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Getting back to driver training basics
November 12, 2015

School bus drivers must learn how to judge other traffic and blend their stop arms into the traffic flow.

District considers school bus cameras after alleged assault
November 6, 2015
Johnston (Iowa) Community School District already has cameras on two of its 75 buses, but may equip the whole fleet with them after a driver was charged with assaulting a special-needs student.
Man charged with OWI in crash that flipped school bus
November 3, 2015
Police in Iowa allege that an SUV driver was intoxicated when he crashed into a school bus carrying 32 students. The bus rolled around and landed back on its wheels.
School bus driver accused of assaulting special-needs student
October 30, 2015
Police say that when a 15-year-old passenger failed to follow the bus driver’s instructions, the driver pulled him out of his seat and struck him. Other students captured the incident in cell phone videos.
Iowa Pupil Transportation Association names new executive director
October 20, 2015
Chris Darling steps into the role, succeeding Owen Freese. Darling previously oversaw transportation at Fort Dodge Community School District for two decades.
School bus driver quits in middle of driving route
October 6, 2015
The Iowa bus driver brought students she had already picked up to school, but didn’t complete her route, possibly due to frustration with constant route changes. Another driver was sent out to pick up the rest of the students.
Iowa district transportation director Danny Thede to retire
August 19, 2015
After nearly 30 years in the school bus industry, Thede will step down as Indianola Community Schools’ transportation director in September.
Iowa presents prestigious Tom Horn Memorial Award
August 19, 2015
The state’s top pupil transportation honor goes to Paul Heide, the recently retired transportation director for Storm Lake Community School District.
Iowa school bus veteran Owen Freese to retire
August 18, 2015
Freese has worked in the industry for nearly 30 years as a local director and mechanic, a state school bus inspector and executive director of the Iowa Pupil Transportation Association.
Growing number of stop-arm violations pleaded down, dismissed
April 27, 2015
Data show the rate of school bus stop-arm violations being pleaded down or dismissed has more than doubled in Iowa since Kadyn’s Law was adopted in 2012 to stiffen penalties for illegal bus passing.
New site chosen for Nat’l Congress on School Transportation
December 19, 2014
The 16th pupil transportation congress will be held in Des Moines, Iowa — a new location after more than three decades in Warrensburg, Missouri.
Police chief who passed school bus resigns
November 25, 2014
Fayette (Iowa) Police Chief Brad Gardner received a ticket for unlawful passing of a school bus on Nov. 4, was placed on leave, and resigned weeks later. It is not clear whether the ticket sparked the resignation or if there were other circumstances.
Iowa governor proclaims School Bus Safety Week
October 9, 2014
Gov. Terry Branstad signs a proclamation that designates Oct. 20-24 as “School Bus Safety Week in Iowa.” The event will coincide with National School Bus Safety Week.
Iowa district launches Wi-Fi on school buses
September 2, 2014
The allowance for onboard wireless Internet access was one of multiple changes to Iowa's school bus specification rules that went into effect on July 16. Cardinal Community School District wasted no time in launching Wi-Fi on its buses.
Iowa school bus rear-ended by teen driver
August 27, 2014
A Netherlands Reformed Christian School bus stops to pick up students Tuesday morning and is rear-ended by a 2010 Chevy Impala driven by a 16-year-old boy. The driver and 15 children on the school bus at the time are unharmed, but the two people in the car have serious injuries, officials say.
Stop-arm cameras violate surveillance ban, critics say
July 22, 2014
Those opposed to the newly-installed cameras on Iowa City (Iowa) Community School District school buses say they violate the city’s traffic camera ban, and systems like this are designed to create revenue, not improve safety. Iowa City Attorney Eleanor Dilkes disagrees, saying that the law bans traffic cameras only for “qualified traffic violations” and stop-arm violations are not included.
Iowa updates school bus spec rules
July 16, 2014
Among changes to the state's school transportation equipment specs are requirements for remote-controlled mirrors, fluorescent seat belts for drivers, and fire block upholstery in all seating positions. Lap belts are no longer allowed on new school buses in Iowa, except for use with child seats.
Iowa announces school bus tech competition winner
June 25, 2014
Mike Ehrlich, a bus technician from Western Dubuque Schools, won the sixth annual “Best of the Best Technician’s Training & Competition,” held in Waterloo, Iowa, on June 12. Ehrlich will advance to the “America’s Best” competition to be held at the National Association for Pupil Transportation Summit in Kansas City, Mo.
Congressman pushes school bus safety 'overhaul' bill
May 14, 2014
U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) introduces legislation in the House of Representatives that would set minimum penalties nationwide for stop-arm running. The bill would also mandate that all states require background checks for school bus drivers, and it would create a school bus seat belt demonstration program, among other measures.
Former director pleads guilty to records tampering
March 14, 2014
Douglas Wessling will reportedly receive two years of probation and an order to pay a $1,000 fine for the crime, which is an aggravated misdemeanor. In the fall, he resigned as transportation director from Iowa's Galva-Holstein Community School District after state inspectors found that buses in the fleet that had issues had not been repaired, despite Wessling notifying the state otherwise.
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