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Thomas Built honors top dealers
November 30, 2009
Matthews Buses Inc. was named the bus manufacturer’s national and northeast region dealer of the year. Thomas dealerships in Nebraska, North Carolina and Alberta won the remaining regional awards.
Stuff the Bus event collects 47,000 lbs. of food
November 24, 2009
The School District of Manatee County (Fla.) partners with supermarket chain to park buses at 15 stores. The county food bank says that items donated to help area families will last through the holidays and all the way to May.
Michigan district wins new bus for a year
November 24, 2009
Hoekstra Transportation offered the use of a brand new Thomas Built Buses Saf-T-Liner C2 school bus as part of a giveaway contest during the Michigan Association for Pupil Transportation's annual fall conference.
Collins names new regional sales manager
November 18, 2009
Matt Scheuler is promoted and will maintain his position as aftermarket parts manager for the Type A bus manufacturer. He will work primarily with distributors in the western regions of the U.S. and Canada.
District weighs options to reduce fuel costs
November 17, 2009
A Florida district’s finance advisory committee has reportedly asked district officials and students to calculate the cost-savings of running buses with less fuel in their tanks. While the move could improve fuel efficiency, it could also reduce operational efficiency.
NAPT elects new board members
November 13, 2009
Alexandra Robinson of San Diego Unified School District becomes president-elect. The newly created board position for an affiliate member goes to Mike Roscoe of school bus seat and restraint supplier The C.E. White Co.
Blue Bird announces new dealer for Washington
November 13, 2009
Bryson Sales & Service, one of the school bus OEM's oldest dealers, expands its territory to cover the state of Washington, with the exception of five river counties.
Miss. schools to convert buses into ambulances in emergencies
November 13, 2009
AmbuBus conversion kits allow school buses with all seats removed to carry 18 stretchers, medical equipment and a team of at least eight medical personnel.
Q&A: NASDPTS President Charlie Hood on Funding Challenges, Work With Feds
November 4, 2009

State directors are battling budget shortfalls, but NASDPTS President Charlie Hood says that they remain optimistic. The association’s work with federal agencies and other industry groups targets the betterment of school transportation.

Q&A: Linda Bluth Takes the Reins of NAPT
November 4, 2009

At the Louisville conference, Linda Bluth assumed the presidency of the association. Her goals to collaborate with nontraditional stakeholders in the industry and to bring new perspective to the group’s leadership are already underway.

Exploring the Benefits of Financing
November 4, 2009

Although school bus leasing and lease-purchasing have increased in popularity, many districts are still not informed about the process. Flexible financing structures are available to help districts and contractors fill their vehicle needs when budgets are tight.

Nonverbal Indicators of Violence: What to Look For
November 4, 2009

Touching one’s head. Clenching one’s fists. Removing clothing. Keeping an eye out for these types of actions and stopping a student before a situation escalates will enable pupil transportation professionals to maintain a safe bus environment. 

State directors delve into bus crash details
November 3, 2009
Changing regulations, innovative state programs and transporting homeless students are also discussed during the annual NASDPTS conference in Louisville.
NAPT speakers emphasize transportation's role in education system
November 3, 2009
Industry experts, government representatives and motivational speakers all point to the pivotal role of the yellow school bus in getting students safely to school ready to learn.
Outstanding efforts on display at NAPT awards ceremonies
November 2, 2009
Georgia school bus driver Dreana Trent is honored for saving the life of a student who had stopped breathing. Oklahoma state director Randy McLerran is awarded for his dedication to enhancing special-needs transportation.
David Pace named Administrator of the Year
November 2, 2009
SBF presents the 36th award to Virginia’s David Pace, a veteran transportation director who has served as a mentor for many new people entering the field.
15 Fascinating Personalities
October 30, 2009

You’ve seen their names in the pages of SBF, and maybe you’ve met some of them at industry events. Now find out why these 15 noteworthy folks are in the school bus business — and what they do when they’re not working. The details shared here include adventures in the Rockies,
famous crash test dummies and acting on a murder mystery dinner train.

DOE reports on district's comprehensive response to fatal bus crash
October 29, 2009
The actions officials at a Minnesota school district took in the days and months after a February 2008 bus crash that killed four students were key in helping students, staff and the community to recover. Efforts included communication, organized support services and memorials.
Restructuring Transportation for Tight Budgets
October 29, 2009

Districts across the country are facing budget cuts — sometimes drastic. Pupil transportation professionals are examining innovative ways to maintain current levels of service with significantly fewer dollars.

District boosts communication, efficiency with ISO program
October 28, 2009
Salem-Keizer Public Schools officials have seen increased efficiency and improved communication as a result of modeling their district after the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) 9001 quality management system....

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