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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.
Indiana stop-arm camera bill dies in Senate
March 6, 2014
The sponsor of the bill, Sen. Michael Crider, didn't offer the bill for a second reading on Monday, so it couldn’t receive a final vote in the Senate by the Tuesday deadline. Some senators had concerns with how contracts between school corporations and camera enforcement companies would be arranged, which was one reason why Crider didn’t make it available for another reading.
Bill aims to help deal with school bus funding losses
March 4, 2014
The Indiana legislation would allow school corporations that have lost at least 10% of their transportation fund levies due to circuit breaker credits (property tax caps) to use money from other funds to pay for transportation through 2016. The bill unanimously passes the state Senate.
Indiana district gives 3-year notice to end bus service
February 13, 2014
The Decatur Township school board passes a resolution to notify the Indiana Department of Education that it may terminate transportation services in 2017. Superintendent Matt Prusiecki says that "unfortunately, due to our financial situation, this is a cut we need to consider," but it could be avoided if local voters pass a property tax increase.
Ice, snow cited as factors in 2 school bus crashes
February 10, 2014
Police say that no children were injured in the separate incidents, which both happened on Friday in southern Indiana. In one crash, a minivan hit a patch of ice and slid into a school bus. In the other, a bus slid off a roadway and into a ditch.
2-year-old with cancer gets to ride the school bus
December 18, 2013
Ava Parker, who has terminal brain cancer, wanted a chance to ride a bus and go to school. On Tuesday, she and her family boarded a yellow bus and spent the afternoon with a preschool class.
Measure to provide funding for contractor rejected
November 7, 2013
M&M Bus Co. operates 74 school buses for Muncie (Ind.) Community Schools, and members of the community reject a referendum that called for raising property taxes by 22 cents for every $100 of assessed property value for a total of $3.35 million for the contractor. The next step will be to submit a waiver to the state.
Cummins offers new 5-liter V8 diesel
October 7, 2013
The engine manufacturer holds a press event to share details on the new ISV5.0 and to show it running in a Type C school bus and several other test vehicles. Cummins officials discuss the engine's benefits, including low total cost of ownership and quieter operation.
Indiana district teaching bus drivers Spanish
August 8, 2013
Twenty-one bus drivers are learning the language as part of a program that was started to help them better communicate with a growing number of Latino students in the area. The drivers are learning just enough Spanish to make the students comfortable, such as being able to welcome the kids on the first day of school.
Propane buses save Indiana district 50% on fuel costs
May 7, 2013
Tippecanoe School Corp. purchased five Propane-Powered Blue Bird Vision school buses last year, and Director of Transportation Kevin Neafie says the district pays nearly half the price for propane compared to diesel, and that so far, the operation has saved $10,000 on these five buses alone.
Student raises $6,000 for Wi-Fi on school buses
April 10, 2013
The high schooler has a goal of getting the units installed on some of the buses at his school district, and officials for the Indiana school system say that the superintendent is supportive of the idea. Administrators are developing guidelines for having Wi-Fi installed on buses.
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