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Florida district cuts diesel use by 151K gallons in a year
October 14, 2013
Orange County Public Schools' combined initiative of anti-idling, biodiesel and fuel-efficient buses resulted in an overall reduction of 151,788 gallons of diesel fuel this past year. The economic benefit was a cost avoidance of $538,847 in fuel costs to the district, and the environmental benefit was a reduction of 1,503 metric tons of carbon matter output.
Special-needs students help assemble restraints
October 7, 2013
About 60 students from a Florida school have been participating in the production of Q'Straint restraints, performing pre-assembly and packaging. The program has helped the students develop job skills and contribute to their own safety in transportation.
Driver, attendant comfort students when babysitter is hurt
October 4, 2013
When Mary Bennett, a bus driver for Volusia County Schools, and her attendant, Jackie Murphy, stop to pick up two special-needs students on their route, Bennett hears the students’ babysitter in their home calling for help and sees her on the floor. After Murphy calls 911, she and Bennett help the students onto the bus, and Murphy keeps them calm until emergency response arrives.
Driver keeps students safe during bus breakdown
October 2, 2013
Robin Smith, a bus driver for Florida’s Volusia County Schools, safely evacuates the students from her bus and keeps them calm after she notices smoke coming from the rear of the vehicle. A parent who was at the scene praises Smith for her actions.
Florida bus driver remembers 9/11 in letter to editor
September 17, 2013
Bus driver Peter Schuhl recounts how, when picking up 22 high school students after school that afternoon, the students sat quietly for a few minutes, then began singing “God Bless America,” “America The Beautiful” and the national anthem, inspired by the two foreign exchange students who joined in.
District reinstates busing with fee, courtesy service for dangerous routes
September 12, 2013
Lake County (Fla.) Schools students who lost courtesy bus service because they live within 2 miles of their schools will now be able to pay a $1 or $2 fee to ride the bus. Additionally, the district will restore free bus service for students within the 2-mile zones who have dangerous walking routes that include crossing roadways with high speeds or multiple lanes.
Teen allegedly attacks bus driver after stop-arm running
August 28, 2013
Bus driver Alvin Lanning had stopped to pick up students when a white BMW passed his bus, so he later wrote down the vehicle’s license plate number to turn in for a traffic violation. The teen driver saw this, and according to a report given to Orange County sheriff’s deputies, he confronted Lanning, punching him in the face and taking his glasses.
Former bus driver sentenced for staging fight
August 15, 2013
Patrice Sanders will serve 21 months in prison for her actions in the incident, and she must then serve four years’ probation. After two girls began fighting on the bus, Sanders drove them and the other passengers to her house, ordered everyone off the bus and allowed the girls to fight in her front yard.
NTSB: Proper lap belt use could have lessened injuries in bus crash
July 23, 2013
In its investigation of last year's fatal Chesterfield, N.J., school bus crash, the National Transportation Safety Board finds that some students wore their lap belts improperly and some didn't wear them at all. The agency says it believes that lap belts can provide a benefit to most school bus passengers who wear them properly, although the addition of shoulder belts would reduce flailing injuries and provide greater protection.
NTSB to meet on 2 fatal school bus crashes
July 18, 2013
In a meeting next week, National Transportation Safety Board members will address last year's Chesterfield, N.J, and Port St. Lucie, Fla., school bus crashes. The board will also consider possible recommendations on school bus safety.
District aims to save $650K by cutting courtesy bus service
July 2, 2013
Lake County Schools students who live within the Florida district’s 2-mile parent responsibility zone of their home school will no longer be eligible to ride the bus in the upcoming school year. The cost savings measure will affect more than 3,000 students.
Mentoring program trains students to be technicians
May 16, 2013
Vocational school students who are chosen for the program work part-time in Orange County (Fla.) Public Schools' bus maintenance facilities, learning from experts and getting hands-on experience.
District’s shop foreman develops fleet management program
May 9, 2013
Todd Woodard created the program in Excel two years ago and has been testing it at Brevard Public Schools’ four transportation facilities in Florida since then. He explains to SBF how the program works and how it has improved communication and efficiency in the bus inspection process.
Fleet expert Don Ross joins bus dealership LBS South
April 30, 2013
Ross is named service director for the school bus dealership in Jacksonville, Fla. He previously worked for the School District of Manatee County for more than 13 years in several positions, including director of transportation and vehicle maintenance.
Bill would allow school surtax to be used for bus purchases
April 18, 2013
The new Florida legislation would amend current law to expand the use of the School Capital Outlay Surtax, also known as the “school half-cent sales tax,” to include the purchases of yellow buses. Per the bill analysis, this would provide an additional funding source for bus purchases.
Bus driver suspended for cell phone use, lying about caller
April 11, 2013
Rossana Lucas receives a 10-day suspension after she is seen on a video surveillance camera taking a call, and she also picks up another driver at an unauthorized stop. Lucas tells officials for the Florida district that she had taken the call from her son, a Marine stationed in Iraq, but the district’s investigation reveals that her story doesn't add up, and she admits that the caller was not her son.
VIDEO: Bus driver allegedly kicks special-needs student
April 1, 2013
Footage from the September incident released last month shows Stephanie Wilkerson thrusting her left foot forward, and it makes contact with an autistic child on the bus’ stairs, who then falls. Wilkerson was fired from her position at a Florida district following the incident, and she faces a charge of aggravated child abuse.
Florida bus driver to be honored for rescuing toddler
March 12, 2013
Jim Letos spots the child on the side of a highway and brings the toddler on his bus after calling 911. Letos is scheduled to be recognized for his actions at a Pinellas County Schools board meeting on Tuesday.
Florida bill would permit photo enforcement of bus passing
March 5, 2013
The legislation would enable school boards to authorize that cameras be installed on school buses to capture motorists who illegally pass the buses, and then use that as evidence for law enforcement to issue citations. Violators would be issued a $250 fine.
Mom’s sign tells drivers to stop for school bus
February 14, 2013
In Lee County, Fla., Ann Tomlinson saw how many motorists were illegally passing her daughter’s school bus, and she decided to do something about it. Holding a “STOP FOR BUS” sign and wearing a safety vest, she stands at the bus stop — morning and afternoon — to spread the safety message.

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