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During training sessions with Forsyth County Schools’ elementary students, Elvis the Safety Owl and the district’s bus drivers teach students how to practice safe, orderly and respectful bus riding habits.
Elvis the Safety Owl makes bus training fun for students
October 23, 2012
Forsyth County Schools’ transportation team in Cumming, Ga., develops The Elvis Way program to teach elementary students about bus safety in an engaging way. Elvis, along with the district’s drivers, show students how to practice safe, orderly and respectful bus riding habits. Director of Transportation Garry Puetz discusses with SBF the program and the positive impact it has had on students and the community.
Tags: Georgia
New Zonar tablet targets fleet inspection, efficiency
October 23, 2012
At the trade show on Tuesday, Zonar reveals its 2020 telematics tablet, which officials say is the first portable device to provide electronic inspection, hours-of-service, instant driver feedback, fuel efficiency, two-way messaging and advanced navigation in an open platform that allows fleets to integrate other systems and customize its use.
Victoria Creech of Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, Fla., won the Special Needs Transportation Award sponsored by Sure-Lok.
NAPT rolls out red carpet for award winners
October 21, 2012
During Sunday night's awards banquet, attendees and honorees are treated to dinner and musical accompaniment. Among those recognized for their contributions to the industry are Cathy Snow of Elk Grove (Calif.) Unified School District, who receives the Heroism Award, Heather Handschin of Spotsylvania County (Va.) Schools, who receives the Continuing Education Award, and Victoria Creech of Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, Fla., who wins the Special Needs Transportation Award.
Tags: heroism, NAPT
SBF Executive Editor Thomas McMahon (left) presents David Anderson, director of transportation and fleet at Adams 12 Five Star Schools in Thornton, Colo., with the 2012 Administrator of the Year award at the NAPT awards banquet on Sunday night in Memphis, Tenn.
David Anderson named SBF's Administrator of the Year
October 21, 2012
The director of transportation and fleet at Adams 12 Five Star Schools in Thornton, Colo., has orchestrated adjustments to school bell times to make busing more efficient, for an overall savings of $900,000. He has also taken steps to help other districts become more efficient, serving as chair of the Metro Area Transportation Efficiency Study, a program that uses metrics to allow districts to compare themselves to others of a similar size and to find efficiencies.
TRP offers LED lighting for school buses
October 19, 2012
Company officials say the circuitry on TRP LEDs uses 85% less electrical power than equivalent incandescent lamps, so bus operators and school district maintenance shops can add additional lights on or in buses without overtaxing the electrical system. The lights come in a variety of colors and can be fitted on or in buses made by most manufacturers.
Tags: lighting
Thomas Built honors top suppliers
October 19, 2012
The school bus manufacturer names Accuride Wheels of Evansville, Ind., its 2012 Supplier of the Year — the company is recognized for the best cross-functional performance. Bergaflex is named Most Improved Supplier, and numerous gold and silver awards are presented as well.
Driver collapses behind the wheel, but stops bus
October 19, 2012
A student on the bus says the driver’s head “sunk over, like he got knocked out.” Despite being incapacitated, the driver is reportedly able to bring the bus to a stop and avoid slamming into a utility pole.
SBSC launches effort to reduce child fatalities
October 17, 2012
School Bus Safety Co.’s nationwide initiative is aimed at reducing the number of fatalities in bus-related incidents from an average of 12 per year to zero by focusing resources on four areas: bus drivers, school buses, other motorists and children. As part of the effort, the company releases three new educational programs for kids of all ages.
Photos, more details on America's Best competition
October 17, 2012
To view a variety of shots from the school bus technician and inspector event, see our new photo gallery. Officials say that the event, which this year drew 31 competitors from 19 states, continues to grow.
District officials ride Blue Bird propane-powered bus
October 16, 2012
During the event hosted by ROUSH CleanTech and organized by Blue Bird dealer Cardinal Bus Sales, 30 Ohio school district representatives go on a 300-mile roundtrip ride between Lima, Ohio, and Livonia, Mich., in the propane-powered Vision. They learn about ROUSH’s liquid propane fuel system and product platforms, and tour the company’s emissions testing dynamometer lab and the manufacturing facility.
Bus driver spearheads breast cancer awareness effort
October 16, 2012
Imogene "Vickey" Johnson, who works for Redlands (Calif.) Unified School District and is a two-time cancer survivor, works to get pink shirts for all transportation employees, who wear them on Fridays in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Peggy Burns, Pete Meslin launch new blog
October 16, 2012
Burns, of Education Compliance Group, and Meslin, of Newport-Mesa Unified School District in California, say they hope their “Clearance Lights” blog will “stimulate identification of ideas, problem areas and solutions among school transportation professionals.”
As part of their campaign, Maine School Administrative District #61 transportation staff wear yellow T-shirts that declare the district a bully-free zone.
Maine district takes action to stop bus bullying
October 16, 2012
When the transportation director for Maine School Administrative District #61 in Bridgton discovers that 50% of bus drivers’ referrals are from bullying incidents, he tasks bus driver/trainer Line Mulcahy and her colleague with developing an anti-bullying campaign. Mulcahy discusses its components with SBF, and says that it has had a positive impact.
Mohawk’s mobile lifts feature touchscreen control
October 16, 2012
The 7-inch color screen shows the total weight being raised by all columns and the number of cycles per technician. It also offers password protection, shows remaining battery life, and is customizable to show a bus, fire engine or dump truck.
Bus supervisor fired over flap with 7-year-old
October 15, 2012
The transportation supervisor, riding the bus in the role of an aide, can be seen in a cell phone video pushing the student into the bus window. The 7-year-old boy was reportedly "yelling and screaming and jumping around" and pulled a sweatshirt over the supervisor’s head “with his whole body.”
Blue Bird to reveal redesigned Type Ds
October 15, 2012
The OEM will debut its 2014 All American forward-engine and rear-engine school buses at the NAPT trade show in Memphis, Tenn., next week. Blue Bird President and CEO Phil Horlock says that in redesigning the buses, “we spent significant time focusing on customer-led product improvements.”
First Student names new location manager
October 15, 2012
Joe Eversole oversees all transportation operations for four lots in Cincinnati. He has more than 14 years of experience in the pupil transportation industry, including serving as location manager for First Student Columbus, Ohio, from 2010 to 2012.
Clarification on School Bus Safety Week dates
October 15, 2012
The nationwide event will be held Oct. 22 to 26 this year, and the theme is “I See the Driver. The Driver Sees Me!” National Association for Pupil Transportation Executive Director Mike Martin confirms the dates after industry veteran Dick Fischer notifies him that there was some confusion on when it would take place.
Tags: NAPT
N.J. enhances school bus safety check tool
October 12, 2012
The new version of the School Bus Report Card, available online to parents from the state’s Motor Vehicle Commission, features improved search functions, and calculates and supplies the percentage of buses within a particular school yard or bus company that were either initially approved or put out of service. Motor Vehicle Commission Chairman and Chief Administrator Raymond P. Martinez says that the tool reinforces the importance of the state’s stringent bus inspection program.
New standard for fire suppression systems in buses
October 11, 2012
SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden launched the project in 2005 with the objective of creating a safer environment for passengers and bus drivers worldwide. In addition to the new standard for fire suppression systems, the institute has established a voluntary certification/quality mark.
Tags: bus fires

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