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Fla. district conducts stop-arm running count
June 7, 2012
During a 29-day pilot period, cameras on just one of Volusia County Schools’ 229 buses capture a total of 71 violations. Eight out of every 10 violations occur between 1 and 3 p.m., with 67% of the violations occurring on either Tuesday or Wednesday of each week.
Driver resigns after crashing bus into house
June 7, 2012
In the May 23 accident, Jack Thomas, who was not wearing his seat belt, falls out of his seat after making a turn and is unable to maintain control of the bus. It careens off the other side of the road, goes through a fence and into the house’s garage.
Researchers studying new way to make tires
June 7, 2012
The team at Michigan State University’s biochemistry and molecular biology department believes that a manmade version of isoprene, a gas, could provide an alternative source for synthetic rubber production. The researchers have made bio-isoprene using an enzyme and bacteria.
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Durham School Services wins R.I., Minn. contracts
June 7, 2012
Under a three-year agreement with the Burrillville School Department in Harrisville, R.I., the company will operate 27 home-to-school routes and 34 buses beginning with the 2012-13 school year. Durham’s contract with Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Independent School District 191 in Burnsville, Minn., is reportedly the company’s first in the state, and it will operate 100 buses for the district.
Brake pads offer stopping power, increased lifespan
June 7, 2012
Bosch's new series of QuietCast medium-duty premium disc brake pads are also designed to give vehicles quiet stops, low dust and great pedal feel, according to the company.
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Decision not yet reached over Hawaii bus cuts
June 7, 2012
A Hawaii Department of Education proposal eliminating the need for 190 out of the 513 school buses statewide to save money is not approved by the state board of education, as officials say it could increase staff workload, and student tardiness and absenteeism. The issue will reportedly be revisited at an upcoming board meeting.
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Greg Hutchison, plant manager, Denis Gallagher, Student Transportation Inc. founder and CEO, and John McKinney, president of Navistar Global Bus and IC Bus, celebrate the completion of IC Bus' 100,000th school bus at the Tulsa, Okla., plant.
IC Bus completes 100,000th school bus at Tulsa
June 5, 2012
The school and commercial bus manufacturer and parent company Navistar Inc. celebrate the production milestone on Tuesday at the Tulsa, Okla., bus plant. Officials say the bus will be presented to school bus contractor Student Transportation Inc.
Teens charged for stealing school bus
June 5, 2012
Two teens are charged with grand larceny in the theft of the bus and malicious injury to personal property for damaging a second bus. Authorities pursued the bus after a deputy spotted the vehicle and it failed to pull over. The bus then crashed into a building.
Scholarships offered for NAPT conference, field trips
June 5, 2012
The scholarships from Peter Lawrence, director of transportation for Fairport (N.Y.) Central School District, Zonar Systems and National Association for Pupil Transportation Past President Dr. Linda Bluth are available through the association.
Calif. district considers increasing bus fees
June 5, 2012
Under the proposal before the Temecula Valley Unified School District’s board, annual round-trip bus passes would rise from $520 to $550, and one-way passes would increase from $260 to $275. Officials say this could bring in an additional $25,000 for the district, and they are also recommending a move to streamline bus routes, which would save about $100,000.
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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.
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