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IMMI names James Johnson VP
August 19, 2010
During the development and integration of lap-shoulder belts on school buses, Johnson worked with NHTSA to define testing methodology that validates the performance of seating products.
New guide targets bus stop safety
August 19, 2010
Free resource from NHTSA provides steps for designating school bus stops and supporting safe pedestrian behavior by students between their homes and bus stops. Included are examples of state and district guidelines.
Texas schools seek funds for new buses with seat belts
August 17, 2010
New buses purchased in Texas must be equipped with lap-shoulder belts starting Sept. 1, as long as funding is provided. The state reportedly set aside $10 million for new buses, but that would only cover about one bus per district, according to local news outlets.
District to raise money with school bus ads
August 12, 2010
The Tennessee Legislature approved the use of color ads earlier this year. Black-and-white ads have been allowed since 1997. Sumner County Schools will use ad revenue to build its school technology fund.
Driver who left child on bus gets license suspension
August 12, 2010
The 5-year-old was discovered wandering a parking lot and was eventually returned to his parents. The substitute driver and aide reportedly refused to answer the transportation director's questions about the incident.
The school bus industry spoke ... and DOT Secretary LaHood responded
August 12, 2010

Together, the full-court press on DOT bore fruit, and pupil transportation is now going to get some overdue attention.

Fall session of IC Bus University scheduled
August 11, 2010
The manufacturer’s training program for school bus technicians will be held the week of Oct. 18 in Tulsa, Okla. IC Bus University provides up to 43 hours of instruction on such topics as engines, power brakes and air conditioning.
Program instructs on sexual predator awareness
August 10, 2010
In “School Bus Drivers: The 1st Line of Defense Against Child Sexual Predators,” Dr. Duane Dobbert explains different types of sexual disorders and how to identify people who are afflicted with them. The program, which Dobbert recently taught to a group in West Virginia, has been endorsed by the Department of Homeland Security.
Another veteran state director to retire
August 10, 2010
Leeds Pickering began serving as Wyoming’s state pupil transportation director nearly 30 years ago. His career in the industry kicked off after college when he took a job driving a school bus.
How school transportation has affected my life
August 10, 2010

Many parents either do not have the time to bring their children to school or they do not have the option. My parents were never able to bring me to school because they did not want to.

Updated agenda for NAPT Summit available
August 9, 2010
Professional Development Series courses will cover such topics as accident investigation and school transportation security assessment, while workshops will address distracted driving prevention and creative in-service training. Keynote presentations will focus on bullying and support for special-needs transportation.
Obama awards Citizens Medal to school bus driver
August 9, 2010
Jorge Muñoz distributes free meals to the needy in his community every night from his pickup truck. He and his family have prepared and shared about 120,000 meals in six years, he estimates.
Sharon Carnahan, wife of Zonar's Don Carnahan, passes away
August 4, 2010
Sharon provided invaluable assistance to Don in his years in the pupil transportation industry, from editing documents to preparing proposals.
District to offer transportation services to K-8 students
August 3, 2010
Under a five-year agreement with Pennsylvania Coach Lines, approximately 427 Duquesne City School District students will be transported to the Duquesne Education Center, private and charter schools, and out-of-district programs. This is the first time in the district’s history that students who live more than a half-mile away from the education center will receive transportation.
District reverses request for athletics transportation donations
August 3, 2010
In order to avoid canceling high school sports games, Los Angeles Unified School District will have to come up with $650,000 to make up for what was cut from the district's athletic transportation fund.
District cuts more than half of its bus stops
August 2, 2010
The move was made to offset Fort Osage School District’s budget shortfall. Funding from the state for the district’s transportation will be 33-percent less compared to previous years and the district expects to run a deficit of more than $1 million.
Why Miles Matter
July 27, 2010

A veteran transportation director discusses the importance of reducing fuel use — and how to make it happen.

IMMI unveils Premier activity seat
July 26, 2010
The SafeGuard Premier activity seat features both lap-shoulder belts and compartmentalization protection for unbelted passengers.
Charter school takes over transportation duties
July 22, 2010
A Minnesota charter school purchases a new 77-passenger school bus to transport its students, a service that the local public school district had been providing. The change will allow the school to alter its calendar.
Former state pupil transportation director passes
July 20, 2010
Spence Holder, who died Sunday at 66, held the state director role in Arkansas for 12 years. He also served as president of NASDPTS and the Southeastern States Pupil Transportation Conference.

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