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Miss. bus safety effort to include more driver training
August 2, 2011
Under the initiative, which is set to begin in January, school bus drivers will receive more training and public service announcements will inform motorists of bus safety laws. The implementation of the initiative is led by a Bus Safety Task Force that was formed by the state Legislature.
Ill. district to cut costs with new bus pickup sites
August 2, 2011
Under the system, high school students will be asked to walk to their nearest elementary or middle school. If the nearest school is more than 1.5 miles away or if the route is hazardous, a neighborhood stop will be established.
Fla. counties to use online training for school bus drivers
August 1, 2011
School Training Solutions, which offers training to meet state-mandated in-service instruction requirements for bus drivers, is partnering with four counties in Florida. Statewide budget cuts caused the counties to look for a more economical solution for driver training, according to the company.
District: Student’s fall from bus ‘could have been avoided’
July 29, 2011
Officials arrive at this conclusion following an investigation of a June incident in which a special-needs student jumped from the rear exit of the moving bus and fell onto a freeway. A district spokesman says the driver and aide did not adhere to district policy — the aide, for instance, was sitting at the front of the bus instead of in the middle to monitor students.
Former bus driver to serve 25 years for molesting student
July 29, 2011
Richard Evans is sentenced to 25 years and four months in prison for picking up a special-needs student on his bus, pulling into a residential neighborhood and molesting her late last year. The crime was captured on surveillance tape.
Teens convicted, bus driver charged in special-needs student assault
July 29, 2011
A 15- and 16-year-old plead guilty and receive 60 days in a juvenile detention center in Lynchburg, Va., and probation for assaulting the student on a school bus. The bus driver is charged with felony child neglect for failing to intervene.
Transportation Sec. LaHood promotes school buses on blog
July 28, 2011
Following his address at the NSTA meeting last week and a Love the Bus event in February, the U.S. transportation chief continues to spread the word about the advantages of pupil transportation. School bus service providers, he writes, “are connecting America's children with all of the great opportunities that come from the chance to learn, grow and succeed at school.”
Trade show attendees look over the Next Generation Propane-Powered Vision, which was unveiled in Reno on Tuesday.
Execs discuss cost, safety benefits of new propane bus
July 28, 2011
SBF sits down with officials from Blue Bird, Ford and ROUSH after they unveil the Next Generation Propane-Powered Vision, which they say offers fuel savings of 30 to 40 percent on average compared to diesel counterparts.
County cracks down on school traffic safety
July 28, 2011
The zero tolerance campaign will focus on school bus stop zones and school speed zones. The campaign will put on-shift and special traffic patrols throughout Tipton County in Tennessee to enforce traffic safety. Seat belt use and distracted and impatient driving will be targeted.
Second part of anti-bullying training program available
July 28, 2011
"Creating a Supportive Bus Climate: Preventing Bullying" from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools' program focuses on building mutual respect on the school bus by providing strategies to cultivate positive relationships.
Tags: bullying, NAPT
Maryland allots $550K for school bus safety efforts
July 27, 2011
Forty-six agencies statewide will receive a total of $548,411 in grants from the Maryland School Bus Safety Enforcement Fund to put toward police overtime to enforce bus safety laws or driver education activities. The money for such projects is designed to help reduce the incidence of illegal bus passing in the state.
District to convert school bus fleet to run on natural gas
July 27, 2011
Officials at Florida-based Leon County Schools say the district will transition 44 buses to compressed natural gas by August 2012, and they hope to transition the entire fleet to natural gas within five to 10 years. The move is part of a partnership with Nopetro, a company that is working to build a natural gas fueling station for the district and will share back royalties from private sales.
Operations partner to offer school transportation alternatives
July 26, 2011
Edwardsville School District 7 and Madison County Transit in Illinois are providing students with alternatives for transportation to school: SchoolPool, which helps parents and high school students meet people and develop carpools, and the Walking School Bus, in which groups of adults supervise students walking to school.
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.

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