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Wash. governor speaks out on school bus cut reports
November 8, 2011
Following news reports that Gov. Chris Gregoire was considering cutting school bus transportation to help close the state's $2 billion budget shortfall, word comes from her office that she never supported the idea. While school busing was on a list of possible cuts that was sent to Gregoire to review, they did not make her final cut.
Linda Bluth partners with School Bus Safety Co.
November 8, 2011
Bluth, who just finished her term as president of the National Association for Pupil Transportation, is now available to train drivers and trainers on School Bus Safety Co.’s courses.
Texas district combats bullying
November 8, 2011
Houston Independent School District bus drivers renew their efforts to promote bus safety by taking a stand against bullying. The district's buses are fitted with signage that makes it clear to students that bullying will not be tolerated, and drivers learn strategies to create a positive environment on the bus.
Ariz. driver named Special Needs Driver of the Year
November 7, 2011
Cyndi Masters of Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District No. 6 receives the honor at the annual Arizona Association for Pupil Transportation Fall Conference last month. Masters, who is the fourth district driver to receive the honor in 15 years, gives her winnings to the district's transportation department for a special fund.
Landmark acquires 2 bus operators in Ontario
November 7, 2011
Both Northway Bus Lines and Alouette Bus Lines were owned by Daniel Joanis, an industry veteran and former director of the Ontario School Bus Association. The companies' 200 employees will stay on under the new ownership, Landmark Student Transportation said.
Tags: Ontario
12th person completes NAPT special-needs training
November 7, 2011
Tami Lynn Cooper is an employee of Student Transportation of America in Goleta, Calif. The NAPT Special Needs Training Program consists of six special-needs courses in a variety of different settings, including a school bus roadeo and a trade show, and it is supplemented by two courses from the NAPT Professional Development Series Program.
Tags: NAPT
Calif. agency adds $10K to vouchers for hybrid buses
November 7, 2011
Thomas Built’s Saf-T-Liner C2e hybrid school bus and IC Bus’ CE Series bus with a hybrid-electric system are eligible for the funding as part of the California Air Resources Board's Hybrid Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project. Joe Calavita, air pollution specialist for the agency, tells SBF that previously, most buses were eligible for $20,000 each, and now pupil transporters can get $30,000, plus $5,000 for the first bus purchased.
EPA awards $1.3M in Missouri, Kansas for clean buses
November 7, 2011
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources receives $999,460 for its “Clean Up Missouri” Project to replace, retrofit and repower school buses throughout the state, while the Kansas Department of Health & Environment receives $343,450 for similar efforts. The money will go toward 196 school buses in Missouri and 59 buses in Kansas.
Mary Ellen Buning of the University of Louisville in Kentucky shared preliminary findings from a Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center study on wheelchair use and safety in school transportation.
Wheelchair use study discussed at NAPT Summit
November 7, 2011
Mary Ellen Buning of the University of Louisville in Kentucky spoke to attendees about the preliminary findings and data from a Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center study on wheelchair use and safety in school transportation. Bus drivers and attendants were surveyed and asked questions related to training, wheelchair securement and lap-shoulder restraints, among other topics.
Va. DOE reviews district’s special-needs training procedures
November 7, 2011
The announcement comes after a $20 million suit was filed against the Bedford County school system over alleged beatings transportation aides administered to a severely autistic student in 2009. The incident was reportedly captured on the bus’ surveillance camera.
Bus security DVD sent to nation’s school districts
November 3, 2011
The Transportation Security Administration is mailing the School Bus First Observer and School Transportation Security Awareness programs to around 15,000 public school districts, urging administrators to use them for in-service training. Agency official Steve Sprague also tells SBF that First Observer will continue beyond the three-year grant that created it.
Chinese officials study school bus safety in U.S.
November 3, 2011
During a visit to the Connecticut DMV, traffic security officials from the Chinese government learn about the state’s school bus safety program. DMV staff members perform a complete school bus inspection and discuss student transportation safety issues.
Stop-arm safety campaign launched in Ariz.
November 3, 2011
Washington Elementary School District No. 6 Special Education Transportation Supervisor Antonio "Tony" Mlynek introduces "For Children's Sake, Stop for School Buses." The campaign includes television and print messages, and is the first PSA to address the topic in the state, according to Mlynek.
9-year-old throws asphalt at bus, chair at deputy
November 3, 2011
Amber Dawn Harris is charged with multiple felonies after she spits on school staff on board the bus, then exits the bus and throws pieces of broken asphalt at it. A deputy responds to the scene and follows Harris, who retrieves a metal chair from a yard and throws it, striking the deputy.
New NAPT board members elected
November 3, 2011
Don Carnahan of Zonar Systems is president-elect and Barry Sudduth of Stafford County Public Schools in Virginia is elected Region 2 director. Ken Mulder of Special School District of St. Louis County in Missouri is elected Region 4 director and Dave McDonald of Rosco Vision Systems is affiliate member director. Also during the Summit, winners were chosen for the NAPT poster contest.
Tags: NAPT
Once a bus' stop arm is activated, the CrossingGuard School Bus Stop Arm Violation Enforcement System automatically detects if a vehicle passes the stopped bus.
Camera system captures illegal bus passing incidents
November 2, 2011
The CrossingGuard School Bus Stop Arm Violation Enforcement System from American Traffic Solutions consists of high-resolution cameras mounted to the front and rear driver's side of a bus. When the school bus extends its stop arm, the system automatically detects if a vehicle passes the bus within the enforced zone. Officials say the CrossingGuard system does not require any action by the bus driver to activate it.
N.J. bill would mandate background checks for bus aides
November 1, 2011
Assemblywoman Connie Wagner is pushing legislation that would augment criminal background check requirements for school bus personnel to include all adults given responsibility for the safety of schoolchildren, which she said would close a loophole that left out bus aides. The measure also would enhance penalties against any employee found tampering with a school bus' onboard monitoring device.
Rotary Lift offers full line of inground lifts
November 1, 2011
With the introduction of the EFX60 scissor lift, Rotary Lift now offers a full line of heavy-duty inground lifts to meet any bus maintenance application, according to the company. The EFX60 joins the MOD30 modular environmentally friendly inground lift and the traditional inground lift in the heavy-duty line-up.
NTSB study reports on curbside motorcoach safety
October 31, 2011
The six-month study was initiated following a March 12 bus accident that killed 15 people and injured 18 more. Among the findings are that curbside carriers with 10 or fewer buses and carriers who have been in business for 10 years or less have higher accident rates and higher roadside inspection violation rates.
OSBA honors pupil transporters with new awards
October 31, 2011
The Ontario School Bus Association launches an awards program, which comprises the Industry Achievement Award and the Driver Excellence Award. The first award is given to an individual who has made a special contribution to the industry, and the latter is given to a school bus driver who has demonstrated exemplary abilities.
Tags: Ontario

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