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Legislation being considered in Minnesota would mandate crossing arms (pictured at left) on new school buses in the state starting next year.
Bill would require crossing arms on buses
April 14, 2011
The Minnesota legislation seeks to mandate the devices on new school buses starting next year. State pupil transportation associations share their stances with SBF.
Teens charged in shooting of girl on school bus
April 14, 2011
Deondrae Northcutt and his half-brother, Teddarrius Perry, are arrested and charged after Northcutt discharges a handgun during a gang-related altercation at a high school. The bullet misses his intended target and instead hits the girl.
Districts partner for transportation, technology service agreement
April 14, 2011
Dallas County Schools will provide the services for White Settlement (Texas) Independent School District beginning with the 2011-12 school year. Officials say the consolidation will enhance the White Settlement district's cost-saving efforts.
Service from uninsured, unregistered buses prompts policy review
April 13, 2011
Officials at a Connecticut district say that schools can use travel agents to book field trips, but the district must be notified of the carrier, and registration and insurance coverage checks will be made. The news comes after 250 students were transported on tour buses for which the registration had lapsed and the insurance had been canceled.
District to save $10M with school bell time changes
April 13, 2011
Officials at Clark County School District in Las Vegas say the changes, which were made in response to $411 million in proposed budget cuts, will also increase bus routing efficiency. As part of the restructuring, approximately 200 routes will be eliminated.
School buses re-purposed in Guatemala are often painted and decorated. Photo courtesy of Mark Kendall.
Filmmaker follows the second life of a school bus
April 12, 2011
In his documentary film, which he discusses with SBF, Mark Kendall follows a bus that was auctioned off and taken to Guatemala. The bus ends up on a dangerous route in the highlands outside Guatemala City.
District acquires 2 televisions for buses
April 12, 2011
The Bus-Ed-Safe-TV monitors are being used as educational tools at a Texas school district. The monitors, which can be easily removed and placed in different buses, show content from the History Channel, the Learning Channel, NASA Space Center, the Discovery Channel and a quiz show channel.
DVR provides fast downloads, long recording times
April 12, 2011
Radio Engineering Industries Inc. has added the SD40, a compact, solid-state digital video recorder, to its family of BUS-WATCH digital video surveillance systems. The SD40 can connect up to four surveillance cameras and has GPS and WiFi compatibility and eight-way sensor programming.
Survey delves into stop-arm violations
April 12, 2011
Industry veteran Dr. Ray Turner asks for input from transportation directors and supervisors on the problem of motorists passing stopped school buses. Results of the survey will be shared with participants and used to develop a bus driver training program.
Durham donates services for home renovation project
April 11, 2011
The contractor provides shuttles for the filming of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. One shuttle was used for the volunteers helping to build the home. The other shuttle was used for spectators.
Lawmakers reject school bus advertising bill
April 11, 2011
The bill would have allowed boards of trustees in Idaho to sell advertising space on the exterior of buses, but it failed in a House vote amid concerns that it would invite distracted driving.
Foundation offers free conflict resolution, anti-bullying training
April 11, 2011
The New Jersey State Bar Foundation's “Working It Out” program shows educators — including school bus drivers and pupil transportation officials — how to use conflict resolution lessons and the foundation’s curriculum guides to train students to be peer mediators. Its “Bullying and Teasing” program provides approaches for combating student bullying.
Tags: bullying
School bus kidnapper found suitable for parole
April 7, 2011
Richard Schoenfeld, one of three men who kidnapped 26 children and their school bus driver in Chowchilla, Calif., in 1976, could be released in 2021. His parole still must be reviewed by the governor, and any sitting governor between now and 2021 could ask the state's parole board to reconsider its decision.
E-mails threatening school buses, lawmakers not credible, officials say
April 7, 2011
New York state lawmakers received the e-mails last Friday. Homeland security and counter-terrorism officials determine the threats are not credible, but transportation departments are advised to watch for suspicious activity on bus routes.
SBF a finalist for 2 publishing awards
April 7, 2011
In the annual Maggie Awards, which are for trade and consumer magazines west of the Mississippi, SCHOOL BUS FLEET's recent feature on lawsuits and its 2010 Fact Book will contend for editorial honors.
Zonar Systems honored for ridership tracking system
April 6, 2011
The company’s ZPass solution wins in the Innovative Services for Health, Wellness and Safety category at the 2011 Edison Best New Product Awards. Nominees were judged on marketplace innovation, marketplace success, technological innovation, market structure innovation, societal impact and design innovation.
Tags: GPS
Students stuck with needle found at bus stop
April 6, 2011
The students’ school bus driver finds out about the incident and calls transportation officials, who then contact the sheriff’s office. A responding deputy finds several hypodermic needles on the bus, but the sheriff's office does not plan to investigate, as it was an accident and no crime took place.
Transportation agency honored for ‘green’ fleet
April 5, 2011
California State Assemblyman Jared Huffman presents his March Sustainable North Bay Award to West County Transportation Agency Executive Director Michael Rea for the agency’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It operates 44 vehicles on compressed natural gas, and all of its diesel exhaust systems have been retrofitted with the highest level particulate trap.
Tags: biodiesel, CNG
Fog may have contributed to fatal school bus crash
April 5, 2011
A 10-year-old girl is killed in a collision on Friday between the bus and a tractor-trailer on a Mississippi highway. Authorities say it appears that the bus stopped at a stop sign, then pulled onto the highway in front of the truck.
Mississippi legislators and the governor passed Nathan's Law, which increases penalties for driving by a stopped school bus. Pictured is the State Capitol.
Photo by Chuck Kelly
School bus safety bill signed into law
April 5, 2011
Mississippi legislators and the governor pass Nathan's Law, which increases penalties for driving by a stopped school bus. It is named for a 5-year-old who was killed in a bus-passing incident.

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