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School bus crossing light approved in Colorado
December 16, 2014
Colorado becomes the seventh state to allow Gardian Angel, which uses a white flood light to illuminate the path for students to cross the street.
Top pupil transporters, bus techs honored in Colorado
June 26, 2014
The Colorado State Pupil Transportation Association holds school bus roadeo and technician contests at its annual conference. Also awarded, posthumously, is a Colorado school bus driver who was fatally struck by a pickup truck last winter.
Anti-idling contest saves about $15,000 in fuel
June 19, 2014
Douglas County (Colo.) School District’s transportation department sponsored a competition between its west, east and north terminals to see which group could turn in the lowest amount of school bus engine idling time. The winning terminal cut its idling time by 50% — and won a catered lunch.
Pickup truck loses control, kills school bus driver
March 14, 2014
In a snowstorm near Aspen Park, Colo., last week, the driver of a bus with other bus drivers on board had pulled over to put on snow chains. A Colorado State Patrol trooper tells SBF that a pickup truck attempted to slow down and lost control, crashing into the bus and fatally striking John "Jack" Garland, one of the bus drivers who had gotten out to help.
5 ways to gain support from school boards
March 4, 2014

With funding for pupil transportation tight, those providing the service must show board members its value. District and bus company officials share tips that can help in getting this group of individuals to become advocates for the yellow bus, from making yourself visible and available to sharing positive stories about your operation.

Mutual respect strengthens driver-technician relations
February 25, 2014

Clear communication is also essential to a solid working relationship between these groups of employees. In-service or safety meetings provide an opportunity for growth in these areas by allowing drivers to learn about their buses and ask the techs questions. Drivers must also be proactive in reporting maintenance concerns.

Frigid temperatures cancel bus routes, delay school
January 8, 2014
From coast to coast in the U.S. and in some Canadian provinces, this week’s cold snap has impacted pupil transportation operations. Issues such as thickened fuel and oil and frozen air lines cause districts to cancel bus service and close schools or delay school start times.
Special-needs driver fired after DUI
November 27, 2013
A citizen reportedly witnesses Rodolfo Luna discard empty vodka bottles from his bus and contacts officials for the school district where he worked, who track him down, and he undergoes a drug/alcohol test. He then takes a field sobriety test, which he fails, and he admits to sheriff’s deputies that he consumed vodka and cold medicine prior to starting his shift, which involved transporting special-needs students for a field trip.
America's Best winners hail from Oklahoma, Colorado
October 1, 2013
Casey Middleton of Tulsa (Okla.) Public Schools places first in the school bus inspector category, while Patrick Maloney of Douglas County (Colo.) School District takes the top spot in the technician category. Read more about the event and check out our photo gallery.
Industry veteran Dick Fischer to retire
June 25, 2013
Fischer, owner and president of Trans-Consult, will spend this summer on the road conducting his "Train-the-Trainer" program, and he'll then hang up his keys to spend more time with his family. He reflects with SBF on his nearly 61 years in the industry.
Colorado district wins 3 pupil transportation awards
June 12, 2013
Shari Weber, Nanette Oswald and the late Lori Smock from Gunnison Watershed School District are honored by the Colorado State Pupil Transportation Association. Smock, the district’s transportation coordinator, passed away recently after a long fight with cancer.
Terry Ruddick named Fleet Person of the Year in Colorado
June 6, 2013
The fleet manager at Thompson School District wins the award from the Colorado State Pupil Transportation Association. He credits his colleagues in the district’s transportation department, saying, “If it wasn't for the people around me doing their jobs so well, then I couldn't do the job that I do.”
Colorado team wins special-needs roadeo
March 14, 2013
Myra Walstead and Jesse Hill from Academy School District 20 take first place in the annual National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo. The runner-up teams hail from Georgia and California.
Denver district ‘stuffs the bus’ for children in need
January 28, 2013
Over the holidays, transportation and staff district-wide at Denver Public Schools donated clothes to benefit the nonprofit organization Denver Children’s Advocacy Center. Officials say the busload of items was delivered on Jan. 23, and the clothing will help more than 100 children.
Denver bus driver comes to rescue of stranded motorist
October 26, 2012
On a night of fierce 60 mph winds, a large sign blew into Doug Hoffacker's car on the freeway. Veteran school bus driver Susan Munoz blocked traffic from the disabled car, contacted emergency personnel and went to check on Hoffacker.
David Anderson named SBF's Administrator of the Year
October 21, 2012
The director of transportation and fleet at Adams 12 Five Star Schools in Thornton, Colo., has orchestrated adjustments to school bell times to make busing more efficient, for an overall savings of $900,000. He has also taken steps to help other districts become more efficient, serving as chair of the Metro Area Transportation Efficiency Study, a program that uses metrics to allow districts to compare themselves to others of a similar size and to find efficiencies.
Teen steers bus to safety
September 4, 2012
Jeremy Rice leaves his seat eight rows back from the front of the bus and grabs the wheel after the driver falls from his seat and becomes stuck in the stairwell. Rice follows the driver's instructions and successfully stops the bus.
Denver district stuffs bus for wildfire victims
August 14, 2012
The transportation department at Denver Public Schools will deliver school supplies to students displaced by the Waldo Canyon fire, which killed two people and destroyed nearly 350 homes. Nicole Portee, executive director of transportation services, says that the district and the community “united to rally around the needs of these students.”
1 mile added to walking distances at Colo. district
August 9, 2012
Officials at Mesa County Valley School District say the change is “the result of further budget reductions the district is facing.” School bus service will be provided for elementary students who live more than two miles from school and for middle and high school students who live more than three miles from school.
Colo. district awarded for school bus shuttle system
June 28, 2012
Denver Public Schools' Success Express gives students in two northeast communities access to greater school options and opportunities via yellow bus service. The transportation department earns a Gold Peak Award from the Colorado American Marketing Association for the launch of the shuttle system.
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