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Hawaii increases school bus fees to offset budget cuts
July 26, 2011
The state Board of Education votes unanimously to increase the bus fare for public school students from 50 cents to $1.25 for a one-way ride. The increase is needed to make up for a $9.6 million legislative cut in funding for student transportation.
Former NSTA staff member embarks on new career
July 26, 2011
Danielle Abe, who served as director of marketing and operations for the school bus contractors group, left the NSTA last Friday. She will be executive director of the American League of Lobbyists effective Jan 1, 2012, where she will be responsible for the league's 2012 membership drive, program development and financial management.
Tags: NSTA
Nominate an outstanding school bus administrator
July 25, 2011
Do you know an exemplary school transportation director who deserves some recognition for his or her efforts? We’re getting ready to select a recipient for our 2011 Administrator of the Year award, and we’re accepting nominations.
Blue Bird to initiate commodity surcharge
July 22, 2011
The surcharge of $1,400 will take effect on new orders placed after Aug. 4, 2011. Officials for the school bus manufacturer say that while the company has been able to offset a substantial portion of global commodity price increases, with the magnitude of the increases the surcharge has become necessary.
With end of Minnesota shutdown, bus inspections restart
July 21, 2011
State director Lt. Ed Carroll says that bus inspections should now resume as scheduled prior to the government shutdown. His office is working on a plan to catch up on the inspections that were missed over the past 21 days.
Software function displays vehicle maintenance history
July 21, 2011
Arsenault Associates' Instant Recall, a new function of its Dossier asset maintenance management software, automatically displays maintenance history information when a new repair order is initiated. This reduces rework and saves time, according to company officials.
Texas district approves fare-based bus system
July 21, 2011
Keller Independent School District's board of trustees meets to address $32 million in budget cuts, and establishes a pay-for-ride bus service to replace the free service. The new service offers a monthly payment option for parents.
SBF Publisher Frank Di Giacomo (left) presents the Contractor of the Year award to Kevin Clifford of Huntington Coach Corp. At right is new NSTA President Magda Dimmendaal.
Photo by Wim Dimmendaal
Kevin Clifford named Contractor of the Year
July 21, 2011
The president of Huntington Coach Corp. in New York has a passion for saving money for school districts and for growing the school bus contractor presence in the industry. Clifford and other contractors are honored at NSTA's awards ceremony.
NASDPTS responds to article on school bus advertising
July 20, 2011
The state directors association sends a letter to an official at the National Education Association explaining its reasons for opposing bus ads, and offers its support to the education association on efforts to maintain school bus ridership. The letter is in response to an article published in NEA Today that discusses school districts that permit advertising on the exterior of their buses and the money that’s been generated as a result of it.
Jim Vermillion, who recently retired from Jay School Corp. in Portland, Ind., is pictured here on the day he got his last new school bus, a 2009 Blue Bird unit — one of the operation's first air-conditioned models. Photo courtesy of Jay School Corp.
School bus driver retires after 60 years
July 20, 2011
Jim Vermillion drove four generations of families in Indiana over the course of his career. He discusses with SBF his first bus and his experiences behind the wheel. The transportation director at the school corporation where he worked praises his work ethic and attitude.
Navistar Parts products to be sold on Amazon.com
July 20, 2011
The company’s PARTSMART parts, which are used for International and IC Bus brand vehicles and MaxxForce brand diesel engines, can be ordered through the e-commerce site. Customers can customize their shipping preferences, see product reviews and use a variety of payment options.
Tags: IC Bus
NHTSA assessing pedestrian safety around hybrid vehicles
July 19, 2011
Possible rulemakings include requiring electric and hybrid vehicle makers to add sounds that alert the visually impaired and other pedestrians when these vehicles are operating at low speeds. A NHTSA spokesperson confirms that school buses would be included.

Tags: NHTSA
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood (left) spoke to attendees of the National School Transportation Association (NSTA) convention Tuesday morning. He is pictured here with NSTA President Donnie Fowler. 
 Photo by Wim Dimmendaal
LaHood speaks at NSTA convention
July 19, 2011
The U.S. transportation secretary addresses attendees, discussing the safety record of school buses and other related issues. Also at the Baltimore event, school bus drivers from across the U.S. and Canada vie for the top spot in three categories during the association's annual School Bus Driver International Safety Competition.
Techs earn top honors in Navistar rodeo
July 19, 2011
Tom Marty and Luc Ouellet take home the Top Service Technician awards at the 2011 Navistar Service-Technician Rodeo after going head-to-head with other commercial bus and service technicians in a series of 13 simulations designed to test technical skills and speed.
Tags: IC Bus, roadeo
Report: Bus driver wasn’t wearing seat belt during crash
July 19, 2011
A sheriff's deputy who reviewed a video of the incident in Michigan last month says Eileen Marie Delaney fell from the driver's seat into the entrance well of her bus during a left turn because she was not wearing a seat belt. The bus crashed into a garage, and Delaney suffered minor injuries.
Taxpayers group urges study of merging transportation systems
July 18, 2011
The Taxpayer Association of Martinsville/Henry County in Virginia proposes that the Henry County school board look into merging and privatizing the county and city school transportation systems. An official from the taxpayers group says that the change is needed to become more efficient, and due to declining enrollment.
Student Transportation pilots busing program for magnet school students
July 18, 2011
When a Florida district cut transportation service for several magnet schools, company officials say they were contacted by parents looking for other options. Under the program, which offers a payment plan, parents can register for bus service online and suggest a bus stop for their child.
Discount offered on anti-harassment video training
July 15, 2011
Peggy Burns’ Putting the Brakes on Harassment is aimed at helping school bus drivers recognize and address student-to-student harassment. Through Aug. 31, the program can be ordered at $50 off of the regular price.
Ex-school officials indicted on transportation kickbacks
July 14, 2011
Federal prosecutors allege that a former board member and transportation director in North Chicago took in at least $800,000 over 10 years from school bus contractors, who are also indicted.
Report: Bus driver was 'drowsy' on day of fatal crash
July 14, 2011
Bus driver Kenneth Ross Herringdine, who tested positive following the October 2010 accident for an ingredient found in cough medicine that can cause fatigue, is sentenced to a year of probation and receives a $600 fine for failing to stay in his lane. Students told investigators that on the day of the crash, Herringdine seemed drowsy while operating the bus.

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