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Stephen Satterly, director of transportation and school safety at the Community School Corp. of Southern Hancock County, is co-writing a white paper on emergency best practices. Here, he provides instruction prior to an active shooter exercise.Photo © Steve Satterly 2012
Ind. district increases safety measures after tornado
March 28, 2012
Stephen Satterly, director of transportation and school safety at the Community School Corp. of Southern Hancock County in New Palestine, discusses with SBF the training topics he’s covering with his bus drivers and the policy changes he’s planning to implement following this month’s F4 tornado in Henryville. He also shares emergency planning best practices that are part of a white paper he’s co-writing.
Survivors of ’72 bus crash gather for remembrance
March 27, 2012
The March 24, 1972, crash remains the worst school bus accident in New York history. Five teens were killed as Joseph Larkin attempted to drive the bus across a railroad crossing as a train was coming. Survivors say that Larkin tried to outrun the train because he was late.
Buses cleared to cross aging bridge
March 27, 2012
The Montana Department of Transportation recently gave approval for fully loaded school buses to cross Maclay Bridge, a one-lane structure with a weight limit that was downgraded from 14 tons to 11 tons last year. Missoula County officials initially forgot to request an analysis of the buses' load rating after the bridge's limit was downgraded.
School bus fees banned in Indiana
March 27, 2012
School districts in the state can’t charge families for transportation to and from school, under a bill signed by Gov. Mitch Daniels. The legislation arose after annual bus fees of up to $475 were implemented in Franklin Township last year.
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1 student killed, many others injured in Fla. bus crash
March 27, 2012
In Monday’s accident, the school bus turns left in front of a semitrailer and is struck at the rear. Officials say the impact spun the bus 180 degrees clockwise and overturned the tractor-trailer.
Student Transportation wins 4 new contracts
March 26, 2012
Two of the contracts are for operations in Connecticut, and the others are for operations in New Hampshire. Officials say the Connecticut contracts will add over $4.6 million in annualized revenues, while the New Hampshire agreements will add approximately $4.3 million in annualized revenues.
IC Bus builds its various school bus bodies and chassis in its mile-long plant in Tulsa, Okla.
IC Bus boosts efficiency at Tulsa plant
March 26, 2012
The manufacturer has been building school buses in the former B-24 bomber plant for 10 years now. Plant Manager Greg Hutchison, an auto industry veteran who came to the facility in September, tells SBF about changes that have increased quality and volume while keeping staffing levels consistent.
Durham raises $10K for Special Olympics chapter
March 26, 2012
Employees for the school bus contractor participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge in Lake Bluff, Ill., and raise $10,780 for Special Olympics Illinois Far West Suburban/Area 2, which serves athletes with intellectual disabilities in DuPage, Kane and Kendall counties. Durham also donates bus service to transport the plungers to and from the event location.
Pupil transporters gear up for Canadian conference
March 23, 2012
The 2012 Canadian Pupil Transportation Conference will be held in Lake Louise, Alberta, April 17-21. The event will include a trade show and educational workshops and sessions. Speakers will discuss such issues as bullying and transporting students with special needs.
45K trained in school transportation security program
March 22, 2012
School Bus First Observer has instructed tens of thousands of drivers and other pupil transportation personnel on identifying and reporting suspicious activities. Program Manager Charles Hall says that the industry has “much to be proud of.”
Tenn. bill would let bus drivers use force
March 22, 2012
The state House passes legislation that would authorize school bus drivers to hold students accountable for disorderly conduct. Bus drivers and other school personnel could use “reasonable force when necessary … to correct or restrain a student or prevent bodily harm or death to another person.”
REI’s catalog features new products for school buses
March 22, 2012
The company's latest catalog includes several new products that are applicable to the school bus market, including the MP-1000 Passenger Safety Announcement Player. The player allows users to customize a video and audio safety message and obtain a date and time log to verify that the announcement has been played.
Driver says she took sleeping pill on day of accident
March 22, 2012
Former school bus driver Lynn McGlothlin was charged with reckless driving after she drove up on a curb and rear-ended a truck with her bus. McGlothlin says she accidentally took a generic form of Ambien instead of her thyroid medicine.
Minister bus drivers have calming effect in Tenn. district
March 22, 2012
Of Bedford County Schools' 69 bus drivers, seven are pastors from local churches. Transportation Supervisor Jimmy Williams says the drivers have formed good relationships with the children riding their buses.
Ala. bill would restrict school bus driver cell phone use
March 21, 2012
Under the legislation, bus drivers would only be permitted to use their phones to call in medical concerns, or if the bus is parked or secure on the side of the road.
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.

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