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Accused Florida school bus shooter pleads not guilty
June 18, 2015
Edgar Robles, 16, has been charged with two counts of attempted murder and one count of shooting into an occupied vehicle. He is being tried as an adult and would face a minimum of 25 years in prison if convicted.
School bus monitor fired after allegedly attacking students
June 11, 2015
Board members for Orange County (Fla.) Public Schools vote to fire the monitor after viewing video footage of him repeatedly shoving and grabbing a boy and pushing another child into his seat.
School bus duo protects girl from ‘stranger danger’
May 29, 2015
When Gwendolyn Brinson and Kathy Ritter saw that a girl who usually walks home by herself was talking to a man in a truck, they took actions that helped lead to the man’s arrest on a lewd behavior charge.
Florida school bus shooting suspect arrested
May 26, 2015
Edgar Robles, the 16-year-old suspect in a school bus shooting last week that injured two students, is in police custody in Georgia. He was arrested during a traffic stop and was treated for a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Shots fired at Florida school bus
May 15, 2015
The suspect, 16, allegedly fired five shots at the bus and was charged with two counts of attempted murder and one count of firing deadly missiles. Two girls were struck and hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
Driver helps students escape burning bus
May 14, 2015
The Florida bus driver heard a popping sound and saw smoke, so he quickly evacuated the students from the bus before the fire spread through it. No one was hurt in the incident.
NTSB reviews benefits of onboard video systems
April 30, 2015
The agency’s new report highlights the fatal Port St. Lucie school bus crash, in which onboard video captured “valuable data about pre-crash, crash and post-crash events.”
District uses school bus to feed kids on spring break
April 1, 2015
Manatee County (Fla.) School District brings back a program to feed students for free using a retrofitted school bus. The program served nearly 300 kids on Monday and Tuesday.
Job fair seeks school bus driver candidates
March 19, 2015
At Orange County (Fla.) Public Schools event, current bus drivers will be on hand to answer questions. The district’s job fairs have helped tackle driver shortage.
District runs more than 1,200 school buses on biodiesel
March 16, 2015
Orange County (Fla.) Public Schools’ entire bus fleet is now powered by B20 biodiesel, which has cut diesel use by 560,000 gallons per year.
LBS South sells IC Bus distribution rights in Florida
March 12, 2015
LBS South accepts a purchase offer from Sun State International Trucks for its IC Bus distribution rights for the state of Florida and certain company assets.
Florida state school bus driver competition to return
February 19, 2015
Hillsborough County Public Schools will host the event on Feb. 28. It has been several years since a state school bus driver competition has been held in Florida.
Florida county to pilot new student tracking system
January 21, 2015
The School District of Osceola County plans to test a program that will track students with an ID card or bracelet to ensure they safely board and deboard their school buses.
Jim Beekman Awarded for Efficiency Efforts, Keen Leadership
January 20, 2015

Beekman galvanized the Orange County (Fla.) Public Schools transportation department and implemented numerous improvements, which led to increased efficiency, multi-million-dollar savings and high staff morale.

Proposed Florida bill would increase bus passing penalties
January 16, 2015
Gabby’s Law for School Bus Stop Safety is named after 12-year-old Gabby Mair, who was fatally struck by a car after deboarding her school bus in 2010. The bill would increase the severity of charges for passing a bus on the boarding side and increase fines.
Bus aide charged with attacking autistic student
January 5, 2015
Clara McGriff, a monitor in Polk County, Florida, allegedly hit the boy while he was restrained in a harness and pressed him against the side of a bus numerous times. She is facing child abuse charges and has been suspended without pay.
Driver rescues nearly 40 children from burning bus
December 8, 2014
Kristina Behrman of Davenport, Florida, called 911 when she saw smoke coming from the back of the bus as she was driving students to school. She got the students to evacuate the bus just before it burst into flames.
Teen arrested for shooting school bus
November 20, 2014
A 15-year-old boy is facing charges for allegedly firing shots into a school bus in Tampa, Florida. The bus driver heard gunshots, told the children to get down on the floor and sped away from the area. No one was hurt in the incident.
Jim Beekman named SBF’s Administrator of the Year
November 10, 2014
The industry veteran galvanized the Orange County (Fla.) Public Schools transportation department and implemented improvements that led to increased efficiency, multi-million-dollar savings and high staff morale.
Case of bus aide accused of slapping boy with autism to go to trial
October 5, 2014
A judge denied a request for a description of injuries sustained by the alleged victim of James Lambert, a former Pasco County (Fla.) School District bus aide charged with two counts of felony child abuse for slapping a boy with autism. The judge told Lambert’s attorney the question of whether the slaps amount to felony child abuse should be decided by the jury.
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