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Etiwanda School District's pilot transportation program will be discontinued after the last day of school. Pictured is Etiwanda Colony Elementary, one of the schools involved in the program.
California district ends school bus pilot program
May 21, 2014
In March, Etiwanda School District launched a "shared cost model" pilot transportation program for students who live at least 3 miles from school. District officials say that the program "did not generate the interest nor the revenue that was expected," and the board decides to discontinue it after the last day of school.
Deputies to ride buses for increased passenger safety
May 21, 2014
The armed law enforcement officers will ride on Polk County Public Schools buses that transport students to two alternative high schools in Florida after two students were caught on video allegedly punching another student. The temporary measure will be in place until the end of the school year, with the hope for a new safety plan in place for the fall, officials say.
Transportation department awarded for recruitment efforts
May 21, 2014
Houston Independent School District’s transportation department receives a community service award from the Near Northwest Management District for these efforts. The department partners with this agency to recruit bus drivers who live in the area that the Near Northwest Management District serves, and it also has a recruiting team at each bus terminal that visits neighborhoods, businesses and churches to recruit drivers.
The Lewis Bus Group staff poses in front of the Thomas Built Buses dealership's new, larger location.
Thomas Built dealer Lewis Bus Group opens bigger facility
May 20, 2014
The dealership's new location in North Salt Lake, Utah, is three times larger than its previous location. The new facility includes six service bays, a wash bay, a parts sales and storage department, sales and administrative offices, and a training/conference room that is available for use by customers and their staff.
Mason City (Ohio) Schools bus driver Lisa Teepen made sure kindergartner Juan Gonzalas (right) experienced his first trip to a farm. Also pictured is fellow student Vimarsh Kannan.
Bus driver arranges farm field trip for student
May 20, 2014
When Lisa Teepen learned that a student on her bus route had missed a kindergarten field trip to a farm, she got permission from the student’s family and the school administration for him to join another kindergarten class's trip to the farm. Teepen was scheduled to drive that group the following day and wanted to be sure the student did not miss out on the experience.
In two years, illegal passing of Marietta City Schools buses decreased from 192 reported incidents in a day to 112. Photo by Lisa Leavell
Georgia district sees 42% drop in stop-arm violations
May 19, 2014
In two years, illegal passing of Marietta City Schools buses decreased from 192 reported incidents in a day to 112. Since the district equipped 12 of its buses with stop-arm cameras last year, police have issued 830 citations.
Orange County Public Schools’ operations division has received the Governor’s Sterling Award, which recognizes performance excellence. The district’s transportation department has sustained bus on-time arrival at 98% or better and reduced the transportation cost per student.
District’s operations division honored for performance excellence
May 19, 2014
The operations division for Florida’s Orange County Public Schools receives the Governor’s Sterling Award, as does the Walton County Tax Collector’s Office. Within the school district’s operations division, the transportation department has sustained on-time arrival of buses of better than 98% from 2010 to 2013, and the transportation cost per student has been reduced from $914 to $869.
First Student's Belleville, Ill., terminal partnered with two local school districts and the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce to collect 12,300 items of non-perishable food for the seventh annual “Drive Away Hunger” campaign.
First Student helps collect 12,300 items for food pantries
May 19, 2014
The school bus contractor’s Belleville, Ill., terminal partners with two local school districts and the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce to collect 12,300 items of non-perishable food for the seventh annual “Drive Away Hunger” campaign. The items are donated to four food pantries in the area.
Jeff Jones will step down from his role as vice president of Cummins' North American engine business and marketing communications on June 30. He joined the company in 1977.
Jeff Jones to retire from executive role at Cummins
May 19, 2014
Jones, who is vice president of Cummins’ North American engine business and marketing communications, will step down on June 30 after 37 years with the company. Amy Boerger will succeed Jones in leadership of Cummins’ North American engine business, overseeing national accounts, field sales and support. Lori Thompson will assume the position of vice president — engine business marketing.
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The first of 49 Blue Bird Propane Vision school buses arrives at Cleveland Metropolitan School District's depot.
Ohio school district acquires 49 propane buses
May 15, 2014
Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s new Blue Bird Propane Vision school buses will replace 12- to-13-year-old diesel buses. The propane units will go into operation for the 2014-15 school year.
