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North Carolina cracks down on stop-arm running
October 21, 2014
Troopers across the state are focusing on illegal passing of school buses and other school-related traffic violations this week as part of Operation Stop Arm.
Suspect in fatal hit-and-run apologizes to family, donations spike for funeral
September 25, 2014
Efren Vences, the man accused of striking and killing 13-year-old Keith Jones at his bus stop Tuesday morning, apologized to the boy’s family on Wednesday, saying the incident was destroying him and that he couldn't tell what hit his car because it was dark out. Meanwhile, a Go Fund Me page set up to help cover funeral expenses has raised more than $16,000.
Student shocked with stun gun after misbehaving on school bus
September 16, 2014
A freshman student of Garinger High School in North Carolina was allegedly “causing problems on the bus” when a school resource officer tried to talk the student down and then restrained him before using his stun gun. Police said the officer shocked the student after he cursed at the officer and tried to punch him.
Fire that damaged 4 buses being investigated as suspicious
July 8, 2014
The Wake County (N.C.) Public School System school buses caught fire last week in a lot at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School. An initial review ruled out an electrical short as the cause, and although other buses in the same lot were vandalized and damaged earlier last week, it is not clear whether the fire is related to that incident, officials said.
Bus driver credibility weakens bus-passing fatality case
June 26, 2014
New evidence, which forced an earlier mistrial in a case about a car driver allegedly passing a stopped school bus, striking and killing Hasani Wesley, 11, led to a prosecution plea deal. At issue was whether the bus was stopped, with red lights flashing and stop arm out, when Wesley was hit, but the bus driver’s record and her supervisor conducting an improper investigation significantly weakened the case against the car driver.
Bus driver honored by North Carolina district
May 29, 2014
Joyce Key was named Driver of the Year at a Bus Drivers Appreciation Banquet last week. Key began driving a school bus 29 years ago and has not had an accident.
EPA honors North Carolina for clean air initiatives
April 10, 2014
The federal agency selects the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the Division of Air Quality in the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources for a Clean Air Excellence Award in the Transportation Efficiency Innovations category. The program that the EPA recognizes, “Clean School Bus NC: Kids Breathe Here,” is chosen for its impact, innovation and replicability.
Thomas Built aids in school’s performance progress
March 3, 2014
In 2010, the school bus manufacturer became the primary sponsor for Oak Hill Elementary School in High Point, N.C., as part of an effort to improve the school’s performance. Thomas Built’s funding and volunteer support have helped Oak Hill Elementary become the highest performing Title 1 school in the state, officials say.
Anthony Foxx: School bus safety data are ‘remarkable’
February 24, 2014
The U.S. Secretary of Transportation attends Friday’s main Love the Bus event in High Point, N.C., and says school bus drivers are “unsung heroes.” In a follow-up blog post on Monday, he says that the data on school transportation indicate that the safest way for students to get to school is on a school bus with a “well-trained driver.” He adds that the data are “even more remarkable when you think about just how many students are riding the bus every day.”
Frigid temperatures cancel bus routes, delay school
January 8, 2014
From coast to coast in the U.S. and in some Canadian provinces, this week’s cold snap has impacted pupil transportation operations. Issues such as thickened fuel and oil and frozen air lines cause districts to cancel bus service and close schools or delay school start times.
Bus vandalism incident delays service
November 26, 2013
Thirty-five buses in New Hanover County (N.C.) Schools’ Laney Bus Garage were vandalized over the weekend, delaying many bus pickups on Monday. The estimated cost of damage is between $14,000 and $18,000, including labor costs.
HSM names 2 directors for innovation center
November 14, 2013
At the company’s Corporate Innovation and Technology Center (CI&T), Scott Beatty is the new CI&T director of design services, and Jim Cardinale is CI&T director of furniture solutions.
Kids pick Leslie Andrews as school bus driver of the year
October 1, 2013
Four students nominated Andrews, a driver for Pender County (N.C.) Schools, in the annual Children's Choice contest. Two of those students tie for first place for their essays about Andrews, who one says "loves helping people of all ages and wouldn’t hurt a fly."
North Carolina changes school bus replacement rules
September 3, 2013
Under the state’s budget that was approved earlier this summer, a school bus is eligible for replacement when it is either 20 years old or has been operated for 250,000 miles, up from 200,000 miles. While advocates of the changes say that it will save money and promote more efficient use of school buses, some industry officials express differing views.
North Carolina district expects big savings with GPS system
August 28, 2013
Pitt County Schools recently deployed GPS kits from Synovia Solutions to help parents keep tabs on their children and increase efficiency. A district-wide study found that changes like reduced idling and mileage and improved driver payroll management could save nearly $194,000 per year.
Transportation director launches bus safety campaign
August 26, 2013
Rodney Hardy, who oversees transportation at North Carolina’s Surry County Schools, creates the “Stop for a LIFE!” campaign in response to the deaths of four children due to stop-arm running. His wife designs T-shirts that will be distributed at a local Walmart along with bus safety materials.
North Carolina district makes changes for smoother bus service
August 22, 2013
The Wake County Public School System has hired more bus drivers, developed more realistic bus routes and improved how parents can access information about transportation in an effort to prevent the problems that occurred at the beginning of the last school year. Last school year, there were complaints about buses arriving very late or not at all.
North Carolina approves stiffer penalties for bus passers
July 24, 2013
Gov. Pat McCrory signs into law a bill that stipulates that the fines for bus-passing violators would range from $500 to $2,500, depending on whether the motorist is guilty of a misdemeanor or a felony. The bill — known as The Hasani N. Wesley Students' School Bus Safety Act — also includes provisions regarding license revocation.
Jones County school bus driver named North Carolina's best
June 7, 2013
Charles Mantie places first at the annual North Carolina State School Bus Roadeo. The Jones County Public Schools driver earns the distinction after navigating a school bus through an obstacle course that tested drivers' skills in mastering a diminishing clearance, backing, making a tight turn and parallel parking.
North Carolina Senate proposes cuts to bus replacement funding
June 6, 2013
Funding would be cut by $28 million for 2013-14, a reduction of 42% under the Senate’s budget bill. Lawmakers are also proposing to increase the mileage limit on school buses in the state from 200,000 miles to 250,000 as a cost-savings measure.
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