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Driver shortage causing delays up to an hour for district
June 2, 2015
Last week, about 20 bus routes for South Bend (Ind.) Community School Corp. needed to be covered by substitutes or transportation department employees. The district needs to hire at least 30 drivers.
School buses make the rounds at Navistar’s new proving grounds
May 21, 2015
IC Bus school buses, as well as Navistar’s commercial trucks and military vehicles, will undergo testing at the company’s 668-acre site in New Carlisle, Indiana.
Pedestrian killed in collision with school bus
May 14, 2015
Witnesses tell investigators that the bus driver was turning left on what appeared to be a green arrow when the collision with the pedestrian occurred.
District's school bus seat belt project is a proactive step
April 29, 2015

Westfield (Ind.) Washington Schools will test out lap-shoulder belts on six of its buses. Several aspects of the program are interesting, such as that it's not in reaction to a crash or a mandate from lawmakers.

Indiana Supreme Court: School bus service not mandated
March 26, 2015
Indiana school districts are not required by the state constitution to provide transportation for students, the state’s high court rules.
School bus fleets see fuel savings with Kinetics Hybrid
March 26, 2015
According to a case study, two school districts saw average increases of 26% to 28% miles per gallon in trials of the bolt-on electric hybrid system.
District to launch school bus seat belt study
March 5, 2015
Westfield (Ind.) Washington Schools will work with IMMI on a pilot program to retrofit six of the district’s buses with lap-shoulder belts.
Indiana lawmakers reject bus stop-arm camera bill
March 2, 2015
House Bill 1404 would have let more schools use stop-arm cameras to take photos of vehicles that illegally passed the buses’ extended stop arm, and allowed them to be used to issue citations.
School bus drivers asked to repay unemployment benefits
February 12, 2015
Indiana school bus drivers had been filing for unemployment benefits in the summer for years, but in 2011, a law change made them ineligible for the benefits. However, they still received payments from the state and are now being asked to pay that money back.
Indiana district superintendent to question free bus mandate in court case
November 6, 2014
Franklin Township Schools’ Flora Reichanadter will question a court of appeals decision that public school buses are a constitutional right, asking how bus fees could be illegal if the state legislature reacted to them by banning them and outlining formal procedures for school districts to cut transportation.
Indiana Supreme Court may reconsider school bus fees ruling
October 22, 2014
The Indiana Court of Appeals had ruled that Franklin Township Community School Corp. violated the state constitution when it arranged for an outside company to transport students for a fee. The state Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case.
Indiana school bus drivers denied unemployment over summer break
September 9, 2014
A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit from school bus drivers, Head Start teachers and teachers’ aides to receive unemployment benefits during summer break from school. The workers sued after a change to state unemployment law in 2012 meant they were no longer eligible for unemployment during planned breaks in employment.
School bus safety videos show responses to shooter
July 25, 2014
The Indiana State Police's two new videos depict the unarmed responses of a school bus driver to active shooter scenarios. The videos are designed to be used as a training tool for drivers to reduce potential injuries and fatalities that could result during violent acts.
Short on funds, Indiana district cuts buses, lengthens routes
July 18, 2014
After a year that saw a transportation funding referendum defeated and a waiver to end school bus service denied, Muncie Community Schools redesigns and rebids its bus routes to cut costs. Most of the routes are now longer and will carry more students on each bus, and there are fewer buses overall.
Indiana district to equip 24 more buses with DPFs
June 19, 2014
Fort Wayne Community Schools gets a $314,108 grant to pay for the diesel particulate filters (DPFs) and the equipment to clean them. The addition of the Hug mobiclean filters will bring Fort Wayne’s total number of DPF-equipped buses to 160.
Indiana court rules school bus fees unconstitutional
June 12, 2014
The Indiana Court of Appeals decides that transportation is part of the public education system and that Franklin Township Community School Corp. violated the state constitution when it ended bus service and arranged for an outside company to transport students for a fee. The court points to a state mandate for schools to bus homeless, foster-care, special-needs and some private-school students.
Teacher retirements may provide school bus funding
June 4, 2014
An increase in the number of teachers retiring from Muncie (Ind.) Community Schools can make up the rest of the shortfall for the third year of a new bus contract if enough of those positions are not replaced. The district will use its savings to pay for bus service over the next two years.
Indiana school bus drivers award $500 scholarship
April 28, 2014
Corbin Sollman, son of Indiana State School Bus Drivers Association member Nikki Sollman, wins the association's annual scholarship. The high school senior's community service includes assisting with the building of a wheelchair ramp for a disabled person.
Indiana district sees maintenance savings with propane buses
April 21, 2014
Tippecanoe School Corp. uses 32 quarts of oil per oil change with its diesel buses versus seven quarts for its propane buses. Tippecanoe's Alan Fidler, who has twice won the title of America's Best School Bus Technician, discusses savings and other maintenance-related advantages of the district's five propane buses.
Update: Indiana gov. signs bill on bus funding losses
March 31, 2014
The bill, signed into law last week, is designed to give flexibility to school districts facing transportation budget reductions. The legislation allows districts that have lost at least 10% of their transportation fund levies due to property tax caps to use money from other funds to pay for transportation through 2016.
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