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September 2013 Issue


Directors wearing 2 hats balance responsibilities

By Nicole Schlosser

Bus service is just one part of the duties many transportation directors need to juggle on a daily basis. Getting the right people on board, delegation, planning and prioritizing are essential.

Track time to save time

JobClock Hornet from ExakTime is a wireless time clock that tracks employees’ hours, location and job activities. Digital time records are automatically sent to payroll offices, helping to increase efficiency and save money by reducing the potential for inaccuracy on paper timecards.

On the quest for green dollars

For fleets struggling to find the funds to buy alt-fuel vehicles, there is money available. The key to getting it is to formulate a plan, build relationships and pay attention to the details.

9 tips for thwarting cyberbaiting

Cyberbaiting — when students taunt a teacher or bus driver to record their reaction — can lead to embarrassing online exposure. Here’s an overview of the problem and tips to help your drivers prevent it.

6 keys to success in leadership development

No organization excels with only one leader. Developing a team of leaders is essential for future growth and sustainability.

New Jersey district embraces new ideas and saves big

Medford Township Public Schools continually seeks out opportunities to grow its sustainability practices, reduce transportation costs and generate revenue, which have been accomplished through such initiatives as a solar project, shared bus service and running vehicles on biodiesel. From the solar project alone, the district has realized savings of $300,000 annually.

David Duke named Contractor of the Year

The CEO of National Express Corp. refocuses the company on its core values and oversees an acquisition that increases the fleet to more than 20,000 school buses. He aims to provide opportunities for employees to grow while attracting new people to the business, and he remains active in industry associations.   

Editorials

School buses: no trespassing

As with stop-arm running, an important component in any campaign against school bus trespassing is public awareness. Parents and others need to know that they are prohibited from boarding the bus.

A tribute to the school bus builders

There seems to be a great sense of pride and fulfillment in their work. Indeed, they’re building one of the safest vehicles on the road — a vehicle that millions of schoolchildren rely on.

NAPT News & Views — Like fire drills, shooter drills are vital

We need to develop a proactive approach — meaning run purposefully, hide intelligently and fight fiercely, in that order (fight only as a last resort) — to an active shooter scenario and teach it to everyone, especially students. The drill should be done in conjunction with local law enforcement personnel.

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