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February 2012 Issue


Keeping our eyes on the prize

By Phillip A. Haldaman

An industry veteran discusses the negative repercussions of high levels of stress and offers tips on how to stay on track to good physical and mental health. Doing so will help one stay focused on “the prize” — the next generation of students.

Special-needs conference to cover myriad topics

Sessions during the 21st National Conference on Transporting Students with Disabilities and Preschoolers will address such issues as medications on the school bus, transporters and the IEP, and dealing with difficult people.

A/C units boost serviceability

Improved service access and convenient size are among key features of the latest air-conditioning systems for school buses.

Electric bus brings changes

Kings Canyon USD was the first district in the nation to receive an eTrans all-electric school bus from Trans Tech Bus. The district hopes to acquire five more within the next year.

Editorials

Kids tell it like it is

As I did after the previous edition of the Children's Choice contest, I put together a collection of amusing and moving comments from the kids' essays. They provide a clear picture of how much school bus drivers mean to their passengers — and how dedicated the drivers are to the kids' well-being.

Willie Tarleton: Industry leader just keeps on leading

Willie Tarleton, director of transportation services for the Midland (Texas) Independent School District, has made 29 years of contributions to yellow transportation and has completed a decade of distinguished service as NAPT's Region IV director.

Keeping eyes on safety

How can an ad, which is designed to catch people’s attention, not distract from the safety equipment on a school bus?

12 tips for effective special-needs training

Use local resources within your special-education department to train drivers and attendants in managing student behavior during the bus ride.

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