Bus driver inspires reading program, wins award
May 15, 2014
Carlyn Kraft, a bus driver for the Pasco (Wash.) School District, has read to the students who ride on her bus and has brought them books for several years. The Children’s Reading Foundation of the Mid-Columbia found out and plans to launch a “Books on the Bus" reading program in her honor. Kraft also receives the 2014 Literacy Champion Award.
Firefighters in Mesa, Ariz., work to extinguish a blaze on a special-education school bus. Photo by Mesa Fire Department
Driver hailed for response to school bus fire
May 15, 2014
Fire officials in Mesa, Ariz., praise a school bus driver for her decisive actions to keep her special-education passengers safe when her bus caught on fire. The driver had reportedly noticed a small amount of smoke while she was driving, and she quickly pulled over and helped her passengers evacuate.
Legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley would set minimum penalties nationwide for stop-arm running, among other measures.
Congressman pushes school bus safety 'overhaul' bill
May 14, 2014
U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) introduces legislation in the House of Representatives that would set minimum penalties nationwide for stop-arm running. The bill would also mandate that all states require background checks for school bus drivers, and it would create a school bus seat belt demonstration program, among other measures.
During Operation Safe Stop in New York state, the New York School Bus Contractors Association expressed its support for a bill sponsored by New York Sen. John Bonacic that calls for increased penalties for motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses.Photo by Lois Cordes
Associations support bus safety campaign, legislation
May 14, 2014
The New York School Bus Contractors Association joins the New York Association for Pupil Transportation in supporting Operation Safe Stop, which promotes school bus safety education and enforcement in New York state. The contractors association uses the occasion to support a New York senator’s bill that calls for increased illegal bus-passing penalties.
The new Collins Bus CNG Type A school bus is built on a Ford E450 chassis.
Collins Bus Corp. launches new CNG Type A school bus
May 14, 2014
The school bus manufacturer has partnered with Westport on the bus, which features the Westport WiNG Power System, a dedicated natural gas fuel system. The bus also features a large passenger-side cab view window, an exterior storage compartment, and it provides an estimated 250- to 300-mile range. Collins Bus is accepting orders for the bus, and delivery to customers will begin in the fall, according to the company.
IC Bus presented its Pursuit of Excellence award to six North American dealerships. Pictured are the dealer winners in their yellow IC Bus coats.
IC Bus honors 6 dealers for sales, service
May 14, 2014
The school bus manufacturer presents its annual Pursuit of Excellence award to six North American dealerships based on such areas as business performance, customer satisfaction and community service. One of them is named the 2013 Dealer of the Year.
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This cute shot from Canandaigua (N.Y.) City School District was a winner in last year’s SBF Photo Contest.
REMINDER: Enter SBF’s Photo Contest
May 14, 2014
SCHOOL BUS FLEET’s annual competition is open to any kind of shot related to school transportation. Three winners will receive a $100 cash prize. The deadline is Friday, May 23.
Sisters save students from burning bus
May 13, 2014
As Bettye Windom and Beth Insley were driving home on the evening of April 30, they spotted a school bus with smoke coming out of the front of it and were able to help about 20 Port Gibson (Miss.) High School students get out right before the bus caught fire.
The transportation department at Houston Independent School District earned a special recognition award from the Council of the Great City Schools.
Texas district awarded for transportation performance
May 13, 2014
The Council of the Great City Schools honors the Houston Independent School District transportation department for exemplary use of technology, staff development and training, quick and efficient service, and resource stewardship.
The transportation department at Southern California's William S. Hart Union High School District has spec'd these Blue Bird Type D school buses with components to turn them into activity buses. Blue Bird Type Ds were chosen because the department is working to standardize its fleet.
District expects activity buses to save $4,000 per trip
May 13, 2014
Southern California's William S. Hart Union High School District specs the Blue Bird Type D buses to turn them into activity buses, outfitting them with coach-style seating, overhead open storage compartments and ducted air-conditioning systems. Director of Transportation Richard Varner estimates that using these buses will cost around $2,000 per trip on the longest trips, compared to $6,000 for a charter bus.

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