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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.
Calif. district restores some busing for fall
July 31, 2012
Temporary school bus routes will serve nearly 2,200 Lake Elsinore Unified School District students who live in remote areas. The district had decided earlier in the year to cut regular-ed transportation, but officials now say that about $350,000 in one-time funding is available to restore limited busing.
Calif. district increases bus fees
July 19, 2012
Temecula Valley Unified School District raises the cost of its annual bus passes from $520 to $550 per student. According to a district official, the change was made because the state severely underfunds Temecula's transportation due to a technicality of the stipulations under which the district was incorporated.
Calif. bus drivers gear up for national safety competition
July 11, 2012
Six drivers from operations around the state will head to Milwaukee this weekend to participate in the 42nd Annual School Bus Driver International Safety Competition. They will complete a written exam before showcasing their skills in one of three categories in a driving competition.
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.
School bus services restored at Calif. district
May 23, 2012
The San Bernardino City Unified board reverses its earlier decision to increase the walking distance for elementary school students. Also, high school transportation — which was to be eliminated — will stay intact for the next school year.
Hero driver in Chowchilla bus hijacking dies
May 22, 2012
School bus driver Frank Edward Ray passes away at the age of 91 due to complications of cirrhosis of the liver. In 1976, Ray helped lead 26 schoolchildren to safety after their bus was hijacked by kidnappers who buried Ray and the students in a quarry.
Calif. school bus ad bill dies in committee
April 30, 2012
The Senate Education Committee rejects the measure, which would have allowed school districts to sell advertising space on the outside of their buses and choose how to spend the revenue that resulted from the ads. Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff, who authored the bill, says it would have “provided a new and needed source of funding for our schools at no cost to taxpayers.”
Calif. bill would allow exterior school bus ads
February 28, 2012
Senate Bill 1295 would enable school districts to choose whether to sell ad space on the exterior of buses, and choose how to spend any revenue raised. The state currently allows ads inside buses.
Funding restored for Calif. school transportation
February 14, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed Senate Bill 81, which replaces the $248 million that was cut for the service with an across-the-board revenue limit reduction at all school districts in the state for the 2011-12 fiscal year. Mike Rea of the California Association of School Transportation Officials tells SBF this is welcome news, but he notes that more work must be done to restore funding for the long term, and he shares the association’s efforts to this end.
Calif. agency to award $1M in grants for alt-fuel bus projects
February 6, 2012
Of the $1 million, $496,696 will go to Kings Canyon Unified School District in Reedley, and the rest will go to the San Diego Air Pollution Control District as part of the California Air Resources Board’s Advanced Technology Demonstration Project initiative. Kings Canyon’s grant money will fund two eTrans all-electric school buses, which will be among the buses the district loans out for trial operation at other school districts.
Bill would cut Calif. district funding to restore transportation money
January 24, 2012
Senate Bill 81 would replace the recent $248 million reduction in funding for home-to-school transportation with an across-the-board reduction to all districts equal to about $42 per student. Officials say this would shift the budget burden to suburban districts that don't offer much bus service.
School bus driver saves lost infant’s life
January 5, 2012
As Ricardo Martinez was covering a trip for the Anaheim (Calif.) City School District in October, he noticed a car swerving around something in the middle of the road. He drove a bit closer only to find it was a 15-month-old baby boy. Martinez talks about the incident with SBF.
$248M slashed for Calif. school transportation
December 15, 2011
Gov. Jerry Brown announces the cut on Tuesday as part of nearly $1 billion in mid-year budget reductions to statewide programs. Officials speak out upon hearing the news, including Mike Rea of the California Association of School Transportation Officials, who says the association will continue to work on a “legislative fix” that would move the transportation cut to an across-the-board revenue limit cut for school districts.
Calif. groups fight proposed $248M cut to school transportation
December 8, 2011
The California Association of School Transportation Officials partners with education groups in contacting legislators to urge them to repeal the cut and inform them of the negative impact it would have. Mike Rea, government relations chairperson for the association, discusses these efforts with SBF.
Company helps Calif. district ‘green’ fleet with biodiesel
November 21, 2011
Buster Biofuels partners with Legoland California, the San Diego Padres and other entities to collect their grease and oil, recycling it into biodiesel to power San Dieguito Union High School District buses. The district is currently powering two buses with a B20 biodiesel blend and plans to eventually run its entire fleet on the fuel.
Calif. DOE to offer transportation administration program
November 16, 2011
The course, scheduled for Jan. 9-13, is designed to provide guidance to first-time transportation administrators. Topics to be covered include certification of drivers, California Highway Patrol regulations and history, special-education and homeless student transportation, and school bus stops.
Calif. agency adds $10K to vouchers for hybrid buses
November 7, 2011
Thomas Built’s Saf-T-Liner C2e hybrid school bus and IC Bus’ CE Series bus with a hybrid-electric system are eligible for the funding as part of the California Air Resources Board's Hybrid Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project. Joe Calavita, air pollution specialist for the agency, tells SBF that previously, most buses were eligible for $20,000 each, and now pupil transporters can get $30,000, plus $5,000 for the first bus purchased.
School bus crashes drop 10% in Calif.
October 4, 2011
Even with increases in the state’s number of school buses and miles traveled, collisions fell from 2,091 to 1,878 in fiscal year 2009-10. Five of the crashes resulted in fatalities, but none was a student bus passenger.
Student Transportation buys Calif. bus company, debuts on NASDAQ
September 6, 2011
The contractor acquires A and B Bus Co., which has provided student transportation services to the same Southern California region for nearly 40 years. And on Tuesday, Student Transportation Inc. CEO and Chairman Denis Gallagher rings the bell in NASDAQ's opening ceremony as the company enters the U.S. stock market.

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