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Iowa district moves to stop ineligible bus riders
August 15, 2013
Waterloo Community Schools will mail postcards with bus stop information to all eligible riders instead of printing it in a local newspaper to help prevent students who do not qualify for service from catching a ride. The district’s superintendent says a “significant” number of students who don’t qualify for service ride at no cost, and one of the district’s goals is to reduce routes and save money.
School board approves 3% bus fee hike
July 11, 2013
The fee will be higher starting with the upcoming school year. The South Sioux City (Neb.) district is looking for a way to balance its transportation budget; it was only reimbursed by the state for half of the nearly $570,000 that was spent on busing last school year.
Iowa school bus tech takes state title
June 19, 2013
Kevin Settle of Western Dubuque Community School District wins Iowa's fifth annual "Best of the Best" competition for school bus technicians. He advances to this year's national competition, to be held in Seattle in September.
Iowa school bus inspection fee increases from $28 to $40
June 14, 2013
The state’s Legislative Rules Committee narrowly approves the increase, which will enable the state Department of Education’s Office of School Transportation to hire a third inspector. State director of pupil transportation Max Christensen tells SBF that his office is immediately going into “hiring mode.”
Update: Body of missing Iowa teen found
June 11, 2013
Authorities confirm that a body discovered in the Des Moines River on Friday is that of 15-year-old Kathlynn Shepard, who was abducted after she and another girl got in a stranger's vehicle at their school bus stop on May 20.
Teen still missing after taking ride from stranger
May 28, 2013
Kathlynn Shepard, 15, and a 12-year-old girl were lured into a man's truck shortly after exiting their school bus last week in Dayton, Iowa. The 12-year-old was able to escape, and the suspect was found dead, but Shepard is still missing.
2 bus drivers die in Iowa, New Mexico incidents
April 11, 2013
An Iowa school bus driver passes away after suffering a medical emergency during his route, but officials say that he pulled the bus over safely and no students were injured. The incident follows the death of another driver in New Mexico, where a bus went off of a road and down an embankment.
Iowa testing student detection systems for school buses
April 1, 2013
A system from Rostra Precision Controls Inc. and a system from National Patent Analytical Systems Inc. are undergoing evaluation for potential installation on school buses in the state to help prevent danger zone injuries and fatalities. The installation of such a system is a goal of the Smile BIG Foundation, which was founded in honor of Justin Bradfield. Bradfield was killed in a 2011 danger zone accident.
New school bus inspector hired in Iowa
March 15, 2013
Joe Funk takes over duties for inspecting school buses in the western region of the state. He joins inspector Verlan Vos and replaces Owen Freese, who recently retired from the position. A school bus inspection fee increase that is awaiting final approval will allow the Iowa Department of Education to hire one more inspector.
Police: Snowballs lead to two-bus crash
March 5, 2013
Students in Sioux City, Iowa, pelt a school bus with snowballs as it leaves a high school, according to police. The school bus stops suddenly, and a transit bus is unable to stop in time and rear-ends the school bus.
Iowa bus inspection fee to increase, pending governor approval
February 5, 2013
The state Board of Education approves the proposal to increase the fee from $28 to $40, which will enable the state to hire an additional school bus inspector. As the change awaits approval from the office of the governor, state pupil transportation director Max Christensen tells SBF that “the increase is vitally important to keeping a viable school bus inspection process in the state of Iowa.”
Iowa study probes stop-arm safety measures
January 4, 2013
The report, required by last year's "Kadyn's Law," analyzes ways to potentially reduce illegal passing of school buses, including stop-arm cameras. Researchers find that home-side loading should be encouraged as a best practice but not required.
Veteran Iowa school bus inspector retires
January 2, 2013
Owen Freese, a longtime inspector with the Iowa Department of Education, stepped down from his post on Dec. 31. He will now serve as executive director of the Iowa Pupil Transportation Association.
Driver safely stops bus after plywood shatters windshield
November 5, 2012
As Neil Reichenbach is traveling west in his bus on a highway and meets a truck traveling east, he says the plywood “flew off.” It strikes the bus, and the windshield wraps around Reichenbach, who manages to get to the side of the road.
Iowa DOT unveils school bus safety page on website
October 25, 2012
The page includes information on the danger zone around a school bus, the state law and penalties for illegally passing a stopped bus, driver training resources and more.
Iowa district votes against transportation cuts
September 25, 2012
Davenport Community Schools board members vote 4 to 2 against the cuts, which would have expanded walk zones, eliminated paid-conditional busing and ended bus rides to babysitters and child care facilities. The district faces the task of cutting $3 million from its budget next school year.
Iowa adopts increased sanctions for illegal bus passing
August 15, 2012
The emergency administrative rule that took effect on Wednesday provides that a person’s driving privilege in the state will be suspended 30 days for a first conviction, 90 days for a second conviction and 180 days for a third or subsequent conviction. The rule adopted by the Iowa Department of Transportation is in response to the provisions of “Kadyn’s Law,” which was signed by Gov. Terry Branstad earlier this year.
2 school bus inspectors win key Iowa award
August 6, 2012
Owen Freese and Verlan Vos, who have both been inspecting Iowa’s school buses for 13 years, receive the prestigious Tom Horn Memorial Award. Though they initially encountered suspicion and anger when they started scrutinizing fleets, state pupil transportation director Max Christensen says that they persevered and have become "the best delegates of good will" in their agency.
Veteran Iowa director Chris Darling to retire
June 14, 2012
Chris Darling, director of operations at Fort Dodge Community School District, will leave his post next week after 21 years with the district and more than 27 years in the industry. He discusses his career with SBF, including changes he implemented at the district. Friend and colleague Max Christensen, Iowa’s state director of pupil transportation, weighs in on Darling’s contributions to the industry.
Iowa mandates school bus driver background checks
April 10, 2012
Gov. Terry Branstad signs legislation that requires employers to review the Iowa court information system, as well as the sex offender registry and central registries for child abuse and dependent adult abuse, for information regarding applicants. State director Max Christensen shares with SBF his views on the new law, which also requires checks every five years once applicants are hired.

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