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September 2011 Issue


Finding multiple ways to generate revenue

By Kelly Roher

Bus companies and school district transportation departments are making $50,000 to more than $2 million through such efforts as inter-district service, school bus ridership fees and bus advertising. Here, officials discuss the specifics of these programs and other work that brings in extra money.

Specific Special-Needs Evacuations: Spina Bifida

This condition is a birth defect that involves incomplete development of the spinal cord, often resulting in paralysis of a student’s lower extremities. Many with spina bifida will be totally dependent on the bus staff, so a well thought out evacuation plan is critical. Part 4 of this series also covers spinal cord injuries.

Kevin Clifford Named Contractor of the Year

The president of Huntington Coach Corp. in New York has a passion for saving money for school districts and for increasing the role of contractors in pupil transportation.

Hit the Road: Choosing the Right Tires

When selecting tires for a school bus, it is essential to consider how those tires will cope with harsh weather and road conditions, as well as frequent starts and stops.

District Targets Efficiency With New Routing System

Chicago Public Schools’ Bureau of Student Transportation Services is developing a request for proposal to upgrade the system. Officials say that the system’s components will be integrated in four phases, with the end product incorporating all of the bureau’s business and routing functions, as well as GPS capabilities.

Taking Routing Data Beyond Routing

From key performance indicators to school redistricting to stop-arm violation tracking, there are many ways to benefit from the information in a computerized routing program.

Editorials

NAPT Summit: great networking opportunities

Call me old-fashioned, but I still think the ideal is to talk face to face. The upcoming Annual Summit of the National Association for Pupil Transportation is one of the best ways to make connections and talk face to face with school bus industry peers.

Getting to know my driver

Here we were, nearly a decade and a half after I last descended the steps of her bus, both in jobs that led us to this same pupil transportation conference.

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