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Texas fleet veteran transfers to new school district
August 20, 2014
Mark Swackhamer, who has been a driving force in implementing alternative fuels, GPS and efficient-driving training at Houston Independent School District, moves to Humble Independent School District to become assistant director of transportation.
Michigan district buses featured in disaster film
August 19, 2014
Eleven of Perry School District’s buses were featured in the tornado disaster movie “Into the Storm,” which was filmed in 2012 and opened in theaters nationwide on Aug 8. The district got from $7,000 to $9,000 for each of its three oldest buses, applied that money toward the cost of eight new buses, and leased those buses to Warner Bros. for another $3,000.
STI unveils safety app
August 19, 2014
SchoolWheels SafeStop allows parents, students and schools to securely pinpoint the location of a vehicle on its route to and from school. The app updates in real time with stop/arrival information and includes notifications of when a student has boarded or exited the bus, according to the company.
District’s back to school safety drills engage, inspire drivers
August 18, 2014
Activities styled on the television reality show “The Amazing Race” and a court trial got school bus drivers for J.O. Combs Unified School District #44 in San Tan Valley, Arizona, thinking about the theme for the new school year, “Safety by Choice, Not by Chance.”
School bus monitor falls from moving bus
August 18, 2014
Kentucky State Police report that as the school bus monitor was retrieving a clipboard in the stairwell, the bus driver swerved to avoid mailboxes, and the monitor fell through the door. The monitor was critically injured.
Trucker charged for passing school bus, nearly striking girl
August 15, 2014
Allen H. Morris is being charged with two misdemeanors after passing a stopped school bus and almost hitting Alexis Schwartz, a sixth-grade student who was about to board the bus. The bus video shows how the truck nearly ran over Schwartz, who was not injured.
Survey gauges school administrators on bus safety, bullying
August 15, 2014
In a national survey on K-12 school safety conducted by SchoolReach, only 15% of top school administrators ranked their districts as highly prepared to handle school bus safety incidents. Also, survey respondents ranked the school bus as one of the top four sites where students are reporting bullying.
How Ed Bobit impacted pupil transportation
August 15, 2014

Beyond his pioneering in trade magazine publishing, Ed was a crucial figure in the survival of NAPT in its early years.

NAPT News & Views — Court: School bus fees unconstitutional
August 15, 2014

After voters declined referendums to raise property taxes to increase revenues for schools, Franklin Township in Indianapolis tried discontinuing their school bus service and contracting with a private firm to transport students, charging parents a fee for the service. The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled that the township violated the state constitution.

Oklahoma district awarded $60K grant for CNG compressor
August 14, 2014
The Bellmon Awards, a collaboration between Sustainable Tulsa and Southside Rotary Club of Tulsa, awards Tulsa Public Schools for its commitment to CNG school buses. District representatives will be presented with the new compressor at a dedication held on Thursday.
MSBOA offers school bus child-check safety kit
August 14, 2014
The Minnesota School Bus Operators Association develops a training tool to remind drivers to check their bus for sleeping children. The kit includes nine posters with slogans like “Children Need Protection! Do Your Post-Trip Inspection.”
Tennessee school board temporarily restores bus service
August 14, 2014
The Oak Ridge Board of Education is bringing back school bus service to about 1,300 of 1,800 students who had been affected by an expanded “parent responsibility zone,” following protests from parents and grandparents. The zone was expanded to 1.5 miles in June in an effort to reduce a $1.25 million budget deficit.
School bus driver awarded for work with autistic students
August 14, 2014
Larry Eason, who has been driving for Hannibal (N.Y.) Central School District for 27 years, wins the Friends of Autism award from a county task force. One of Eason’s passengers nominated him for the award, writing that “Larry is my bus driver and he is my friend. ... He is always patient and takes great care of me.”
Identifying drug abuse among students
August 14, 2014

Really listen to what your students are saying on your bus. Doing so might prevent an active shooter, a case of bullying, drug addiction or even your own death.

Stop-arm incident photo is worth 1,000 words
August 14, 2014

One interesting detail in the journey of a South Carolina stop-arm camera measure through the legislative process is the role that a photo played. Bill sponsor Sen. Thomas Alexander showed the shocking picture to other legislators to help galvanize support for the bill.

Pinpointing a Successful Stop-arm Camera Program
August 14, 2014

Districts that have deployed stop-arm cameras on school buses have seen success in citing violators, but they also focus on educating the public to help reduce the illegal-passing problem. Stop-arm camera system suppliers weigh in on ways to succeed in violation enforcement and prevention.

STI subsidiary kicks off new school year with new transportation service
August 13, 2014
SchoolWheels Direct will host an open house on Aug. 15 to celebrate the launch of its Direct to Parent transportation services in Charleston, South Carolina. The event will feature demonstrations of SafeStop, the company's app, which is designed to allow parents to track the status of their child's bus along its route and receive up to date arrival time information.
Post-accident Procedures Committees Key in Prevention
August 13, 2014

Whether using a committee or more informal arrangement, selecting the right members, having procedures in place in advance for determining preventable measures and driver retraining are crucial.  

1,600 transportation staff trained in Florida district’s fall conference
August 12, 2014
Orange County Public Schools prepares its school bus drivers, monitors and support staff for the new school year with a two-day event that covers such topics as student discipline, bullying, customer service and safe driving strategies.
New Florida state director has decades of experience
August 12, 2014
Ronnie McCallister, who succeeds longtime state pupil transportation director Charlie Hood, is no stranger to the Florida Department of Education. He began working there as a fleet program specialist in 1990 and was promoted to assistant director of pupil transportation in 2004.
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