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Industry veteran completes NAPT special-needs program
August 7, 2012
Ted Finlayson-Schueler is the latest pupil transportation official to complete the association’s Special Needs Transportation Training Program. The program has a core curriculum that consists of six special-needs courses in a variety of settings, and it is supplemented by two courses of elective instruction from the NAPT Professional Development Series Program.
Transporting students with autism
August 7, 2012

Autism can affect behavior, speech and language development, sensorimotor skills, visual and auditory processing, and learning skills. Understanding the extent of this condition in your passengers will help in determining how they should be treated during bus rides and evacuations.

Former bus driver gets probation for abusing girl
August 3, 2012
Marjorie Jones places tape over the mouth of a 7-year-old student who is unable to speak, but says at trial that she was "entertaining" the girl. She is sentenced to three years of probation and 100 hours of community service, and she is also facing a lawsuit from the girl's family.
Veteran Calif. supervisor Charles Bednar to retire
August 3, 2012
Bednar began his career in the industry 41 years ago as a special-needs school bus driver for Taylor Bus Service in Orange County. He rose to vice president of the company before transitioning to the public sector, where he has spent the last 17 years at Corona-Norco Unified School District.
Joanne Vento, Renee DeVall complete NAPT special-needs program
August 3, 2012
The pupil transportation officials are from Douglas County School District in Castle Rock, Colo., and Albemarle County Public Schools in Charlottesville, Va., respectively. The association’s Special Needs Transportation Training Program has a core curriculum that consists of six special-needs courses, and it is supplemented by two courses of elective instruction from the NAPT Professional Development Series Program.
1st Kan. special-needs safety roadeo is personal
July 2, 2012
Eight teams compete at the Kansas State Pupil Transportation Association’s inaugural Special Needs Team Safety Competition in Salina, Kan. The event’s organizer, association board member Rick Smith, tells SBF he wanted to put on a roadeo to honor a former colleague who taught him about the compassion and empathy side of special-needs transportation.
Special-needs bus driver arrested for DUI
June 29, 2012
Police say Erik Paulik is transporting four students and two adult monitors when he rear-ends a small minivan carrying students. He is charged with operating under the influence of intoxicating liquor — he reportedly has a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit — child endangerment while operating under the influence and failing to slow when approaching an intersection.
Special-needs student left on bus
June 29, 2012
The student reportedly falls asleep on the bus and is not visible to the driver when she returns to the transportation facility. A maintenance worker finds the girl, who is uninjured, an hour later.
Calif. DOE gears up for special-needs conference
June 29, 2012
The state Department of Education’s Office of Transportation will host the event July 17 and 18. It will focus on two main issues — when and how to transport students with disabilities — and cover such topics as bullying versus harassment, autism spectrum disorders and proper wheelchair securement.
Pamela Layral completes NAPT special-needs program
June 29, 2012
The training supervisor for Student Transportation of America in Riverside, Calif., earns the Special Needs Transportation Training Endorsement, which includes six special-needs courses in such settings as a roadeo and a trade show.
Bus driver, aide charged for leaving student on bus
June 4, 2012
The teen's mother reports him missing after he does not return home from school. Driver George Werman and aide Robert Cronin are arrested after Werman tells police he dropped off the special-needs student at his home, but a police officer later locates the student locked inside the bus.
Bus driver honored for service to special-needs students
May 31, 2012
Ford Thompson of First Student receives the 2012 Charlie Parnell Memorial Award from Minnetonka (Minn.) Public Schools. The award recognizes a school professional who goes above and beyond to touch the lives of these students.
4 more complete NAPT special-needs training
May 31, 2012
Pupil transportation officials at operations in Tennessee, Colorado, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire have completed the association’s Special Needs Transportation Training Program. The program has a curriculum that consists of six special-needs courses in a variety of settings, and it is supplemented by two courses of elective instruction from the NAPT Professional Development Series Program.
STI subsidiary wins new Handi-Transit contract
May 7, 2012
Leuschen Transportation is awarded a six-year contract with the city of Greater Sudbury to provide transportation to passengers with physical disabilities as part of the Handi-Transit program. Officials say Leuschen Transportation has been the supplier of these services since Handi-Transit began in 1985.
Transportation agency on track to leave court supervision
May 7, 2012
The Office of the State Superintendent of Education's transportation department acquires new buses and achieves compliance in 34 performance areas, putting it on track to exit federal court oversight this year. The department's supervising court master had previously reported that the office transported its special-needs riders in buses that were not properly maintained or inspected.
NAPT to provide guidance on travel training
May 1, 2012
The association partners with Easter Seals Project ACTION to co-sponsor web seminars, workshops and online courses, as well as to offer other practical information that officials say will help pupil transporters expand accessible transportation for people of all ages with disabilities.
District buses special-ed kids, expects $400K in savings
April 9, 2012
Clovis (Calif.) Unified School District brings the service in house after it had been contracted and sees ridership growth in addition to financial benefits. Director of Transportation Charlie Ott discusses this with SBF, as well as the steps that were taken to make the transition this school year.
More officials complete NAPT special-needs training
April 4, 2012
Colleen Cavanaugh of Pupil Transportation Consulting Inc., Barbara Rendon with Humble Independent School District and Theresa Anderson with Anderson Consulting LLC complete the Special Needs Transportation Training Program. The program has a curriculum that consists of six special-needs courses, and it is supplemented by two courses of elective instruction from the NAPT Professional Development Series Program.
Special-needs student steals bus, crashes into house
April 2, 2012
A school system in South Carolina changes its bus policy to prevent drivers from leaving keys on buses after the student steals a spare bus when he breaks free from his escort. The student and a person in the house are injured in the collision.
Special-education attorney to speak at NAPT Summit
March 14, 2012
Melinda Jacobs has worked in this field for nearly 30 years and has spent the last 16 representing school systems in special-education matters. In addition to presentations, she has authored several publications and articles on special-education law, and has written and produced a series of audio and videotapes on the topic.

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