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Bill calls for stricter bus-passing penalties nationwide
March 21, 2012
Rep. Bruce Braley introduces legislation at the federal level that would require Iowa’s new penalties for motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses to apply to all states in the country. States that fail to adopt the standards would face losing 10 percent of federal highway funding each year.
Student Transportation awarded 2 new contracts
March 20, 2012
Officials for the company and its subsidiary Student Transportation of Canada Inc. say the contracts, which are each for five years, will add approximately 200 vehicles, $9 million Canadian in revenue on an annualized basis and include fuel price mitigation clauses.
Zonar adds fuel to its GPS reporting
March 20, 2012
The company has added new patent-pending technology to its HD-GPS reporting that takes fuel into account. Officials say Zonar's vehicle telematics platforms will now not only determine sample rates based on geographical data, but also fuel consumption.
Tags: GPS
Lt. Brian Reu (left) was appointed the director of the Minnesota Office of Pupil Transportation Safety after the retirement of Lt. Ed Carroll (right).
Carroll retires, new Minn. state director named
March 20, 2012
Lt. Brian Reu is appointed the director of the state Office of Pupil Transportation Safety after Lt. Ed Carroll's retirement. Reu discusses his new role with SBF.
Gov. Terry Branstad (front row, right) signed "Kadyn's Law" at Northwood Elementary School on Friday. Branstad reportedly spoke to Kadyn Halverson's classmates, pictured here, before signing the bill.Photo courtesy of the "Watch for the Little Ones" Facebook page with permission from the office of the governor
Iowa governor signs illegal bus passing bill
March 19, 2012
Under the legislation, which takes effect immediately, drivers face a fine of up to $675 and up to 30 days in jail for a first offense. Max Christensen, executive officer of school transportation at the Iowa Department of Education, discusses the provisions of the law with SBF and also provides an update on additional statewide efforts to combat the problem of stop-arm running.
United Educators offers school bus safety training
March 19, 2012
Bus driver safety training modules will be offered at no cost to more than 1,500 school districts insured or reinsured by United Educators Insurance, under a new partnership between the firm and the School Bus Safety Co.
Bus company has 70 routes for school choice program
March 16, 2012
Illinois Central School Bus subsidiary Missouri Central School Bus is serving the Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corp. in St. Louis under a three-year contract. The Missouri State Patrol recently inspects the fleet and officials say it exceeds the state’s excellence standard, with no buses out of service.
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (at podium) last month unveiled a bill that would reimburse up to $15,000 for the purchase of alt-fuel school and transit buses.
Bill would give $15K rebates for alt-fuel buses
March 15, 2012
The legislation in the U.S. Senate would reimburse up to $15,000 for the purchase of school and transit buses powered by natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, hydrogen or fuel cells.
Study: School districts see continued budget cuts
March 15, 2012
In the American Association of School Administrators’ new survey, respondents project new budget cuts in the 2013-14 school year, though the cuts may not be as deep as in the earlier years of the recession. About two-thirds of school districts surveyed eliminated positions in 2011-12.
First Student adds 41 buses to Mass. fleet
March 15, 2012
Twenty-eight of the new buses designated for the Springfield School District are Thomas Built Saf-T-Liners. First Student also integrates 13 new small buses into the fleet.
Wild turkey flies through bus windshield
March 15, 2012
Three students and the driver sustain minor injuries when the bird smashes into the windshield, spraying broken glass in the bus.
Bus, truck drivers face charges in fatal N.J. crash
March 15, 2012
The bus driver is cited for failing to stop or yield. The driver of the dump truck is cited for failing to properly secure and cover the truck's load. Prosecutors will decide whether to pursue criminal charges against the drivers after an investigation and a toxicology test are completed.
Special-education attorney to speak at NAPT Summit
March 14, 2012
Melinda Jacobs has worked in this field for nearly 30 years and has spent the last 16 representing school systems in special-education matters. In addition to presentations, she has authored several publications and articles on special-education law, and has written and produced a series of audio and videotapes on the topic.
S.C. pupil transporter completes special-needs training
March 14, 2012
Bill Kurts of Florence School District One is the 21st person to complete the NAPT's Special Needs Transportation Training Program. The program has a core curriculum that consists of six special-needs courses in a variety of settings, and it is supplemented by two courses of elective instruction from the association's Professional Development Series Program.
Tags: NAPT
Onspot expands Ind. factory
March 14, 2012
The manufacturer of automatic tire chain systems purchases the 3-acre property next door to its North Vernon facility. The property includes a 7,400-square foot building that will become a storage warehouse.
Tags: Indiana
This is one of several West Clark Community Schools buses that was damaged during the March 2 tornado in Henryville, Ind. Fortunately, no students were injured.
Ind. district keeps students safe during tornado
March 14, 2012
When the tornado hit Henryville on March 2, the city sustained severe damage, but West Clark Community Schools’ bus passengers were uninjured thanks to the actions of the district’s transportation staff and administration team. As Director of Transportation Jim Scroggin tells SBF, the employees monitored the weather, and the bus drivers and students sought shelter in buildings.
Colton (Calif.) Joint Unified School District was one operation featured in Green Fleets Across America in 2009. Fifty route buses are powered by CNG.
SBF calls for ‘green’ fleets
March 14, 2012
In our upcoming June issue, we will focus on school districts’ and contractors’ environmental efforts in "Green Fleets Across America.” We’re accepting nominations through March 23, and criteria may include use of emission-reducing equipment, use of alternative fuels and anti-idling policies.
Mont. district opts for belts on buses
March 13, 2012
The Helena School District reportedly will be the first in the state to require lap-shoulder belts on its buses. The move comes with the school board’s approval of a seven-year busing contract that specifies the three-point restraints.
Ore. district sees cost savings from propane buses
March 13, 2012
Portland Public Schools operates some of its own buses and also contracts with First Student — eighty percent of all the buses are powered by the fuel. Officials say the propane units run up to 30,000 miles longer than buses fueled by gasoline, resulting in lower maintenance costs, and the district expects to see a 50-percent savings in fuel costs.
SBF named finalist for publishing award
March 13, 2012
The 2011 SCHOOL BUS FLEET Fact Book will contend against five other publications in the directories category of the Maggie Awards. The annual competition is for trade and consumer magazines west of the Mississippi.

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