years as a local director and mechanic, a state school bus inspector and executive director of the Iowa Pupil Transportation Association.
Proposed funding cut may create district school bus driver shortage
August 18, 2015
If North Carolina lawmakers cut funds by up to 50% for teacher assistants, many of whom also drive school buses for Johnston County Schools, the district could see a significant driver shortage.
Chicago’s school bell time changes expected to save $5M
August 13, 2015
Forty-eight schools adopt new bell times as part of a Chicago Public Schools plan to cut transportation costs. The district is facing a $1.1 billion operating deficit.
School bus scam gets former mechanic jail time
August 12, 2015
Anthony Robinson is convicted of a felony for buying unneeded bus parts for Teton County (Wyo.) School District, reselling them and keeping the money. He is ordered to repay $161,000 and serve six months in jail.
Retired school buses used to haul watermelons
August 11, 2015
Some Delaware farmers buy the buses and convert them to bring the crop from field to market during peak season in the summer. They remove the seats and side windows and sometimes cut off most of the roof to easily load and unload the fruit.
New York district names new director of transportation
August 11, 2015
After serving as assistant director of transportation at Monticello Central School District for the past year, Helen Herbert is promoted to the director role.
$250M deal to bolster IC Bus dealer inventory
August 10, 2015
Navistar Financial closes a two-year dealer floor plan transaction to support International Truck and IC Bus dealer inventory funding.
Student's cell phone video didn't tell the whole story
August 7, 2015

The district could have avoided embarrassment — for the school bus driver and for itself — by not passing judgment until after conducting a thorough investigation.

Alabama district will not charge school bus fees
August 6, 2015
Hoover City Schools board rescinds an April 2014 vote that would have created a mandatory fee to ride the school bus. The vote on the proposed fee was contingent upon approval from the U.S. District Court, which never came.
NAPT News & Views — Market disruptors make waves to ride them
August 3, 2015

There is a need for our industry to be more cognizant of "market disruptors" — people or organizations that redefine the status quo and then use the entropy they create to profit from the change they bring to the marketplace.

Onspot CEO Pat Freyer to retire
August 3, 2015
Freyer’s career consisted of 13 years with engine manufacturer Cummins and 27 years with automatic tire chain system supplier Onspot.

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