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Investigators found that Arturo Harris’ unattended bus — with four students on board — rolled down a hill toward an elementary school bus stop, where it struck a 6-year-old.
Photo by Prince George's County Police Department
Driver in runaway bus case pleads guilty
September 11, 2014
A former school bus driver in Maryland whose unattended bus rolled into a small child in April pleads guilty to reckless endangerment and other charges. Prosecutors are asking that 61-year-old Arturo Harris be sentenced to 15 years, suspend all but 30 days, and three years of supervised probation.
A fire at Central High School in Elkhart, Indiana, burned four special activity buses on Tuesday, leaving only one potentially salvageable.
4 activity buses set on fire
September 11, 2014
A fire at Central High School in Elkhart, Indiana, burned the buses on Tuesday, leaving only one potentially salvageable, according to Elkhart Community Schools. A district official says surveillance video shows two people in the area of the buses around the time of the fire.
Woman arrested for attacking 72-year-old school bus driver
September 11, 2014
Precious Jackson boards the bus and confronts the driver, refuses to leave the bus, and strikes the driver with both open hands and closed fists, according to a police report. She is arrested on charges of battery on a person over 65, battery on a school district employee and trespassing. Her mother says she was going to talk to the driver about her brothers being able to sit together on the bus.
Tags: Florida
School bus driver assaulted during standoff with parents
September 9, 2014
The driver in Worchester, Massachusetts, tried to get kindergartners off the bus first, police said, and parents insisted that the driver release all the students immediately. When she refused, parents started to enter the school bus, broke the door, and a 16-year-old girl punched the driver in the face.
A web seminar next week will provide details on Thomas Built Buses’ propane-fueled Saf-T-Liner C2 school bus.
Free webinar to discuss Thomas Built’s propane bus
September 9, 2014
The web seminar, hosted by the Propane Education & Research Council, will provide details on the recent expansion of Thomas Built Buses’ alternative-fuel offerings with its propane-fueled Saf-T-Liner C2 school bus.
1,100 school bus drivers, attendants train in ‘Safety Expo’
September 9, 2014
Houston Independent School District’s back-to-school transportation training program includes hands-on drills in railroad crossing safety, gang awareness, student management, hurricane preparedness and other topics. As Transportation General Manager Nathan Graf puts it, “It was not your typical training.”
Indiana school bus drivers denied unemployment over summer break
September 9, 2014
A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit from school bus drivers, Head Start teachers and teachers’ aides to receive unemployment benefits during summer break from school. The workers sued after a change to state unemployment law in 2012 meant they were no longer eligible for unemployment during planned breaks in employment.
Tags: Indiana
2 school bus drivers charged with selling heroin
September 9, 2014
Police arrested Jorge "Wapito" Aviles and Ashley Byrdsong, both of whom work for DATTCO in Connecticut, after authorities searched their homes and allegedly found a .45-caliber gun and 270 bags of heroin last week. Both are facing several drug charges and are suspended without pay during the investigation.
Durham School Services' sales team raised $11,194 through duck sales and donated an additional $5,000, which will help support year-round athletic training and competition in 19 sports for almost 21,500 Special Olympics athletes and over 13,000 young athletes in Illinois.
Durham sales team raises over $11K for Special Olympics
September 8, 2014
In addition to raising $11,194 through duck sales, the team donates $5,000, which will help support year-round athletic training and competition for almost 21,500 Special Olympics athletes.
Bus driver takes special-needs student to wrong school
September 8, 2014
A Hillsborough County (Fla.) Public Schools driver did not conduct a sweep of the bus after transporting students to their elementary school, and didn’t see the 9-year-old child sleeping on one of the rear seats when the bus stopped at the school. The driver continued on to pick up more students and transport them to their school, and, 40 minutes later, noticed the child and took her back to her school. The district is conducting an investigation.
New York association to hold 60th annual convention
September 5, 2014
The New York School Bus Contractors Association will hold its 60th annual convention Oct. 17-19 in Port Jefferson, New York. The convention, open to anyone who wishes to attend, will provide information about school bus safety, counterterrorism initiatives in pupil transportation, school bus fleet telematics, and legislative and regulatory developments.
QR codes are tracking some school buses in the state of Michigan. Photo via MSP
Michigan school buses use QR codes to improve safety
September 4, 2014
Michigan State Police’s School Bus Inspection Unit is implementing QR code technology to every school bus in the state to monitor safety trends.
The 2014/2015 Heavy Duty Application Guide provides details on all TRICO wiper blade products applicable to school buses and several other types of vehicles.
Trico issues new guide for school bus wiper blades
September 3, 2014
The supplier’s 2014/2015 Heavy Duty Application Guide provides details on all TRICO wiper blade products applicable to school and transit buses, Class A and C RVs, and heavy trucks. The 92-page compilation includes information on all wiper blade, refill, washer pump and wiper arm options.
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Woman who took girl from school bus will not get jail time
September 3, 2014
Marian Moussa, who admitted to taking a 3-year-old girl from a Grand Rapids school bus and driving the child around for three hours before turning her over to police, was found not guilty of kidnapping and was sentenced to a year on probation. A jury member said the prosecution “overcharged” Moussa and they could not find that she intended to kidnap the child.
Dad upset about school bus overcrowding arrested
September 3, 2014
Carlos Davis allegedly blocks a Clayton County (Ga.) Public Schools bus driver from closing the door so she couldn’t finish her route, tying up traffic for 45 minutes, and is charged with disrupting public schools operation. He confronts the driver because some students have to sit on the floor.
How to Help Eliminate Dangers of Traveling to and from School (and Keep Kids Safe) presents the dangers children face getting to and from school, and details some of the successes schools and cities are having with new solutions to change driver behavior, company officials said.
American Traffic Solutions releases school zone safety report
September 3, 2014
How to Help Eliminate Dangers of Traveling to and from School (and Keep Kids Safe) presents the dangers children face getting to and from school, and details some of the successes schools and cities are having with new solutions to change driver behavior and enhance student safety, company officials said.
For school bus contractors, maximizing claims collection after crashes recovers significant costs for repairs and loss-of-use.
The benefits of aggressive claims collection for school bus businesses
September 2, 2014
For school bus contractors, maximizing claims collection after crashes recovers significant costs for repairs and loss-of-use. The extra revenue can help in increasing the client base and can even be put toward accident reduction initiatives.
Hawaii may add back school buses to improve sport event scheduling
September 2, 2014
The Hawaii Department of Education is looking to help improve the scheduling of sporting events after the school bus contract for Oahu was cut, providing 33 fewer buses. School buses first have to get students home from school before they can pick up the teams and take them to their games, forcing high school football games to end close to midnight.
Iowa district launches Wi-Fi on school buses
September 2, 2014
The allowance for onboard wireless Internet access was one of multiple changes to Iowa's school bus specification rules that went into effect on July 16. Cardinal Community School District wasted no time in launching Wi-Fi on its buses.
Tags: Iowa
Ohio bus driver accused of forcing kids to sit on hot bus
September 2, 2014
The driver resigned after a student said they were forced to sit in a hot bus in 90-plus degree weather with the windows up as punishment for misbehaving. The father of a student wanted to remain anonymous but said his daughter fell ill after her bus ride home.
Tags: Ohio

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