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<p>Maintenance professionals from across Texas gathered in San Marcos last summer for the Texas Association of School Bus Technicians&rsquo; annual competition. The event includes mechanical troubleshooting and school bus inspections. Pictured here is Ramiro Garcia of Houston Independent School District.</p> PHOTOS: Pupil transportation in pictures — winter/spring 2015

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<p>June 1966</p> PHOTOS: Vintage ads from the SBF archives, Part 2

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Time to prove my trust in the bus

My personal support for the school bus has essentially been “on paper” — until now. With my son about to start riding the school bus, I realized this: It’s time to put my money where my mouth is. Or, more precisely, it’s time to prove my trust in the yellow bus.

Stories of school bus drivers going the extra mile

"School bus drivers behaving badly" stories abound, but do not represent the majority, who constantly go above and beyond, both on and off their routes. Some recent stories show that instead.

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Degreaser

Oil Eater Original Cleaner & Degreaser is uniquely formulated to quickly and safely dissolve grease, oil and grime on concrete maintenance shop floors, engines, tools and other equipment, company officials said. It is water-based, biodegradable, non-corrosive, non-toxic and non-flammable, and it can also be used in parts cleaning and pressure washing machines, according to the supplier.

Book on school bus safety

Go Where the Bus Goes,  a new children’s book written by Lorraine Fletcher, a longtime school bus driver in Kentucky, addresses school bus safety.

The book employs a colorful cast of characters — Earl the Squirrel, Lily Bear and Luther Lake Trout among them — to promote the importance of following safety procedures on the bus. The story, brought to life by illustrator and bus driver C.J. Bloomer, follows Tom Turtle’s bus along a route through rural Kentucky as he teaches his riders about good behavior. Fletcher said that the goal of the book is to “help educate elementary school age students about bus safety in a fun, new way.” She added that she hopes to get the book into school bus safety programs across the country.

Proceeds from the first edition of the book will be donated to Habitat for Humanity Global Village 2015.

One-piece flooring

One-Piece Floors are manufactured and installed as a single piece in any configuration, including off-set seating and full rib requirements, eliminating the need for aisle trim and providing a more attractive appearance, company officials said. The flooring is also highly resistant to moisture penetration and wear from foot traffic, and it absorbs sound. The flooring is easy to maintain and is suitable for wheelchair applications, according to the supplier.

Pre-trip inspection module

InterMotive’s new pre-trip inspection module is designed to automatically turn on and off all chassis-controlled exterior lights, including brake and reverse lights. Company officials said that this enables a solo operator to quickly and thoroughly confirm that all lights are working properly before starting a trip. According to InterMotive, automating the light inspection process for a single individual saves the fleet money by spending less time checking lights while ensuring that every light operation is activated. The module has applications for Ford and General Motors chassis.

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