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Minn. pupil transporters honored for service, dedication
July 18, 2012
The Minnesota School Bus Operators Association recognizes six school bus drivers with the Transportation Specialist Award. Betty Jeanne Trobec, owner of Trobec’s Bus Service Inc., receives the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Bruce Dischinger, an owner of Monarch Bus Service, receives the Jim DeVeau Award.
Crossing arms mandated on new school buses in Minn.
July 12, 2012
All Minnesota school buses built after Jan. 1 of next year will have to be equipped with crossing arms, which deter kids from crossing too close to the front of the bus. State pupil transportation director Lt. Brian Reu discusses the bill that was passed and how it will impact school bus operations.
Durham School Services wins R.I., Minn. contracts
June 7, 2012
Under a three-year agreement with the Burrillville School Department in Harrisville, R.I., the company will operate 27 home-to-school routes and 34 buses beginning with the 2012-13 school year. Durham’s contract with Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Independent School District 191 in Burnsville, Minn., is reportedly the company’s first in the state, and it will operate 100 buses for the district.
Carroll retires, new Minn. state director named
March 20, 2012
Lt. Brian Reu is appointed the director of the state Office of Pupil Transportation Safety after Lt. Ed Carroll's retirement. Reu discusses his new role with SBF.
Minn. district eyes transit busing for high-schoolers
October 19, 2011
Minneapolis Public Schools is considering unlimited-ride transit passes instead of yellow school bus service for high school transportation. The district cites potential benefits for students but acknowledges that it would have less control over stops and routes and less ability to mitigate certain risks.
With end of Minnesota shutdown, bus inspections restart
July 21, 2011
State director Lt. Ed Carroll says that bus inspections should now resume as scheduled prior to the government shutdown. His office is working on a plan to catch up on the inspections that were missed over the past 21 days.
Bus inspections on hold during Minnesota shutdown
July 12, 2011
The state government halted at the beginning of July after legislators failed to agree on a new budget. At the Office of Pupil Transportation Safety, Lt. Ed Carroll and the tech sergeants are on duty and will respond to any crashes, but the bus inspectors are not working during the shutdown.
Minnesota bus drivers honored for service excellence
June 24, 2011
Six pupil transporters from around the state receive the 2011 Minnesota School Bus Operators Association’s Transportation Specialist Award during the association’s summer conference. The drivers are nominated by their supervisors, and the applications are judged on such criteria as dedication to safety, community service achievements and communication with school staff.
Minnesota association launches new website
April 14, 2011
The Minnesota Association for Pupil Transportation’s new site offers an enhanced look and a variety of new features for its members and for the public. The group hopes to eventually provide access to training courses online.
Minnesota school bus seat belt cutter requirements clarified
March 3, 2011
Officials from the Department of Public Safety explain that all school buses built after Dec. 31, 2007, and used in the state must be equipped with a full-width handgrip webbing strap/seat belt cutter in the driver compartment.
Minnesota district may stop school choice busing system
January 12, 2011
Under a three-year plan proposed by St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Valeria Silva, the city would be divided into six areas and busing for students would be restricted largely to the area in which they live. The plan is designed to promote cost savings, higher student achievement and greater consistency among schools.
Former bus driver sentenced in Minnesota accident
August 19, 2010
Westal John Maine is given 10 days in jail and fined $135 for moving his school bus without ensuring that 6-year-old Evan Lee Lindquist was out of the way. Maine's jail time was suspended under the conditions that he speak to area bus drivers on safety and reach out to Lindquist's family.
Minnesota bus drivers honored for exemplary service
June 25, 2010
Six drivers receive the Minnesota School Bus Operators Association’s Transportation Specialist Award. Along with winning the award, a $1,000 check is given in each driver’s name to a scholarship fund for deserving youth in the school districts they serve.
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