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Florida district’s transportation manager resigns
April 30, 2014
John Franklin steps down after seven years as general manager of transportation of Hillsborough County Public Schools. Officials say he led the transportation department through “an eventful time of change and challenges,” and they say that Chief Facilities Officer Chris Farkas will directly oversee the transportation department until Franklin’s replacement is hired.
Indiana school bus drivers award $500 scholarship
April 28, 2014
Corbin Sollman, son of Indiana State School Bus Drivers Association member Nikki Sollman, wins the association's annual scholarship. The high school senior's community service includes assisting with the building of a wheelchair ramp for a disabled person.
Pay raise proposed to help fill school bus driver shortage
April 28, 2014
At Greenville (S.C.) County Schools, starting school bus driver wages would increase 9.6%, from $11.68 to $12.80 per hour, under a budget proposal for fiscal year 2015. The move would be aimed at helping to attract and retain drivers.
Districts are in the transportation business
April 28, 2014

School districts’ primary responsibility is to educate children. But that doesn’t mean it’s their only responsibility. Pupil transportation is still a part of the overall service that the district provides for the public.

City approves $2.7M purchase of new school bus fleet
April 24, 2014
The Pittsfield (Mass.) City Council will trade in 52 buses and buy 43 new buses that Pittsfield Public Schools will own and operate. The district has also hired a consultant to do a one-month study of the fleet’s efficiency, which will help the next time it looks into buying a new fleet, and it could help in creating space for students who would pay to ride the buses.
Steve Gilliland to keynote NAPT Summit
April 24, 2014
The speaker will supply “motivation with a side of humor” during the National Association for Pupil Transportation conference in Kansas City, Mo., in November. The association says that Gilliland’s session will provide “a blueprint for getting the most out of life.”
Missouri district builds its own bus video systems
April 24, 2014
At Carl Junction R-1 School District, shop technicians put together four-camera surveillance systems for the district's school buses. The team recently began testing two additional cameras: one on the back of the bus and one underneath.
Child Check-Mate System debuts on Australian school buses
April 23, 2014
Kojonup Bus Service becomes the first contractor in Australia to adopt Child Check-Mate's reminder device. The company plans to equip its entire fleet with the system over the next few months.
District board approves bus fees, pending court approval
April 22, 2014
Hoover (Ala.) City Schools' board votes to implement school bus ridership fees for the 2014-15 school year, pending approval by the U.S. District Court. In a memorandum proposing the fees, Superintendent Andy Craig says a fee-based system would help the district “address the financial challenges we are facing.”
Louisiana, Texas bus drivers honored by school risk programs
April 21, 2014
Lillie Lewis of the Tensas Parish School Board receives the 2013-14 Statewide Bus Driver of the Year award from the Property Casualty Alliance of Louisiana, and Shelley Wilkenson of Midlothian (Texas) Independent School District receives the award from the alliance's Texas chapter. Awards given through this program are based on such driver attributes as leadership, attitude, perseverance, student and parent relationships, and technical skill.
HSM working on ‘next generation’ of school bus seating
April 21, 2014
In an exclusive interview with SBF, Tony Everett, vice president of transportation solutions at HSM, says that the company is developing a new school bus seat that will be lighter, more durable and more ergonomic. But beyond the more practical features, Everett says, “We want it to be a sexy school bus seat — we want it to be cool.”
How to manage conflict and deal with angry people
April 17, 2014

Employees can express anger and frustration when they feel that their basic needs, such as feeling appreciated and valued, are not being met. Managers and others in leadership roles must listen to gain an understanding of the problem, learn the points of view of those involved and work together with the employees toward a solution.

4 school districts named to '100 Best Fleets' list
April 16, 2014
District operations in Texas, Pennsylvania and Florida are among the fleets recognized for exemplary performance. One school bus fleet official says of the list, "Going through the application process helps us strive for perfection. I feel our operation is moving forward."
Nebraska state pupil transportation director Russ Inbody passes
April 11, 2014
Inbody, who worked for the Nebraska Department of Education for 37 years, died last month after a long illness. Nebraska Council of School Administrators officials call Inbody "an invaluable resource and support for school districts in his work in school finance, transportation services and negotiating the ever-complicated [school finance] formula."
Retired school bus to serve as mobile art center
April 10, 2014
The city of Somerville in Massachusetts purchases the bus, which will be used for art classes, dance performances and other creative ventures. The Somerville Arts Council is calling on local artists to design the exterior of the bus.
District's new plan targets better bus evacuation drills
April 9, 2014
At Bedford (Ohio) City School District, officials say that changes in the school bus evacuation drill program have led to safer and more focused training for students and staff. Supervisor of Transportation Patrick Carney shares the details on the new drill system.
NAPT names new marketing and communications specialist
April 9, 2014
Megan Geroux has more than 10 years of experience as a communications professional in the association world — most recently as the communications director for an association management company in Albany, N.Y. NAPT officials say Geroux specializes in creative communications and uses her “keen listening skills to uncover and share associations' unique stories.”
Turkey flies into school bus window
April 8, 2014
In Ashland, Mass., police respond to what they describe as “a strange call”: a 25-pound turkey had flown into and broken a window on a school bus. A few students on the bus are treated for minor injuries by a school nurse.
Oklahoma district supports Child Abuse Awareness Month
April 7, 2014
The transportation department at Woodward Public Schools observes the cause in April by decorating its buses with blue ribbons, an international symbol for child abuse prevention. Transportation Director Rosetta Loomis tells a local newspaper that, “It is a wonderful teaching and learning opportunity.”
U.S. DOT unveils distracted driving campaign
April 3, 2014
The effort is the Department of Transportation's first-ever national advertising campaign and law enforcement crackdown to combat distracted driving. Ads using the phrase “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” will run from April 7 to 15, which coincides with a nationwide law enforcement crackdown in states with distracted driving bans.

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