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Boy found by highway after riding bus
August 21, 2012
The boy decides to ride the school bus instead of waiting for his parents to pick him up. He is reportedly dropped off a mile from home and wanders along the highway. Officials at the district where the boy attends school now require more teachers to stand by the buses to monitor who gets on them.
Tags: Arizona
Ridership increases after bus fee reduction
August 21, 2012
A petition to set aside $316,250 in Lexington, Mass., town funds to reduce the fee from $550 to $300 per student is approved at a meeting in April. As of this month, ridership at Lexington Public Schools is reportedly up to 37% from 33% last year.
District revamps transportation for increased efficiency
August 21, 2012
Arlington (Va.) Public Schools implements routing software, establishes a call center to assist families, and plans to assign students to specific routes and bus stops. Bus passes will also be issued for the upcoming school year.
Blue Bird appoints marketing, sales execs
August 20, 2012
Jeffrey Merten joins the company as executive director of global marketing — officials say he brings expertise in brand development and marketing to his position, along with excellent dealership operations experience. Jeff Carpenter, who has worked at Blue Bird for 28 years in various sales positions, is now executive director of North American school bus sales.
This year's one-day sample of 88,025 vehicles illegally passing buses represents nearly 16 million violations in one school year. Staged photo courtesy of Florida's Brevard Public Schools
National survey finds 88K stop-arm passes
August 20, 2012
NASDPTS reports that the one-day sample represents nearly 16 million violations in one school year, up from about 13 million based on the 2011 count. Executive Director Bob Riley tells SBF that the results show that stop-arm running is "still a serious problem."
First Student names Mich., Ga. location managers
August 17, 2012
John Kiraly manages all aspects of daily transportation operations for the location serving Saginaw (Mich.) Public Schools, including maintenance, safety and training. Jim Daniel oversees the facility in Savannah, Ga., including all aspects of safety, maintenance and training for Savannah-Chatham County Public School System.
A Houston training event involves an older bus turned on its side and staged injuries, allowing bus drivers and attendants to practice their first aid training.
Houston district trains for disaster with overturned bus
August 16, 2012
School bus drivers and attendants at Houston Independent School District this year are undergoing counter-terrorism training, which includes a mock disaster drill. The event involves an older bus turned on its side and staged injuries, allowing the staff members to practice their first aid training.
Ga. district's stop-arm violation program goes live
August 16, 2012
Carroll County Schools installs high-resolution cameras on the front and rear driver’s side of school buses to capture motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses. Violators are then issued a citation through the program operated by American Traffic Solutions.
Dallas district converts 53 buses to propane
August 16, 2012
The conversion of Dallas County Schools' buses by CleanFUEL USA is funded through a $1 million grant from the North Central Texas Council of Governments’ Clean Fleets North Texas program. CleanFUEL USA has also secured 37 new or expanded contracts with other Texas districts.
Wash. district holds ride-along for incoming students
August 16, 2012
Issaquah School District #411 holds a school bus tour for incoming kindergartners and their parents that includes a practice run of unloading and crossing the street, as well as a stop at a school to see how the buses line up.
With parent input, Atlanta adds 49 buses, 850 stops
August 16, 2012
Atlanta Public Schools conducts a district-wide review of its transportation system and takes in feedback on issues that have arisen since school started. The result is more buses, more stops and more crossing guards “to ensure that all students travel to and from their schools in a safe and efficient manner,” district officials say.
Iowa adopts increased sanctions for illegal bus passing
August 15, 2012
The emergency administrative rule that took effect on Wednesday provides that a person’s driving privilege in the state will be suspended 30 days for a first conviction, 90 days for a second conviction and 180 days for a third or subsequent conviction. The rule adopted by the Iowa Department of Transportation is in response to the provisions of “Kadyn’s Law,” which was signed by Gov. Terry Branstad earlier this year.
SEFAC appoints regional sales manager
August 15, 2012
Paul Jaeger will work with existing customers of the heavy-duty vehicle lift manufacturer, and he will pursue new opportunities in the Northwest.
Denver Public Schools transportation staffers collected school supplies at the Fitness on the Rocks event at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre.
Denver district stuffs bus for wildfire victims
August 14, 2012
The transportation department at Denver Public Schools will deliver school supplies to students displaced by the Waldo Canyon fire, which killed two people and destroyed nearly 350 homes. Nicole Portee, executive director of transportation services, says that the district and the community “united to rally around the needs of these students.”
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Student Transportation officials to appear on TV
August 14, 2012
CEO Denis Gallagher and the team from subsidiary Jordan Transportation will be featured on “Nightly Business Report” on Wednesday as part of the news program’s back-to-school series. In anticipation of the new school year, the company is preparing buses, test-driving routes and training drivers.
Court supervision for D.C. bus service to end soon
August 14, 2012
After reportedly spending tens of millions of dollars to correct service and management problems targeted by a lawsuit a decade ago, city officials believe the school bus system has met all the requirements of the court order.
Stertil-Koni hires new GSA, military sales manager
August 14, 2012
Rand D. Johnson brings an extensive background in sales, electronics, hydraulics and U.S. military service to the position. He will focus on expanding the company's reach into the U.S. military market, according to President Jean DellAmore.
N.J. district, borough reach shared service agreement
August 14, 2012
Under the tentative agreement, which is expected to be formalized by next month, Fair Lawn School District will send its fleet to the borough’s maintenance garage for service. The district’s superintendent says the borough’s cost quotes are less than the private garages it has used in the past.
American Logistics Co. to serve Calif. district
August 14, 2012
The transportation management company has been selected by Carlsbad Unified School District to provide special-needs transportation service under a three-year contract. Officials say the agreement is expected to save the district and taxpayers more than $3 million, and that the company has saved the district 40% annually since 2007.
Tecumseh Transportation Director Teddy Kidney (left) says that working with law enforcement to crack down on illegal school bus passing has significantly raised awareness in the community. He is pictured with Trey Baker of the Tecumseh Police Department.
Cops help Okla. district deter stop-arm running
August 10, 2012
Tecumseh Transportation Director Teddy Kidney tells SBF that working with the local police department to crack down on illegal school bus passing has significantly raised awareness in the community. The police chief didn't need to be convinced of the problem — he's also one of the district's bus drivers.

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