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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.
NASDPTS looks at ways to enhance training, service
January 17, 2013

From routing strategies to innovative facilities, speakers at the state directors conference share numerous ideas for enhancing school bus service and training. The NASDPTS membership continues to change, with more state directors announcing their retirement.

For the Hahns, pupil transportation is in the family
January 8, 2013
Marcia Hahn is transportation director at Wenatchee (Wash.) School District #246, and her son, Ryan, is transportation director at Central Kitsap School District #401 in Silverdale, Wash. The two discuss with SBF their careers, goals and what they’ve learned from one another over the years.
After Sandy Hook tragedy, school transporters stay vigilant
December 20, 2012
The deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut last Friday brought school security back into the public eye. Here, school transportation officials from around the country talk about what their districts have done in response to the tragedy.
Overturned bus training an ‘eye-opener’ for staff
December 11, 2012
More than 80 people in Van Buren County, Mich., participate in an emergency training event that shows them what it feels like to be in an overturned school bus as well as one filled with smoke. Transportation Supervisor Mark Niewoonder shares details on the hands-on event and how it changed staff members’ perceptions.
First Observer security program on hiatus
December 10, 2012
HMS Co., which has administered First Observer since 2008, stops receiving funding, but the Transportation Security Administration has reportedly said that the program will be active again in the near future. Meantime, classroom training and other program functions have been placed on hold.
6 of 9 danger zone deaths were by other vehicle
December 5, 2012
The total of nine school bus loading/unloading fatalities in the 2010-11 school year was an increase of one from the previous year, according to the Kansas State Department of Education's forthcoming national report. Another noteworthy finding of the 2011-12 report is that all of the children killed were at least 10 years old.
NHTSA child restraints video now on DVD
November 13, 2012
For transporting very young children who must be secured in child safety restraint systems, the agency's free video covers the key steps of selection, direction, location and installation. It also demonstrates the proper placement of children in a safety restraint.
NASDPTS looks at ways to enhance training, service
October 26, 2012
From routing strategies to innovative facilities, speakers at the state directors conference share numerous ideas for enhancing school bus service and training. The NASDPTS membership continues to change, now with Colorado state director Bruce Little announcing his coming retirement and Greta Bleau taking on the role.
Iowa DOT unveils school bus safety page on website
October 25, 2012
The page includes information on the danger zone around a school bus, the state law and penalties for illegally passing a stopped bus, driver training resources and more.
Kerlin shows commitment to training, customers
October 2, 2012

As Indiana’s Kerlin Bus Sales and Leasing celebrates 50 years as a Thomas Built Buses dealer, the family-run company focuses on providing instruction for bus drivers and technicians so they are well-versed in the industry’s latest technology. Kerlin also has a rigorous system to ensure customers’ needs are met and their orders are properly filled.

School bus company goes blue for bullying prevention
October 1, 2012
More than 750 drivers, monitors and other employees at All-Star Transportation don blue T-shirts calling for students to “Be Nice on My Bus!” The move is part of the fourth annual Blue Shirt Day, the World Day of Bullying Prevention.
James Rogan named chair of N.Y. driver training committee
September 27, 2012
The School Bus Driver Instructor Advisory Committee makes recommendations on safety training for drivers, monitors and attendants across New York state. Rogan, director of safety and training at Chestnut Ridge Transportation, says that the group reviews and develops “curriculums aimed at maintaining the highest safety standards.”
Rolling V expands use of GreenRoad technology
September 27, 2012
The school bus company began using GreenRoad’s driver performance service in 2009 and is increasing its use in the fleet based on positive results it has had, officials say. With the service, algorithms monitor driver performance along five key maneuver categories, and if a risky or inefficient event occurs, the driver is given immediate feedback with red, yellow or green LED cues.
Longtime Kan. state director Larry Bluthardt retires
September 25, 2012
Bluthardt steps down from his post after 24 years as state pupil transportation director for Kansas. He tells SBF that health issues were a key factor in his decision, but he also was frustrated by some developments that he said he feels aren't in the best interests of the state's school bus riders.
GreenRoad to integrate fleet tracking, driver management
September 12, 2012
The company partners with GPS Insight to offer GreenRoad Advanced Tracking, which officials say will be available by the end of this year. Officials also say that with the combination of driver performance management and fleet tracking in one product, fleet operators will be able to create efficient fleets and maximize driver productivity.
Fla. district recruits drivers, loses training bus builder
September 10, 2012
To close a gap of 50 school bus drivers needed, Orange County Public Schools utilized a team of recruiters — existing drivers — to reach out to the community. In other news, Larry Creech, who designed and built a cutaway bus mock-up for the district's training, has passed away.
Houston district trains for disaster with overturned bus
August 16, 2012
School bus drivers and attendants at Houston Independent School District this year are undergoing counter-terrorism training, which includes a mock disaster drill. The event involves an older bus turned on its side and staged injuries, allowing the staff members to practice their first aid training.
Driver-trainer adds new title: CDL examiner
July 26, 2012
Jim Clary, who drives a school bus and trains other drivers at his Ohio district, qualifies as an examiner to test new truck and bus drivers for their CDL.
District: 4 to be disciplined in bus monitor bullying
June 28, 2012
The Greece (N.Y.) Central School District identifies four middle school students as participants in the incident, in which school bus monitor Karen Klein was profanely taunted. The students will receive "disciplinary action to the fullest extent appropriate," officials say.

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