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Some Virginia part-time bus drivers to get pay bump
July 10, 2014
The Roanoke County School Board approved a market adjustment to part-time driver pay, increasing the hourly rate for drivers by $3.50, and a $150 attendance bonus for drivers. The initiatives were approved as part of an effort to compete with surrounding school systems as well as fill bus driver vacancies after months of controversy over part-time driver benefit cuts.
Pennsylvania district's bus drivers vote to remove union
July 10, 2014
After petitioning the National Labor Relations Board and getting free legal assistance, the school bus drivers are allowed to hold a secret-ballot election to determine whether to keep Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1729 as their bargaining representative. Nearly 90% of the drivers casting ballots vote to remove the union.
School bus driver honored for starting reading program
July 10, 2014
The Missouri Association for Pupil Transportation names Rudy Rhodes of the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District the 2014 School Bus Driver of the Year at its annual conference on Wednesday. Rhodes was nominated by a coworker for his community service activities, including initiation of the Book Buddies program at Prairie View Elementary School.
Job fair aims to attract nearly 100 school bus drivers, attendants
July 9, 2014
More than a dozen Michigan school districts and one school bus contractor are holding their first-ever joint job fair to recruit transportation candidates. The operations promote their positions as offering on-the-job training and certification, flexible hours and benefits.
App targets distracted driving by monitoring phone use
July 9, 2014
With the TextGuard app, a manager is alerted if a driver uses the phone when the vehicle's speed is above 9 mph. The SeatbeltGuard device, which is installed in the vehicle, also offers such features as real-time GPS tracking, speed monitoring, geo-fencing and reverse geo-fencing.
SBF awarded for feature on van, cab use
July 8, 2014
Executive Editor Thomas McMahon’s article “Vans, Cabs and Beyond: Gauging the Safety of School Bus Alternatives” is named Best Feature in Bobit Business Media’s annual awards program.
New York transportation director Al Karam switches districts
July 8, 2014
After 14 years at Bethlehem Central School District, Al Karam has moved to a different — and bigger — district. In his new position as director of transportation for Shenendehowa Central Schools, he will oversee a significantly larger fleet and about twice as many employees.
NAPT Summit: Driving innovation, new certification
July 8, 2014

Highlights of the event, taking place in Kansas City, Missouri, Nov. 8-11, include a new professional certification for those involved in transporting students with disabilities and the newly formatted one-day trade show, featuring more than 120 vendors.

School buses drive Dept. of Education’s Civil Rights Act event
July 3, 2014
The American School Bus Council takes part in the U.S. Department of Education’s Civil Rights Bus Ride to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. National School Transportation Association member Durham School Services provides the three yellow buses that are used in the event.
$378K allotted for busing district’s rural students
July 1, 2014
The one-time funding allocation from the Peace River Regional District in British Columbia will go toward the cost of transporting students in rural areas during the 2014-15 school year. The funding eliminates the need for those rural families to pay a transportation fee.
AT&T, Alcatel-Lucent debut ‘Connected Bus’
July 1, 2014
Now available nationwide, the new solution makes the school bus a classroom on wheels. It uses wireless technology, AT&T’s 4G LTE network and devices to extend Internet connectivity on buses, offers real-time streaming video and broadcast speakers, and allows remote monitoring of driver and student behavior to limit the potential for accidents and bullying, company officials said.
McKinney Sees Longer Bus Life, Diesel Dedication
June 30, 2014

IC Bus President John McKinney says that school buses now have an average life cycle of nearly 15 years, which means that product durability and customer support are especially critical. He also points to diesel as the “backbone of the industry” and discusses the decision to offer the Cummins ISB engine.

Ed Bobit, founder and chairman of Bobit Business Media, has passed away
June 29, 2014
Ed Bobit, founder and chairman of Bobit Business Media, which publishes Automotive Fleet, School Bus Fleet magazine and many other media brands, passed away Sunday morning at the age of 86. Last summer Bobit had undergone valve-replacement surgery and had been working primarily from home. He died peacefully in his sleep.
Top pupil transporters, bus techs honored in Colorado
June 26, 2014
The Colorado State Pupil Transportation Association holds school bus roadeo and technician contests at its annual conference. Also awarded, posthumously, is a Colorado school bus driver who was fatally struck by a pickup truck last winter.
District aims to cut costs in busing with hub transfers
June 26, 2014
Starting next year at Quakertown (Pa.) Community School District, private and charter school students will be transported to hub locations and will then transfer to another bus for the rest of the trip. The district superintendent calls the move "an important cost-saving measure."
Longtime school transportation director switches gears
June 26, 2014
Michael Dallessandro, who has worked in pupil transportation for more than 25 years, takes on a new role as a human resources manager for Rural/Metro Medical, a private ambulance and fire protection services provider. He will continue to offer his school bus expertise as a consultant.
Zonar webinar to cover school bus fleet telematics
June 20, 2014
The free web seminar on June 26 will explain modern telematics platforms and how pupil transportation operations are using them to improve safety and efficiency.
Texas district honored for hiring military
June 19, 2014
The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve organization, a U.S. Department of Defense office, presents an award to Houston Independent School District for its efforts to recruit and retain military personnel.
District considers opt-out option due to nearly empty buses
June 19, 2014
Westfield (Mass.) Public School District may ask students who drive themselves to and from school to opt out of the free school transportation system, and let them opt back in later if their transportation needs change. Many of the district’s 47-passenger capacity school buses travel with fewer than a dozen riders on board.
Associations asked union not to misuse school bus in campaign
June 19, 2014
The three national pupil transportation groups wrote to the Labors' International Union of North America, requesting that the union not negatively represent the yellow bus in its highway bill reauthorization campaign. But on Monday, the union launched a tour featuring a school bus that appears to have been smashed by a fallen piece of bridge.

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