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New Blue Bird dealer location opens in Georgia
November 4, 2015
Officials at Yancey Bus Sales and Service say that the expanded 25,000-square-foot facility in Macon will accommodate more buses and house more parts.
Georgia district’s school bus drivers to conduct practice run
July 28, 2015
Atlanta Public Schools officials say that the practice will help drivers become familiar with their routes and will improve accuracy of timing during current traffic patterns.
School bus duo wins state special-needs competition
July 6, 2015
Lori Partee and Sandy James, both special-needs bus drivers for Henry County (Ga.) Schools, advance to next year’s National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo.
Georgia district's school bus drivers to see pay increase
June 30, 2015
To alleviate a driver shortage, Henry County Schools will give drivers raises ranging from 5% to 21%. Newer drivers will receive the biggest pay bump due to getting lower starting pay and wage freezes over the last five years.
Georgia keeps health funding for school bus drivers, at higher cost to districts
June 3, 2015
Gov. Nathan Deal signed the 2016 state budget without his proposed cuts to health insurance benefits for part-time school employees. However, districts will have to increase the share they pay for health insurance for those workers to nearly $103 million.
Georgia district receives Blue Bird propane bus
March 26, 2015
Valdosta City Schools purchased the bus as part of its plans to lessen its carbon footprint. Plans to buy 10 additional propane buses were recently presented to the board of education.
Driver fired for leaving student with autism alone on bus
March 2, 2015
The Fulton County (Ga.) Schools driver did not walk through the bus to check for students at the end of the route. The student fell asleep on the bus and was alone for two-and-a-half hours.
Cuts to school bus driver health funding rejected
February 26, 2015
Georgia House leaders reject Gov. Nathan Deal’s plan to cut health insurance benefits to part-time school employees, but they increase employer contributions to cover the cost.
Blue Bird becomes publicly traded company
February 26, 2015
The school bus manufacturer debuts on the Nasdaq stock exchange with the ticker symbol “BLBD” after the close of an acquisition by Hennessy.
Atlanta school buses to be equipped with stop-arm cameras
February 18, 2015
The stop-arm cameras will be placed on Atlanta Public Schools buses to help city police confirm video of offenses and issue citations.
District to step up security after school buses vandalized again
February 4, 2015
The DeKalb County (Ga.) School District buses have an estimated tens of thousands of dollars of damage, and cannot be driven until they are repaired. The district plans to reallocate $125,000 to enhance security at the lot where the buses were damaged.
District taps Stertil-Koni lift for new maintenance facility
February 3, 2015
Screven County School System in Sylvania, Georgia, chose the Diamond Lift system, which offers wheels-free access, for use in its recently completed school bus maintenance facility, officials say.
GAPT: Driver health funding cuts could worsen shortage, hurt recruitment
January 28, 2015
The Georgia Association for Pupil Transportation says a proposal to cut health funding for part-time school bus drivers would remove a valuable recruitment and retention tool, as well as a large chunk of driver compensation.
Governor may cut part-time school bus driver health funding
January 23, 2015
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal defended his decision to cut the funding for part-time school workers, including bus drivers, because the state doesn’t provide health insurance funding for its part-time state employees. Some lawmakers oppose the decision.
90 bus batteries stolen from Georgia school district
December 11, 2014
In some cases, a dozen batteries were taken at a time from DeKalb County School District in the ongoing thefts. Police have a picture of the suspect’s vehicle driving out of one of the bus yard lots moments after batteries were stolen.
Atlanta grandmother arrested for attacking boy on bus
November 13, 2014
Claudette Peters was arrested for battery after allegedly striking a 10-year-old boy on the face and neck several times. She believed the boy had a fight with her grandson.
Mother arrested for yelling profanities at kids' bus driver
November 5, 2014
Tamara Moore allegedly swore at the Clayton County, Georgia-based driver, threatened her and commented on her weight because the driver missed her kids' stop. Police charged Moore with disorderly conduct and disrupting the operation of a public school.
Blue Bird employment up 44% in 4 years
October 28, 2014
The school bus manufacturer’s growth in all vehicle segments has led to an increase in its workforce, which is now over 1,600 employees.
Georgia governor tours Blue Bird manufacturing facility
October 3, 2014
“Georgians Supporting Georgians” was the theme of the visit, and Gov. Nathan Deal and first lady Sandra Deal met and talked with employees along the production line. The visit also included an inspection of five new custom-made All American transit buses engineered for the Georgia Department of Corrections.
Dad upset about school bus overcrowding arrested
September 3, 2014
Carlos Davis allegedly blocks a Clayton County (Ga.) Public Schools bus driver from closing the door so she couldn’t finish her route, tying up traffic for 45 minutes, and is charged with disrupting public schools operation. He confronts the driver because some students have to sit on the floor.
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