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2 dogs shot by police near school bus stops
October 17, 2013
Richmond (Va.) Police Department officers respond to the scene after receiving a report of a dog bite with injury. While waiting for Animal Care and Control to respond, the dogs continue to run in the area where children are gathering at the bus stops, and they charge at an officer, who fires twice, killing one of the dogs.
Child’s thank-you note makes bus driver feel appreciated
October 10, 2013
Alan Boyle, a bus driver for Virginia's Henrico County Public Schools, receives a note of appreciation from one of his passengers and contacts a local news outlet to share it. Boyle tells the news outlet that his “thankless” profession faces constant criticism, but the note makes him feel special.
District cuts vehicle breakdowns by 50%, crashes by 35%
October 3, 2013
These improvements at Virginia's Prince William County Public Schools started by investing more time in maintenance and money in better equipment for its school buses, which also led to an overall reduction in costs.
54-year Virginia bus driver still going strong
September 18, 2013
Bedford County Public Schools driver James Bryant started his career in 1959 and has no plans to retire. He tells SBF he looks forward to greeting his passengers every day, and he has had few discipline problems, which he attributes to treating students with respect.
Virginia official moves districts, takes transportation job
July 1, 2013
Josh Davis, chief operating officer for Albemarle County Public Schools, is transitioning this month to become the director of pupil transportation for Henrico (Va.) County Public Schools. In the position, Davis will be responsible for pupil transportation in a school division of approximately 49,000 students across 71 elementary, middle and high schools.
Carter Machinery Co. joins Blue Bird dealer network
June 14, 2013
The company will serve the school bus manufacturer’s customers in the state of Virginia. Carter Machinery already supports more than 45 school districts, and Blue Bird officials say the company will provide a high level of support to its customers through its network of eight on-highway repair facilities.
Officer back at work after gun fires on special-needs bus
May 31, 2013
The Winchester, Va., police officer had been placed on paid administrative leave, but he resumed his duties after investigators determined that the gun discharging was not his fault. The officer had calmed a disruptive student on the bus and was sitting next to him when the student reached into the officer's holster and squeezed the trigger with his finger, according to police.
Charges dropped for boy who brought fake gun on bus
February 28, 2013
The 10-year-old flashed an orange-tipped replica gun to another student on the school bus, and he was arrested the next day after another bus passenger reported him. Three weeks after the incident, prosecutors say they “did not feel it was appropriate or productive to proceed with criminal prosecution.”
Mom ordered to serve jail time for assaulting bus driver
February 19, 2013
A judge sentences Bethany Rudd to 10 days in jail for the December incident in which she boarded her son’s school bus and allegedly hit driver Helen Gibson in the face. However, the judge allows Rudd to file for an appeal, enabling her to avoid jail time for now, and she is due back in court in April for the assault and battery charge against her.
LaHood celebrates ‘Love the Bus’ in Virginia
February 13, 2013
Outgoing U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood visits Tuckahoe Elementary School in Arlington on Tuesday, where students sing and rap for him. LaHood tells the children, “I want you kids to thank your drivers when you go home today. They care a lot about getting you to and from school safely.”
Va. bill would allow ads on school buses
January 8, 2013
"Age-appropriate" advertisements could be placed on school buses under a bill introduced for the state's new legislative session. Revenue from the bus ad sales would have to be devoted to the cost of providing pupil transportation.
Students charged for allegedly attacking bus driver
December 4, 2012
Police say six students face felony aggravated assault and assault by mob charges, while a seventh student is suspended in connection with the incident. The driver sustains serious face and head injuries.
Student suffers serious allergic reaction on bus
September 11, 2012
After getting stung by a bee, the student is checked out at school and cleared, and his father gives the OK for his son to ride the bus home. The student develops signs of a serious allergic reaction on the bus, and the driver stops for help.
District revamps transportation for increased efficiency
August 21, 2012
Arlington (Va.) Public Schools implements routing software, establishes a call center to assist families, and plans to assign students to specific routes and bus stops. Bus passes will also be issued for the upcoming school year.
Va. DOE reviews district’s special-needs training procedures
November 7, 2011
The announcement comes after a $20 million suit was filed against the Bedford County school system over alleged beatings transportation aides administered to a severely autistic student in 2009. The incident was reportedly captured on the bus’ surveillance camera.
Former owner, president of Virginia bus company passes away
May 4, 2011
Mark D. Fisher started Virginia Overland Transportation with his parents in 1973 as a school bus consulting service. The company grew to provide many types of contracted transportation and also operated bus dealerships. Fisher passed away on April 30 at age 59.
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