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District appeals decision to reinstate bus driver after DUI
June 10, 2013
The driver was arrested while off duty over a holiday weekend in 2011, and he was suspended and then fired after telling his supervisor of the incident. This May, the driver was granted his job back after an arbiter found that the district was “too harsh” when firing him, but district officials are hoping to overturn that decision.
District receives $500K grant for bus fleet upgrades
May 21, 2013
The $499,994 three-year Natural Gas Vehicle Development Program grant is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. It will be used by Rose Tree Media School District to convert 14 existing diesel buses to compressed natural gas (CNG) and also to begin the process of purchasing eight new CNG buses.
Driver who hit boy while passing bus avoids jail
March 7, 2013
A judge in Pennsylvania declines a prosecutor's suggestion that jail time "might be appropriate," sentencing the 62-year-old woman instead to community service and probation. The 5-year-old boy's skull was fractured when he was clipped by the woman's car as she illegally passed his bus.
President of W.L. Roenigk Inc. passes away
March 6, 2013
William L. Roenigk Jr., who was also owner of the Pennsylvania-based company, succumbed to his battle with leukemia on Saturday at the age of 57. Roenigk’s father founded the company, and he began working for it after graduating from high school in 1973.
TV spot focuses on CNG school buses
February 25, 2013
Long-running public television program MotorWeek does a segment on Pennsylvania's Lower Merion School District, which has close to half of its 114 buses running on compressed natural gas (CNG). The district plans to go all-CNG when more fueling stations are available.
At 90, school transportation veteran still on the job
January 29, 2013
Earl Rineer continues to pass his annual physical, train and test school bus drivers, and drive when needed. On his 90th birthday, Pennsylvania officials honor him for his school transportation career and other service.
Bus driver fired, charged over toy gun flap
December 13, 2012
A police official says that the school bus driver was apparently joking around with the obviously fake gun when a student asked him about it. However, when word spread on the bus, it turned into something more serious.
Longtime Wolfington salesperson retires
October 2, 2012
Frank Shicatano joined the school and commercial bus distributor in June 1957 as a clerk typist and began selling school buses five years later. Company President Richard Wolfington says the success of Wolfington Body Co. can be “directly translated to the ability and professionalism of men like him.”
Special-needs transporter named district’s Driver of the Year
October 1, 2012
Pennsylvania’s Pennsbury School District gives Debra Roche the honor for the 2011-12 school year. Roche, chosen out of 135 school bus drivers, has nearly 40 years of experience at the wheel and has transported special-needs students for the past decade.

Boys leap from bus emergency exit, walk in traffic
September 6, 2012
The bus driver pulls over when the boys, ages 12 and 14, act unruly and one pokes holes in the seats with a sharp stick. When the bus stops, the boys jump from the rear emergency exit.
Pittsburgh’s new school bus contract to save $1.8M
September 5, 2012
The school district collaborated with its 19 transportation providers to come up with the new agreement, which freezes a rate increase, among other changes. Director of Pupil Transportation Ted Vasser tells SBF about how the deal was worked out.
Mechanic allegedly steals $400K in auto supplies
August 22, 2012
Frederick Lange, the lead mechanic and shop foreman for Bensalem (Pa.) Township School District, is arrested on Monday after an ongoing investigation. Investigators say Lange stole and resold truck tires, batteries and other items from the district over a period of 10 years.
Funding formula for Pa. school bus service stays
July 5, 2012
The reimbursement formula remains unchanged under the state’s final 2012-13 education budget, which is welcome news to the Pennsylvania School Bus Association. The association had expressed concerns over the potential ramifications of the governor’s proposal to replace the funding formula with a new student achievement block grant.
Pa. district to consider hiring bus consulting company
June 12, 2012
The proposal is put before the North Penn School District board after two key transportation personnel leave the department, and the district is unable to fill the vacancies. Superintendent Curt Dietrich says utilizing a company’s management services would enable the district to “tap into their expertise.”
Ads to be placed inside buses at Pa. district
February 27, 2012
The Parkland School District says it has the potential to generate about $150,000 in a year by selling 16 ad spaces inside a pilot fleet of 46 school buses. The signs will be made of a magnetic material and secured just above the bus windows.
Contracted Pa. bus drivers still eligible for jobless benefits
February 9, 2012
School bus drivers in the state who work for private companies can continue to collect unemployment during the summer break in between school years after a bill that would have amended this law has died in the General Assembly — the bill’s sponsor has withdrawn his name from the legislation. Selina Pittenger, executive director of the Pennsylvania School Bus Association, discusses with SBF the association’s efforts to prevent the bill from progressing.
Pennsylvania district could save $875K by doubling more bus runs
January 25, 2011
The district has 38 percent of its buses making double runs; the figure will increase to 90 percent next school year by making extensive route changes, officials from School Transportation Consultants say. This, in turn, will eliminate 31 buses from the fleet and maximize the number of students on each bus.
Pennsylvania DOT finalizes expanded access to driving records
July 29, 2010
Commercial driver employers will now be given a candidate’s complete driving history, and accident information will include the crash severity to specify whether it resulted in fatalities or injuries. School bus operations can contact a potential new driver for details about a crash.
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