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Accentuating the positive
June 22, 2010

Two school bus operations have been able to secure funding for bus replacements and have managed to expand their transportation service in spite of the current cuts that are being made in pupil transportation.

Illinois district to reconsider bus pass fees
June 17, 2010
A high volume of complaints from parents has led the school board to reconsider its policy, which would have saved $85,000.
Training around the edges
June 17, 2010

Even when you can’t afford to pay each employee to sit in a monthly safety meeting, you can look for cracks and crevices in the day where you can insert that safety mantra.

Thomas Built Buses founder to be honored
June 16, 2010
On Friday, Perley A. Thomas will be inducted into the North America Railway Hall of Fame. Thomas opened a streetcar manufacturing company, Perley A. Thomas Car Works, in 1916, which began manufacturing school buses 20 years later.
Search still on for missing student
June 15, 2010
After 7-year-old Kyron Horman didn’t return home on his school bus as scheduled on June 4, his family called the school, which then called police. Although the boy was at the school that morning for a science fair, staff reported that he wasn’t in his classroom afterward.
Zonar donates scholarships to attend NAPT Summit
June 15, 2010
Each of the 10 scholarships will cover the cost of one conference registration. NAPT members are encouraged to apply; if applicants are not current members, Zonar will pay for the cost of membership. Individuals can apply from July 1 through Oct. 1.
Another longtime state director to retire
June 10, 2010
Gilbert Perea, the state pupil transportation director for New Mexico, will retire later this month with more than 30 years of experience in the industry. It began when he was a basketball coach, which required him to be licensed as a school bus activity driver.
NAPT recommends Peaceful School Bus Program
June 10, 2010
The program, created at an elementary school in New York, is designed to change the social dynamics on the school bus to reduce bullying incidents. It is available to NAPT members at a 20-percent discount.
District eliminates school bus service, with backup plan
June 10, 2010
If 85 percent of parents of current riders approve a fee increase for bus passes, regular-ed transportation will be reinstated at Poway (Calif.) Unified School District. Transportation Director Tim Purvis remains optimistic.
IMMI to make SafeGuard seats in High Point
June 10, 2010
The company will continue to manufacture school bus seat components and seating modules in its Indiana plant, while using the new facility — two blocks away from the Thomas Built C2 plant — for final assembly of its SafeGuard FlexSeat and Integrated Child Seat.
Seon launches Web-based fleet monitoring system
June 8, 2010
Live reporting features include vehicle speed and direction, idle time, ignition status, route mileage and aggressive driving. With geo-fencing, users can set up a designated area and if a vehicle travels beyond this point, the system administrator is notified via email or text message.
Training course now available through school risk groups
June 8, 2010
The executive director of the Public School Risk Institute says that there are more than 100 groups that may be able to purchase the School Bus Safety Co. course for their members or offer credits in their financing structure.
SBF launches new video section
June 3, 2010
New feature on SchoolBusFleet.com offers an array of pupil transportation videos — from school bus safety PSAs to training material to funny bus-related clips.
C.E. White Co. to open Fort Valley facility
June 3, 2010
The school bus seat supplier's new 24,000-sq.-ft. satellite assembly plant will be geared toward servicing just-in-time deliveries and on-site support to the Blue Bird Body Co.
BESI founder passes away
June 2, 2010
After working for a Wayne distributor doing warranty work and supplying parts to school bus operations, Bill Moore started his own company, Bus Equipment Sales, in his garage in 1975. He responded to a need for quality school bus upholstery.
Districts to merge bus service
June 1, 2010
The two Illinois school districts will share buses and drivers. Officials expect the plan to save at least $200,000 over each of the next five years.
NYC DOE proposes bus cuts for 7th, 8th graders
June 1, 2010
In light of a $500 million shortfall in state education funding, the Department of Education says it has no choice but to cut bus services. Parents strongly oppose the plan.
6 Questions to Ask When Considering Joint Transportation
June 1, 2010

If transportation administrators pose these questions before entering into an agreement to share or combine their services, they will avoid a number of problems, including miscommunication among bus drivers, scheduling conflicts and disagreements about student discipline procedures.

Recruiting, From Start to Finish
June 1, 2010

Putting an excellent driver behind the wheel of a school bus is the end result of a long search, from putting the call out for qualified candidates to background checks and interviews. Experts weigh in on fine-tuning the process.

Details on Dossier Users Group summit announced
May 28, 2010
Fleet professionals who use Arsenault Associates’ Dossier maintenance management software will convene in Tucson, Ariz., in November for the event, which will include hands-on software training as well as sessions that cover product applications and futures, and user case studies.

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