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District uses school bus for program that feeds low-income students
June 16, 2014
The Manatee County (Fla.) School District’s school bus, which no longer runs in its fleet, is wrapped with brightly colored photos of the four food groups and delivers free lunches to more than 100 children each day. The food bus program runs through Aug. 8 and is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Georgia pupil transportation group gathers for 50th conference
June 12, 2014
A record number of school bus professionals are expected to attend the Georgia Association for Pupil Transportation's June 16-19 event on Jekyll Island, Ga. The milestone conference will offer more than 100 hours of professional learning across five tracks of study.
District faces traffic protest over courtesy busing cuts
June 10, 2014
Public and non-public school officials in Lakewood, N.J., are in talks to avert a call for parents to drive thousands of children to their private schools in protest against the elimination of publicly funded courtesy busing. Last month, the Lakewood Public Schools Board of Education eliminated all courtesy busing from the 2014-15 budget as a way to meet tax hike caps set by the state.
Starcraft Bus named a top account for Ford in 2013
June 10, 2014
The school and shuttle bus manufacturer was the top volume pool account in the bus category for Ford in 2013, and the eighth year in a row. Starcraft purchases and sells Ford E350/E450 and F550/F650 bus chassis, and it attributes its success to an increasing demand for shuttle buses in the U.S. as well as its dealer network.
Committed to lifelong learning
June 10, 2014

Peter Lawrence estimated that he put in about 1,000 hours in just the last year as he worked on his dissertation. That was in addition to continuing his full-time job as director of transportation.

Texas district named ‘Leading Fleet’
June 9, 2014
Houston Independent School District’s school bus fleet receives the award from Government Fleet magazine. The district’s winning application included details on its creation of a music video that addressed bus seating and bullying; how it streamlined its fleet and saved $11.98 million; and how the district successfully took on bus service for an adjoining school district.
Massachusetts Association for Pupil Transportation marks 25 years
June 6, 2014
The association has worked to promote safe and efficient school bus service for the state's students since 1989. Members will celebrate the milestone at their meeting on June 12.
Updates unveiled for 2015 National Congress on School Transportation
June 4, 2014
Preparations are ramping up for the event, which is held every five years in Warrensburg, Mo. Congress officials provide updates on the new location of the organization's website, when registration will open and a new committee called "Telling the School Bus Story."
Teacher retirements may provide school bus funding
June 4, 2014
An increase in the number of teachers retiring from Muncie (Ind.) Community Schools can make up the rest of the shortfall for the third year of a new bus contract if enough of those positions are not replaced. The district will use its savings to pay for bus service over the next two years.
School bus drivers sue to stop paying union dues
June 3, 2014
The five drivers from an Arkansas school district have sought to refrain from union membership and dues. According to a foundation that is providing free legal assistance to the drivers, union officials denied the drivers' requests, saying that they can only resign their union membership during a 15-day "window period" in July.
Former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot to speak at NAPT
June 2, 2014
Captain (Ret.) Scott O’Grady will present a keynote speech, sponsored by HSM Transportation Solutions, on Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11). He will share his experience in Bosnia and discuss how preparation, teamwork and leadership are keys to professional survival.
Blue Bird rallies in Fort Valley, ramps up business
May 30, 2014

Four years after consolidating large bus assembly at its central Georgia headquarters, Blue Bird has boosted efficiency and production capacity, and business is on the upswing. The company’s total sales have increased about 40% from 2012 to 2014, and its propane school bus sales have multiplied.

Bus driver honored by North Carolina district
May 29, 2014
Joyce Key was named Driver of the Year at a Bus Drivers Appreciation Banquet last week. Key began driving a school bus 29 years ago and has not had an accident.
Collins Bus Corp. names new director of sales
May 27, 2014
Joe Leggett joins the Type A school bus manufacturer as director of sales, a role in which he will work primarily with Collins Bus distributors in the western regions of the U.S. and Canada. Leggett comes to Collins from bus mirror supplier Rosco Vision Systems.
Bus driver honored for role in school success
May 27, 2014
Henry Bell, a school bus driver for Roseville (Calif.) Joint Union High School District’s transportation department, is one of California's six Classified School Employees for 2014. Bell was nominated for maintaining a safe bus, working effectively to resolve issues with students and parents, and for how he builds relationships with students and staff.
District runs first ad inside school bus
May 27, 2014
Allentown, Pa.-based Parkland School District debuted its first ad for a local Allstate agent. The ad, which discourages texting while driving, will run through October.
The trouble with cutting bus service
May 26, 2014

Increased traffic around schools is one of the key problems. In situations like this, long lines of vehicles often build up in the morning and afternoon.

Seon school bus driver Facebook contest deadline approaches
May 22, 2014
To enter the contest, drivers can visit Seon’s Facebook page, and send a photo and message about how they prevent bullying on the bus and what they love about being a school bus driver. Drivers may apply to the Facebook contest through May 30.
California district ends school bus pilot program
May 21, 2014
In March, Etiwanda School District launched a "shared cost model" pilot transportation program for students who live at least 3 miles from school. District officials say that the program "did not generate the interest nor the revenue that was expected," and the board decides to discontinue it after the last day of school.
Transportation department awarded for recruitment efforts
May 21, 2014
Houston Independent School District’s transportation department receives a community service award from the Near Northwest Management District for these efforts. The department partners with this agency to recruit bus drivers who live in the area that the Near Northwest Management District serves, and it also has a recruiting team at each bus terminal that visits neighborhoods, businesses and churches to recruit drivers.

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