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Doctoral candidates win 1st prize for bus routing system
June 28, 2012
Jeremy North and William Ellegood, University of Missouri–St. Louis doctoral candidates, win the graduate school research fair with their project "Applying Business Logistic Optimization Modeling to School Bus Routing." Their algorithm aims to minimize the distance traveled and the number of buses required for transporting students.
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Colo. district awarded for school bus shuttle system
June 28, 2012
Denver Public Schools' Success Express gives students in two northeast communities access to greater school options and opportunities via yellow bus service. The transportation department earns a Gold Peak Award from the Colorado American Marketing Association for the launch of the shuttle system.
District: 4 to be disciplined in bus monitor bullying
June 28, 2012
The Greece (N.Y.) Central School District identifies four middle school students as participants in the incident, in which school bus monitor Karen Klein was profanely taunted. The students will receive "disciplinary action to the fullest extent appropriate," officials say.
Representatives approved "Kadyn's Amendment," which would allocate at least $10 million to helping states enforce illegal bus passing laws.
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House passes measure to bolster illegal bus passing laws
June 28, 2012
Lawmakers approve “Kadyn’s Amendment,” which would devote at least $10 million of federal funding for NHTSA to strengthening the enforcement of existing state laws that target motorists who pass stopped school buses when students are boarding or disembarking. The amendment is named after Kadyn Halverson, who was fatally struck by a pickup truck last year as she crossed a street to board her bus.
First Student wins 2 Mich. contracts
June 28, 2012
The contractor will serve Flint Community Schools in a three-year agreement, adding 45 new buses to the fleet, and Saginaw Public Schools under a five-year agreement, adding 20 new buses to the fleet. In other news, parent company FirstGroup America hosts a delegation from the Arab state Oman to discuss best practices, including road safety, management and hiring.
Feds’ sweep takes 287 bus, truck drivers off the road
June 26, 2012
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s drug and alcohol strike force also results in pending enforcement actions on more than 128 truck and bus companies for alleged violations, such as using a driver who has tested positive for illegal drugs or not instituting a testing program.
Rosco video recorder monitors driver behavior
June 26, 2012
Officials say the Dual-Vision XC provides more than 160 hours of continuous recording in real time, enabling fleet managers to identify risky behavior before an event occurs. Additional features include a timer for 24-hour surveillance of a vehicle and infrared LEDs for night recording.
Trans Tech’s electric school bus to appear in TV show
June 26, 2012
The eTrans will be featured during the Kids Count program on Fresno, Calif.’s Valley PBS. The show will also be available for online viewing after the initial broadcast.
NYAPT addresses bus monitor bullying incident
June 26, 2012
Last week, video of monitor Karen Klein being verbally abused by students on the bus went viral. The New York Association for Pupil Transportation says that the students’ behavior toward Klein was offensive and pledges to work with state and local officials to enhance training to help bus drivers and monitors respond to such situations.
First Student purchases 86 Blue Bird propane buses
June 26, 2012
The contractor receives the buses this month, and they will be used by Portland (Ore.) Public Schools. Officials for Blue Bird and ROUSH CleanTech, which developed the fuel system for the buses, say that it is the largest single order to date for the Next Generation Propane-Powered Vision. In related news, John Roselli joins Blue Bird as director of alternative fuels.
Beaten school bus driver dies
June 26, 2012
Juan DelValle is taken off life support by his family after he was beaten into a coma by a driver whose car he clipped with his bus. The driver reportedly punched DelValle so hard his head slammed on the road when he got out of his bus to survey the damage.
Stertil-Koni produces 2,000th heavy-duty lift
June 26, 2012
The company's manufacturing facility in Streator, Ill., Stertil ALM, produces an ST 1082 Mobile Column Lift to reach the milestone. The lift can accommodate up to 18,000 pounds per column.
School bus delivers free lunches
June 21, 2012
A Florida elementary school is using a converted school bus to serve meals to children throughout the summer. Also on the menu: free books.
Exclusive interview: NHTSA chief David Strickland
June 21, 2012
On Strickland’s watch, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has publicly supported the safety record of the yellow bus and has launched a campaign to promote ridership. In an interview with SBF, the administrator discusses these topics and reaffirms the agency’s decision to not mandate seat belts on large school buses.
Fundraiser for verbally abused bus monitor raises $290K
June 21, 2012
A student uses a cell phone to film the profane taunting of bus monitor Karen Klein and posts the video online. The video goes viral, and an online fundraising effort is developed to send Klein on vacation.
School bus joyrider causes $10K in damage
June 21, 2012
An unknown suspect steals buses from the Mercer County Schools bus yard in Harrodsburg, Ky., on three different occasions. School officials take extra security measures after the first theft, but are unable to stop the subsequent thefts.
Maine School Administrative District #37 bus driver Clara Anne Freeman practices evacuating a bus via the side window emergency exit as part of a new training initiative. At left is driver Patricia Thaxter, and driver Darlene Stubbs is holding the window open.   
District launches new bus evacuation training effort
June 21, 2012
The transportation staff at Maine School Administrative District #37 in Harrington incorporates side window emergency exit evacuation into its training following an accident wherein the rear exit of a bus became unusable. Director of Transportation Dawn Coffin tells SBF that the bus drivers learned safe techniques for this type of evacuation, and the district hopes to begin the training with students in the upcoming school year.
David Ruback, president of REI, passes away
June 20, 2012
Ruback lost his battle with pancreatic cancer last month at the age of 56. Company officials say Ruback, who joined the company in 1987 and was promoted to president in 1998, was instrumental in REI’s growth and commitment to service.
Ala. bus drivers required to complete physical exam
June 20, 2012
Under legislation signed into law by Gov. Robert Bentley, drivers must successfully complete the exam by a licensed physician, at their own expense, by Aug. 14 in order to operate a school bus. Drivers may be “grandfathered” for any condition if the doctor states that it will not adversely affect their ability to control and safely operate a school bus.
1 of Chowchilla kidnappers to be released
June 19, 2012
Prison officials say that Richard Schoenfeld, who was among the three convicted in the infamous 1976 school bus kidnapping in California, will get out on parole this month.

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