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Eighth industry official completes NAPT special-needs program
May 13, 2011
Jean Zimmerman of the School District of Palm Beach County in West Palm Beach, Fla., has successfully completed the association’s Special Needs Transportation Training Program.
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U.S. Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), who is chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, spoke to NSTA members during their Capitol Hill Fly-In last week.
School bus contractors take cause to Congress
May 12, 2011
At the National School Transportation Association’s Capitol Hill Fly-In, members meet with representatives to push for continued protections for school bus operators, including the federal fuel tax exemption and the ban on transit encroachment. Association President Donald Fowler calls it “by far the best Capitol Hill Fly-In NSTA has put together in many years.”
ASBC appoints coordinator
May 12, 2011
Clark Barrineau fills the newly created position. He joins the organization from Nesbitt Research, a campaign consulting firm, where he oversaw research and communications operations for a variety of advocacy campaigns.
Rotary introduces new mobile column lift
May 12, 2011
The Wireless Mach 4 is free of cords and cables — each column is powered by batteries and communicates with the other columns wirelessly. The lift is available in sets of four or six columns, and each column has a rated lifting capacity of 18,000 lbs.
Blue Bird names new dealer
May 12, 2011
The addition of the Gregory Poole Equipment Co. increases the number of Blue Bird customer service locations in North Carolina to seven full-service facilities, with multiple field-service technicians strategically positioned throughout the state.
Partnership to focus on student transportation safety
May 11, 2011
NAPT Executive Director Mike Martin says that the association will work with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children "to advance the important messages that will help enhance the safety of our nation’s children."
School bus ads promote college awareness
May 11, 2011
As part of “Five Ways Ed Pays,” the College Board Advocacy & Policy Center purchases advertisements on 50 Houston Independent School District buses. The campaign highlights five personal benefits of achieving a four-year college degree, including better health, closer family, greater wealth, more security and stronger community.
District honored for safety and performance excellence
May 11, 2011
The South Shore Regional School Board receives the Gold Nova Scotia Pupil Transportation Achievement Award for the second consecutive year. Inspectors look at such factors as driver training and accident reporting. The district also achieves the best score for the least number of defects found during the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board mechanical inspections.
REMINDER: SBF calls for Contractor Survey participants
May 11, 2011
Managers and executives at school bus contractor companies are encouraged to respond. The deadline has been extended to May 16.
Driver stops student from hijacking bus
May 10, 2011
Evans Okoduwa convinces the seventh-grader to hand over a loaded gun. The boy has been charged with eight counts of kidnapping and two counts of bringing a firearm onto school property.
IMMI offers deal for replacing old restraints
May 9, 2011
With the SafeGuard Summer Exchange Program, school districts get a discount on the purchase of a new STAR restraint when they retire an old restraint of any brand.
Students on Kelly Moore's route practice emergency evacuation. The Fort Dodge (Iowa) Community School District did an article that profiles Moore and describes the fulfillment and flexibility that come with driving a school bus.
District promotes the rewards of driving a school bus
May 9, 2011
An article from the Fort Dodge (Iowa) Community School District profiles one of its bus drivers and describes the fulfillment and flexibility that come with the job. The article is posted on the district’s website, along with contact information for those interested in becoming a bus driver.
In “School Bus CDL Pre-Trip Inspection” Hamilton Southeastern School District bus driver Greg Beaverson conducts a pre-trip inspection on a transit-style bus, beginning with the outside and then moving to the inside.
DVD instructs on school bus CDL pre-trip inspections
May 9, 2011
In “School Bus CDL Pre-Trip Inspection” Indiana bus driver Greg Beaverson conducts a pre-trip inspection on a transit-style bus, beginning with the outside and then moving to the inside. He tells SBF that with both the inside and the outside, the process is broken down into several mini chapters that can be selected from the DVD menu to make it easy for the trainee to memorize the steps.
Durham, Stock Transportation celebrate employee appreciation
May 9, 2011
The contractors will recognize their more than 20,000 school bus drivers and support staff this month for their continued commitment to safely transporting students. Employees will be given lanyards with the logo for Enjoy the Ride, the contractors’ new employee relations program.
First Student drivers to participate in AIDS awareness bike ride
May 9, 2011
A team of bus drivers from First Student's school bus yard in San Francisco will participate in AIDS/LifeCycle 10, a seven-day bike ride to raise AIDS awareness. The drivers commit to getting fit, training and raising $3,000 each.
REMINDER: Study seeks to improve wheelchair transport safety
May 5, 2011
School bus drivers and attendants are asked to share their experiences in a survey being conducted by university researchers. The outcome is expected to help bolster the safety of wheelchair-seated students by identifying needs for improved technologies, standards and training. The survey, which was announced in March, will close at the end of this month.
Donell Rosenthal has been chosen as the new state pupil transportation director for Montana. She has worked for the state Office of Public Instruction for more than six years.
New state director named in Montana
May 5, 2011
Following the retirement of Maxine Mougeot, who held the position for nearly 10 years, Donell Rosenthal is chosen as state pupil transportation director. Rosenthal had been working for the Montana Office of Public Instruction as a computer support specialist and serving as the backup for Mougeot.
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Board proposes 60-percent school bus fee increase
May 5, 2011
The Calgary Board of Education's proposal addresses an $8.8 million gap between transportation costs and funding, as well as a 10-percent increase in fuel costs. A board member says they will consider eliminating bus routes and a position in transportation to minimize the fees.
Blue Bird, Micro Bird announce website enhancements
May 5, 2011
New features of the Micro Bird website include extensive video footage that highlights the features and benefits of each of the Micro Bird bus options. Users can also view footage and overviews of Blue Bird's newest green solution, the Propane-Powered Micro Bird.
Pictured from top to bottom are Ruth, Marvin and Mark Fisher, founders of Virginia Overland Transportation. They are on the steps of a Wayne Lifeguard bus in Richmond, Va., in 1987. Mark Fisher passed away on April 30 at the age of 59.
Former owner, president of Virginia bus company passes away
May 4, 2011
Mark D. Fisher started Virginia Overland Transportation with his parents in 1973 as a school bus consulting service. The company grew to provide many types of contracted transportation and also operated bus dealerships. Fisher passed away on April 30 at age 59.
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