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June 2013 Issue


How to maximize staff safety around alt-fuel buses

By Kelly Roher

From fueling training to regular tank inspection to a properly equipped maintenance facility, there are many factors to consider when operating school buses on propane autogas and compressed natural gas to ensure employees’ well-being. Industry officials discuss these and other components, along with the built-in safety features of some of today’s buses.

Alabama district’s chief discusses tragedy, recovery

In the months since bus driver Charles Poland was gunned down and a student was taken hostage, Dale County Schools is “doing better with time,” Superintendent Donny Bynum says. Here, he reveals insights on the heartrending episode and describes what has helped his district in the healing process.

Green ambitions pay off for Kansas district

George Taylor of Kansas City (Kan.) Public Schools was determined to find funding for alt-fuel buses. Now, with 47 CNG buses and four hybrids, the district is contributing to cleaner air and saving $350,000 in one school year.

Editorials

School buses: slowly growing green

How much have these green buses penetrated the overall school bus market? We targeted that question in our latest school bus sales research.

NAPT News & Views — We need a national school bus policy

We need a national school transportation policy that underscores the critical connection between classroom learning and efficient, reliable and safe student transportation. And, we need stable funding instead of the “let’s make a deal” maneuvers that occur in cash-strapped state legislatures.

Making positive changes at a new operation

With budget cuts in effect, it is imperative to save the district money in any way possible, from route changes to regulating driver hours to obtaining a top-of-the-line preventive maintenance program.

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