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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.
Longtime Indiana state director to retire
May 26, 2010
Pete Baxter, who chaired the steering committee for the recent National Congress on School Transportation, began his career in pupil transportation 30 years ago. He has served as president of both NAPT and NASDPTS.
System combines GPS and telematics to improve efficiency
May 24, 2010
Tyler Telematic GPS utilizes fleet tracking capabilities, along with driver and vehicle information from Tyler Technologies’ Versatrans Onscreen and Powercheck software and leverages it with GPS hardware through Geotab, helping to reduce operational and maintenance costs.
This space for rent?
May 18, 2010

Sixty-five percent of Utah residents surveyed believe that advertising definitely or probably should be allowed on the sides of school buses.

Key pupil transportation events kick off next week
May 14, 2010
The National Congress on School Transportation, held every five years, will return to Warrensburg, Mo. In Ottawa, the every-two-years Canadian Pupil Transportation Conference will commence. Blue Bird announces its exhibition details for the Canadian show.
Crime and punishment
May 11, 2010

In the February issue, Executive Editor Thomas McMahon described an incident in which a school bus driver was charged with illegally passing another school bus. He asked readers to tell us how they would respond to such an incident at their operation, and what offenses lead to immediate termination.

NAPT Summit program details announced
May 5, 2010
The association’s annual conference will feature Professional Development Series courses and workshops on such topics as managing human resources, writing an effective bid and developing a preventive maintenance plan. The Portland, Ore., event will also include a two-day trade show.
District may charge per-ride fee to ease budget woes
May 5, 2010
Faced with $31 million in cuts for the next school year, a Colorado school district may ask families of students who use the school bus to start paying $.50 per ride. To make this possible, the district is installing GPS units on each bus to track student ridership.
275,000 education jobs in peril, study finds
May 4, 2010
Next school year, 82 percent of districts surveyed by the American Association of School Administrators will cut teaching, administrative and other types of positions. Officials call it "an unprecedented level of layoffs."
Blue Bird technical training classes get rolling
May 3, 2010
Last week, school bus technicians received instruction on the manufacturer’s line of school buses, updates on SCR technology, information on alternative fuel options and a factory tour during the manufacturer's technical training class. Registration is open for sessions that will be held in May and July.
Navman Wireless to host fleet savings Web seminars
May 3, 2010
During the free seminars on May 11 and 12, a school bus fleet expert for the vehicle tracking and fleet management solutions provider will discuss how public and private pupil transportation operations can reduce costs, maintain profits and improve customer service by using fleet tracking.
School bus drivers moonlight as reading tutors
April 23, 2010
The 'Transportation Tutors' spend about an hour a day at a local elementary school between morning and afternoon bus routes helping students learn to read.
SEIU leader steps down
April 20, 2010
Andy Stern has helmed the union, which represents an estimated 18,000 school bus drivers across the nation, for the past 14 years. He is credited with doubling SEIU's membership and helping elect Barack Obama to the presidency. Some see Stern as a divisive figure.
Bus driver union agrees to wage freeze
April 19, 2010
Teamsters branch at a New Jersey school district accepts a hold on pay increases for the 2010-11 school year to help alleviate the district’s budget crisis. Administrators also agree to a wage freeze, contingent upon the school budget passing.
Bus drivers help provide stability for homeless children
April 16, 2010
Once a child is enrolled in Portland, Ore.'s Community Transitional School, he or she can continue to attend the school regardless of frequent address changes that would require transferring to another district. Bus routes are changed often to follow students' moves.
Efficient purchasing, grants help district replace buses
April 16, 2010
An Ohio school district is slated to buy 15 school buses funded in part by state and federal grants. With the most recent order, the district will have purchased 261 new school buses — close to half of its fleet.

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