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Nixing bus fee plan, district to save $550K with hub system
July 20, 2010
Having received a negative response to a proposed pay-to-ride plan for bus service next school year, Lodi (Calif.) Unified School District will go forward with a hub system to consolidate rural routes.
Transfinder, Zonar partner to offer GPS system
July 19, 2010
RouteTracer integrates Zonar's K12 High-Definition GPS unit with Transfinder's Busfinder AVL software to display bus locations and path-points on a district's transportation routing map. Transfinder will market and deliver the system, and Zonar will provide installation and service.
Thriving on competition
July 15, 2010

All who compete or otherwise get involved in these vital events are to be commended for their part in advancing pupil transportation.

Budget cuts force district to modify bus service
July 14, 2010
Beginning with the 2010-11 school year, a Missouri school district will only transport intermediate, middle and high school students if they live more than 1.5 miles from their schools, a half-mile increase from the district’s previous policy. The move is designed to offset an approximately $400,000 reduction in transportation funding.
NAPT, Zonar announce $50,000 grant
July 13, 2010
The award will go to the school district that submits the best proposal for utilizing Zonar's Electronic Fleet Management Solutions, including their Electronic Vehicle Inspection Reporting system.
Cincinnati increases walking distances to save $1.8M
July 13, 2010
Transportation will now be provided only for elementary students living one mile or more from school and for high school students living 1.25 miles or more from school. Students who ride public transit to school face a $0.50 increase on fares.
Hawaii candidate tours island on a school bus
July 8, 2010
Neil Abercrombie, who is running for governor, met with local leaders in education, agriculture and the arts. His school bus tour focused on reaching rural communities.
Kentucky school bus driver honored
July 8, 2010
Helen Cottongim, who has transported students for 36 years, is named the National Education Association’s 2010 Education Support Professional of the Year, winning a $10,000 grant.
Southeastern States Conference has full agenda
July 8, 2010
The four-day event kicks off this Sunday in Columbia, S.C. It will include updates from the NTSB and NHTSA, NAPT Professional Development Series courses, and presentations and sessions on such topics as transporting homeless students and distracted driving. A trade show will also be held.
Pete Baxter joins Synovia Corp.
July 7, 2010
The former Indiana state director of pupil transportation will serve as corporate director of business relations for the fleet management solutions provider. In the role, Baxter will communicate with the company’s end users, supporting their needs and challenges.
Pauline Gervais joins Education Compliance Group
July 7, 2010
The pupil transportation veteran, known for her expertise in areas like special-needs transportation and student management, will serve as a consultant alongside Peggy Burns and Mark Hinson.
District changes day care drop-off policy
July 6, 2010
Students will only be able to be dropped off at a day care center instead of at home if the center is on the same bus route. About 100 students currently take a bus to day care after school.
Fontinalis Partners invests in Everyday Solutions
July 1, 2010
The firm will help Everyday Solutions, which manufactures pupil transportation management systems, grow and expand its business. Ralph Booth, a founding partner at Fontinalis, has joined the company’s board of directors.
IMMI names facility manager for new plant
July 1, 2010
In this position, Steve Bragg will be responsible for all plant operations. Bragg has worked at the company for 11 years and previously held positions in plant maintenance and operations.
District eliminates elementary transportation
July 1, 2010
Southern California district, which had stopped offering transportation for middle and high school students some years ago, has eliminated busing for general-ed elementary students as part of its efforts to balance the budget.
Candidates sought for Continuing Education Award
June 29, 2010
Recipient of the NAPT award, sponsored by Thomas Built Buses, will earn a grant of up to $1,000 to cover expenses for an approved workshop.
Why Won’t They Come to Work?
June 29, 2010

In these tough economic times, most school bus drivers consistently show up for work — but some still don’t. After monetary incentives failed to tackle absenteeism, one district learned that some employees need another kind of support.

Winners named in annual Photo Contest
June 25, 2010
The sixth edition of SCHOOL BUS FLEET’s Photo Contest, which was open to all types of school bus-related shots, drew more than 100 entries. The winning photos were submitted by transportation professionals in Arizona, Michigan and California.
Minnesota bus drivers honored for exemplary service
June 25, 2010
Six drivers receive the Minnesota School Bus Operators Association’s Transportation Specialist Award. Along with winning the award, a $1,000 check is given in each driver’s name to a scholarship fund for deserving youth in the school districts they serve.
Blue Bird to consolidate plants
June 25, 2010
North Georgia plant in LaFayette to close Aug. 30. All large bus assembly operations will be centralized at Fort Valley facility.

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