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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.
Tags: roadeo
Winner named in Iowa technician competition
July 2, 2012
John Maxwell of Dallas Center — Grimes Community School District earns top honors during the state's fourth annual Best of the Best Technicians Training and Competition. Maxwell competes with 18 other technicians for the title in what state pupil transportation director Max Christensen says is the most successful competition so far.
Thomas Built offers fall maintenance training program
July 2, 2012
The school bus manufacturer’s fall Maintenance Training Institute will be held in Omaha, Neb., Sept. 11-14. Topics scheduled to be covered include EPA emissions systems; advanced electrical; coolant, maintenance and cost savings; and utilizing websites, resources and wire diagrams.
N.Y. association names top technician
July 2, 2012
Matt Gould, a service manager and school bus technician for First Student, receives the 2012 Technician of the Year award from the Central New York Association for Pupil Transportation. Officials say the annual award recognizes a school transportation professional who works to ensure a safe and efficient school bus ride.
Special-needs bus driver arrested for DUI
June 29, 2012
Police say Erik Paulik is transporting four students and two adult monitors when he rear-ends a small minivan carrying students. He is charged with operating under the influence of intoxicating liquor — he reportedly has a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit — child endangerment while operating under the influence and failing to slow when approaching an intersection.
Special-needs student left on bus
June 29, 2012
The student reportedly falls asleep on the bus and is not visible to the driver when she returns to the transportation facility. A maintenance worker finds the girl, who is uninjured, an hour later.
Calif. DOE gears up for special-needs conference
June 29, 2012
The state Department of Education’s Office of Transportation will host the event July 17 and 18. It will focus on two main issues — when and how to transport students with disabilities — and cover such topics as bullying versus harassment, autism spectrum disorders and proper wheelchair securement.
Dozens of school bus batteries stolen in Ariz., Ill.
June 29, 2012
Thieves in Collinsville, Ill., make off with more than 35 batteries from a contractor's buses. In Peoria, Ariz., about two-dozen batteries are ripped off and buses are damaged at a school district lot.
Pamela Layral completes NAPT special-needs program
June 29, 2012
The training supervisor for Student Transportation of America in Riverside, Calif., earns the Special Needs Transportation Training Endorsement, which includes six special-needs courses in such settings as a roadeo and a trade show.
Cost-effective strategies to stop bullying on the bus
June 28, 2012
Some schools are using anonymous tip programs to encourage students, teachers, staff and others in their school community to confidentially and anonymously report bullying or other potentially harmful student safety concerns.
Tags: bullying
Safety Vision, Blue Bird partner to sell stop-arm camera
June 28, 2012
Safety Vision's standalone, high-definition stop-arm camera system will be sold into the aftermarket through Blue Bird’s North American dealer network. The camera system can be configured to record in 1080P or 3MP (megapixel) mode when the stop arm is actuated.

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