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<p>Cheryl Wolf is a special-needs transportation consultant based in Lafayette, Indiana. She is also a member of <em>School Bus Fleet</em>&rsquo;s editorial advisory board. She can be reached at <em><a href="mailto:cwolf22@comcast.net" target="_blank">cwolf22@comcast.net</a></em>.</p>

Special Needs Transportation

Bolstering specialized training for school bus drivers

More districts are including cross training among drivers of both general-education and special-needs students. This will enable them to step into a different bus situation and transport all students in their care safely.

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Committed to lifelong learning
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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.
The impact of bus washing
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A consistent wash system can have a positive impact on image, driver satisfaction, extended equipment life and environmental considerations.
Blue Bird rallies in Fort Valley, ramps up business
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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.
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Wheelchair retractor
The Titan800, a new wheelchair securement retractor in the existing Titan product line, is designed to meet the latest WC18 industry regulations, which take effect December 2015, company officials said.

Fleetio Import Feature
Fleetio’s new import feature allows customers to upload unlimited vehicle details, fuel records, service history, employee profiles and more to their accounts with just a few clicks, company officials said.

Azuga G2 GPS Fleet Tracking System
Azuga G2 reads the vehicle’s engine data every second and delivers emissions idling reports 60 times more often than traditional GPS systems, officials for Azuga said.

RoadRecorder video surveillance line
The RoadRecorder series offers high-definition recording and utilizes both hard disk drive and solid-state recording to create redundant data storage, according to Safety Vision.

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<p>Here&rsquo;s something you don&rsquo;t see every day: a clown bus. John Devine, owner of North Suburban Transportation in Woburn, Massachusetts, is seen here driving the company&rsquo;s whimsical vehicle in the local Halloween parade. As noted on the side of the bus, the seating capacity is &ldquo;1 Clown,&rdquo; who is pictured in the rear window.</p> PHOTOS: School bus oddities

From a clown bus to a stop-arm-equipped motorcycle, take a look through this collection of... Visit photo gallery

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VIDEO: Parents of student with autism 'Pay It Forward' to school bus driver

As part of FOX 4's "Pay It Forward" program, Ben and Tammy Stephens let Lansing (Kan.) Unified Schools District 469 bus driver "Miss Janey" know how much they appreciate her for taking good care of their son, Ben, who has autism.They present her with an award of $300.

Transportation department is 'Driving the Future'

Members of Chandler (Ariz.) Unified School District's transportation department — drivers, trainers, a mechanic, a dispatcher, the supervisor and more — explain their important role in the safety and education of the district's students.

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