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School bus driver killed in crash had heart attack
June 30, 2015
Autopsy and toxicology reports on New York driver Edwin Rivera DeJesus show he had an underlying heart condition, dispelling rumors that he was intoxicated during the accident.
Georgia keeps health funding for school bus drivers, at higher cost to districts
June 3, 2015
Gov. Nathan Deal signed the 2016 state budget without his proposed cuts to health insurance benefits for part-time school employees. However, districts will have to increase the share they pay for health insurance for those workers to nearly $103 million.
Cuts to school bus driver health funding rejected
February 26, 2015
Georgia House leaders reject Gov. Nathan Deal’s plan to cut health insurance benefits to part-time school employees, but they increase employer contributions to cover the cost.
GAPT: Driver health funding cuts could worsen shortage, hurt recruitment
January 28, 2015
The Georgia Association for Pupil Transportation says a proposal to cut health funding for part-time school bus drivers would remove a valuable recruitment and retention tool, as well as a large chunk of driver compensation.
Governor may cut part-time school bus driver health funding
January 23, 2015
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal defended his decision to cut the funding for part-time school workers, including bus drivers, because the state doesn’t provide health insurance funding for its part-time state employees. Some lawmakers oppose the decision.
District helps bus drivers get in shape
January 20, 2015
The Lebanon School District in New Hampshire started an exercise program for its bus drivers to help improve their health and their ability to help students in an emergency.
Driver Agility Testing: Variations and Applications Nationwide
October 3, 2014

Where and how agility testing requirements become part of the hiring process varies across the U.S. Here, we take a look at different ways agility tests are used, check in with states using a mandated, formalized test, and report on additional developments in agility test considerations.

Affordable Care Act: 5 things everyone needs to know
September 24, 2014

Employers with plan years that do not start on Jan. 1 will be able to begin compliance with employer responsibility at the start of their plan years in 2015 rather than on Jan. 1, 2015.

Top 10 most 'liked' stories on SBF's Facebook in 2013
December 30, 2013
Here, we share stories that piqued our followers' interest throughout the year. Topics ranged from stop-arm running to school bus safety to driver wellness to drivers who have logged many years behind the wheel.
3 reasons for bus drivers to get fit, and how to get there
September 24, 2013

For school bus drivers, obtaining a basic level of fitness and maintaining a healthy weight will enhance safety, professionalism and personal wellness. The job can actually provide a good structure for making time to exercise and eat well.

With growth, Krapf keeps focus on people
July 2, 2013

After 70 years in operation, Pennsylvania-based George Krapf Jr. & Sons is the sixth-largest school bus contractor in the nation and extends into multiple states. CEO Blake Krapf says that building strong relationships with districts and maintaining a top-quality staff are still the keys to the business.

National Express celebrates Earth Week, promotes employee wellness
April 18, 2013
As part of Earth Week, the school bus contractor touts its year-round efforts to protect the environment, including an idling reduction program. The company also launches its second annual “Slim Down Challenge,” which is a 10-week competition that involves groups of four to seven employees aiming to score the best in percentage of weight lost.
Fit for the job
April 2, 2013

You may feel like you can’t make time to exercise, but if you do, you just might find yourself more focused and productive while you’re working.

Transportation staff fights back against cancer’s toll
March 27, 2013
For Stewart County (Tenn.) Schools, raising money for the battle against cancer is personal: In the past few years, the transportation department has lost two to cancer and has seen others diagnosed. Last year, the district’s drivers and students raised more than $4,000 as part of Relay for Life.
Healthcare reform: determining full-time employees
March 21, 2013

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, large employers, such as school bus contractors, must offer affordable and minimal value healthcare insurance to full-time staffers by Jan. 1, 2014, or tax penalties will be imposed. Guidance from several federal agencies shows when employees must be treated as full time based on their work hours and employment timeframes, with examples for existing and new personnel.

Driver collapses behind the wheel, but stops bus
October 19, 2012
A student on the bus says the driver’s head “sunk over, like he got knocked out.” Despite being incapacitated, the driver is reportedly able to bring the bus to a stop and avoid slamming into a utility pole.
School bus driver charged with insurance fraud
July 5, 2012
According to prosecutors, 53-year-old Luanne Stewart-Mastroianni forged her doctor's signature and continued to receive disability benefits after being cleared to return to work.
Ala. bus drivers required to complete physical exam
June 20, 2012
Under legislation signed into law by Gov. Robert Bentley, drivers must successfully complete the exam by a licensed physician, at their own expense, by Aug. 14 in order to operate a school bus. Drivers may be “grandfathered” for any condition if the doctor states that it will not adversely affect their ability to control and safely operate a school bus.
Cook-Illinois launches employee wellness initiatives
February 1, 2012
The school bus contractor has invested more than $22,000 in programs for its drivers, including a discounted membership program with Charter Fitness, and removed junk food and soda from its subsidiaries' vending machines, among other efforts. Employees are reportedly losing weight and interacting with one another more.
School bus driver covers 26.2 miles — on foot
November 22, 2011
Molly Kirk, a driver for Florida’s Brevard Public Schools, ran the prestigious New York City Marathon in less than five hours. She shares details on the challenging race, which drew more than 47,000 starters this year.
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