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School bus monitor falls from moving bus
August 18, 2014
Kentucky State Police report that as the school bus monitor was retrieving a clipboard in the stairwell, the bus driver swerved to avoid mailboxes, and the monitor fell through the door. The monitor was critically injured.
Driver, monitor resign after special-needs student left on school bus
May 2, 2014
The preschooler is picked up in the morning and is discovered at the Kentucky district’s bus depot in the afternoon, still seated in the bus. The district has changed its policies to help prevent future instances of children being left on buses by requiring preschool staff to check the buses, in addition to the drivers and monitors.
Bus company serving Kentucky district to end operations
November 21, 2013
The district suspended business with Commonwealth Bus Service on Nov. 8 until officials could further review the transportation contract, and now, a district spokesperson says that transportation officials have been notified that the company is going out of business. In June, one of the company’s buses was involved in a crash that sent 35 people on board to the hospital.
Police investigate bomb threat on school bus
September 9, 2013
One or more students on a school bus in Laurel County, Ky., reportedly say that there is a bomb on board, and the bus stops at a weigh station. Numerous law enforcement officers — including a hazardous devices unit with a dog — respond to the scene, but no bomb is found in backpacks or elsewhere on the bus.
Lightning strikes close to Kentucky school bus
August 27, 2013
Several children were on the bus, but none was harmed. The strike was close enough for students to report having seen “reddish-purple lights” and having heard an explosion.
Kentucky district feeds students with Bus Stop Café
June 19, 2013
Jefferson County Public Schools is delivering free prepared lunches to students who are on a free or reduced-price meal plan through the school bus, which is equipped with a kitchen, milk cooler, tables and chairs. The Bus Stop Café is part of the Summer Food Service Program.
Photojournalist-turned-bus driver earns Ph.D. at seminary
May 30, 2013
To make ends meet while attending seminary, Gabriel Tait began working as a school bus driver for Jessamine County (Ky.) Schools. He tells a newspaper that he has found much meaning in that job, taking the opportunity to inspire his passengers to strive for their goals and sharing stories from his mission trips.
Kentucky transportation secretary pushed for increased bus safety
April 8, 2013
Milo D. Bryant, who served as the state’s transportation secretary under Gov. Wallace Wilkinson in the 1980s, passed away last week at the age of 82. Bryant led a bus safety task force that recommended various improvements to school buses and driver training following the fatal 1988 school bus crash in Carrollton.
Mayor resigns as bus driver after missing sleeping boy
February 21, 2013
John Tompkins worked as a school bus driver to supplement his income as mayor of small town McKee, Ky. He tells a local newspaper that on Tuesday, he may have been preoccupied with his mayoral duties when he accidentally left a 5-year-old on his bus.
Ky. DOE receives $13M for hybrid bus purchases
January 3, 2013
The grant money for the state Department of Education will go toward project proposals from school districts to purchase approximately 213 diesel-electric-powered school buses. Public school districts in the state are eligible to apply for funding, and the deadline is Jan. 16.
2 killed in Ky. school bus accident
October 31, 2012
An initial investigation by the Kentucky State Police into Monday’s crash shows that the bus left the roadway for reasons that are unknown, partially overturned onto its side and then hit a tree. Officials say that the bus was equipped with seat belts, and it appears that they were in use by all occupants at the time of the crash.
Coalition honored for providing hybrid buses to Ky.
September 13, 2012
A Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition team, which includes Eaton Corp. and the Kentucky Department of Education, receives the first Visionary Leadership Award from the Southeast Diesel Collaborative Group. Eaton assembles the hybrid system for the buses, and the coalition provides the buses through a U.S. Department of Energy grant.
School bus ad bill passes Ky. House
January 19, 2012
Sponsor Rep. Terry Mills calls it “a simple bill with the sole intent of generating revenue for local school districts.” But some legislators have raised concerns about safety risks and the potential for school-inappropriate ad content.
Ky. school bus ad bill passes committee
January 11, 2012
The state Legislature’s House Education Committee approves House Bill 30, which would allow school boards to sell advertising space on school buses, and give them the authority to decide on the ads’ content. The bill now goes to the full House for consideration.
Ky. district staff honored for dedication to student safety
September 29, 2011
The Kentucky Association for Pupil Transportation names John Odom, Warren County Public Schools’ director of transportation, Director of the Year at its annual recognition dinner. Mary McGrew is named the state's Driver of the Year, and Dickie Sadler is recognized as Special Needs Driver of the Year.
‘Stuff the Bus’ drive to benefit 2 Ky. districts
August 11, 2011
Chick-fil-A and Stockpilingmoms.com partner to host the event, in which two school buses will collect donations for Boone County Schools and Kenton County Schools. The bus that collects the most donations will receive an additional $500 for its district.
Kentucky district to spend $1.5M on new bus radios
January 20, 2011
Jefferson County Public Schools opts to replace its outdated school bus radios with ones that will meet new FCC guidelines. The new radio system will reduce the number of buses on each channel from 300 to 100.
Bill would allow ads on Kentucky school buses
November 18, 2010
Advertisements could only be placed on the exterior of a bus below the bottom of the windows, and they could not promote alcohol or tobacco products. Fifty percent of the net advertising proceeds would go toward classroom use, and a minimum of 25 percent would go toward student transportation.
Kentucky districts take delivery of Thomas Built hybrids
September 20, 2010
Twenty Saf-T-Liner C2e hybrid school buses are being sent to 13 districts, with the last delivery scheduled for Oct. 15. The buses were purchased through a $12.9 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant to the state, which will allow for the replacement of up to 200 of its oldest buses throughout the next school year.
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