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Georgia system hires new transportation director
June 6, 2013
Brad Frink begins work as the new transportation director at Morgan County School System on July 1. He previously worked for the University of Georgia as a facility manager, maintenance supervisor and vehicle operator.
Ad firm owner: Bus ads are safe, beneficial for districts
May 16, 2013
Todd Isaacs of District Solutions says that school bus advertising can help cash-strapped districts raise revenue, and he points to the ads' record on the road. The approximately $15,000 that one district has raised so far is being put toward transportation for homeless students to after-school programs.
Georgia district to test bus passenger tracking system
April 16, 2013
Gordon County Schools will conduct a pilot program of StudentConnect. Company officials say that the system provides real-time notification to parents and school transportation officials when students fail to get on the school bus, as well as when they enter or exit the bus at the wrong stop.
District reroutes buses in response to bus stop shooting
March 20, 2013
The incident occurs on Tuesday morning at a Georgia bus stop and in the surrounding neighborhood. An investigation is ongoing, but officials say no one was injured, and all procedures were followed “swiftly and efficiently.”
Colorado team wins special-needs roadeo
March 14, 2013
Myra Walstead and Jesse Hill from Academy School District 20 take first place in the annual National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo. The runner-up teams hail from Georgia and California.
Teen steals school bus after getting out of jail
March 4, 2013
Eighteen-year-old Jonathan Cole Collins is released from jail on a misdemeanor marijuana charge, and he steals the bus during his walk home. Detectives confront him the next day after he’s identified in footage on the bus’ surveillance camera, and he admits the theft.
First Blue Bird redesigned All Americans delivered in Georgia
February 28, 2013
Ten of the manufacturer's 2014 All American buses are delivered on Wednesday to the state’s Department of Corrections, where officials say they will be placed into service immediately, replacing buses in the existing fleet that have each accumulated over 300,000 miles. The buses can seat 50 passengers, and they feature pass-through luggage compartments and interior storage bins.
Ga. bus driver honored for actions during accident
January 30, 2013
Officials say that Hall County Schools bus driver Bertha Hutson followed all safety procedures and kept her passengers under control despite sustaining a shoulder injury after her bus was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer in early January.
Durham School Services wins first Ga. contract
December 28, 2012
Officials say the school bus contractor’s five and a half year agreement with Peach County Schools in Fort Valley is its first in the state, and that Durham now operates in 32 states. Durham operates 38 routes for Peach County Schools, transporting 3,500 students daily.
Mothers to be charged for boarding school buses
December 10, 2012
Charlotte-Mecklenburg (N.C.) Schools police say the women will be charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct for two separate incidents last week. In the first incident, a woman approaches a student on the bus with a baseball bat, and in the second incident, another woman allegedly starts cursing and screaming at the driver when she’s told to get off the bus.
Woman must wear 'fool' sign for incident on bus
December 5, 2012
Natasha Latrice Freeman boarded the bus in April and repeatedly struck her 11-year-old cousin and pulled the girl’s hair after a disagreement arose between the girl and Freeman’s son, according to the prosecutor in the case. She must wear for a week a sign that says, “I made a fool out of myself on a Bibb County Public Schools bus,” help wash a bus, serve five years on probation and pay $500 in attorney fees.
Woman sentenced for fatal bus-passing accident
November 15, 2012
Shirley McManners is sentenced to one year in prison and 14 years of probation for the December accident in which she struck and killed 17-year-old Brandy Hart after she exited her school bus. McManners pled guilty last month to a charge of vehicular homicide and apologized to Hart’s family.
District releases PSA on stop-arm violation awareness
October 25, 2012
Cobb County School District in Marietta, Ga., partners with the local police department and American Traffic Solutions to create the video. It explains how the CrossingGuard camera system installed on the district’s buses works, and it also highlights the role of law enforcement, the penalties issued for violations and the importance of school bus safety.
Elvis the Safety Owl makes bus training fun for students
October 23, 2012
Forsyth County Schools’ transportation team in Cumming, Ga., develops The Elvis Way program to teach elementary students about bus safety in an engaging way. Elvis, along with the district’s drivers, show students how to practice safe, orderly and respectful bus riding habits. Director of Transportation Garry Puetz discusses with SBF the program and the positive impact it has had on students and the community.
District deploys camera system to catch stop-arm runners
October 10, 2012
Muscogee County School District in Columbus, Ga., equips at least 50 of its buses with CrossingGuard, which is provided and maintained by American Traffic Solutions. The county sheriff’s office will review camera footage and issue citations to violators, and officials say the district will receive 25% of the fines in the first year.
Blue Bird honors long-time employees
September 6, 2012
The company honors 66 employees with employment milestones of 35 years or greater during a ceremony. The employees are awarded with a certificate of appreciation and a gift of $50 per five-year employment increment.
$10K reward offered in bus arson case
August 28, 2012
The Georgia Arson Control Program funds the reward after two Catoosa County school buses are set alight in a fenced-off side lot. The buses, which cost about $90,000 each, are a total loss.
Ga. first lady promotes school bus safety
August 21, 2012
Sandra Deal tours the state to promote the “Stop Means Stop” campaign, which aims to raise awareness about the need to stop for school buses. The issue has added urgency in Georgia, where three students were killed by illegally passing motorists in the last two school years on record.
First Student names Mich., Ga. location managers
August 17, 2012
John Kiraly manages all aspects of daily transportation operations for the location serving Saginaw (Mich.) Public Schools, including maintenance, safety and training. Jim Daniel oversees the facility in Savannah, Ga., including all aspects of safety, maintenance and training for Savannah-Chatham County Public School System.
Ga. district's stop-arm violation program goes live
August 16, 2012
Carroll County Schools installs high-resolution cameras on the front and rear driver’s side of school buses to capture motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses. Violators are then issued a citation through the program operated by American Traffic Solutions.

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