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Bus assistant reflects on 42-year career at Arizona district
December 17, 2013
Sarah Guilford began working at Washington Elementary School District #6 in Phoenix in one of the school cafeterias, and she became a bus driver three years later. She now works part time as a bus assistant, and she discusses with SBF changes to the industry over the years and her experiences with students.
District holds safety competitions during in-service
November 6, 2013
During its week-long training, Glendale (Ariz.) Elementary School District No. 40’s transportation department not only has outside speakers come to the facility and offers sessions on a wide range of topics, the drivers and bus monitors also participate in competitions to test their skills. Here, the manager of transportation provides the details.
District’s ‘Safety Town’ teaches students bus, life safety
October 8, 2013
Arizona-based Dysart Unified School District’s third annual event will be held this week, with transportation department employees and high school students providing information to approximately 900 kindergartners in such areas as bus evacuation drills, distracted driving and CPR.
District honors fallen firefighters with bus license plates
September 13, 2013
Prescott (Ariz.) Unified School District’s buses will feature license plates that carry the names of 19 Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew members who lost their lives while battling a wildfire in June. The district’s transportation director says she received approval from the state Department of Public Safety on the plates.
Education, transportation secretaries support yellow buses
September 12, 2013
Staff members at the Tucson (Ariz.) Unified School District bus depot are joined on Wednesday morning by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. The duo discuss the importance of bus drivers in school safety, and they ride along on a school bus before participating in a service project at a local middle school.
U.S. education, transportation chiefs to ride school bus
September 6, 2013
Staff members at the Tucson (Ariz.) Unified School District bus depot will be joined by two very high-profile visitors on Wednesday morning: U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. The duo will discuss the importance of bus drivers in school safety, and they will ride along on a yellow bus.
Charles Poland named a School Bus Champion
July 15, 2013
The Alabama school bus driver receives a posthumous School Bus Champion Award from the American School Bus Council for his actions to protect his bus passengers during a standoff with a gunman. Dale County Schools Superintendent Donny Bynum, who accepted the award on behalf of Poland’s family, says, “Not a day goes by that I don’t think about Mr. Poland and what he did. He is the definition of a hero.”
Arizona district adds 61 Blue Bird propane buses to fleet
June 4, 2013
Mesa Public Schools has purchased 55 Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision school buses and six wheelchair accessible buses to increase its propane bus total to 89. The district, which has a goal of operating the nation’s first all-propane yellow bus fleet, expects to save $4.43 million in operating costs over a five-year period.
My journey to become a certified school bus driver — part 5
May 28, 2013
Bill Lehman is a school bus driver for Queen Creek (Ariz.) Unified School District #95. In this five-part series, he shares his longtime desire to become a bus driver and the path that brought him to the industry. In this final segment of the series, Lehman writes about taking the commercial driver’s license test, and the emotions he felt upon passing and returning to the district’s bus yard.
My journey to become a certified school bus driver — part 4
May 23, 2013
Bill Lehman is a school bus driver for Queen Creek (Ariz.) Unified School District #95. In this five-part series, he shares his longtime desire to become a bus driver and the path that brought him to the industry. In this segment of the series, Lehman writes about undergoing more behind-the-wheel training and becoming familiar with the components inside and underneath a school bus.
My journey to become a certified school bus driver — part 3
May 21, 2013
Bill Lehman is a school bus driver for Queen Creek (Ariz.) Unified School District #95. In this five-part series, he shares his longtime desire to become a bus driver and the path that brought him to the industry. In this segment, Lehman writes about passing the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division air brake test, obtaining his CDL permit and undergoing behind-the-wheel training.
My journey to become a certified school bus driver — part 2
May 16, 2013
Bill Lehman is a school bus driver for Queen Creek (Ariz.) Unified School District #95. In this five-part series, he shares his longtime desire to become a bus driver and the path that brought him to the industry. In this segment of the series, Lehman writes about interviewing for a position at the district and the preliminary steps needed to become a school bus driver.
My journey to become a certified school bus driver — part 1
May 14, 2013
Bill Lehman is a school bus driver for Queen Creek (Ariz.) Unified School District #95. In this five-part series, he shares his longtime desire to become a bus driver and the path that brought him to the industry. In this segment of the series, Lehman writes about his first experiences on a school bus as a student.
ASBC launches recognition program
April 22, 2013
Officials say the School Bus Champion Award recognizes individuals and entities who have displayed exceptional support for the advancement of the school bus industry through leadership in safety, access to education, environmental benefits/stewardship and community impact. The EPA and the state of Utah are the first honorees for their work in “greening” school buses.
Bill aimed at protecting students on private roads approved
April 15, 2013
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signs into law House Bill 2170, which amends the current law to state that school bus drivers must engage their bus’ stop arm and flashing lights while students are boarding or disembarking on a private road or driveway. Officials say the bill will take effect 90 days after the current legislative session ends.
Man boards bus, leaves loaded gun magazine
April 8, 2013
Jeremy West follows a student on the Arizona district’s bus, and he convinces an adult bus aide that he is accompanying the student. After West leaves the bus, another student finds a fully loaded 9 mm magazine on the seat where West had been sitting. Police arrest him on Thursday, and the district is making changes to its policy on allowing parents on school buses.
Blue Bird’s Roger Howsmon to retire
March 28, 2013
Howsmon led the school bus manufacturer’s sales and marketing team and then served as senior advisor to Blue Bird. Company officials credit him for his work with dealers and industry associations, and for playing a key leadership role in increasing international sales.
Pupil transporters, communities celebrate ‘Love the Bus’
February 14, 2013
From Texas to Illinois to Virginia and beyond, the industry and the communities they serve are recognizing school bus drivers and others involved in transporting students to and from school. Here’s a roundup of some of this year’s events.
LaHood celebrates ‘Love the Bus’ in Virginia
February 13, 2013
Outgoing U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood visits Tuckahoe Elementary School in Arlington on Tuesday, where students sing and rap for him. LaHood tells the children, “I want you kids to thank your drivers when you go home today. They care a lot about getting you to and from school safely.”
Bill would require motorists to stop for buses on private roads
February 7, 2013
Current Arizona law requires motorists to stop for school buses that are loading or unloading students on public highways. A bill under consideration in the state Legislature would amend the law for it to apply to private roads and driveways as well, but it would not apply to a bus that is stopped in a parking lot.

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