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Bus security DVD sent to nation’s school districts
November 3, 2011
The Transportation Security Administration is mailing the School Bus First Observer and School Transportation Security Awareness programs to around 15,000 public school districts, urging administrators to use them for in-service training. Agency official Steve Sprague also tells SBF that First Observer will continue beyond the three-year grant that created it.
School bus officials cite concerns on flammability lobbying
October 28, 2011
Chemical companies are reportedly funding a nonprofit group that is lobbying state legislatures to adopt additional flammability standards for school buses. A new position paper from NASDPTS explains that the standards being proposed aren't suited for pupil transportation — and the industry's own national specifications are actually more stringent.
Feds show school bus support at NASDPTS meetings
October 27, 2011
At the annual conference of state pupil transportation directors, NHTSA Administrator David Strickland touts the safety and environmental benefits of the “humble yellow school bus,” as he calls it. NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman credits state directors and others in the industry for their work to prevent school bus-train crashes.
Q&A: NASDPTS' Mike Simmons strives for team efforts
October 27, 2011

Kicking off his second year as NASDPTS president, Mike Simmons focuses on promoting pupil transportation with other associations and the feds. He also aims to get more states involved in a national stop-arm running survey.

Annual association conferences: off to Ohio
October 18, 2011

This year’s NASDPTS and NAPT conferences will be held in Cincinnati, covering such topics as student behavior challenges, stop-arm violations and maintaining a transportation program under serious budget restraints. The NAPT trade show will feature more than 100 exhibits from industry suppliers.

Who’s behind the wheel?: optimizing driver background checks
October 13, 2011

Officials say it is important to conduct both federal and state checks, as well as monitor applicants’ driving records. Pupil transporters discuss their operations’ hiring policies and procedures, which include contacting previous employers, and also share suggestions on ways the industry could protect itself against undesirable candidates who move from state to state.

NASDPTS issues guidance on pedal misapplication
October 11, 2011
The association provides steps for state directors to take in educating school bus operations about the risks of pedal misapplication, which has been cited as a factor in several bus crashes in recent years.
Donald Tudor retires after 20 years as state director
October 5, 2011
The industry stalwart from South Carolina plans to remain active in pupil transportation, offering consulting services to school districts. Tim Camp, who has been working for Tudor for the past seven years, is named the new state director.
Former NBA star to speak at NASDPTS conference
September 29, 2011
During their annual gathering next month, state pupil transportation directors will hear a keynote address from former Utah Jazz player Mark Eaton, who recently recorded a PSA promoting the yellow school bus. Also on the conference lineup are high-profile feds, including NHTSA Administrator David Strickland and NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman.
Tips for Enhancing Your Transportation Website
September 13, 2011

A well-designed pupil transportation website should be easy to navigate, contain information pertinent to its users and be updated regularly.

Taking Routing Data Beyond Routing
August 18, 2011

From key performance indicators to school redistricting to stop-arm violation tracking, there are many ways to benefit from the information in a computerized routing program.

Time to Update Your Route Hazards Inventory?
August 4, 2011

As evidenced by the infamous Fox River Grove crash, documenting school bus route hazards is critical. Detailed, accurate route descriptions are essential, and drivers must be involved in the documenting process.

NASDPTS responds to article on school bus advertising
July 20, 2011
The state directors association sends a letter to an official at the National Education Association explaining its reasons for opposing bus ads, and offers its support to the education association on efforts to maintain school bus ridership. The letter is in response to an article published in NEA Today that discusses school districts that permit advertising on the exterior of their buses and the money that’s been generated as a result of it.
Survey confirms 'alarming' number of illegal passes
July 11, 2011
The first national survey of stop-arm running finds that more than 76,000 vehicles illegally passed school buses in a one-day snapshot. NASDPTS President Mike Simmons says that the association, which conducted the survey, hopes that the results will "trigger more safety countermeasures within states and at the national level."
NAPT News & Views
July 7, 2011

The association discusses the impact of a terrorism hoax on April 1 in New York State that involved school buses and also its efforts to curb school bus bullying.

NASDPTS launches new website
March 28, 2011
The state directors association says that the site aims to provide its members and others in the pupil transportation community an improved, subject-based source of information.
State directors to tally bus passing
February 28, 2011
NASDPTS is conducting a nationwide survey to determine how many motorists illegally pass stopped school buses — an ongoing problem that results in multiple student fatalities each year.
Pete Japikse Named Administrator of the Year
February 1, 2011

The Ohio state director has been involved in pupil transportation for more than 30 years. He is a driving force for improving school bus safety and service standards in his state.

Focus on Safety — In and Out of the Bus
January 18, 2011

At the NASDPTS conference, state directors discuss enhancing school bus security and reducing pedestrian fatalities, among other topics.

Montana state director to retire
December 16, 2010
Maxine Mougeot came into pupil transportation as an accountant but quickly "fell in love" with the industry, she tells SBF. She has served as state director for nearly 10 years and has been heavily involved in state and national associations.

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