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Immerse yourself
January 1, 2007

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the NAPT board of directors, it’s composed of nine members — president, president-elect, five regional directors and two at-large directors.

Employee Discipline: Using Counseling Memos Correctly
November 1, 2006

Failure to document employee conduct and disciplinary issues can leave a manager in more trouble than the employee. Here are steps to circumvent such a scenario through properly written and executed counseling memos.

How Dispatchers Fill a Pivotal Role
November 1, 2006

The dispatch position can be one of the most demanding in pupil transportation, but it is at the hub of an operation’s success. Here’s a look at the skills dispatchers need to handle the job and its inherent stress.

Q&A: Investing in Specialty
November 1, 2006

On the heels of a new partnership with a private equity firm, Specialty Manufacturing President Gray Ellison discusses the company’s direction.

Giant Challenges for Giant Fleets
November 1, 2006

Managing a large school bus fleet presents special challenges. What are those challenges and how are they handled? Transportation directors at giant fleets provide their insights.

Bus Radio cues up controversy
November 1, 2006

NEEDHAM, Mass. — Music soothes the savage breast, or so the adage says. This premise underlies the reliance upon music as a safety tool on school buses.

Out with the old. . .
November 1, 2006

Every now and then, you should splurge and buy a new car or remodel your kitchen or add a new suit to your wardrobe.

NAPT News & Views
November 1, 2006

Before I became NAPT president, I attempted to get a feel for what being in the position would be like by discussing issues and ideas with former leaders of the association.

A challenging question
November 1, 2006

What are your greatest challenges? It’s a question we pose in our many surveys of the pupil transportation industry.

LED Lighting Continues to Win Converts
October 1, 2006

Over the past 10 years, light-emitting diodes have made inroads into the school bus market. In another 10 years, they could be standard equipment. Here’s why...

NAPT conference is worthy investment
October 1, 2006

Our editors constantly are told by our readers that publishing articles describing what other school bus operators are doing is helpful to them. We take that to heart, trying to get input from all areas of the country on common safety, management, maintenance, regulatory and funding concerns.

Finding the Best Solution for Your Surveillance Needs
October 1, 2006

Video cameras in school buses help school districts and contractors tackle tough issues of liability, behavioral management and student safety. But finding the right package for your fleet can be a challenge.

Q&A: ‘Pre-Buy’ Activity Boosts School Bus Sales in 2006
October 1, 2006

Thomas Built Buses President and CEO John O’Leary says the manufacturing sector is seeing increased sales due to customers increasing their bus purchasing before the EPA’s stricter emissions standards take effect in 2007.

NAPT News & Views
October 1, 2006

Leadership can take many forms. It may be quiet and subtle. It can also be forceful and vocal. In any case, it should be unwavering and, in the best case, it will be influential in a positive way.

New Laidlaw president eyes growth prospects
October 1, 2006

Earlier this year, Douglas Carty, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Laidlaw International, was asked whether he would be interested in taking over as Laidlaw Education Services’ new president and CEO.

Training video addresses bus driver liability issues
October 1, 2006

The average school day can be fraught with unpredictable student mischief, which is why it is so important for school bus drivers to remain vigilant for any potentially explosive situations that may expose them and their district or contractor to liability.

Don’t loose out
October 1, 2006

As an editor, I’m expected to be perfect at grammar, syntax, punctuation, spelling and usage. Well, I’m not.

Collins Industries enters into merger agreement
October 1, 2006

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Collins Industries, the largest producer of Type A school buses in North America, has entered into a definitive merger agreement with Steel Partners, a private investment partnership in New York.

Bust resigns post
October 1, 2006

FORT VALLEY, Ga. — Jeffry Bust, president and CEO of Blue Bird Corp., resigned his post on Sept. 26, about a week after the company was acquired by an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management, an investment firm headquartered in New York City.

50 great years
September 1, 2006

This 50th anniversary issue of SCHOOL BUS FLEET sparks fond memories.

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