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First Student honored for hiring military vets
February 24, 2012
The school bus contractor receives a Flag of Freedom Award as part of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s “Show-Me Heroes” initiative. Since the initiative began in 2010, officials say First Student has welcomed veterans returning from overseas into the ranks at locations in Columbia, Parkville, Kansas City and St. Joseph.
Burtwistle: District funding pressures not expected to ease
February 23, 2012
As president of the largest school bus contractor in the U.S. and Canada, First Student’s Linda Burtwistle has a keen perspective on the range of issues impacting the pupil transportation industry. She recently shared her insights with SBF Executive Editor Thomas McMahon.
Carey Paster joins National Express Corp.
February 22, 2012
The school bus contracting veteran has been appointed to the newly created role of vice president of mergers and acquisitions, where he will be responsible for furthering National Express’ presence in the passenger transportation market. Paster previously held roles with FirstGroup America and First Student.
Bus driver praised for actions during shooting
February 14, 2012
Police say the driver told the students on his bus to get down out of the line of fire, he was able to leave the scene of the incident and he then called dispatchers to notify police. Although one bullet reportedly hit the bus, no one was injured.
Heroes in school transportation 2012
January 17, 2012

In the second edition of this series, we highlight school bus drivers who saved lives with their quick thinking and vital skills. When danger arose, their training — and their instincts — came through.

First Student subsidiary buys Quebec bus company
January 9, 2012
With the $8.5 million deal, Autobus Transco begins operating Transport St. Leonard's 150 schools buses. As part of the transition, the experienced drivers will participate in 20 hours of classroom and behind-the-wheel training.
Bus company requests dismissal of lawsuit from former driver
November 16, 2011
The contractor is being sued by Ken Webber, who was fired for refusing to take a Confederate flag with the word "redneck" on it off of his pickup truck, which was parked in a lot owned by a school district that the contractor serves. The company says that Webber considered the flag to be an expression of his identity and lifestyle, and that therefore, his flag is not constitutionally protected speech because its message is not a matter of public concern.
Pupil transporters plan activities, issue tips for School Bus Safety Week
October 13, 2011
From industry associations to school districts to contractors, officials are gearing up to observe the national event, which will be held next week. Participation in Operation Safe Stop, poster and writing contests, and recognizing bus drivers for performance excellence are among the activities in the works. Officials urge students and motorists to use caution when walking and driving around school buses.
Who’s behind the wheel?: optimizing driver background checks
October 13, 2011

Officials say it is important to conduct both federal and state checks, as well as monitor applicants’ driving records. Pupil transporters discuss their operations’ hiring policies and procedures, which include contacting previous employers, and also share suggestions on ways the industry could protect itself against undesirable candidates who move from state to state.

First Student names new northern N.J. area manager
August 30, 2011
Greg Gallagher serves as area general manager of the contractor's northern New Jersey region. Gallagher works closely with local management teams and oversees operations for locations throughout the region.
First Student signs 3-year contract with Mich. district
August 18, 2011
The contractor will serve Port Huron Area Schools under the contract, which is set to begin with the 2011-12 school year. First Student is currently interviewing district drivers and local residents to join its transportation staff in Port Huron, as well as adding additional safety features to each of the buses.
Agencies prep for new school year with safety efforts, tips
August 17, 2011
With school buses hitting the road, officials from school districts, bus companies and law enforcement agencies are implementing traffic safety initiatives, and issuing tips for students, motorists and parents. In North Carolina, for example, Rockingham County Schools has installed nine cameras that will rotate among its buses to help catch motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses.
First Student honors top-performing managers
June 28, 2011
The company presents its inaugural Presidential Awards of Excellence to contract and regional managers. Officials who rated best-in-class in safety, customer service and overall performance categories are recognized.
First Student provides shuttle service for cycling event
June 8, 2011
First Student Charter Bus Rental provides transportation to VIPs, media and staff during Stage 7 of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California. Eighteen small buses shuttle more than 600 passengers to and from Mt. Baldy in the Angeles National Forest to view the race.
First Student recognizes veteran bus drivers
May 19, 2011
Nineteen employees who work for the school bus contractor are celebrating 40 years on the job this year. First Student President Linda Burtwistle says their commitment to the students and communities they serve is commendable.
First Student drivers to participate in AIDS awareness bike ride
May 9, 2011
A team of bus drivers from First Student's school bus yard in San Francisco will participate in AIDS/LifeCycle 10, a seven-day bike ride to raise AIDS awareness. The drivers commit to getting fit, training and raising $3,000 each.
First Student wins new contract
May 2, 2011
Under a five-year agreement, the company will provide student transportation to the Capitol Region Education Council in Hartford, Conn., as needed during the summer before providing transportation for 360 routes at the start of the 2011-12 school year.
First Student names new contract manager
March 24, 2011
Dennis Ryan is promoted to the position for the company's Niles, Mich., location. Ryan manages all aspects of daily transportation operations, including maintenance, safety and training.
First Student wins Louisiana contract
March 17, 2011
Under the five-year agreement, the contractor will provide school bus service for the St. James Parish School Board beginning in April. The company will also provide all routing, maintenance and management services, and hire drivers for routes currently without a district driver.
First Student names new region operations manager
March 1, 2011
Mike Shedor will oversee the school bus contractor's Kansas and central Missouri territories, including locations in Jefferson City, Kansas City and Columbia in Missouri, and Olathe, Shawnee Mission and Blue Valley in Kansas. He will also coach staff on First Student's safety policies and training programs.

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