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Bob Austin remembered as pupil transportation mentor, pioneer
January 17, 2013
Austin, who passed away on Jan. 7 after a long battle with cancer, led the creation of an innovative joint-powers school transportation agency in California and later imparted his knowledge and passion to school bus driver instructors with the state Department of Education. California state director Anna Borges discusses Austin’s contributions to pupil transportation.
Mechanic injured while working on school bus, later dies
December 17, 2012
The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office reports that John Friedas Joaquin Jr. was on an interstate repairing the disabled bus when a vehicle lost control and struck the rear of the bus, pinning Joaquin in the engine compartment. He is transported to a hospital where he undergoes surgery, but he ultimately passes away due to extensive blood loss from his injuries.
School bus driver charged with meth for sale
December 4, 2012
Narcotics detectives in California stop a school bus driven by 31-year-old April Nunez, with no children on board at the time. During their investigation, the detectives find in Nunez’s personal car a small amount of methamphetamine, a scale and packaging materials, which they say are consistent with the sale of meth.
Calif. bill aims to allow more funds for special-needs busing
October 31, 2012
The bill's author, Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, says that it will enable school districts to draw down more federal funds for transporting students with disabilities. The legislation, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, goes into effect on Jan. 1.
Calif. district extends busing through 2nd semester
October 30, 2012
School bus service to geographically remote areas will continue through the end of the school year at Lake Elsinore Unified School District. The board had earlier approved temporary bus service, for the first semester, for nearly 2,200 students who live in remote areas.
Bus driver spearheads breast cancer awareness effort
October 16, 2012
Imogene "Vickey" Johnson, who works for Redlands (Calif.) Unified School District and is a two-time cancer survivor, works to get pink shirts for all transportation employees, who wear them on Fridays in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
District’s hybrid buses parked over green rub rails
September 18, 2012
The California Highway Patrol maintains that the green rails on Napa Valley Unified School District’s buses are not in compliance with state and national standards. Director of Transportation Ralph Knight discusses with SBF the benefits he says he believes the green rails provide, and the steps he’s taking to try to revise California’s regulations on school bus colors after an exemption request to allow the green rails was denied by the highway patrol.
American Logistics Co. to serve Calif. district
August 14, 2012
The transportation management company has been selected by Carlsbad Unified School District to provide special-needs transportation service under a three-year contract. Officials say the agreement is expected to save the district and taxpayers more than $3 million, and that the company has saved the district 40% annually since 2007.
Calif. district eliminates bus service for 600 students
August 9, 2012
Petaluma City Schools makes the change in response to the $3.3 million in budget cuts it will face if a tax initiative is not passed in November. The district partners with a city transit service to provide transportation for the students affected.
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.

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