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January 2011 Issue


Heroes in School Transportation

By SBF Staff

In this new feature, we shine the spotlight on pupil transportation professionals from around the nation who have saved lives or performed other selfless acts. Read about how their training, dedication and quick thinking paid off.

Q&A: First Student’s Burtwistle on outlook, acquisitions

The president of the school bus contractor discusses with SBF her outlook on industry issues for 2011 as well as recent developments with the company.

After the Storm: Rebuilding the Bus Plant

When a microburst inflicted heavy damage on Collins Bus Corp.’s manufacturing facility, employees pulled together to keep bus production rolling throughout the repair process.

NAPT Technology Showcase

Here’s a look at some of the latest pupil transportation products that were on view at the NAPT trade show in Portland, Ore. New offerings included a student safety seat, a three-point latch vest and a wheelchair securement module.

Pete Japikse Named Administrator of the Year

The Ohio state director has been involved in pupil transportation for more than 30 years. He is a driving force for improving school bus safety and service standards in his state.

Focus on Safety — In and Out of the Bus

At the NASDPTS conference, state directors discuss enhancing school bus security and reducing pedestrian fatalities, among other topics.

Productive Discussions on Pressing Issues

Speakers at the NAPT Summit take on such topics as bus loading and unloading safety, bullying and cutting costs, and sharing information to ensure student safety and increase efficiency at one’s operation.

Editorials

Turning unsung heroes into ‘sung’ heroes

Training isn’t the only factor at work in these situations. In some cases, the heroes were spurred into action by instincts — and their desire to help others.

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