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Thermo King to unveil new evaporator at BusCon
September 11, 2012
The company's new BE-550 lightweight bulkhead evaporator ensures passenger comfort in vehicles where headroom clearance is an issue, officials say. It can be mounted in the front, rear or both bulkhead areas of a school bus.
Student suffers serious allergic reaction on bus
September 11, 2012
After getting stung by a bee, the student is checked out at school and cleared, and his father gives the OK for his son to ride the bus home. The student develops signs of a serious allergic reaction on the bus, and the driver stops for help.
Tags: Virginia
Trans Tech Bus names new president
September 11, 2012
John Phraner will replace Dan Daniels, who plans to leave the Type A school bus manufacturer before the end of the year to be closer to his family. Phraner spent the last 22 years at North East Fabricators as the general manager, and the company has been a supplier to Trans Tech.
Larry Creech, who passed away in July, designed and built this cutaway bus mock-up for training at Orange County Public Schools.
Fla. district recruits drivers, loses training bus builder
September 10, 2012
To close a gap of 50 school bus drivers needed, Orange County Public Schools utilized a team of recruiters — existing drivers — to reach out to the community. In other news, Larry Creech, who designed and built a cutaway bus mock-up for the district's training, has passed away.
Blue Bird sponsors NASCAR's Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
September 10, 2012
The school bus manufacturer and ROUSH CleanTech will be the primary sponsors of 2011 Nationwide Series champion Stenhouse and his No. 6 team at the Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday. "The bright yellow Ford Mustang will definitely stand out on the track," Stenhouse says.
Washington Elementary School District #6 Transportation Supervisor for Special Education Antonio Mlynek says three Walmart stores in Arizona donated $250 toward the purchase of stuffed animals for special-needs bus passengers.
District collects toys for special-needs students
September 10, 2012
Washington Elementary School District #6 in Phoenix provides the small toys to these passengers to offer them comfort in stressful situations. Transportation Supervisor for Special Education Antonio Mlynek says three Walmart stores in the state donated $250 to assist with the purchases.
Tags: Arizona
Study: Students with disabilities more likely to be bullied
September 10, 2012
The study published in the Journal of School Psychology finds that students who receive special-education services are at increased risk for bullying others, for being bullied and for being sent to the school office for disciplinary problems. Students with observable disabilities, such as language or hearing impairments or mild mental handicaps, report the highest levels of bullying others and being bullied themselves.
Tags: bullying
Tractor-trailer, school bus crash kills 4
September 7, 2012
During its normal after-school route, a Blue Hill Community Schools bus collides with a tractor-trailer in a rural intersection. Both vehicles come to rest in a ditch and are engulfed in flames, killing the drivers of both vehicles and two students.
American School Bus Council seeks coordinator
September 6, 2012
The contract role supports ASBC's marketing and operational activities and manages an upcoming project. Requirements include project management and school transportation industry experience.
Tags: Arizona
Biometric solution uses eye scanning to track bus passengers
September 6, 2012
BlinkSpot’s iris scanning technology recognizes a child as he or she boards or exits the bus, and sends real-time reports to the school along with an individual e-mail to each parent verifying the location of their child and the time.
Blue Bird honors long-time employees
September 6, 2012
The company honors 66 employees with employment milestones of 35 years or greater during a ceremony. The employees are awarded with a certificate of appreciation and a gift of $50 per five-year employment increment.
Boys leap from bus emergency exit, walk in traffic
September 6, 2012
The bus driver pulls over when the boys, ages 12 and 14, act unruly and one pokes holes in the seats with a sharp stick. When the bus stops, the boys jump from the rear emergency exit.
NAPT glitzes up awards ceremony
September 6, 2012
Taking a few cues from Hollywood, the association will add a literal red carpet and "swag" bags to its awards banquet this fall. Officials discuss the format changes with SBF.
Pittsburgh Public Schools collaborated with its 19 transportation providers to form a new agreement, which doesn’t increase walking distances for students. Pictured is downtown Pittsburgh. Photo by Bobak Ha'Eri
Pittsburgh’s new school bus contract to save $1.8M
September 5, 2012
The school district collaborated with its 19 transportation providers to come up with the new agreement, which freezes a rate increase, among other changes. Director of Pupil Transportation Ted Vasser tells SBF about how the deal was worked out.
Article delivers the facts on school bus safety
September 4, 2012
North Carolina state pupil transportation director Derek Graham contributes a piece for the Southeast Education Network that thoroughly explains why yellow buses are the safest way for students to get to school.
Feds issue annual state transportation report
September 4, 2012
The new 2011 edition of State Transportation Statistics includes a wide range of state-by-state information, such as the calculations showing which states had the highest and lowest number of highway traffic fatalities per 100,000 population in 2010.
Bus camera is compact, vibration resistant
September 4, 2012
Moxa Americas Inc.’s VPort P06-1MP-M12 IP surveillance cameras feature an operating temperature of minus 40 to 75 degrees C, vibration-resistant M12 connectors and a vandal-resistant housing.
Pete Japikse has retired from state service, but he will soon begin a new role with the Ohio School Boards Association in which he said he will “continue working with the great people in this business.”
Ohio state director Pete Japikse steps down
September 4, 2012
The 32-year veteran of pupil transportation retires from state service, but he will soon begin a new role with the Ohio School Boards Association in which he says he will “continue working with the great people in this business.”
Teen steers bus to safety
September 4, 2012
Jeremy Rice leaves his seat eight rows back from the front of the bus and grabs the wheel after the driver falls from his seat and becomes stuck in the stairwell. Rice follows the driver's instructions and successfully stops the bus.
Tags: Colorado
1st-grader killed by truck near bus stop
September 4, 2012
Janell Simmons is standing across the street from her siblings while waiting to be picked up for school. As a pickup truck and school bus approach the stop from opposite directions, Simmons attempts to cross the street and is hit by the truck.

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