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Thomas Built offers fall maintenance training program
July 2, 2012
The school bus manufacturer’s fall Maintenance Training Institute will be held in Omaha, Neb., Sept. 11-14. Topics scheduled to be covered include EPA emissions systems; advanced electrical; coolant, maintenance and cost savings; and utilizing websites, resources and wire diagrams.
N.Y. association names top technician
July 2, 2012
Matt Gould, a service manager and school bus technician for First Student, receives the 2012 Technician of the Year award from the Central New York Association for Pupil Transportation. Officials say the annual award recognizes a school transportation professional who works to ensure a safe and efficient school bus ride.
Special-needs bus driver arrested for DUI
June 29, 2012
Police say Erik Paulik is transporting four students and two adult monitors when he rear-ends a small minivan carrying students. He is charged with operating under the influence of intoxicating liquor — he reportedly has a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit — child endangerment while operating under the influence and failing to slow when approaching an intersection.
Special-needs student left on bus
June 29, 2012
The student reportedly falls asleep on the bus and is not visible to the driver when she returns to the transportation facility. A maintenance worker finds the girl, who is uninjured, an hour later.
Calif. DOE gears up for special-needs conference
June 29, 2012
The state Department of Education’s Office of Transportation will host the event July 17 and 18. It will focus on two main issues — when and how to transport students with disabilities — and cover such topics as bullying versus harassment, autism spectrum disorders and proper wheelchair securement.
Dozens of school bus batteries stolen in Ariz., Ill.
June 29, 2012
Thieves in Collinsville, Ill., make off with more than 35 batteries from a contractor's buses. In Peoria, Ariz., about two-dozen batteries are ripped off and buses are damaged at a school district lot.
Pamela Layral completes NAPT special-needs program
June 29, 2012
The training supervisor for Student Transportation of America in Riverside, Calif., earns the Special Needs Transportation Training Endorsement, which includes six special-needs courses in such settings as a roadeo and a trade show.
Cost-effective strategies to stop bullying on the bus
June 28, 2012
Some schools are using anonymous tip programs to encourage students, teachers, staff and others in their school community to confidentially and anonymously report bullying or other potentially harmful student safety concerns.
Tags: bullying
Safety Vision, Blue Bird partner to sell stop-arm camera
June 28, 2012
Safety Vision's standalone, high-definition stop-arm camera system will be sold into the aftermarket through Blue Bird’s North American dealer network. The camera system can be configured to record in 1080P or 3MP (megapixel) mode when the stop arm is actuated.
Doctoral candidates win 1st prize for bus routing system
June 28, 2012
Jeremy North and William Ellegood, University of Missouri–St. Louis doctoral candidates, win the graduate school research fair with their project "Applying Business Logistic Optimization Modeling to School Bus Routing." Their algorithm aims to minimize the distance traveled and the number of buses required for transporting students.
Tags: routing
Colo. district awarded for school bus shuttle system
June 28, 2012
Denver Public Schools' Success Express gives students in two northeast communities access to greater school options and opportunities via yellow bus service. The transportation department earns a Gold Peak Award from the Colorado American Marketing Association for the launch of the shuttle system.
District: 4 to be disciplined in bus monitor bullying
June 28, 2012
The Greece (N.Y.) Central School District identifies four middle school students as participants in the incident, in which school bus monitor Karen Klein was profanely taunted. The students will receive "disciplinary action to the fullest extent appropriate," officials say.
Representatives approved "Kadyn's Amendment," which would allocate at least $10 million to helping states enforce illegal bus passing laws.
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House passes measure to bolster illegal bus passing laws
June 28, 2012
Lawmakers approve “Kadyn’s Amendment,” which would devote at least $10 million of federal funding for NHTSA to strengthening the enforcement of existing state laws that target motorists who pass stopped school buses when students are boarding or disembarking. The amendment is named after Kadyn Halverson, who was fatally struck by a pickup truck last year as she crossed a street to board her bus.
First Student wins 2 Mich. contracts
June 28, 2012
The contractor will serve Flint Community Schools in a three-year agreement, adding 45 new buses to the fleet, and Saginaw Public Schools under a five-year agreement, adding 20 new buses to the fleet. In other news, parent company FirstGroup America hosts a delegation from the Arab state Oman to discuss best practices, including road safety, management and hiring.
Feds’ sweep takes 287 bus, truck drivers off the road
June 26, 2012
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s drug and alcohol strike force also results in pending enforcement actions on more than 128 truck and bus companies for alleged violations, such as using a driver who has tested positive for illegal drugs or not instituting a testing program.
Rosco video recorder monitors driver behavior
June 26, 2012
Officials say the Dual-Vision XC provides more than 160 hours of continuous recording in real time, enabling fleet managers to identify risky behavior before an event occurs. Additional features include a timer for 24-hour surveillance of a vehicle and infrared LEDs for night recording.
Trans Tech’s electric school bus to appear in TV show
June 26, 2012
The eTrans will be featured during the Kids Count program on Fresno, Calif.’s Valley PBS. The show will also be available for online viewing after the initial broadcast.
NYAPT addresses bus monitor bullying incident
June 26, 2012
Last week, video of monitor Karen Klein being verbally abused by students on the bus went viral. The New York Association for Pupil Transportation says that the students’ behavior toward Klein was offensive and pledges to work with state and local officials to enhance training to help bus drivers and monitors respond to such situations.
First Student purchases 86 Blue Bird propane buses
June 26, 2012
The contractor receives the buses this month, and they will be used by Portland (Ore.) Public Schools. Officials for Blue Bird and ROUSH CleanTech, which developed the fuel system for the buses, say that it is the largest single order to date for the Next Generation Propane-Powered Vision. In related news, John Roselli joins Blue Bird as director of alternative fuels.
Beaten school bus driver dies
June 26, 2012
Juan DelValle is taken off life support by his family after he was beaten into a coma by a driver whose car he clipped with his bus. The driver reportedly punched DelValle so hard his head slammed on the road when he got out of his bus to survey the damage.

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