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Teen sentenced for burning Ind. district’s buses
August 11, 2011
The 15-year-old boy, who has been in secure detention for 68 days, will spend a maximum of 22 more days there, followed by several months at a treatment center for children, for intentionally starting a fire in June that destroyed four Tippecanoe School Corp. buses. If he fails to comply at the treatment center, he will be sent to the state’s Department of Correction.
‘Stuff the Bus’ drive to benefit 2 Ky. districts
August 11, 2011
Chick-fil-A and Stockpilingmoms.com partner to host the event, in which two school buses will collect donations for Boone County Schools and Kenton County Schools. The bus that collects the most donations will receive an additional $500 for its district.
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In Keller Independent School District's new fare-based transportation program, student ID cards with embedded RFID tags will be issued to bus riders.
Bus fee program to use high-tech tools
August 11, 2011
The superintendent of Keller (Texas) Independent School District says that the system “will operate in much the same way as a city bus pass.” Families can use an online portal to pay either monthly or by the semester for a pass, which will come in the form of a student ID card with embedded RFID tags.
District grants bus service to students to avoid unsafe road
August 11, 2011
Officials at the Florida district will allow a group of seven to 10 students to ride the bus to their elementary school despite a state policy that denies bus service to students living less than two miles away from school. The only walking route to the students' school is along a two-lane stretch of road, where no barrier separates the street from the sidewalk.
NAPT Summit to address transportation management, bullying
August 10, 2011
Those are among the topics that keynote presenters will discuss during the event, according to the tentative agenda, which is now available. Workshops and breakout sessions will cover such issues as working with principals and other building administrators, and distracted driving.
Girl left at wrong bus stop goes missing for 2 hours
August 9, 2011
Lyric Gavin, 5, takes the bus home from school on Monday and is dropped off 15 minutes away from where she lives. The bus driver does not see Lyric's address tag on her backpack because she exits the bus with a group of students, according to the school district's spokeswoman. A parent finds Lyric wandering in an apartment complex and calls her mother.
President Obama is meeting today with industry officials to discuss new standards on fuel efficiency and pollution for trucks and buses.
Feds: Truck, bus standards to save $50 billion in fuel costs
August 9, 2011
The Obama administration says that under its new standards for fuel efficiency and pollution, trucks and buses built in 2014 through 2018 will reduce oil consumption by a projected 530 million barrels and greenhouse gas by about 270 million metric tons.
District to save $200K with fewer elementary bus stops
August 9, 2011
Officials at Gaston County Schools in North Carolina say that with statewide budget cuts, the district can no longer afford to have school buses stop at every household, but under the new route plan, no elementary student will be required to walk farther than one-fifth or two-tenths of a mile to a bus stop. The changes will also reduce bus trip time by 15 percent and reduce the need to idle buses.
Deborah Hersman, with her family, is sworn in for a second two-year term as chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board.
Hersman to serve again as head of NTSB
August 8, 2011
The Senate confirms Deborah Hersman for another two-year term as chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. Her credentials include a CDL with a school bus endorsement.
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School board votes to restore bus service for N.J. district
August 8, 2011
The district’s budget called for the elimination of “courtesy” busing for public school students in grades 1 through 4, and the district was also planning to consolidate private bus routes. Concerns about student safety prompted the school board to restore the service. All routes will be financed using money budgeted for a charter school, which will not open in the fall as planned.
Review: Bullying Prevention on the School Bus
August 8, 2011
Pupil transportation veteran Cheryl Wolf writes that the anti-bullying training program from the School Bus Safety Co. "should be mandatory for all new drivers and should be used as a refresher course for all drivers at the beginning of the school year."
Music festival to raise money for transportation program
August 4, 2011
The WoodsRock III Musical Festival is an annual event that started in 2009 to support bus service for a North Carolina charter school. The festival, which will be held later this month, is a community-wide effort — the participants who plan and work at the festival are volunteers, including the bands that perform.
Ill. contractor to open new bus facility
August 4, 2011
Illinois Central School Bus' facility in Carol Stream, Ill., will include a bus storage lot, offices and a maintenance area, and have room for parking up to 120 school buses. About 100 bus drivers and 10 to 15 office and maintenance staff members will operate out of the facility to serve four districts under transportation contracts acquired this summer.
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Neb. district cuts 30 bus stops to boost efficiency
August 4, 2011
Aurora Public Schools reduces the number of its bus stops from 100 to 70 to make routes more efficient and to help reduce fuel costs. The school board also considers charging a flat rate per child and issuing identification cards.
Step cover targets slips on bus stairs
August 3, 2011
The product from Safeguard Technology wraps over the leading edge of steps for anti-slip protection. Officials say it is “easily installed on all bus applications and will last for years before needing replacement.”
Ky. district officials have educational bus ride
August 3, 2011
The bus takes administrators from Clark County Public Schools through the area that the district serves to 12 schools. The district’s superintendent says the purpose was to help staff members who do not live in the county to see the neighborhoods that the students live in and to give them an idea of what students experience as they ride to and from school.
S.D. bus driver honored for service to students
August 3, 2011
The South Dakota School Transportation Association names Theresa Mellen of Douglas School District its 2011 School Bus Driver of the Year. Mellen conducts bus safety classes and assists with first aid training. She also serves her community as a certified EMT and a foster parent.
Large contractors embrace School Bus Safety Co. course
August 2, 2011
The company reports that six of the eight biggest school bus contractors are now using the Driver Training Course. One calls it “the best training available for our drivers.”
NSTA Past-President Donald Fowler passes the gavel to the association's new president, Magda Dimmendaal, during the NSTA convention last month. Photo by Wim Dimmendaal
NSTA elects first female president
August 2, 2011
Magda Dimmendaal is inducted into the position during the association's Annual Meeting and Convention in Baltimore. She has more than 37 years of experience in the student transportation industry and is CEO of Dousman Transport in Dousman, Wis.
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Medford Township Public Schools bought this bus in October of 1997 and began filling it with B20 biodiesel the next month. More than 13 years later, the bus has logged 190,000 miles.
N.J. district ran bus on biodiesel for 13 years
August 2, 2011
Medford Township Public Schools was reportedly the first in New Jersey to run a school bus on B20 biodiesel. Joe Biluck, who was fleet manager at the time, tells SBF that the bus has never had any major engine work — it’s only being taken out of service because of the state’s mandatory retirement age.

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