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Details released on Iowa school bus technician competition
January 24, 2011
The Third Annual “Best of the Best” competition will be held on April 16. Technicians will complete a written exam and a hands-on component; the winner will go on to participate in the National Association for Pupil Transportation’s “America’s Best” competition later this year.
Productive Discussions on Pressing Issues
January 11, 2011

Speakers at the NAPT Summit take on such topics as bus loading and unloading safety, bullying and cutting costs, and sharing information to ensure student safety and increase efficiency at one’s operation.

3 Texans complete new special-needs program
December 3, 2010
Marisa Weisinger, Renee Davis and Nancy Kessler become the first in the nation to fulfill NAPT’s Special-Needs Training. Here, they discuss their experience.
NAPT names poster contest winners
November 16, 2010
The theme of this year’s contest was “Be Aware — Know the Danger Zone!” German Salazar of Oviedo, Fla., placed first in Division III and was the overall winner of the contest.
Bullying is unacceptable
November 4, 2010

In the wake of a highly publicized incident on a school bus in September, the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) issued a white paper on bullying. It is excerpted here.

NAPT workshops spotlight workplace productivity
November 2, 2010
Employees from Salem-Keizer Public Schools in Salem, Ore., discuss how the district has improved its service to students by implementing change initiatives and reform efforts based on an ISO quality management system. They also share ways to establish a high-performing team of employees.
NAPT seminars educate on operational efficiency
November 2, 2010
Session speakers encourage attendees to take positive steps to meet stringent budget requirements. Derek Graham shares North Carolina's experience in providing incentives for funding through improved efficiency; Salem-Keizer Public Schools staff detail the benefits of cross training employees.
NAPT speakers discuss vehicle developments, managing challenges
November 1, 2010
In a general session and keynote presentation, the president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America provides the company's outlook on the future of commercial vehicles. Also during the general session, a successful entrepreneur shares how he has embraced living with a rare form of dwarfism. A workshop covers how to effectively address and diffuse problematic situations that stem from students' behavioral disorders.
Industry professionals recognized for dedication, achievements
November 1, 2010
Marisa Weisinger of Innovative Transportation Solutions, Carol Stamper of Charlotte-Mecklenburg (N.C.) Schools and NASDPTS President Charlie Hood were among the honorees at Sunday's NAPT awards banquet. During Monday's Leading the Day: Recognition for Exceptional Performers celebratory breakfast, this year's America's Best school bus technician and inspector were among the individuals recognized for their achievements.
NAPT conference kicks off with focus on safety
October 31, 2010
Speakers at the Portland event address topics of perennial interest with renewed intensity. In one workshop, attendees learn tips to improve safety during school bus loading and unloading.
Prepare for Portland
October 19, 2010

Over the past few years, NAPT has been raising the bar on its lineup of lecturers and attracting some big names.

NAPT News & Views
October 12, 2010

Try to interest reporters in the hard news that affects our industry during the school year.

Winners named in ‘America’s Best’ technician, inspector competitions
October 5, 2010
Tim Knoll of Ohio placed first in the technician category and Shaun Dennis from Michigan took the top spot in the inspector category. Knoll and Dennis were among 30 school bus maintenance professionals who participated in the event; they were scored on a written exam and multiple hands-on components.
NAPT Summit to offer workshops on special-needs issues
October 1, 2010
Specific topics to be covered during the event in Portland, Ore., in October and November include the legal basis for special-needs transportation, communicating safety to students with disabilities and court decisions related to the rights of students with disabilities.
Dad who confronted bus bullies to speak at NAPT
September 23, 2010
After his 12-year-old daughter with cerebral palsy was harassed, James Jones boarded her school bus. Video footage shows him threatening bus passengers and the driver. At the NAPT conference, Jones will participate in a panel discussion about bullying.
NAPT Summit scholarship winners announced
September 16, 2010
Ten industry professionals receive a scholarship from Zonar Systems that will cover the cost of registration to this year's event in Portland, Ore. Two receive the Peter and Linda Lawrence Training Scholarship, which will also defray the registration cost.
Dirk Kempthorne takes on new responsibilities
September 9, 2010
The former U.S. secretary of the Interior and governor of Idaho who spoke at last year’s National Association for Pupil Transportation Summit has been appointed president and CEO of the American Council of Life Insurers. Kempthorne will lead the effort for insurers to maintain communication with national and state leaders.
Grant offered to fund student field trips
August 26, 2010
The program, launched last year by NAPT President Linda Bluth and her partner, will give preference this year to applications that benefit homeless students in Washington and Oregon, although the award will be discretionary.
Stimulus funds to help switch buses to CNG
August 16, 2010
With a grant provided through the EPA, a new program from NAPT will help school districts take older diesel buses and extend their life by converting them to run on compressed natural gas.
Updated agenda for NAPT Summit available
August 9, 2010
Professional Development Series courses will cover such topics as accident investigation and school transportation security assessment, while workshops will address distracted driving prevention and creative in-service training. Keynote presentations will focus on bullying and support for special-needs transportation.

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