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Step cover targets slips on bus stairs
August 3, 2011
The product from Safeguard Technology wraps over the leading edge of steps for anti-slip protection. Officials say it is “easily installed on all bus applications and will last for years before needing replacement.”
Ky. district officials have educational bus ride
August 3, 2011
The bus takes administrators from Clark County Public Schools through the area that the district serves to 12 schools. The district’s superintendent says the purpose was to help staff members who do not live in the county to see the neighborhoods that the students live in and to give them an idea of what students experience as they ride to and from school.
S.D. bus driver honored for service to students
August 3, 2011
The South Dakota School Transportation Association names Theresa Mellen of Douglas School District its 2011 School Bus Driver of the Year. Mellen conducts bus safety classes and assists with first aid training. She also serves her community as a certified EMT and a foster parent.
Large contractors embrace School Bus Safety Co. course
August 2, 2011
The company reports that six of the eight biggest school bus contractors are now using the Driver Training Course. One calls it “the best training available for our drivers.”
NSTA Past-President Donald Fowler passes the gavel to the association's new president, Magda Dimmendaal, during the NSTA convention last month. Photo by Wim Dimmendaal
NSTA elects first female president
August 2, 2011
Magda Dimmendaal is inducted into the position during the association's Annual Meeting and Convention in Baltimore. She has more than 37 years of experience in the student transportation industry and is CEO of Dousman Transport in Dousman, Wis.
Tags: NSTA
Medford Township Public Schools bought this bus in October of 1997 and began filling it with B20 biodiesel the next month. More than 13 years later, the bus has logged 190,000 miles.
N.J. district ran bus on biodiesel for 13 years
August 2, 2011
Medford Township Public Schools was reportedly the first in New Jersey to run a school bus on B20 biodiesel. Joe Biluck, who was fleet manager at the time, tells SBF that the bus has never had any major engine work — it’s only being taken out of service because of the state’s mandatory retirement age.
Miss. bus safety effort to include more driver training
August 2, 2011
Under the initiative, which is set to begin in January, school bus drivers will receive more training and public service announcements will inform motorists of bus safety laws. The implementation of the initiative is led by a Bus Safety Task Force that was formed by the state Legislature.
Ill. district to cut costs with new bus pickup sites
August 2, 2011
Under the system, high school students will be asked to walk to their nearest elementary or middle school. If the nearest school is more than 1.5 miles away or if the route is hazardous, a neighborhood stop will be established.
Fla. counties to use online training for school bus drivers
August 1, 2011
School Training Solutions, which offers training to meet state-mandated in-service instruction requirements for bus drivers, is partnering with four counties in Florida. Statewide budget cuts caused the counties to look for a more economical solution for driver training, according to the company.
District: Student’s fall from bus ‘could have been avoided’
July 29, 2011
Officials arrive at this conclusion following an investigation of a June incident in which a special-needs student jumped from the rear exit of the moving bus and fell onto a freeway. A district spokesman says the driver and aide did not adhere to district policy — the aide, for instance, was sitting at the front of the bus instead of in the middle to monitor students.
Former bus driver to serve 25 years for molesting student
July 29, 2011
Richard Evans is sentenced to 25 years and four months in prison for picking up a special-needs student on his bus, pulling into a residential neighborhood and molesting her late last year. The crime was captured on surveillance tape.
Teens convicted, bus driver charged in special-needs student assault
July 29, 2011
A 15- and 16-year-old plead guilty and receive 60 days in a juvenile detention center in Lynchburg, Va., and probation for assaulting the student on a school bus. The bus driver is charged with felony child neglect for failing to intervene.
Transportation Sec. LaHood promotes school buses on blog
July 28, 2011
Following his address at the NSTA meeting last week and a Love the Bus event in February, the U.S. transportation chief continues to spread the word about the advantages of pupil transportation. School bus service providers, he writes, “are connecting America's children with all of the great opportunities that come from the chance to learn, grow and succeed at school.”
Trade show attendees look over the Next Generation Propane-Powered Vision, which was unveiled in Reno on Tuesday.
Execs discuss cost, safety benefits of new propane bus
July 28, 2011
SBF sits down with officials from Blue Bird, Ford and ROUSH after they unveil the Next Generation Propane-Powered Vision, which they say offers fuel savings of 30 to 40 percent on average compared to diesel counterparts.
County cracks down on school traffic safety
July 28, 2011
The zero tolerance campaign will focus on school bus stop zones and school speed zones. The campaign will put on-shift and special traffic patrols throughout Tipton County in Tennessee to enforce traffic safety. Seat belt use and distracted and impatient driving will be targeted.
Second part of anti-bullying training program available
July 28, 2011
"Creating a Supportive Bus Climate: Preventing Bullying" from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools' program focuses on building mutual respect on the school bus by providing strategies to cultivate positive relationships.
Tags: bullying, NAPT
Maryland allots $550K for school bus safety efforts
July 27, 2011
Forty-six agencies statewide will receive a total of $548,411 in grants from the Maryland School Bus Safety Enforcement Fund to put toward police overtime to enforce bus safety laws or driver education activities. The money for such projects is designed to help reduce the incidence of illegal bus passing in the state.
District to convert school bus fleet to run on natural gas
July 27, 2011
Officials at Florida-based Leon County Schools say the district will transition 44 buses to compressed natural gas by August 2012, and they hope to transition the entire fleet to natural gas within five to 10 years. The move is part of a partnership with Nopetro, a company that is working to build a natural gas fueling station for the district and will share back royalties from private sales.
Operations partner to offer school transportation alternatives
July 26, 2011
Edwardsville School District 7 and Madison County Transit in Illinois are providing students with alternatives for transportation to school: SchoolPool, which helps parents and high school students meet people and develop carpools, and the Walking School Bus, in which groups of adults supervise students walking to school.
Hawaii increases school bus fees to offset budget cuts
July 26, 2011
The state Board of Education votes unanimously to increase the bus fare for public school students from 50 cents to $1.25 for a one-way ride. The increase is needed to make up for a $9.6 million legislative cut in funding for student transportation.

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