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Ind. district to adopt transit-style bus routes
August 7, 2012
The changes at Washington Community Schools will take effect Aug. 14 and are made in response to state budget constraints. Officials say the routes now have designated stops within an area or region throughout the city limits, and buses will no longer do door-to-door stops, among other new policies.
SafeGuard says it is seeing typical market prices for equipping a school bus with lap-shoulder belt seating in the $7,000 to $9,000 range — down from $12,000 to $14,000 five years ago.
SafeGuard: Big drop in cost of school bus seat belts
August 7, 2012
Company officials say that they are now seeing typical market prices for equipping a school bus with lap-shoulder belt seating in the $7,000 to $9,000 range — down from a range of $12,000 to $14,000 five years ago. SafeGuard’s Charlie Vits discusses the price decline with SBF.
Owen Freese (left) and Verlan Vos, who have both been inspecting Iowa’s school buses for 13 years, received the prestigious Tom Horn Memorial Award.
2 school bus inspectors win key Iowa award
August 6, 2012
Owen Freese and Verlan Vos, who have both been inspecting Iowa’s school buses for 13 years, receive the prestigious Tom Horn Memorial Award. Though they initially encountered suspicion and anger when they started scrutinizing fleets, state pupil transportation director Max Christensen says that they persevered and have become "the best delegates of good will" in their agency.
Former bus driver gets probation for abusing girl
August 3, 2012
Marjorie Jones places tape over the mouth of a 7-year-old student who is unable to speak, but says at trial that she was "entertaining" the girl. She is sentenced to three years of probation and 100 hours of community service, and she is also facing a lawsuit from the girl's family.
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Veteran Calif. supervisor Charles Bednar to retire
August 3, 2012
Bednar began his career in the industry 41 years ago as a special-needs school bus driver for Taylor Bus Service in Orange County. He rose to vice president of the company before transitioning to the public sector, where he has spent the last 17 years at Corona-Norco Unified School District.
Joanne Vento, Renee DeVall complete NAPT special-needs program
August 3, 2012
The pupil transportation officials are from Douglas County School District in Castle Rock, Colo., and Albemarle County Public Schools in Charlottesville, Va., respectively. The association’s Special Needs Transportation Training Program has a core curriculum that consists of six special-needs courses, and it is supplemented by two courses of elective instruction from the NAPT Professional Development Series Program.
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Mike Iben named CEO of Auto Safety House
August 2, 2012
Iben joins the Thomas Built Buses dealership in Arizona with 10 years of experience in the school and commercial bus industry. He replaces Eugene Humphrey, who served Auto Safety House for six years.
NTSB cites driver fatigue, lax oversight in fatal crash
August 2, 2012
A motorcoach operated by Sky Express Inc. struck a cable barrier and overturned last May, killing four passengers. The agency finds that the driver's schedule limited his opportunity for sleep in the 72 hours leading up to the crash, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration repeatedly failed to enforce safety regulations against Sky Express.
NAPT Summit adds 2 speakers
August 2, 2012
Michael Eugene of Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, Fla., and Anne S. Ferro of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration are scheduled to speak at the National Association for Pupil Transportation's 2012 Summit in Memphis in October.
LBS South acquires IC Bus distribution rights
August 2, 2012
The company completes a deal with Jacksonville-based Rivers Bus and RV Sales for the rights. Officials say they plan to expand the capabilities of the former Rivers Bus facility and expand its product line. LBS South will offer a range of training, service and support to customers.
Bill would set inspection standards for wheelchair lifts
August 1, 2012
Under the Ohio legislation, the rules adopted and enforced by the state Department of Safety would require that each lift installed on a vehicle used for pupil transportation be inspected by a person certified by the lift’s manufacturer. The inspector would need to sign a form attesting to the lift’s compliance with the rules.
First Student names location manager, wins new contract
August 1, 2012
Dave Chappell will oversee all transportation operations in Greensboro, N.C., including safety and maintenance for Guilford County Schools. In other news, the company will provide school transportation for the Nebraska panhandle under a four-year agreement with Gering and Scottsbluff Public Schools.
As part of a new agreement, the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority and NAPT will cohost a school transportation summit in Dubai next spring. Photo by Imre Solt
Dubai taps NAPT for school bus expertise
July 31, 2012
As part of a new agreement, the National Association for Pupil Transportation will work with the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority to benchmark its current school transportation service. The two organizations will also cohost a school transportation summit next spring in Dubai.
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Bullied school bus monitor to retire
July 31, 2012
Karen Klein of Greece (N.Y.) Central School District became a household name when video of her enduring harassment from students on board a bus went viral. Last week, she announced her plans to leave her job, but she says the bullying incident is not the reason behind her decision.
Calif. district restores some busing for fall
July 31, 2012
Temporary school bus routes will serve nearly 2,200 Lake Elsinore Unified School District students who live in remote areas. The district had decided earlier in the year to cut regular-ed transportation, but officials now say that about $350,000 in one-time funding is available to restore limited busing.
Versatrans solution manages ridership fee payments
July 31, 2012
Versatrans Pay to Ride from Tyler Technologies Inc. provides tools to handle billing, invoicing and payment processing, all through a web-based interface for school districts and the families of their students. Multiple payment options are available, and enrollment plans are customizable.
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3 boys charged with school bus vandalism
July 31, 2012
The boys are accused of driving eight buses around a Delaware lot, damaging 15 vehicles, perimeter fence and gates. Damage is estimated at more than $22,500.
District transportation director dies suddenly
July 31, 2012
After attending his sons' basketball games, Rock Hill (S.C.) Schools Transportation Director Anthony White checks himself into the hospital for side pain and what he thinks is pneumonia. He is declared dead the next morning.
First Student to provide shuttle service to high schoolers
July 30, 2012
The school bus contractor will transport these students within Lorain (Ohio) City School District for the upcoming school year following the district’s decision to eliminate high school busing due to budget cuts. The cost for the service is $20 per student for the entire school year, and it is being provided free of charge to the district.
SynTec’s new S3C school bus seat can be converted between belted and non-belted seating for passengers.
New school bus seat, ownership shift at SynTec
July 30, 2012
SynTec Seating Solutions’ new S3C seat, which can be converted between belted and non-belted options, will be available on school buses starting this fall. The company is now fully owned by global seat belt and air bag maker Takata.

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