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Camera system aids in backing large buses
August 9, 2012
Rosco’s new Smart-Vision Backup Camera System uses a camera mounted on the back of the bus to send images to a monitor installed inside of the rearview mirror of the bus.
1 mile added to walking distances at Colo. district
August 9, 2012
Officials at Mesa County Valley School District say the change is “the result of further budget reductions the district is facing.” School bus service will be provided for elementary students who live more than two miles from school and for middle and high school students who live more than three miles from school.
Tips from community help to catch bus vandals
August 9, 2012
Three juveniles admit their involvement in the vandalism of seven school buses in Mt. Morris, Mich. Fire extinguishers are discharged inside the buses, and the windows are damaged.
Calif. district eliminates bus service for 600 students
August 9, 2012
Petaluma City Schools makes the change in response to the $3.3 million in budget cuts it will face if a tax initiative is not passed in November. The district partners with a city transit service to provide transportation for the students affected.
AngelTrax unveils video, driver behavior modification system
August 9, 2012
The company's CoPilot system includes a G-force sensor, GPS antenna and other sensors that automatically register erratic activity, including aggressive driving, hard braking, speeding and collisions. A blinking light on the unit alerts the driver in real time that an unsafe action has been detected.
App provides alternative fuel station location data
August 8, 2012
The Cleaner and Greener Fuels app from Leonardo Academy is available for download free of charge from the iTunes app store, the Google Play store and the Cleaner and Greener website. It provides routes to stations on a series of interactive maps for such fuels as compressed natural gas, biodiesel, propane and electricity.
Parents can ride with students during trial bus runs
August 8, 2012
Cobb County School District in Marietta, Ga., will offer this opportunity to parents and guardians of incoming kindergarteners on Friday. Buses will travel complete routes to help introduce the district’s youngest students to the bus in preparation for the new school year.
Tags: Georgia
Judge: Driver’s suit over flag firing should go to trial
August 7, 2012
Ken Webber was fired last year for flying a Confederate flag on his personal vehicle on school property, and he sued to get his job back. The bus company and the school district had argued the suit should be dismissed because he flew the flag as an expression of what he called his “redneck lifestyle” and not protected political speech, but U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Clarke now rules against the motion.
Wash. district implements mobile surveillance application
August 7, 2012
The transportation department of Stanwood-Camano (Wash.) School District #401 implements the MobileCamViewer mobile surveillance application from mobiDEOS to help keep transportation routines intact. The district's transportation director downloads the app to his iPad, which allows him to access his entire perimeter cameras live from a single screen.
Family sells bus company to Riteway
August 7, 2012
The Degnitz family, after 40 years in the business, sells Degnitz Bus Service to Riteway Bus Service Inc. Degnitz served the School District of Random Lake in Wisconsin, and officials say Degnitz's management and drivers will continue in their roles as part of the Riteway team.
Tags: Wisconsin
Industry veteran completes NAPT special-needs program
August 7, 2012
Ted Finlayson-Schueler is the latest pupil transportation official to complete the association’s Special Needs Transportation Training Program. The program has a core 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.
Tags: NAPT, New York
Ind. district to adopt transit-style bus routes
August 7, 2012
The changes at Washington Community Schools will take effect Aug. 14 and are made in response to state budget constraints. Officials say the routes now have designated stops within an area or region throughout the city limits, and buses will no longer do door-to-door stops, among other new policies.
SafeGuard says it is seeing typical market prices for equipping a school bus with lap-shoulder belt seating in the $7,000 to $9,000 range — down from $12,000 to $14,000 five years ago.
SafeGuard: Big drop in cost of school bus seat belts
August 7, 2012
Company officials say that they are now seeing typical market prices for equipping a school bus with lap-shoulder belt seating in the $7,000 to $9,000 range — down from a range of $12,000 to $14,000 five years ago. SafeGuard’s Charlie Vits discusses the price decline with SBF.
Owen Freese (left) and Verlan Vos, who have both been inspecting Iowa’s school buses for 13 years, received the prestigious Tom Horn Memorial Award.
2 school bus inspectors win key Iowa award
August 6, 2012
Owen Freese and Verlan Vos, who have both been inspecting Iowa’s school buses for 13 years, receive the prestigious Tom Horn Memorial Award. Though they initially encountered suspicion and anger when they started scrutinizing fleets, state pupil transportation director Max Christensen says that they persevered and have become "the best delegates of good will" in their agency.
Former bus driver gets probation for abusing girl
August 3, 2012
Marjorie Jones places tape over the mouth of a 7-year-old student who is unable to speak, but says at trial that she was "entertaining" the girl. She is sentenced to three years of probation and 100 hours of community service, and she is also facing a lawsuit from the girl's family.
Tags: New York
Veteran Calif. supervisor Charles Bednar to retire
August 3, 2012
Bednar began his career in the industry 41 years ago as a special-needs school bus driver for Taylor Bus Service in Orange County. He rose to vice president of the company before transitioning to the public sector, where he has spent the last 17 years at Corona-Norco Unified School District.
Joanne Vento, Renee DeVall complete NAPT special-needs program
August 3, 2012
The pupil transportation officials are from Douglas County School District in Castle Rock, Colo., and Albemarle County Public Schools in Charlottesville, Va., respectively. The association’s Special Needs Transportation Training Program has a core curriculum that consists of six special-needs courses, and it is supplemented by two courses of elective instruction from the NAPT Professional Development Series Program.
Tags: NAPT
Mike Iben named CEO of Auto Safety House
August 2, 2012
Iben joins the Thomas Built Buses dealership in Arizona with 10 years of experience in the school and commercial bus industry. He replaces Eugene Humphrey, who served Auto Safety House for six years.
NTSB cites driver fatigue, lax oversight in fatal crash
August 2, 2012
A motorcoach operated by Sky Express Inc. struck a cable barrier and overturned last May, killing four passengers. The agency finds that the driver's schedule limited his opportunity for sleep in the 72 hours leading up to the crash, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration repeatedly failed to enforce safety regulations against Sky Express.
NAPT Summit adds 2 speakers
August 2, 2012
Michael Eugene of Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, Fla., and Anne S. Ferro of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration are scheduled to speak at the National Association for Pupil Transportation's 2012 Summit in Memphis in October.

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