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STI subsidiary wins new contract
June 5, 2012
In addition to securing the contract, Student Transportation of America Inc. signs two non-material letters of intent to acquire two school transportation companies. Officials say the contract and acquisitions will add over 190 vehicles to the fleet and annualized revenues of over $9 million.
Zonar bus rider notification app available for Android
June 5, 2012
ZPass+ allows parents to access student-specific ridership information via a secure website or smartphone. The app will also enable SMS or push notifications pertaining to when and where students boarded or exited the bus.
First Student awards $8K in scholarships
June 4, 2012
Four high school seniors at Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District in Palmer, Alaska, receive the money from the school bus contractor, which will help cover the cost of college or vocational school tuition. In other news, First Student is providing shuttle service at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, Wash., through Labor Day.
R.I. bus drivers, monitors can administer epinephrine
June 4, 2012
Under the legislation approved by Gov. Lincoln Chafee, drivers and monitors who have received training may give an epinephrine injection (or EpiPen shot) to a student suffering from severe allergies while traveling to or from school or a school-related event. School bus providers must be given medical documentation by parents that the epinephrine has been legitimately prescribed.
Solution integrates fleet tracking and Medicaid billing
June 4, 2012
With the solution from Navman Wireless and TransitPro Logistics, a bus driver can record pupil pickup and drop-off information in real time. That data is transmitted to Navman’s OnlineAVL2 software and then processed through TransitPro's solution, which completes all administrative processes associated with applying for Medicaid reimbursement.
Bus driver, aide charged for leaving student on bus
June 4, 2012
The teen's mother reports him missing after he does not return home from school. Driver George Werman and aide Robert Cronin are arrested after Werman tells police he dropped off the special-needs student at his home, but a police officer later locates the student locked inside the bus.
Ronna Sable Weber has previously worked at Prime Policy Group. During that time, she worked with NSTA, concentrating on legislative and regulatory affairs.
NSTA names new executive director
June 1, 2012
Ronna Sable Weber will step into her new role on June 26. She previously worked with the association on legislative and regulatory affairs as a senior associate with Prime Policy Group.
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Bus driver honored for service to special-needs students
May 31, 2012
Ford Thompson of First Student receives the 2012 Charlie Parnell Memorial Award from Minnetonka (Minn.) Public Schools. The award recognizes a school professional who goes above and beyond to touch the lives of these students.
4 more complete NAPT special-needs training
May 31, 2012
Pupil transportation officials at operations in Tennessee, Colorado, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire have completed the association’s Special Needs Transportation Training Program. The program has a curriculum that consists of six special-needs courses in a variety of settings, and it is supplemented by two courses of elective instruction from the NAPT Professional Development Series Program.
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Ill. bill would set new rules for awarding bus contracts
May 31, 2012
The General Assembly passes House Bill 4029, which would require that school districts award school bus contracts by first considering the bidder most able to provide safety and comfort for students, and stability of service. Then price may be considered. The legislation now awaits approval or veto from Gov. Pat Quinn.
Tags: Illinois
88% of Mo. school buses approved in annual inspection
May 31, 2012
The Missouri State Highway Patrol's Motor Vehicle Inspection Division inspects 11,934 school buses, 10,538 of which receive approval. A total of 256 districts are awarded the distinction of Total Fleet Excellence for approval ratings of 90% or higher.
Espar heater controller is programmable
May 31, 2012
Espar's Multi-Max 1000 controller for its E-Guardian Series of bus heaters features a maximum run-time setting so that it will not run continuously when the heater is started manually. A programmable “set and forget” timer enables the heater start/stop sequence to be set in accordance with the fleet schedule.
New bus camera captures crisp images
May 31, 2012
Seon Design's CHW high-definition bus camera can capture the license plates of cars that illegally pass a stopped bus across a wide field of view, and when used as a front-facing camera, officials say it allows for a detailed image to assist in accident reconstruction. The camera can be used in conjunction with the company's new MX-HD five-channel DVR.
N.J. agency issues school bus classification change
May 30, 2012
Effective July 1, school buses traveling on the Garden State Parkway will be classified as either B2 or B3 vehicles depending on the number of axles. Officials say school bus operators will be able to continue paying Class 1 toll rates on the parkway by signing up for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority’s school bus discount.
Another Ga. district to deploy stop-arm safety solution
May 30, 2012
Newton County Schools and American Traffic Solutions partner to equip the district's buses with CrossingGuard, which mounts purpose-built cameras on the side of the school bus to capture video of the stop-arm violation and still images of the vehicle's license plate. Carroll County Schools in Carrollton, Ga., in April announced its intent to equip its buses with CrossingGuard.
Birnie Bus adds over 200 units with new contract
May 30, 2012
The Rome, N.Y.-based company will start work on a new school transportation contract in Duval County, Fla., in August. The pact will increase Birnie's fleet by about 221 large buses.
Proposed bus fees concern district’s board of trustees
May 29, 2012
Kamloops-Thompson School District No. 73 in Kamloops, British Columbia, is considering charging the fee to address a $300,000 to $500,000 budget shortfall. The suggestion leads trustees to call for outreach to area members of the legislative assembly to push for a review of the province’s formula that is used to determine busing needs, which they say is hurting their constituents.
Tags: bus fees
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

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