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First Student provides shuttle service for cycling event
June 8, 2011
First Student Charter Bus Rental provides transportation to VIPs, media and staff during Stage 7 of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California. Eighteen small buses shuttle more than 600 passengers to and from Mt. Baldy in the Angeles National Forest to view the race.
District holds alternative-fuel seminar
June 8, 2011
More than 30 people attend the seminar organized by Tippecanoe School Corp. in Lafayette, Ind., to discuss the possibility of using alternative fuels as a way to offset increasing fuel costs and reduced education budgets. The district is in the process of converting two maintenance vehicles and a food service vehicle to run on propane.
New York legislators recognize state’s school bus drivers
June 8, 2011
On May 24, the state Senate adopted a resolution sponsored by Sen. William Larkin that declares Oct. 21, 2011, School Bus Driver Appreciation Day. Bus driver Maureen Moore has contacted Larkin since 2005 to request the adoption of the resolution. She tells SBF that her ultimate goal is to achieve a National School Bus Driver Appreciation Day.
Tags: New York
Congressman to speak at NSTA event
June 8, 2011
U.S. Rep. Tim Scott will deliver a keynote speech to school bus contractors at the NSTA Annual Meeting and Convention in Baltimore. Scott has spoken in support of privatization efforts in his state, South Carolina.
School districts in Illinois would not receive the regular transportation payment for the FY 2011 fourth quarter, under a plan announced by the governor’s Office of Management and Budget. Pictured is the State Capitol.
Photo by W. Wadas
Governor may cut last school transportation payment
June 7, 2011
School districts in Illinois would not receive the regular transportation payment for the FY 2011 fourth quarter, under a plan announced by the governor’s Office of Management and Budget. School officials are working to save the funding.
Students help bus driver quit smoking
June 7, 2011
Jerry Hitchcock, who works for a Montana school district, decides to give up his 50-year habit after two sisters who ride his bus hide his cigarettes and tell him he should stop. He says the encouragement of the girls and the other passengers who ride his bus have helped him stick to his goal.
Rosco names new regional sales manager
June 7, 2011
The bus mirror manufacturer appoints Joe Leggett to cover the Midwest region. His responsibilities will include driving revenue, developing and training the distributor and dealer network, and supporting fleet requirements.
Approval rating rises in Missouri bus inspections
June 7, 2011
More than 12,000 school buses are inspected by the Missouri State Highway Patrol this year. The statewide approval rating is 87.7 percent, up from 84.3 percent in 2010.
District looks at alternatives to eliminating high school buses
June 7, 2011
While cutting transportation for high school students is still in the proposed budget, the Michigan school system's board is presented with other solutions to achieve the $1.482 million in savings that would come from cutting the service. Options include enforcing an existing policy that requires a half-mile walk zone between bus stops.
Utah dad makes bus ride memorable for son
June 6, 2011
Each morning this school year, Dale Price has dressed up in a different costume and waved to his son Rain as he departs for school. After getting over the embarrassment of his father’s antics, Rain says it’s “turned into entertainment” for him and his fellow bus riders.
Tags: Utah
Company offers wide range of training videos online
June 6, 2011
J.J. Keller & Associates' library of more than 100 videos, including several for school bus driver instruction, are available through Video on Demand offerings. There is a pay per view option, which lets users pay as they go, and a video subscription service, which provides unlimited online access to the company’s entire video library for a year.
Q'Straint to hold free training seminar
June 6, 2011
The company's eighth annual National Training Seminar will provide in-depth instruction on how to operate its wheelchair securement systems. Sessions include transit/fixed route, paratransit and school bus.
California DOE offers special-needs transportation conference
June 6, 2011
The Office of School Transportation's two-day Transporting Children with Special Needs Conference will be held at two locations this month. Course topics to be covered include pupil loading and unloading, accident investigation and documentation.
Driver uses reading contest to keep students calm on bus
June 2, 2011
OnnaJean Votra gets the idea while reading to her child. Students bring their own books or select one from a bag at the front of the bus. The team that reads the most books at the end of each week wins a prize.
School bus driver fired following accident
June 2, 2011
Lamount Lynch is charged with careless and reckless driving after he sideswipes three cars with his bus and strikes another, sending it into another vehicle and a tree. No students are on the bus at the time of the accident.
District stops transporting students on pothole-ridden road
June 2, 2011
The school system’s transportation coordinator says that the buses would rock back and forth when going over the deep potholes, and officials were concerned that students could hit their heads and get hurt. Part of the road was graded earlier this week.
Bus driver credited with saving special-needs student’s life
June 2, 2011
After noticing that Connor DiLorenzo is choking, Danny Waldrum pulls his bus over, calls 911, checks to see if the boy is breathing and administers an abdominal thrust, which dislodges a small pebble from his throat. A paramedic who responded to the incident says “it's absolutely possible” DiLorenzo could have lost his life without Waldrum's quick action.
Special-needs bus driver arrested for DWI
June 2, 2011
Officers pull Elizabeth Anaya over for running a red light and find an empty bottle of rum in her jacket pocket and an open can of beer in between her legs. A blood alcohol test reveals Anaya’s alcohol level is nearly twice the legal limit. She is charged with driving while intoxicated, running a red light and possession of an open alcohol container in a motor vehicle.
Last month, the Washington Legislature released its proposed 2011-13 biennial operating budget, which provides full funding for the state’s five regional transportation coordinators. In addition, money for school bus replacements has not been touched. Photo by Wikipedia user Bluedisk.
Lawmakers maintain funding for transportation coordinators, bus replacements
June 1, 2011
The news comes with the Washington Legislature's release of its proposed 2011-13 biennial operating budget, much to the delight of the Washington Association for Pupil Transportation. The group had voiced concerns about potential changes to these issues, and President Tom Culliton tells SBF that members are “very excited” about the latest developments.
Hawk lands in school bus
June 1, 2011
A driver in Massachusetts spots a stowaway on her bus: a 15-pound red-tailed hawk. The bird has to be coaxed out by police and animal control officers.

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