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Low pay often fuels school bus driver shortage
July 1, 2015

Our 2015 Contractor Survey found that driver shortage among school bus contractors is on the increase. Adding to the difficulty of attracting people to the school bus driving profession is the pay.

Book Bus brings literacy, learning programs to children
June 30, 2015
A Pennsylvania school district, contractor and library partner to launch the Book Bus, which will circulate books and offer early childhood education during the summer.
Georgia district's school bus drivers to see pay increase
June 30, 2015
To alleviate a driver shortage, Henry County Schools will give drivers raises ranging from 5% to 21%. Newer drivers will receive the biggest pay bump due to getting lower starting pay and wage freezes over the last five years.
Colorado school bus drivers, technicians advance to nationals
June 29, 2015
Drivers and maintenance staff test their skills in the Colorado State Pupil Transportation Association’s school bus roadeo and technician safety contests.
NAPT News & Views — Now being on 'Candid Camera' is common
June 26, 2015

Many of us recall the “olden days” when Allen Funt’s hilarious TV show “Candid Camera” was a big hit. Little did we know then that being on a candid camera eventually would be commonplace.

District to change school busing requirement to boost attendance
June 25, 2015
The Connecticut district will allow students who live more than half a mile from school — down from 1 mile — to ride the bus. Chronic absenteeism is up to 17% among kindergartners.
Thomas Built parent company DTNA, Zonar partner on vehicle connectivity
June 25, 2015
The OEM has become a minority investor in Zonar Systems Inc. The investment is designed to help DTNA put connected services in its vehicles with even greater speed and variety.
More details revealed for NAPT Summit
June 24, 2015
The full conference schedule is now available, and a keynote presentation on bullying prevention has been added to the lineup.
Pennsylvania to hold school bus safety competition
June 24, 2015
More than 90 school bus drivers from across the state will compete in the 39th edition of the event.
15 Ways to Spread Good News About Your Operation
June 23, 2015

Who says all school bus news has to be bad news? Take a proactive approach to promoting your department’s successes through social media, newsletters, events and other PR efforts.

$5M restored for school transportation in Massachusetts
June 22, 2015
The appropriation covers some of the $18 million that was cut from regional school transportation funding last year by the previous governor.
Illinois, New York districts select SafeStop app
June 18, 2015
The app will provide parents real-time information on the location of their child's bus and estimated arrival times as well as information on school closures, delayed openings or important events.
Minnesota school bus drivers showcase skills
June 18, 2015
Eighty-six drivers from across the state take part in the 2015 Minnesota School Bus Roadeo, which tests competitors’ driving skills and their knowledge of school bus rules.
Thomas Built completes $12M plant expansion
June 18, 2015
New equipment and infrastructure and an increased workforce are designed to boost production capabilities of the Saf-T-Liner C2 facility by more than 25%, company officials say.
School bus driver reflects on 55 years at the wheel
June 17, 2015
Lois King, a driver for Fauquier County (Va.) Public Schools since 1960, shares her strategy for behavior management and the reason she started shuttling students.
Virginia transportation director earns NAPT certification
June 12, 2015
Cheryl Fisher of Fauquier County Public Schools discusses the challenges and rewards of completing the certified director of pupil transportation program.
Bus a/c supplier ACT adds engineering director
June 11, 2015
Adolfo Salinas has more than 20 years of experience in the engineering design and application of mobile bus air conditioning.
Ron Campbell to lead bus sales in Canada for ASV
June 11, 2015
The industry veteran is named the new Canadian bus division national sales manager for Collins Bus parent company Allied Specialty Vehicles.
Former Navistar manager joins Leonard Bus Sales
June 10, 2015
Rob Stiteler brings nearly a decade of managerial and fixed-operations experience with Navistar International Truck and Engine Corp. to Leonard Bus Sales, where he serves as the new director of fixed operations.
School transportation foundation expands training access
June 10, 2015
The nonprofit operated by the New York Association for Pupil Transportation in honor of Dr. Frank Cyr expands its webinar and video offerings, and will soon announce scholarship and award winners.

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