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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.
Financial export added to fleet management software
June 19, 2012
Arsenault Associates’ FinanceLink, part of its Dossier version 6.2, allows users to easily export parts purchasing data to business systems for payment and reconciliation.
Rolling pit jack operates on pit floor
June 19, 2012
Stertil-Koni USA’s free-standing rolling pit jack has a capacity of 30,000 pounds, and lifting is done by an air driven, fully hydraulic pump actuated by tandem foot pedals. The company offers two models: The FPJ-150-F is fitted with a fixed vertical piston, and the FPJ-150-U has a vertical piston that moves side to side.
3 teens damage 31 buses in contractor's yard
June 19, 2012
Two of the boys are arrested and charged with burglary and vandalism, while another is on the run, for breaking into the bus yard and crashing buses into one another. The company estimates the damage at $200,000.
Tags: vandalism
Okla. high schoolers to ride transit buses for free
June 18, 2012
Under the program approved by the Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority board, students enrolled in Oklahoma City Public Schools’ academies can use the Metro buses at no charge, including for non-school activities. Metro and school buses will work in concert to transport the students.
Tags: Oklahoma
Durham wins Wash., Ore. contracts
June 18, 2012
The contractor will serve Newport (Wash.) School District and St. Helens Public Schools in Portland under five-year agreements that will begin in July for the upcoming school year. Durham will operate 78 routes for Newport and 28 routes for St. Helens.
Footage of an illegal passer nearly striking a West Virginia boy is being used for public education and driver training.
Bus stop near-miss makes for powerful lesson
June 18, 2012
Footage of an illegal passer nearly striking a West Virginia boy leaving his school bus is being used for public education and driver training. And the state has a variety of other initiatives that are helping to crack down on stop-arm running.
New bus drivers in La. won't get tenure
June 14, 2012
Previously, Louisiana school bus operators attained the job protection after passing a three-year probationary term. Under newly enacted legislation, drivers hired on or after July 1 of this year won’t be eligible for tenure.
New partnership takes aim at stop-arm running
June 14, 2012
Under the agreement, American Traffic Solutions’ automated School Bus Stop Arm Enforcement Solution CrossingGuard will be powered by AngelTrax’s IntelliGuard Stop Arm Enforcement Camera System. AngelTrax President Richie Howard says that the companies’ system “will help raise awareness in our communities of illegal school bus stop arm running and potentially save children’s lives.”

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