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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.
Durham to serve Michigan district under 3-year contract
July 15, 2013
The school bus contractor’s agreement with Kenowa Hills Public Schools begins Sept. 1, and the contract is the company’s first in western Michigan. Durham will use 34 buses to serve six schools and more than 2,400 student riders, with a plan to replace a significant portion of the fleet over time, officials say.
Durham driver saves special-needs student
June 27, 2013
Linda Wilson of the contractor’s McKinney, Texas, facility resuscitates the child on her bus who had stopped breathing by performing CPR, and she is recognized for her life-saving actions. In other news, in August, Durham will sponsor and employees will participate in the Eighth Annual Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby, a fundraiser that benefits Special Olympics Illinois.
Durham wins Tennessee contract
June 26, 2013
The school bus contractor’s agreement with Hardin County Schools in Savannah is scheduled to begin July 1 in preparation for the upcoming school year. Durham will serve seven schools with 43 buses that will be equipped with GPS and video cameras.
School buses loaded with supplies for tornado victims
May 22, 2013
Student transportation provider Durham School Services is collecting emergency supplies for the victims of the devastating storm in Oklahoma. Students from Guthrie, Okla., have also brought a school bus stocked with supplies to Moore, which was hit by a tornado that was more than a mile wide.
Durham partners with first responders for safety training
May 6, 2013
The school bus contractor works with first responders in Illinois for a training drill on evacuating school buses. The first responders explored five styles of school buses and could see how each emergency exit worked, including the different door options and roof hatches. In other news, Durham's parent company, National Express Corp., is awarded a safety management system certificate for the provision of student transportation services within North America.
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.
Durham drivers honored for community outreach
April 10, 2013
The school bus contractor has a nationwide Adopt-a-School program, and four drivers in Stratford, Conn., receive certificates of appreciation for their contributions to students and faculty at an elementary school. The Adopt-a-School program calls for employees to donate personal time to enrich the school experience for children across the U.S.
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