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June 2010 Issue


6 Questions to Ask When Considering Joint Transportation

By Michael Dallessandro

If transportation administrators pose these questions before entering into an agreement to share or combine their services, they will avoid a number of problems, including miscommunication among bus drivers, scheduling conflicts and disagreements about student discipline procedures.

FCC’s Radio Mandate: Getting Tuned In

Although the 2013 deadline is a few years away, now is the time to begin planning and budgeting. Here’s an overview of the mandate and how it
may affect your radio system.

Alternative Fuel Options: Spotlight on Propane and CNG

Thinking about operating buses powered by these fuels? Take into consideration the possible financial benefits, the space necessary for refueling infrastructure and what type of dispensing equipment suits the fleet, as well as employee safety and training.

Recruiting, From Start to Finish

Putting an excellent driver behind the wheel of a school bus is the end result of a long search, from putting the call out for qualified candidates to background checks and interviews. Experts weigh in on fine-tuning the process.

Large Bus Showcase 2010

Along with details on the latest Type C and D models, we spotlight three exemplary school bus dealerships. Read about their interesting histories, their commitment to the customer and their insights on the 2010 engine technology.

Editorials

Please do raise your voice

A 2007 survey by the Pew Research Center found that only 66 percent of Americans could name their governor.

Que sera, sera?

It’s easy to get mired down in all the bad economic news these days. It’s everywhere and affects nearly everyone. As bad as it seems, there are actually choices for school bus professionals trying to deal with the new economic realities. Acknowledge that the “good ol’ days” have been replaced with a new reality requiring a more energized professional advocacy.

Accentuating the positive

Two school bus operations have been able to secure funding for bus replacements and have managed to expand their transportation service in spite of the current cuts that are being made in pupil transportation.

Training around the edges

Even when you can’t afford to pay each employee to sit in a monthly safety meeting, you can look for cracks and crevices in the day where you can insert that safety mantra.

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