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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.
Making positive changes at a new operation
June 4, 2013

With budget cuts in effect, it is imperative to save the district money in any way possible, from route changes to regulating driver hours to obtaining a top-of-the-line preventive maintenance program.

Student, father fix training bus, save district up to $9K
May 23, 2013
Zach D’Souza, 15, and his father, Henry D’Souza, repair Buster the School Bus for Poway (Calif.) Unified School District. The bus is more than a dozen years old and has not been used for the last several years because it was broken.
Green ambitions pay off for Kansas district
May 21, 2013

George Taylor of Kansas City (Kan.) Public Schools was determined to find funding for alt-fuel buses. Now, with 47 CNG buses and four hybrids, the district is contributing to cleaner air and saving $350,000 in one school year.

Communication leads to cost savings for Florida district
April 16, 2013

The collaborative atmosphere at the School District of Manatee County’s transportation department ensures that everyone works together to do their jobs efficiently, minimizing unnecessary expenditures. A combination of factors, including providing ongoing driver instruction to help them operate new buses that have been purchased, has saved the district about $400,000.

Achieving efficiency in special-needs bus service
March 1, 2013

In conducting our 2013 Special-Needs Survey, we asked recipients what efficiencies or cost savings they’ve been able to achieve in special-needs transportation, and how they did so. Here are some responses.

Transportation consortiums cut costs and boost training
February 12, 2013

Genesee Intermediate School District’s transportation consortiums provide service to special-needs and career/technical students in 21 districts. Route, bus maintenance and other efficiencies have saved participating districts $42.4 million since 1997, while service continues to expand. Driver training is extensive.

David Anderson named SBF's Administrator of the Year
January 22, 2013

The director of transportation and fleet service at Colorado’s Adams 12 Five Star Schools has orchestrated adjustments to school bell times to make busing more efficient, for an overall savings of $900,000. He has also set up mechanic apprenticeship programs to help young people enter the field.

Co-ops yield cost savings, boost efficiency for districts
October 29, 2012

Officials from transportation cooperatives around the country also say that they can lead to consistency in employee training and hiring, and managing and scheduling bus routes for districts. Officials discuss factors to consider when forming a cooperative, as well as potential challenges and ways to resolve them.

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.
Florida’s Mike Connors retires
October 11, 2012
The longtime director of transportation at Brevard Public Schools reflects on his career and tells SBF that he is grateful for the recognition he and his staff have received from the publication. Assistant Director of Transportation Arby Creach discusses Connors’ impact on the operation and what lies ahead for the staff.
Thomas Built CEO sees permanent shifts in school bus market
September 27, 2012

Kelley Platt, the company's president and CEO, says that transportation changes many districts are making — from running buses longer to increasing walking distances — have reduced the need for new buses and aren’t likely to be reversed. In turn, the OEM is focused on becoming more cost-effective in its manufacturing while maintaining quality. Platt discusses the market shifts, cost of ownership and product developments with SBF.

Pittsburgh’s new school bus contract to save $1.8M
September 5, 2012
The school district collaborated with its 19 transportation providers to come up with the new agreement, which freezes a rate increase, among other changes. Director of Pupil Transportation Ted Vasser tells SBF about how the deal was worked out.
Districts join forces, cut costs
August 23, 2012

Winton Woods City School District and Finneytown Local School District in Cincinnati share their transportation services, including buses, routes and fueling stations. In sharing special-education service alone, the operations have each saved about $25,000.

Barker Bus to turn over fleet every 5 years
May 17, 2012
The school bus contractor will replace 20% of its fleet with new buses each summer. Don Bickel, interim operations manager, tells SBF that after five years of replacing older buses, the company expects to save nearly $250,000 per year in maintenance costs.
Bus service changes could yield $500K in savings
May 14, 2012
After modified transportation standards for the upcoming school year are proposed to the school board, Seattle Public Schools’ transportation team continues to research cost-savings options and will submit a new proposal on May 16. Officials say it calls for a return to the 2011-12 transportation plan, which, in addition to projected savings, has a minimal impact on bell times.
District buses special-ed kids, expects $400K in savings
April 9, 2012
Clovis (Calif.) Unified School District brings the service in house after it had been contracted and sees ridership growth in addition to financial benefits. Director of Transportation Charlie Ott discusses this with SBF, as well as the steps that were taken to make the transition this school year.
Mike Connors: driven to lead
January 19, 2012

SBF's 2011 Administrator of the Year reinforces the vital role his school bus drivers play in students’ development. The veteran director oversees a large operation and dedicates himself to industry causes.

Fla. district targets efficiency, saves $6.5M
January 3, 2012
Orange County Public Schools takes numerous steps to make its transportation operation more efficient, from consolidating routes and stops to reducing the number of surplus buses. Senior Director of Transportation Jim Beekman discusses the changes with SBF.
District cuts costs by running propane-powered buses
October 10, 2011
Zeeland (Mich.) Public Schools purchased nine new Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision school buses in August 2010. Transportation Director David Meeuwsen says the district averages a savings of 80 cents per gallon with propane versus biodiesel fuel, and that once the district applies for the 50-cent-per-gallon government tax credit, he approximates fuel savings of 30 percent.

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