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February 2010 Issue


Opportunities for Stimulating Special-Needs Training Abound

By Kelly Roher

Instruction in this area is important for school bus drivers and aides to successfully work with students with disabilities, and changing how the information is delivered and who delivers it helps promote trainee engagement. There are numerous resources within and outside of school districts that can enliven sessions and motivate employees.

Technology Showcase: A/C Systems

Here, we provide details on a variety of innovative school bus air conditioning offerings from six manufacturers.

How to Defend Fully Funding Special-Needs Transportation

Requirements for transporting non-disabled students vary widely by state and may be subject to far-reaching cuts, but requirements for disabled students are governed by IDEA. Still, opportunities exist to boost efficiency and reduce expenses.

Q&A: Blue Bird, Girardin Join Forces

Greg Bennett and Steve Girardin discuss the joint venture to merge the manufacturers’ Type A bus products.

Specialists in Non-Emergency Medical Transport

St. Louis-based EMT has found a market in assisting school districts with special-needs and homeless student transportation. After launching in St. Louis, franchises have been established in nine states.

Editorials

You've got the wrong bus

I also have to wonder whether the story would have spread so fast and so far if it hadn’t initially been called a “school bus crash.”

Safety and the economy

Compromising safety because of cost is a shortsighted decision. It is important to remember that the value of a human life does not change in a recession.

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