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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.
3 previous winners take top spots in bus safety competition
July 22, 2014
At the 44th Annual School Bus Driver International Safety Competition, hosted in Charleston, South Carolina, by the National School Transportation Association, three previous winners again take top spots: Billy Wiseman of West Virginia, in the conventional category; Russell Alitzer of Virginia, in the small bus category; and John Welsh of Pennsylvania, in the transit category.
Trends in school bus camera implementation
July 21, 2014
An analysis of recent school district contracts for bus video surveillance systems finds an average purchase of three cameras per bus. That and other dynamics are identified in this article by market analyst Paul Irby.
Quantum’s GPS/AVL integrated solution offers full range of software features
July 21, 2014
Quantum XXI Inc. has developed GOLDbus, a computer tablet technology for school buses and other fleets that is vastly improved over the old GPS/AVL firmware approach. The supplier worked directly with school districts to determine features that enhance student safety and driver accountability and bring savings to districts.
Trans Tech Bus adds 2 new dealers, Altoona-tests SST model
July 18, 2014
The Type A school bus manufacturer appoints two new dealers for the Canadian market and announces that its complete product line is now available in Canada. Meanwhile, Trans Tech’s SST school bus goes through Altoona STURAA testing, with results including an average miles per gallon of 9.60.
Short on funds, Indiana district cuts buses, lengthens routes
July 18, 2014
After a year that saw a transportation funding referendum defeated and a waiver to end school bus service denied, Muncie Community Schools redesigns and rebids its bus routes to cut costs. Most of the routes are now longer and will carry more students on each bus, and there are fewer buses overall.
Free webinar on working with Safe Routes to School
July 15, 2014
The web seminar on Thursday will address how student transportation departments can collaborate with Safe Routes to School to help children get to school safely. The program will also showcase a transportation department that gets kids to school by foot, bicycle, scooter, school bus and carpool.
District to implement tiered bus scheduling system
July 14, 2014
Indian River (Del.) School District will implement new daily starting and ending times for several district schools. The district is trying to accommodate an increase in student enrollment and the rollout of full-day kindergarten, which have put a strain on the transportation system in recent years.

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