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School bus driver questions proposed insurance benefits change
November 5, 2015
Brian Prugh asks board members for Elkhart (Ind.) Community Schools to reconsider upping the minimum hours its employees must work to be eligible for health benefits. The district could lose drivers amid a countywide shortage, he says.
Indiana district piloting school bus tracking app
October 22, 2015
The Tippecanoe School Corp. is offering Synovia’s Here Comes the Bus website and app to parents of students at three of its schools and will soon offer it to the remaining schools.
Lion Bus names new vice president of sales
October 20, 2015
Gary Plumton will be responsible for all aspects of the marketing and sales of Lion products in the U.S. For the past five years, he has been the director of sales for school bus seating manufacturer SafeGuard.
Batteries stolen from 30 school buses
October 8, 2015
School bus service was delayed by two hours for three Indiana schools last Thursday morning because thieves stole batteries from the buses overnight.
School bus driver accused of continuing route after crash
September 23, 2015
The Indiana driver was suspended and is facing several charges for allegedly striking a guide wire to a utility pole, then continuing her route without reporting the collision. No one was hurt in the incident.
Indiana district buys 3 propane school buses
August 10, 2015
DeKalb County Central United School District replaces 12-year-old diesel buses with new Blue Bird Propane Vision buses.
Teen robbed at school bus stop
August 7, 2015
A gunman ordered a 13-year-old boy to empty his pockets and took his backpack. In response, Indianapolis Public Schools increases patrols around area bus stops and distributes safety tips to parents.
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.
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