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The theme of Arkansas' school bus safety campaign is B.U.S.: "Be aware. U stay alert. So kids don't get hurt."
Arkansas launches school bus safety campaign
August 20, 2014
The statewide effort aims to inform motorists of the importance of stopping for stopped school buses. Arkansas state pupil transportation director Mike Simmons and Kimberly Friedman of the state Department of Education have been making media appearances to promote the campaign, dubbed B.U.S.
Propane industry launches new brand, tagline
August 20, 2014
The Propane Education & Research Council’s new brand identity for propane is PROPANE Clean American Energy. The new logo, anchored by the iconic image of an American bald eagle, highlights propane as an increasingly American-made alternative fuel at a time when U.S. propane production from natural gas liquids is at record levels, council officials said.
Some N.Y. school bus drivers may get more pay
August 20, 2014
The City Council is planning to vote to give $42 million to school bus companies to increase the salaries of experienced drivers who were forced to take pay cuts after the former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg awarded new bus contracts that cut hundreds of millions of dollars from a $1.1 billion school transportation budget. Some of the savings came from removing seniority protection.
Tags: New York
California Highway Patrol approves all-electric school bus
August 20, 2014
Technology company Adomani and the Gilroy Unified School District collaborated to produce a solar fueled, all-electric, 50 passenger, Type D school bus. CHP approval was the final step before the converted school bus was cleared to transport students, and it makes its debut this school year.
UltraLED’s new H3X LED takes the place of an H3 halogen bulb, common to school bus eight-way warning lights.
New LED upgrade offered for school bus warning lights
August 20, 2014
UltraLED’s new H3X LED takes the place of an H3 halogen bulb, common to school bus eight-way warning lights. The LED upgrade uses the existing fixture for a direct interchange.
Tags: lighting
Mark Swackhamer has left Houston Independent School District (ISD) to serve as assistant director of transportation at Humble ISD.
Texas fleet veteran transfers to new school district
August 20, 2014
Mark Swackhamer, who has been a driving force in implementing alternative fuels, GPS and efficient-driving training at Houston Independent School District, moves to Humble Independent School District to become assistant director of transportation.
Michigan district buses featured in disaster film
August 19, 2014
Eleven of Perry School District’s buses were featured in the tornado disaster movie “Into the Storm,” which was filmed in 2012 and opened in theaters nationwide on Aug 8. The district got from $7,000 to $9,000 for each of its three oldest buses, applied that money toward the cost of eight new buses, and leased those buses to Warner Bros. for another $3,000.
STI's new app, SchoolWheels SafeStop, allows parents, students and schools to pinpoint the location of a vehicle on its route to and from school. The app updates in real time with stop/arrival information and includes notifications of when a student has boarded or exited the bus, according to the company.
STI unveils safety app
August 19, 2014
SchoolWheels SafeStop allows parents, students and schools to securely pinpoint the location of a vehicle on its route to and from school. The app updates in real time with stop/arrival information and includes notifications of when a student has boarded or exited the bus, according to the company.
J.O. Combs Unified School District held a drill called "The Amazing Race" which required groups of drivers to work as teams to complete day-to-day practice tasks, such as student drop-offs and pickups, and pre-trip inspections, as well as bus evacuation drills.
District’s back to school safety drills engage, inspire drivers
August 18, 2014
Activities styled on the television reality show “The Amazing Race” and a court trial got school bus drivers for J.O. Combs Unified School District #44 in San Tan Valley, Arizona, thinking about the theme for the new school year, “Safety by Choice, Not by Chance.”
Tags: Arizona
School bus monitor falls from moving bus
August 18, 2014
Kentucky State Police report that as the school bus monitor was retrieving a clipboard in the stairwell, the bus driver swerved to avoid mailboxes, and the monitor fell through the door. The monitor was critically injured.
Video footage from the bus shows the truck passing the stopped school bus. The door can be heard opening and the semi passes, prompting the bus driver to exclaim and honk his horn.
Trucker charged for passing school bus, nearly striking girl
August 15, 2014
Allen H. Morris is being charged with two misdemeanors after passing a stopped school bus and almost hitting Alexis Schwartz, a sixth-grade student who was about to board the bus. The bus video shows how the truck nearly ran over Schwartz, who was not injured.
Survey gauges school administrators on bus safety, bullying
August 15, 2014
In a national survey on K-12 school safety conducted by SchoolReach, only 15% of top school administrators ranked their districts as highly prepared to handle school bus safety incidents. Also, survey respondents ranked the school bus as one of the top four sites where students are reporting bullying.
Tags: bullying
Oklahoma district awarded $60K grant for CNG compressor
August 14, 2014
The Bellmon Awards, a collaboration between Sustainable Tulsa and Southside Rotary Club of Tulsa, awards Tulsa Public Schools for its commitment to CNG school buses. District representatives will be presented with the new compressor at a dedication held on Thursday.
Tags: CNG, Oklahoma
The Driver’s Child Check Safety Kit includes nine posters with slogans like “Children Need Protection! Do Your Post-Trip Inspection.”
MSBOA offers school bus child-check safety kit
August 14, 2014
The Minnesota School Bus Operators Association develops a training tool to remind drivers to check their bus for sleeping children. The kit includes nine posters with slogans like “Children Need Protection! Do Your Post-Trip Inspection.”
Tennessee school board temporarily restores bus service
August 14, 2014
The Oak Ridge Board of Education is bringing back school bus service to about 1,300 of 1,800 students who had been affected by an expanded “parent responsibility zone,” following protests from parents and grandparents. The zone was expanded to 1.5 miles in June in an effort to reduce a $1.25 million budget deficit.
School bus driver Larry Eason (left) is pictured with one of his passengers, Alex Familo, who nominated Eason for a Friends of Autism award.
School bus driver awarded for work with autistic students
August 14, 2014
Larry Eason, who has been driving for Hannibal (N.Y.) Central School District for 27 years, wins the Friends of Autism award from a county task force. One of Eason’s passengers nominated him for the award, writing that “Larry is my bus driver and he is my friend. ... He is always patient and takes great care of me.”
STI subsidiary kicks off new school year with new transportation service
August 13, 2014
SchoolWheels Direct will host an open house on Aug. 15 to celebrate the launch of its Direct to Parent transportation services in Charleston, South Carolina. The event will feature demonstrations of SafeStop, the company's app, which is designed to allow parents to track the status of their child's bus along its route and receive up to date arrival time information.
Orange County Public Schools prepared its school bus drivers, monitors and support staff for the new school year with its annual fall training conference.
1,600 transportation staff trained in Florida district’s fall conference
August 12, 2014
Orange County Public Schools prepares its school bus drivers, monitors and support staff for the new school year with a two-day event that covers such topics as student discipline, bullying, customer service and safe driving strategies.
Ronnie McCallister, Florida’s new state director of pupil transportation, first began working for the state Department of Education in 1990.
New Florida state director has decades of experience
August 12, 2014
Ronnie McCallister, who succeeds longtime state pupil transportation director Charlie Hood, is no stranger to the Florida Department of Education. He began working there as a fleet program specialist in 1990 and was promoted to assistant director of pupil transportation in 2004.
New oil analysis lab opens in Michigan
August 12, 2014
Apex Oil Lab, based in Grand Rapids, offers lubricant testing to a wide variety of customers nationwide, including those in the automotive and commercial vehicle industries. “We see ourselves as an extension of the customer’s maintenance team, collaborating toward greater performance, longevity and savings for them,” the lab's owner says.

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