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District awards Medicaid claiming contract to Accelify
October 31, 2014
The company’s contract with Alexandria (Va.) City Public Schools includes a system that matches transportation services to billable direct health services to produce valid transportation Medicaid claims.
Special-needs student hospitalized after falling from moving bus
October 31, 2014
New York student A.J. Pediford, 12, opened the emergency door on a school bus, then fell or jumped to the ground and suffered a serious head injury.
Maine district replaces 31 diesel buses with propane
October 30, 2014
Sanford School Department switched to Blue Bird Propane Vision buses because of a short return on investment, ease of fueling, low infrastructure cost and reduced emissions compared to diesel fuel, officials say.
HSM names national market manager for school bus
October 30, 2014
Dave Anderson is responsible for all sales activities in HSM’s school bus market, which includes school bus seats and seat pads.
#Brake4Buses safety campaign reaches national audience
October 30, 2014
A media campaign that started in North Carolina is helping to raise awareness of the dangers of stop-arm running.
10 killed in school bus danger zone last school year
October 29, 2014
The latest national survey of school bus loading and unloading fatalities finds that in the 2013-14 school year, six children were killed by passing vehicles, and four were fatally struck by their own bus.
Daimler, GM honor Espar for supplier quality
October 29, 2014
Espar Heater Systems receives the Daimler 2013 Masters of Quality award and the GM 2014 Supplier Quality Excellence award in recognition of its quality excellence, on-time delivery, added value and customer service.
Stertil-Koni: Green engines spur need for water resistant lifts
October 29, 2014
Maintenance shops are increasingly turning to heavy duty lift systems that are engineered to be water resistant, allowing technicians to pressure wash commercial vehicle undercarriages, according to Stertil-Koni.
Blue Bird employment up 44% in 4 years
October 28, 2014
The school bus manufacturer’s growth in all vehicle segments has led to an increase in its workforce, which is now over 1,600 employees.
District asks voters to fund school bus replacement
October 28, 2014
Arlington (Wash.) Public Schools leaders are looking for support for a two-year levy on the Nov. 4 general election ballot expected to generate $1.5 million each year to replace old school buses. Nearly half the district’s fleet is at least 13 years old and fully depreciated.
New York association survey finds 385 illegal passes in 1 day
October 28, 2014
The New York Association for Pupil Transportation surveyed 1,080 school bus drivers from 18 school districts across the state on Oct. 21. The results suggest that more than 17,824 motorists passed stopped school buses statewide on that day.
Texas district unveils bus tracking website
October 27, 2014
Houston Independent School District created the pilot website to enable parents and guardians to track the morning pickup and afternoon drop-off of their students and see their students’ buses in real time.
Prop arms help train drivers to check mirrors thoroughly
October 27, 2014
The prop arms can be placed around school buses to encourage drivers to look closely for, as an example, a child bending down to pick up a dropped item.
NSTA announces safety competition scholarship winners
October 27, 2014
The 2014 School Bus Driver International Safety Competition was held in Charleston, South Carolina, on July 20. The association awarded five winners funds for continuing educational opportunities.
New apps estimate cost savings with propane
October 24, 2014
The Propane Education & Research Council’s calculator tools compare propane costs to those of conventional fuels like gasoline and diesel.
24% drop in behavior referrals reported with bus tip line
October 24, 2014
Students at Wentzville (Mo.) R-IV School District can call or text the school bus tip line to report bullying or other issues.
Thomas Built invests $11.8M to expand C2 production
October 23, 2014
The investment will increase capacity and add up to 236 new jobs to Thomas Built Buses’ Saf-T-Liner C2 operations.
Cummins offers free mobile app
October 23, 2014
The engine supplier’s new QuickServe Online app for Apple devices gives access to info for 15 million Cummins engine serial numbers.
11 inducted into Student Transportation Inc.’s Wall of Fame
October 22, 2014
Criteria for the safety-based recognition include accident-free service, reliability, knowledge of policies and procedures, community service and exceptional performance.
Indiana Supreme Court may reconsider school bus fees ruling
October 22, 2014
The Indiana Court of Appeals had ruled that Franklin Township Community School Corp. violated the state constitution when it arranged for an outside company to transport students for a fee. The state Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case.
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