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S.C. votes to pay for buses with unclaimed lottery money
July 5, 2011
Lawmakers vote to use the $12.4 million to pay for school buses overrides Gov. Nikki Haley's veto of the original budget item. Haley vetoed the item because she believes the state should focus on privatizing its bus system, but lawmakers say students need safe transportation while the state investigates the benefits of privatization.
GreenRoad adds safety, efficiency features to driver management solution
June 30, 2011
The company has increased the functionality of GreenRoad 360 by adding posted speed performance and idling heat maps and expanding its data integration ability.
AngelTrax compact mobile DVR features wireless technology
June 29, 2011
The company’s MicroLinx video surveillance solution has built-in wireless LAN connectivity, which allows users to view live, streaming video, download recorded video data remotely and receive instant system health notifications from their local network or a cellular carrier's GSM network. The unit comes standard with four high-resolution audio and video channels.
Online reporting tool provides proactive approach to bullying prevention
June 28, 2011
Joe Bruzzese, an instructor at at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Westmont College, creates Sprigeo.com to provide students with a safe, easy way to report on bullying. The system, he tells SBF, helps school administrators prevent violence on the bus and in school.
Countywide school bus safety reporting recommended
June 22, 2011
Education officials express skepticism over the recommendation by a Ventura County (Calif.) grand jury, noting that the request "does not come along with any resources."
Driver honored for actions to save students before car-bus collision
June 22, 2011
Bus driver Kenneth Paul receives an aboriginal star blanket ceremony and a provincial plaque from Manitoba Aboriginal Affairs Minister Eric Robinson. Last month, Paul was transporting students home when he saw a car coming, slowed down and pulled off to the shoulder of the road to move out of the way as much as possible before the car struck the bus.
Bus driver logs nearly 65 years behind the wheel
June 22, 2011
Carl Fisher has been driving a school bus since the end of World War II and has only missed one day of work. His accomplishment has earned him a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Student charged with malicious wounding of bus driver
June 17, 2011
The teenager approaches the driver in her seat while the bus is stopped, makes verbal comments to her and then strikes her in the face and neck with his fists. Following an investigation, the student is taken into custody on a detention order and is transported to a juvenile detention center.
District, city officials work to brighten bus stops
June 17, 2011
The transportation director and a board member for a Florida school district are collaborating with Cape Coral’s councilman to move school bus stops from unlit spots to be located at light poles. So far, about 80 percent of the 5,000 stops in the city are lit.
Chinese municipal government to purchase new school buses
June 15, 2011
The buses, produced by Zhengzhou Yutong Group Co. Ltd., are similar in appearance to the Type C school buses that are built in the U.S. They reportedly feature an enclosed ring structure around the body for impact resistance, and each seat is equipped with a seat belt.
New York legislators recognize state’s school bus drivers
June 8, 2011
On May 24, the state Senate adopted a resolution sponsored by Sen. William Larkin that declares Oct. 21, 2011, School Bus Driver Appreciation Day. Bus driver Maureen Moore has contacted Larkin since 2005 to request the adoption of the resolution. She tells SBF that her ultimate goal is to achieve a National School Bus Driver Appreciation Day.
Students help bus driver quit smoking
June 7, 2011
Jerry Hitchcock, who works for a Montana school district, decides to give up his 50-year habit after two sisters who ride his bus hide his cigarettes and tell him he should stop. He says the encouragement of the girls and the other passengers who ride his bus have helped him stick to his goal.
Rosco names new regional sales manager
June 7, 2011
The bus mirror manufacturer appoints Joe Leggett to cover the Midwest region. His responsibilities will include driving revenue, developing and training the distributor and dealer network, and supporting fleet requirements.
Approval rating rises in Missouri bus inspections
June 7, 2011
More than 12,000 school buses are inspected by the Missouri State Highway Patrol this year. The statewide approval rating is 87.7 percent, up from 84.3 percent in 2010.
Utah dad makes bus ride memorable for son
June 6, 2011
Each morning this school year, Dale Price has dressed up in a different costume and waved to his son Rain as he departs for school. After getting over the embarrassment of his father’s antics, Rain says it’s “turned into entertainment” for him and his fellow bus riders.
Driver uses reading contest to keep students calm on bus
June 2, 2011
OnnaJean Votra gets the idea while reading to her child. Students bring their own books or select one from a bag at the front of the bus. The team that reads the most books at the end of each week wins a prize.
School bus driver fired following accident
June 2, 2011
Lamount Lynch is charged with careless and reckless driving after he sideswipes three cars with his bus and strikes another, sending it into another vehicle and a tree. No students are on the bus at the time of the accident.
District stops transporting students on pothole-ridden road
June 2, 2011
The school system’s transportation coordinator says that the buses would rock back and forth when going over the deep potholes, and officials were concerned that students could hit their heads and get hurt. Part of the road was graded earlier this week.
No bullies on board
June 2, 2011

Cutting down on bus bullying will help in bringing students to school ready to learn, and it will allow the driver to stay more focused on driving safely.

Family uses retired school bus as tornado shelter
June 1, 2011
Ohatchee, Ala., resident Jerry Moore says he and his family keep water and other supplies in the bus in the event that they have to stay in it for long periods of time. The bus is stored in the side of a hill.

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