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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.
Oregon district extends First Student contract
May 26, 2015
Molalla River School District continues its partnership with the contractor for the 2015-16 school year with the recent award of a new five-year contract.
First Student names area GM for Alaska locations
May 20, 2015
In an expanded role, school transportation veteran Bill Noftz will also continue to be responsible for the performance of First Student’s Washington state locations.
First Student gains Texas contract, honors employees
May 6, 2015
The contractor will provide transportation for the Lewisville Independent School District. Meanwhile, it is honoring its employees’ hard work with celebratory breakfasts and lunches at all its locations.
First Student retains contracts, adds propane buses
April 30, 2015
The company will replace the fleet of Council Rock School District in Newtown, Pennsylvania, with 150 of the alternative-fuel buses and will continue to provide service to two Missouri school districts.
First Student employees collect food for those in need
April 15, 2015
Workers participated in the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign and collected more than 5,300 pounds of food and nearly $1,000 to benefit food shelves.
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.

First Student donates bus for search-and-rescue training
March 16, 2015
The retired bus went to the Philadelphia-based Penn Vet Working Dog Center, which trains dogs in explosives detection and locating missing people.
First Student gives children access to winter coats, free skating program
February 19, 2015
A driver in Minnesota organizes a coat drive for needy students. Meanwhile, the contractor provides students in Cincinnati with transportation to a free after-school ice skating program.
First Student kicks off customer initiative for Love the Bus
February 3, 2015
“I Care + We Care = Customer Care” sets simple age-appropriate behavior expectations for students and provides positive reinforcement tools for good behavior. Team members also focus on ensuring school buses are clean and well-maintained.
First Student, Ohio district partner for coat drive
December 19, 2014
The contractor partnered with Cincinnati Public Schools to hold a coat drive to benefit nearly 150 students in the district. First Student employees collected coats at the company's four Cincinnati-area locations.
First Student promotes bus stop safety during School Bus Safety Week
October 22, 2014
The contractor joins the National Association for Pupil Transportation in raising awareness for bus stop safety during National School Bus Safety Week, Oct. 20 to 24.
First Student, Mile Square Transportation partner to serve New York districts
August 25, 2014
The companies form a joint venture to provide student transportation services in the Hudson Valley, Westchester and Bronx areas in New York under the name First Mile Square LLC. The new venture will build on Mile Square’s customer relationships, existing fleet and staff and First Student’s safety practices, training programs and scalable resource model.
First Student transports 10,000 Special Olympics participants
August 4, 2014
The school bus contractor provided shuttle service for the Special Olympics 2014 USA Games in New Jersey. Hundreds of school bus drivers transported athletes, coaches and spectators to various venues.
First Student wins award from National Safety Council
July 17, 2014
The school bus contractor is recognized with an Occupational Excellence Achievement Award. The honor is for companies that have reported injuries and illnesses that involved days away from work equal to or less than 50% of the Bureau of Labor Statistics rate for their national industry classification and have had no fatalities during the previous calendar year.
First Student names area general manager for Washington
July 14, 2014
Bill Noftz will be responsible for the overall performance of the school bus contractor’s Washington state locations, including financial results, operational performance, safety, fleet and maintenance. Noftz has more than 25 years of experience in the school transportation industry.
First Student monitor awarded for work with children with disabilities
July 7, 2014
The Union County Board of Developmental Disabilities in Ohio presents Sharon Parker with a Community Starfish Award. Alan Mustard, First Student location manager, says Parker is “dedicated to the children she helps transport, and is committed to making riding the bus a positive experience by showing them care, compassion and respect.”
First Student expands operations in Illinois
June 25, 2014
The contractor will provide transportation for eight additional school districts for the upcoming school year, and expects to add approximately 200 new positions.
First Student to expand operations in New York
June 20, 2014
The contractor will hire 100 bus drivers and 100 monitors to perform work for a new contract with Erie County Preschool and Early Intervention Program. The contract goes into effect in September.
Massachusetts district extends First Student contract
June 10, 2014
Springfield Public Schools has awarded the contractor a new five-year contract to provide school transportation. The company has worked with the district for the past 15 years.
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