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November 2009 Issue


Approaches to Protect Students in Loading Zones

By Kelly Roher

Recent student fatalities highlight the importance of maximizing safety in and around this area at schools. Pupil transportation industry professionals offer many effective ways to do so, from separating groups of traffic to implementing detailed policies for bus drivers to providing training for students. Communicating with school staff and parents is essential.

Innovative Driving Course Sharpens Skills

Before the start of the school year, Harford County Public Schools sets up an elaborate range of obstacles to test its bus drivers. Learning from past accidents and mastering difficult maneuvers are key steps to maximizing safety.

Q&A: NASDPTS President Charlie Hood on Funding Challenges, Work With Feds

State directors are battling budget shortfalls, but NASDPTS President Charlie Hood says that they remain optimistic. The association’s work with federal agencies and other industry groups targets the betterment of school transportation.

Q&A: Linda Bluth Takes the Reins of NAPT

At the Louisville conference, Linda Bluth assumed the presidency of the association. Her goals to collaborate with nontraditional stakeholders in the industry and to bring new perspective to the group’s leadership are already underway.

Exploring the Benefits of Financing

Although school bus leasing and lease-purchasing have increased in popularity, many districts are still not informed about the process. Flexible financing structures are available to help districts and contractors fill their vehicle needs when budgets are tight.

Nonverbal Indicators of Violence: What to Look For

Touching one’s head. Clenching one’s fists. Removing clothing. Keeping an eye out for these types of actions and stopping a student before a situation escalates will enable pupil transportation professionals to maintain a safe bus environment. 

15 Fascinating Personalities

You’ve seen their names in the pages of SBF, and maybe you’ve met some of them at industry events. Now find out why these 15 noteworthy folks are in the school bus business — and what they do when they’re not working. The details shared here include adventures in the Rockies,
famous crash test dummies and acting on a murder mystery dinner train.

Restructuring Transportation for Tight Budgets

Districts across the country are facing budget cuts — sometimes drastic. Pupil transportation professionals are examining innovative ways to maintain current levels of service with significantly fewer dollars.

Editorials

Tips for industry novices

For those just starting out in pupil transportation, remembering a few pieces of advice, such as maintaining the industry's safety standards, will put them on the road to success.

NAPT News & Views — ARRA offers path to funding special-needs bus purchases

Did you know the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) offers an opportunity for school districts to purchase school buses for the benefit of students with disabilities and/or students who receive special-education services under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA, Part B)?

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