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Calif. bus drivers gear up for national safety competition
July 11, 2012
Six drivers from operations around the state will head to Milwaukee this weekend to participate in the 42nd Annual School Bus Driver International Safety Competition. They will complete a written exam before showcasing their skills in one of three categories in a driving competition.
This photo from Joyce Wilcox of Salamanca (N.Y.) City Central School District was selected as a winning entry in this year’s Photo Contest.
Winners named in SBF Photo Contest
July 11, 2012
The eighth edition of our annual Photo Contest drew a record 214 captivating shots from 71 pupil transportation professionals across the nation. The top entries, as judged by our editorial staff, are in a new photo gallery on our website and will appear in a pictorial feature in our upcoming August 2012 issue.
Revamped school bus serves as home for worker
July 10, 2012
Donald Widner’s school bus has a bed, a refrigerator, a gas range and a toilet. And it’s purple. The 49-year-old has been living in the bus while working in construction and searching for high-paying oil field jobs in North Dakota.
Report covers how sequestration could impact schools
July 10, 2012
Officials from the American Association of School Administrators say sequestration represents budgetary cuts that will impact almost every federal program in January 2013, including cuts to education. Survey results in the report indicate that the cuts will translate to reductions in and eliminations of personnel, curriculum, facilities and operations.
Bill would create stopping requirements for school vans
July 10, 2012
Under the Pennsylvania legislation, school van drivers would need to activate the vehicle’s four-way flashers at least 100 feet before stopping, or at least 300 feet when traveling more than 35 mph. Other vehicles could not pass the van when children are boarding or exiting.
Nation’s mayors support stop-arm camera use
July 10, 2012
At the 80th Annual U.S. Conference of Mayors, a resolution is passed in support of this technology to help protect children as they board and disembark the bus, and to reduce the number of illegal-passing incidents. Officials say the Conference of Mayors pledges to provide information to mayors and legislators about the benefits of stop-arm cameras.
Fire from blown tire destroys bus
July 10, 2012
The bus is traveling on a highway when the fire starts. All 55 passengers and the driver evacuate, and firefighters keep the flames from spreading to the surrounding vegetation.
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School bus rental firm opens in China
July 10, 2012
Guangdong Tongan Automobile Rental Service's 16 buses reportedly meet the country's new safety and technical standard for school buses, and the number of buses is expected to grow to 1,000 by the end of the year. The buses are equipped with such features as GPS, emergency escape doors and seat belts.
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Navistar reveals new engine emission technology
July 6, 2012
The manufacturer will introduce a next-generation clean engine solution to meet the 2010 EPA emissions regulations and to position the company to meet greenhouse gas rules ahead of 2014 and 2017 requirements, officials announce. A Navistar spokesperson tells SBF that the short-term focus for the technology is on big-bore engines.
Mich. removes exception to school bus stop law
July 5, 2012
Gov. Rick Snyder signs a bill that prohibits cars from passing school buses in any case when they are loading or unloading students. The state vehicle code previously allowed cars to pass stopped school buses at less than 10 mph at intersections controlled by a traffic signal or an officer.
Update: Hawaii restores some bus routes
July 5, 2012
Facing pressure from lawmakers and the public, state education officials save school bus service for about 300 students. Also, busing for year-round schools is extended for the month of July.
Fras-le appoints operations exec
July 5, 2012
Rodrigo Meirelles will serve in the newly created role of vice president and general manager of the company’s North American and European operations. Meirelles will oversee the growth of the friction materials manufacturer’s business in both markets, and he will also oversee the production launch of heavy-duty brake linings at Fras-le’s manufacturing facility in Prattville, Ala.
School bus driver charged with insurance fraud
July 5, 2012
According to prosecutors, 53-year-old Luanne Stewart-Mastroianni forged her doctor's signature and continued to receive disability benefits after being cleared to return to work.
Funding formula for Pa. school bus service stays
July 5, 2012
The reimbursement formula remains unchanged under the state’s final 2012-13 education budget, which is welcome news to the Pennsylvania School Bus Association. The association had expressed concerns over the potential ramifications of the governor’s proposal to replace the funding formula with a new student achievement block grant.
Bus driver is also a nail technician
July 5, 2012
Rebekah Summers, the owner of Perfect 10 Nails inside Don’s Barber Shop in Cadiz, Ky., began driving a school bus for Trigg County Public Schools in 2002. She runs her business in between running routes for the school district.
District to put high schoolers on transit buses
July 5, 2012
Broward County Public Schools in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., reportedly plans to test a pilot program this fall in which these students would ride transit buses to school instead of yellow buses. The district would pay the county for the service, which is expected to save in transportation costs.
Bus route cuts across Hawaii will affect nearly 2,400 students. Pictured is James Campbell High School in ʻEwa Beach.
Over 100 school bus routes to be cut in Hawaii
July 3, 2012
As part of efforts to tackle a transportation budget shortfall of $17 million, the Hawaii Department of Education identifies 103 school bus routes to be eliminated. The move affects nearly 2,400 students.
Man charged in bus driver's death
July 3, 2012
Joey Scott faces one count of manslaughter and three counts of assault for allegedly knocking bus driver Juan DelValle to the ground after DelValle clipped the mirror on Scott's car with his bus. DelValle went into a coma and later died.
Bus monitor bullies suspended from school, bus
July 3, 2012
The students responsible for verbally harassing bus monitor Karen Klein will be transferred to an alternative education program and are required to complete 50 hours of community service with senior citizens. The district says the students and their families have cooperated fully with the investigation.
Eight teams participated in the competition, which included wheelchair loading and securement, managing challenging behavior and emergency evacuations.
1st Kan. special-needs safety roadeo is personal
July 2, 2012
Eight teams compete at the Kansas State Pupil Transportation Association’s inaugural Special Needs Team Safety Competition in Salina, Kan. The event’s organizer, association board member Rick Smith, tells SBF he wanted to put on a roadeo to honor a former colleague who taught him about the compassion and empathy side of special-needs transportation.
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