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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.
Zonar becomes Esri Silver Tier Partner
August 30, 2012
Earlier this year, Zonar announced a new integration with geographic information system provider Esri that delivers real-time fleet data layered with sophisticated geographic map information. Company officials say that the new Silver Tier partnership expands the relationship for further co-development and provides the technology to all Zonar and Esri customers.
Blue Bird awards 10 suppliers
August 30, 2012
The school bus manufacturer presents its 2012 Global Supplier of the Year Awards, which recognize outstanding performance and product excellence.
Dallas County Schools recently took delivery of 103 new Saf-T-Liner C2s. Here, one of them is assembled in the Thomas Built Buses plant in High Point, N.C.
Dallas buys over 100 new buses, adds belts
August 30, 2012
Dallas County Schools has been acquiring a variety of new equipment for its giant fleet, from new school buses to lap-shoulder belts to stop-arm cameras. The district recently took delivery of 103 new Saf-T-Liner C2s from Thomas Built Buses. Director of Transportation Aaron Hobbs discusses the developments with SBF.
School bus impaled by log
August 30, 2012
Police cite the driver of a logging truck for making an improper turn after the Berkeley County (S.C.) School District bus is struck by a log on the back of the truck. The bus passengers are taken to the hospital as a precaution, but no one is injured.
Bosch releases Android part finder app
August 30, 2012
Users can search for parts by entering the vehicle year, make and model, or the Bosch part number into the app on their phone or tablet. The app is available for download from the Amazon app store or from Google Play.
National Express names new field maintenance VP
August 29, 2012
Jim Cade brings 35 years of experience in maintenance management to his new role, which he started Aug. 13. As vice president of field maintenance, he is responsible for ensuring the integrity, safety and reliability of a fleet of more than 20,000 buses.
Ustian steps down, Navistar names new chairman
August 28, 2012
Longtime leader Daniel Ustian retires, effective immediately, as chairman, president and CEO of Navistar, the parent company of IC Bus. Lewis Campbell is appointed executive chairman and interim CEO, while Troy Clarke is promoted to president and COO.
Tags: IC Bus
$10K reward offered in bus arson case
August 28, 2012
The Georgia Arson Control Program funds the reward after two Catoosa County school buses are set alight in a fenced-off side lot. The buses, which cost about $90,000 each, are a total loss.
Routing solution utilizes online mapping technology
August 28, 2012
OnTerra's RouteSavvy Online Basic is based on optimization algorithms that leverage Bing Maps web mapping technology. The solution also features a built-in scheduling tool and an easy-to-use interface.
Texas district equips 400 buses with exterior cameras
August 28, 2012
Houston Independent School District outfits the buses with Safety Vision's SV-835 and SV-690 exterior cameras to increase student safety, and it plans to retrofit the rest of its buses next year. The district’s buses are also equipped with the company's RoadRecorder 6000 PRO mobile digital video recorder and four SV-830 dome interior cameras.
First Student adds 99 buses to Cincinnati fleet
August 27, 2012
The school bus contractor adds the Thomas Built Saf-T-Liner buses to its fleet that serves Cincinnati Public Schools. The buses feature an enlarged front window for greater visibility and a footprint of near-zero nitrogen oxide emission.
IC Bus Tulsa plant rewarded for energy efficiency
August 24, 2012
The school bus manufacturer receives an incentive payment for nearly $150,000 for retrofitting its Tulsa plant with high-efficiency lighting. Officials estimate that the new lighting at the IC Bus plant will save more than 1.5 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year.
REMINDER: Nominate a great administrator
August 23, 2012
Do you know an exemplary school transportation director who deserves some recognition for his or her efforts? The deadline for nominations for our 2012 Administrator of the Year award is fast approaching!
Parents call for return of yellow bus service
August 23, 2012
Some parents in Minneapolis are voicing their concerns about a new move to have high school students use the transit system instead of riding yellow buses to school. Shelly Jonas of the Minnesota School Bus Operators Association tells SBF that the fact that these parents are demanding yellow buses is an encouraging sign for school bus contractors, for whom competition from transit agencies is a national issue.
Bullied bus monitor starts anti-bullying foundation
August 23, 2012
Karen Klein, who received an outpouring of support after a video of her being bullied by students on a bus went viral, launches the Karen Klein Anti-Bullying Foundation using $100,000 of the $703,873 that was raised on her behalf. The foundation is starting a music tour to raise money for anti-bullying counseling, among other initiatives.
Bus driver caught on cell phone faces termination
August 23, 2012
Bernita Blake is up for a vote of termination after the cameras on her bus show her talking on her phone while driving. Previously, Blake was disciplined for driving 71 mph in her school bus.
Incident management solution tracks student discipline
August 23, 2012
Tyler Technologies Inc.'s Tyler Incident Management solution allows users to create and search for incidents and assign them priority and categories. The solution is used to track bullying, disciplinary action, school bus accidents, and school building and bus vandalism.

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