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Houston drivers get creative for ‘School Bus Shuffle’ video
October 24, 2013
In honor of National School Bus Safety Week, Houston Independent School District’s transportation team created the video, which covers such topics as proper boarding procedures, how to sit on the bus and the importance of reporting bullying. Transportation Field Safety Investigator Curtis Harris wrote the song and choreographed its accompanying dance.
Over 2,000 propane school buses now running in Texas
October 10, 2013
The Propane Council of Texas reports that about 75 Texas school districts are operating buses powered by propane autogas. A 50-cent-per-gallon tax credit for propane has helped districts generate big savings in fuel costs.
Bus driver still at the wheel, serving community at 83
October 1, 2013
Pecos-Barstow-Toyah Independent School District bus driver John Stickels has served his community for the past 55 years as a school bus driver, coach and Boy Scouts of America troop leader, and he has been named Pecos Educator of the Year twice by the city of Pecos, Texas. He retired from teaching in 1998 and tells SBF this may be the year he retires from driving.
Volunteers make district’s ‘Bus Buddies’ program a success
September 4, 2013
A total of 351 community volunteers from 53 businesses and organizations participate in Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District’s program, which is designed to help new bus riders find their bus stops during the first few days of school. The program is a partnership between the district’s Volunteers in Public Schools and the Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce.
Driver charged for leaving 5-year-old on bus
September 4, 2013
The Sanger, Texas, school bus driver is arrested and faces charges of abandonment and endangerment of a child criminal negligence in last week’s incident. The boy boarded the bus in the morning and wasn’t discovered until the afternoon.
Fine for stop-arm running rises to $1,250 in Texas
August 26, 2013
The increased maximum fine for a first offense of stop-arm running goes into effect Sept. 1. The director of the Texas Department of Public Safety says that his agency "will not tolerate individuals who disregard the law and illegally pass stopped school buses."
Houston school bus staff trains on survival rescue
August 12, 2013
More than 1,200 school bus drivers and attendants are taking part in mock emergency drills to prepare them for a variety of crises. The drills simulate the effects of a fire on a school bus, an armed intruder and a wreck involving a train, among other scenarios.
District’s employees can’t be bus drivers and teachers
August 12, 2013
Dallas County Schools employees who were hired by Dallas Independent School District (DISD) to transport students and who are also teachers for DISD are told they can’t hold both positions under a new district policy. Officials say the policy change comes in part because one of the drivers was recently caught driving while clocked in as a teacher.
Man arrested in theft of 500 gallons of school bus fuel
August 8, 2013
In Ripon, Calif., police catch a man allegedly in the act of stealing more than $2,000 worth of fuel from a storage tank used by school buses. The suspect reportedly had a trailer with hoses and pumping equipment for fast siphoning.
Fuel stolen from 4 Texas school districts
July 24, 2013
Authorities said that thieves have stolen diesel and gasoline — several hundred gallons at a time — from the Garrison, Martinsville, Chireno and Nacogdoches independent school districts. Video surveillance cameras have captured the suspect vehicle as a gold pickup pulling a trailer loaded with six tanks.
Winners named in Texas ‘Best Technicians’ contest
July 15, 2013
Twenty-six school bus mechanics competed for top spots in the Texas Association of School Bus Technicians’ Texas Best Technicians Competition. First place in the inspector division went to Kevin Vollweiler of Frisco Independent School District. Allen Wilcox of Denton Independent School District took first place in the technician division.
Texas bus driver honored by school risk program
July 10, 2013
The nonprofit Property Casualty Alliance of Texas names Joe Page its Texas Bus Driver of the Year. The Nacogdoches Independent School District driver receives a plaque and a check for $1,000.
‘Bus Buddies’ program helps young riders find stops
July 8, 2013
Under Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District’s program, volunteers from within the district assist during afternoon bus rides, ensuring that elementary students disembark the bus at their correct stop during the first three days of the school year. The program reportedly helps to reduce students’ stress.
Texas district to stop some summer school bus service
July 2, 2013
The school system’s superintendent says there is not funding to pay for rural school bus transportation, noting that while some students are required to pay a fee to attend summer school, it does not include the price of transportation.
Texas bus drivers can send students to principal
June 27, 2013
New legislation signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry gives school bus drivers the authority to address discipline issues on their buses by sending students to the principal’s office. The legislation, which takes effect immediately, states that principals must respond by employing appropriate discipline management techniques consistent with districts’ student code of conduct.
Stop-arm pilot catches nearly 50 violations in 2 months
May 24, 2013
For the pilot program, American Traffic Solutions provided Mansfield (Texas) Independent School District with its CrossingGuard school bus stop-arm camera solution to help monitor the extent of the problem.
Texas district’s transportation services honored for sustainability
May 20, 2013
The Houston Independent School District wins the National Association of Fleet Administrators Excellence in Public Fleet Sustainability award for 2013. The district is recognized for its use of alternative fuels and partnership with the University of Houston to test a school bus filter that will convert smog-producing pollutants emitted from engines into water and nitrogen gas.
Pupil transporter, alt-fuel advocate Mike McClung passes
March 14, 2013
McClung, who served in the transportation department at Northside Independent School District in San Antonio from 1977 to 2000, passed away on March 9 at the age of 65. McClung was a longtime supporter of using alternative fuels to power school buses, and he was instrumental in converting the district’s fleet from diesel to propane.
Colorado team wins special-needs roadeo
March 14, 2013
Myra Walstead and Jesse Hill from Academy School District 20 take first place in the annual National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo. The runner-up teams hail from Georgia and California.
Toddler struck, killed by school bus in Texas
January 23, 2013
The 15-month-old girl gets out of the front yard of her home and runs in front of the bus. The driver reportedly does not see the girl, and the bus knocks her down — then she is run over by the back wheels of the bus.

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