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Driver retires after 50 years behind wheel
June 1, 2006

When William “Alex” Alexander began driving school buses for Spring Branch Independent School District (ISD) in 1956, he never would have guessed the extent of his contributions to the community. Now, Alexander is retiring after 50 years of service.

Spec'ing tips offered at CASTO conference
June 1, 2006

SAN DIEGO — The importance of writing proper bus specifications was emphasized by Charlie Hood, Florida’s state pupil transportation director, during a session at the 38th annual conference of the California Association of School Transportation Officials in San Diego.

Patience pays off
June 1, 2006

In 1999, soap actress Susan Lucci (All My Children) finally won a Daytime Emmy Award — on her 19th try.

The Industry's Voice in Washington D.C.
June 1, 2006

The three major pupil transportation associations have been lobbying lawmakers in the nation's capital about concerns over rising fuel prices, security and funding of the Clean School Bus USA program.

Driven by technology
April 1, 2006

Twelve years ago, I used e-mail for the first time. It was a difficult transition for me, especially since I’m not a good typist. But I’ve come a long way since then.

How Small Operations Conquer Big Challenges
April 1, 2006

The challenges some smaller operations face can mirror those of larger operations. However, dealing with difficult routing scenarios, attendance issues or the expense of training materials for just a handful of drivers makes a huge difference.

NAPT News & Views
April 1, 2006

One of the fundamental concerns many people have with policymakers and elected officials is that they do not completely understand the impact of decisions they make.

Profile of a school bus pioneer
April 1, 2006

Mary Amyot may be a new name to many people in our industry today. But her name is one that should be known for the contributions she made in New York state and across the nation.

Driving ambition: school boss gets bus permit
April 1, 2006

If he ever has a problem finding a substitute bus driver, Romulus Central School Superintendent Mike Midey may be able to fill the slot himself.

SBF Photo Contest returns
April 1, 2006

TORRANCE, Calif. — Grab your camera and start shooting — it’s time for SCHOOL BUS FLEET’s Second Annual Photo Contest!

This year’s competit...

Longtime industry stalwart dies
March 1, 2006

GURNEE, Ill. — Peter J. Grandolfo, a pupil transportation authority in the area of special needs, died Jan. 22. He was 59.

On the hiring line
March 1, 2006

The bus driver shortage tends to be cyclical, like the economy, but varies according to region. Some school districts and contractors have great luck in finding qualified drivers, while others have a much tougher time recruiting good prospects.

Is the Bus Depot Fit for Daycare?
March 1, 2006

When parents aren't present to receive their children, pupil transporters face a predicament. Instead of bringing students to the depot, drivers should take them back to school. Here's why.

Promoting the Good Work of Your Drivers
March 1, 2006

Parents and school administrators, among others, should know of the many success stories involving school bus drivers. Working with public information officers, distributing newsletters and nominating drivers for awards are great ways to grow awareness.

NAPT News & Views
March 1, 2006

In my opening News & Views article (“Big family takes on big goals,” November 2005, pg. 18), I indicated that the NAPT Board of Directors would “review and renew” our strategic policy.

Blue Bird restructures in bankruptcy court
March 1, 2006

FORT VALLEY, Ga. — Blue Bird Corp. filed a prepackaged restructuring plan in late January with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Nevada.

At the drop of a hat
March 1, 2006
Too often, transportation directors are asked to be jacks of all trades, handling their school bus duties while supervising other departments such as ...
Gauthier steps down as NASDPTS director
February 1, 2006

THE PLAINS, Va. — Charlie Gauthier has resigned his post as executive director of the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation ...

Mirrors and smoke
February 1, 2006

Commemorating SCHOOL BUS FLEET’s 50th anniversary, we’ve unveiled a new department in this issue — “Rearview Mirror.” It’s a pictorial retrospective of the pupil transportation industry, featuring photos of old school buses and covers of SBF and its predecessors.

14 Tips for Effective Evaluations
February 1, 2006
It’s evaluation time! Needless to say, this is probably one of the least favorite announcements of the year for most transportation supervisors. Some ...

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