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First Student retains contracts, adds propane buses
April 30, 2015
The company will replace the fleet of Council Rock School District in Newtown, Pennsylvania, with 150 of the alternative-fuel buses and will continue to provide service to two Missouri school districts.
EpiPen bill for school bus drivers advances
April 23, 2015
The Pennsylvania House passes the bill, which aims to ensure training and protections for bus drivers who administer epinephrine autoinjectors to students suffering an allergic reaction.
School bus driver killed by car in parking lot accident
April 8, 2015
Bonny Novack, who drove for Easton (Pa.) Area School District, was struck by her own car, which rolled and pinned her against another car in a parking lot near the district’s bus depot.
STA awarded $3.7M contract with Pennsylvania district
March 25, 2015
The contractor will provide Pine-Richland School District in Pittsburgh with 77 propane-fueled school vehicles starting with the 2015-16 school year.
Girl helps classmates escape crashed bus
March 24, 2015
A Pennsylvania student got her classmates to safely exit the bus after it drove off the road and slammed into a home. No students were seriously injured, but the bus driver was taken to the hospital.
The case for audio monitoring on school buses
March 10, 2015
Audio monitoring can help deter and resolve verbal conflicts, bullying accusations and general bad behavior. But privacy concerns must be addressed.
Pupil transportation veteran Jerry Rineer shifts to university job
March 9, 2015
Rineer, a longtime school bus supervisor before he retired in December, is now working with students who have mobility issues at Villanova University.
Bus driver honored for response to accident
January 20, 2015
Ronda Shultz quickly drove students away from a car-pedestrian accident at a bus stop on her route, got them counseling, and offered help to the parents of the girl hit by the car. She was named “Bus Driver of the Month” by the Danville (Pa.) Area School District’s superintendent.
Teen who ran stop arm, fatally struck student, charged with homicide
January 6, 2015
Michael Shelly, the 18-year-old man accused of fatally striking a 16-year-old girl in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, last month as she walked to her stopped school bus, was arraigned on several charges, including homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangering.
Richard Wolfington Sr. led school bus dealership for 50 years
December 30, 2014
Wolfington, who washed buses as a teen and later took the reins of his family’s school bus business, Wolfington Body Co., died on Thursday at age 75.
Pennsylvania district launches 23 CNG buses
December 18, 2014
Rose Tree Media School District hits the road with 15 new buses and eight retrofitted buses running on compressed natural gas. Superintendent James Wigo discusses the district's efforts to convert its fleet.
Student fatally struck while trying to board bus
December 17, 2014
A 16-year-old girl in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, was crossing an intersection in an attempt to board her school bus when she was struck by a car that allegedly ran the bus’ stop arm, police say. She was taken to the hospital and later pronounced dead.
School bus veteran, alt-fuel advocate Jerry Rineer to retire
December 12, 2014
Rineer, who has more than 40 years of experience in school transportation, has become a “go-to guy” for colleagues across the country who are interested in alternative fuels.
2 school districts among winners of Green Fleet Award
November 4, 2014
Houston Independent School District in Texas and Lower Merion School District in Pennsylvania are honored for use of alternative fuels and other green initiatives.
2 women questioned in school bus road rage incident
October 21, 2014
Students on a school bus in Philadelphia were arguing with five women in an SUV when the SUV driver cut off the bus, two women got out and one struck the vehicle with a baseball bat.
STA adds 18 propane buses to service Pennsylvania districts
August 27, 2014
The NexBus units, manufactured by Collins Bus Corp. and powered by a liquid propane injection system from CleanFUEL USA, are expected to run 15,000 miles annually. The buses are being delivered to Hempfield School District and East Penn School District.
W.L. Roenigk Inc. wins women in business honor
July 14, 2014
The school bus contractor was recently named the No. 1 largest Pittsburgh area woman-owned business for 2014. The company has 925 employees, according to President Susan Roenigk.
Pennsylvania district's bus drivers vote to remove union
July 10, 2014
After petitioning the National Labor Relations Board and getting free legal assistance, the school bus drivers are allowed to hold a secret-ballot election to determine whether to keep Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1729 as their bargaining representative. Nearly 90% of the drivers casting ballots vote to remove the union.
District aims to cut costs in busing with hub transfers
June 26, 2014
Starting next year at Quakertown (Pa.) Community School District, private and charter school students will be transported to hub locations and will then transfer to another bus for the rest of the trip. The district superintendent calls the move "an important cost-saving measure."
Bill targets training, immunity for bus drivers who use EpiPen
June 10, 2014
The Pennsylvania bill would provide civil immunity to school bus drivers who administer epinephrine autoinjectors, or EpiPens, on students who experience allergic reactions on the bus. Drivers would have to first complete a training program to be qualified to use the EpiPen.
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