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John Barrington joins Blue Bird dealership
May 29, 2012
The industry veteran is named transportation business manager for MacAllister Power Systems, where he will lead the school bus sales team, in addition to MacAllister’s on-highway parts and service sales. Barrington most recently served as vice president of sales and compliance for the U.S. at Lion Bus.
Nelson's Bus Service to assist in police training event
May 29, 2012
The company, which is a provider of school and commercial buses, will loan two school buses for use during police training exercises at the irTactical Active Shooter Training in June. Officials say the buses will provide officers with a “realistic training environment” for shooting scenarios that could occur on school buses.
Bear spotted at Fla. bus stop
May 29, 2012
Florida Fish and Wildlife officials believe the bear is young and in search of new territory. Residents say the bear was walking down the street in the morning and, if it had been a school day, children could have been in danger.
Tags: Florida
Driver shortage at Texas district leads to busing changes
May 29, 2012
Vacant routes and driver absences lead the Katy Independent School District board of trustees to alter the district's transportation eligibility requirements to half a mile for elementary students and approximately one mile for junior high and high school students, up from the current three-tenths of a mile.
Tags: Texas
STI honors military employees and families
May 29, 2012
The contractor asks its more than 9,000 employees to recognize those at the company who have served in the armed forces or are in active duty as part of Military Appreciation Month. The recognitions will continue throughout the year.
Transporte Sonnell brings 40 new buses to Puerto Rico
May 29, 2012
The company replaces older buses in its fleet with new Trans Tech Bus units. Hernan Burgos, vice president of operations, tells SBF that Transporte Sonnell is "the first school bus contractor company that brought new buses here in Puerto Rico."
Collins' Kent Tyler to lead E-ONE Inc.
May 24, 2012
Tyler, who serves as president of school bus manufacturer Collins Bus Corp., is appointed president and CEO of E-ONE, which provides first responder apparatus. Officials say Tyler will continue his role at Collins for the immediate future alongside his new responsibilities at E-ONE.
Ohio district maintains county’s EMS vehicles
May 24, 2012
Gallipolis City School District partners with Gallia County Commissioners to service the county’s five EMS vehicles and one rescue truck. Troy Johnson, the district’s transportation/safety director, tells SBF that the partnership is saving the county approximately $30 a work hour, and the technicians work in staggered shifts so that it doesn’t interfere with their school bus-related duties.
Tags: Ohio
Boston district implements major transportation changes
May 24, 2012
Boston Public Schools aims to increase on-time performance and improve communication with students' families within its transportation department by routing months in advance and reviewing bus loading and unloading procedures. Staff members have also undergone customer service training.
SBF adds 4 new editorial advisers
May 24, 2012
Pupil transportation veterans Pam McDonald, Michael Dallessandro, Michael Shields and Don Ross are appointed to SCHOOL BUS FLEET's editorial advisory board, which provides vital input for the magazine and website.
IMMI offers discount for replacing old restraints
May 23, 2012
Through the SafeGuard Summer Exchange Program, a school district cuts the manufacturing labels and the webbing they’re sewn to from a retired vest or other child restraint and ships them to IMMI. For each valid product exchanged, the district receives a $15 coupon that can be applied to the purchase of one new STAR restraint from an authorized STAR distributor.
School bus driver Mao Lee (seated) oversees the Trip Tracker initiative at Boulder Valley School District’s Centennial Middle School in Boulder, Colo. These students have earned Trip Tracker dollars for walking, biking, carpooling or riding a bus to school.
District reduces parent drop-offs with Trip Tracker
May 23, 2012
With this initiative, Boulder Valley School District students earn “dollars” based on the number of times they walk, bike, carpool or ride the bus to school, and those dollars can be spent at local businesses. Peter Hurst, who developed the initiative, tells SBF that Trip Tracker has helped decrease by 117,000 miles the distance that parents drive their children to and from school.
School bus services restored at Calif. district
May 23, 2012
The San Bernardino City Unified board reverses its earlier decision to increase the walking distance for elementary school students. Also, high school transportation — which was to be eliminated — will stay intact for the next school year.
MV Transportation's revenue up 14%
May 22, 2012
The company reports record revenue of $829 million in 2011. Also last year, MV subsidiary Reliant Transportation made two acquisitions in the student transportation market and became one of the 50 largest school bus contractors in the U.S. and Canada.
NHTSA has proposed to require electronic stability control systems — which target rollovers — on large commercial trucks, motorcoaches and some other large buses, but not school or transit buses.
School buses excluded from stability control proposal
May 22, 2012
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposes a new federal motor vehicle safety standard to require ESC systems on large commercial trucks, motorcoaches and some other large buses — but not school or transit buses. Mike Martin, executive director of the National Association for Pupil Transportation, discusses the issue with SBF.
Tags: NHTSA, NTSB
N.Y. district’s walking distance unchanged following vote
May 22, 2012
Pearl River School District students in grades 9 through 12 who live within three miles of school and eighth-graders within two miles of school are not eligible to take the school bus. A petition to reduce the limit to 1.5 miles is narrowly defeated.
Tags: New York
National Express Corp. hosts weight loss competition
May 22, 2012
Employees from Durham School Services and Stock Transportation lose a total of 8,610 pounds over 10 weeks as part of the parent company's inaugural "School Bus Slim Down Challenge." Officials say the program was so successful that the company plans to sponsor it again next year.
Hero driver in Chowchilla bus hijacking dies
May 22, 2012
School bus driver Frank Edward Ray passes away at the age of 91 due to complications of cirrhosis of the liver. In 1976, Ray helped lead 26 schoolchildren to safety after their bus was hijacked by kidnappers who buried Ray and the students in a quarry.
Texting involved in car-school bus crash
May 22, 2012
Georgia state troopers say that 18-year-old Mandy Lynn Davidson was distracted by a text message when she swerved into traffic and hit the school bus head-on, severely injuring herself and her infant. No children were on the bus.
Thomas Built names new VP of operations
May 22, 2012
Caley Edgerly will oversee the company's two bus body plants, a chassis plant, a component fabrication plant and related logistics operations in his new position. He succeeds Jeff Allen, who now serves as vice president of operations, Redford Truck Powertrain, for Detroit Diesel Corp.

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