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Texas district unveils bus tracking website
October 27, 2014
Houston Independent School District created the pilot website to enable parents and guardians to track the morning pickup and afternoon drop-off of their students and see their students’ buses in real time.
Mom uses iPad to catch stop-arm runners
October 16, 2014
Tracey Honig takes video of an 18-wheeler illegally passing her daughter’s school bus one morning. The video, posted on Facebook, has gotten thousands of views.
1,100 school bus drivers, attendants train in ‘Safety Expo’
September 9, 2014
Houston Independent School District’s back-to-school transportation training program includes hands-on drills in railroad crossing safety, gang awareness, student management, hurricane preparedness and other topics. As Transportation General Manager Nathan Graf puts it, “It was not your typical training.”
Bus driver begins 42nd year behind the wheel
September 2, 2014
What started out as a joke turned into a long, fruitful career for Dorothy Skala, a bus driver for Rosebud-Lott (Texas) Independent School District. Having grown up on a farm, Skala started driving at a young age, and last spring, she was presented with the Bus Driver of the Year award from the Texas Association for Pupil Transportation.
Rain-X donates visibility products for 2 districts’ buses
August 27, 2014
Spring Independent School District (ISD) in Houston receives glass cleaner and windshield washer fluid from Rain-X for the district’s fleet of 440 school buses and other vehicles. Rain-X will also make a donation to another Houston-area district, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD.
Texas fleet veteran transfers to new school district
August 20, 2014
Mark Swackhamer, who has been a driving force in implementing alternative fuels, GPS and efficient-driving training at Houston Independent School District, moves to Humble Independent School District to become assistant director of transportation.
Texas district honored for hiring military
June 19, 2014
The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve organization, a U.S. Department of Defense office, presents an award to Houston Independent School District for its efforts to recruit and retain military personnel.
Thomas Built to hold tech training program in Dallas
June 12, 2014
The Thomas Built Institute Service Training – West will be held Sept. 9-12. The 2014 curriculum for the school bus maintenance training program covers such topics as propane, emissions systems, advanced electrical and wheelchair lifts.
Texas district named ‘Leading Fleet’
June 9, 2014
Houston Independent School District’s school bus fleet receives the award from Government Fleet magazine. The district’s winning application included details on its creation of a music video that addressed bus seating and bullying; how it streamlined its fleet and saved $11.98 million; and how the district successfully took on bus service for an adjoining school district.
Transportation department awarded for recruitment efforts
May 21, 2014
Houston Independent School District’s transportation department receives a community service award from the Near Northwest Management District for these efforts. The department partners with this agency to recruit bus drivers who live in the area that the Near Northwest Management District serves, and it also has a recruiting team at each bus terminal that visits neighborhoods, businesses and churches to recruit drivers.
Texas district awarded for transportation performance
May 13, 2014
The Council of the Great City Schools honors the Houston Independent School District transportation department for exemplary use of technology, staff development and training, quick and efficient service, and resource stewardship.
Texas district holds driver attendance contest
May 1, 2014
The attendance competition among Houston Independent School District's four bus terminals was timed during a week of state testing for students. District officials say that the goals were to make sure students got to school on time and to show drivers "how important their role is in the students’ success."
Louisiana, Texas bus drivers honored by school risk programs
April 21, 2014
Lillie Lewis of the Tensas Parish School Board receives the 2013-14 Statewide Bus Driver of the Year award from the Property Casualty Alliance of Louisiana, and Shelley Wilkenson of Midlothian (Texas) Independent School District receives the award from the alliance's Texas chapter. Awards given through this program are based on such driver attributes as leadership, attitude, perseverance, student and parent relationships, and technical skill.
6-year-old Texas girl struck by school bus, later dies
April 16, 2014
Police said they believe that Jada Craft may have been running late and was trying to catch the bus when she was struck. She later died at her home. Investigators are expected to review the bus’ video surveillance cameras to determine how the accident happened.
Dallas County Schools techs train on lubrication, oil analysis
April 9, 2014
More than 80 Dallas County Schools techs take part in a lubrication training program hosted by Hydrotex. Also in attendance are high school students who are in a co-op program that focuses on developing the next generation of technicians.
Students not seriously injured when bus overturns
April 4, 2014
The three children on a Copperas Cove (Texas) Independent School District bus are restrained in their wheelchairs when the bus is broadsided by a car. They are left hanging upside down and have to be cut free of their restraints, but they, along with the bus driver and attendant, only sustain minor injuries.
District launches security, transit management system
April 3, 2014
Dallas County Schools begins using Force Multiplier Solutions’ BusGuard. The security and transit management system includes real-time video and audio, GPS, a thumbprint scanner, and multiple interior cameras and stop-arm cameras.
Houston district wins award for ‘School Bus Shuffle’ video
April 2, 2014
Houston Independent School District’s transportation department receives a Bronze Telly from the Telly Awards for its educational safety video “School Bus Shuffle.” The awards honor outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs, the best video and film productions, and online commercials, videos and films.
Houston driver trainer honored for excellent performance
March 19, 2014
Tomeka Criswell-Brooks, a driver trainer at Houston Independent School District, receives a certificate and a trophy for “Best Performance” upon completing the Region 4 Education Service Center’s Driver Trainer Academy.
Kids learn safety lesson from Buster the School Bus
March 17, 2014
Second-graders at a Houston elementary school get an important lesson on school bus safety, thanks to Houston Independent School District transportation team members and Buster the School Bus. The presentation shows students how to behave before and after getting on the bus.
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