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5 Lessons in Recruiting Drivers
October 30, 2015

A new school bus driver recruiter shares lessons learned in her first year on the job. Safety is the real No. 1 priority, bus drivers have an extraordinary amount of influence on children, and the job is not for everyone, she finds.

Durham launches school bus tracking app
October 28, 2015
With the school bus contractor’s new app, Durham Bus Tracker, parents can view the location of their child’s bus in relation to their bus stop.
Durham donates school bus to non-profit
September 24, 2015
The contractor donated a newly retrofitted school bus to Knowledge Quest, an educational non-profit organization in Tennessee. Bridgestone Tires donated new tires for the bus.
Durham sales team raises over $14K for Special Olympics
August 28, 2015
The contractor was recognized as the top corporate sales team for the Special Olympics Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby for the seventh year, having sold 3,312 ducks and raised $14,094 to benefit Special Olympics Illinois.
Leonard Bus Sales taps former school bus contractor exec
June 18, 2015
Charlie Bruce is named director of business operations at the school bus dealership. He has served as chief operating officer for both First Student and Durham School Services.
Durham named to ‘top 100’ list, acquires transportation company
April 28, 2015
The contractor made LATINO Magazine’s list of the top 100 companies that provide the most opportunities for Latinos. Meanwhile, Durham has acquired Folmsbee’s Transportation Inc. in New York.
Contractors Turn to Partnerships, Tracking to Bolster Security
April 13, 2015

Partnering with law enforcement, taking advantage of federal security assessments and student tracking are some of the measures contractors are taking to ensure a safer school bus ride.

Durham donates services to Special Olympics event
October 7, 2014
The contractor donated 10 buses and drivers to transport participants of the Special Olympics of Illinois’ annual Torch Run Plane Pull. Teams from local law enforcement agencies and the general public participated in a tug-of-war challenge on Saturday against an Airbus A300 aircraft weighing more than 180,000 pounds.
Durham sales team raises over $11K for Special Olympics
September 8, 2014
In addition to raising $11,194 through duck sales, the team donates $5,000, which will help support year-round athletic training and competition for almost 21,500 Special Olympics athletes.
School buses drive Dept. of Education’s Civil Rights Act event
July 3, 2014
The American School Bus Council takes part in the U.S. Department of Education’s Civil Rights Bus Ride to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. National School Transportation Association member Durham School Services provides the three yellow buses that are used in the event.
Durham technician earns ASE master certification
June 5, 2014
Joseph Marek, who works for the company’s Spokane, Wash., location, is among 19 Durham employees who hold master technician status.
Tennessee district awards expanded contract to Durham
May 28, 2014
The contractor will provide service to Shelby County Schools in Memphis, Tenn., for four more years starting July 1. Durham School Services has served the district in a smaller capacity since 2010, and will now take over and operate its entire fleet and all of its routes.
Durham takes over Atlantic Express' Philadelphia operations
April 1, 2014
Durham will operate student transportation services for the School District of Philadelphia, which adds 364 buses, 320 routes and more than 500 employees to the company’s existing operations. To welcome the newly hired team members, Durham held an employee kickoff event, which included a barbecue lunch and distribution of new safety vests.
National Express names winners of safety poster contest
November 25, 2013
Robie Hartling from Ottawa, Ontario, wins first prize and receives $1,000 for his “Cross Over Mirrors” artwork. Second prize goes to Pamela Morgan from Poughkeepsie, N.Y., for her “Supersafe” entry, and Deanna Davison from Bonner Springs, Kan., receives third prize for “Everyone Deserves a Safe Ride.”
Durham partners with first responders for safety training
November 5, 2013
More than 30 Bonner Springs, Kan., firefighters and paramedics participated in the school bus contractor’s training program on bus evacuation to better enable them to assist in an emergency on a school bus. The first responders tested their training hands-on as they explored two styles of buses and could see how each emergency exit worked, including the different door options and roof hatches.
Danger zone rules are focus of School Bus Safety Week
October 16, 2013
This year's theme is "Stand Back From the Yellow and Black," reminding students to wait and walk outside of the 10-foot danger zone around the bus. Some operations are also targeting stop-arm running during School Bus Safety Week.
Kansas Durham location wins regional safety competition
September 10, 2013
Durham School Services in Louisburg, Kan., operates 19 buses and serves Louisburg Unified School District 416, under the supervision of General Manager Cindy Konrade. Three Durham locations tie for second place: South Sioux City, Neb.; Oak Grove, Mo.; and Wyandotte, Kan.
David Duke named Contractor of the Year
August 22, 2013

The CEO of National Express Corp. refocuses the company on its core values and oversees an acquisition that increases the fleet to more than 20,000 school buses. He aims to provide opportunities for employees to grow while attracting new people to the business, and he remains active in industry associations.   

What's new in the Top 50
July 16, 2013

The latest developments related to several of this year’s largest school bus contractors.

Winners named in Texas ‘Best Technicians’ contest
July 15, 2013
Twenty-six school bus mechanics competed for top spots in the Texas Association of School Bus Technicians’ Texas Best Technicians Competition. First place in the inspector division went to Kevin Vollweiler of Frisco Independent School District. Allen Wilcox of Denton Independent School District took first place in the technician division.
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