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Faced with a reduction of more than $710,000 to its transportation budget due to statewide cuts, Southern Humboldt Unified School District has eliminated its transportation department.
Funding cuts prompt Calif. district to eliminate transportation department
January 10, 2012
Southern Humboldt Unified School District’s board of trustees votes to lay off 11 bus drivers and three other transportation employees in the wake of a more than $710,000 reduction in funding for transportation services, which is due to statewide budget cuts. The district’s superintendent discusses with SBF the next steps that will be taken to provide service for students.
7 students receive home detention for bus beating
January 10, 2012
Five girls and two boys are released to their parents and placed on home detention by a judge after they allegedly beat a 13-year-old girl on a school bus. They have been charged with felony battery and disorderly conduct.
Committee narrowly passes Fla. bus ad bill
January 10, 2012
The Senate Prekindergarten-12 Committee passes SB 344 with a 4-2 vote. The bill would have died, but a critic votes for it so that the bill's sponsor can make changes to it.
At less than 10 inches tall, ACT's CR-4 bus air-conditioning condenser unit increases roof clearance and eliminates the need to install a branch guard.
New rooftop a/c condenser has low profile
January 9, 2012
At less than 10 inches tall, American Cooling Technology's CR-4 bus air-conditioning condenser unit increases roof clearance and eliminates the need to install a branch guard.
First Student subsidiary buys Quebec bus company
January 9, 2012
With the $8.5 million deal, Autobus Transco begins operating Transport St. Leonard's 150 schools buses. As part of the transition, the experienced drivers will participate in 20 hours of classroom and behind-the-wheel training.
District to train special-ed students to use Metro
January 9, 2012
D.C. Public Schools and other city education leaders are identifying students who could be trained to take public transportation to school. The plan is designed to help reduce the $26,000-per-student annual cost of transporting them by school bus.
Special-needs bus involved in crash
January 5, 2012
Investigators who respond to the incident believe that as pickup truck driver Angela Brown approached a traffic signal on a highway’s off-ramp, she failed to stop, smashing into the rear of a police-owned Ford Fusion, and then striking the rear of the school bus as she continued on. One student on the bus is treated for a minor injury.
Longtime N.Y. state director retires
January 5, 2012
Marion Edick stepped down from her post as the state’s director of pupil transportation services on Dec. 30. During Edick’s tenure, physical performance tests for school bus drivers were implemented and several programs were developed through the $400,000 training fund, including master instructor trainings and continuation of the PDS program.
Tags: New York
School bus fire deemed accidental
January 5, 2012
The Pocomoke (Md.) Fire Company responds to the scene and finds the burning bus close to a shed. The fire is quickly extinguished and contained.
Tags: bus fires
School bus driver saves lost infant’s life
January 5, 2012
As Ricardo Martinez was covering a trip for the Anaheim (Calif.) City School District in October, he noticed a car swerving around something in the middle of the road. He drove a bit closer only to find it was a 15-month-old baby boy. Martinez talks about the incident with SBF.
Bus driver retires after 37 years
January 5, 2012
Richard Tagliabue served as a public school bus driver in Wayne, N.J. He also ran the Wayne township transportation safety education program for 15 years and was a state-certified driving instructor for 15 years.
DATTCO employees help families in need
January 5, 2012
Seven employees at the bus company’s Burrillville, R.I., terminal spend more than 230 hours knitting scarves, mittens and hats, which are donated to a social service agency.
Student Transportation acquires N.J. bus company
January 5, 2012
The contractor has acquired Safe Start Transportation, which has provided home-to-school student transportation services to the North Central region of the state. Officials say the fleet comprises fewer than 200 vehicles.
District issues tips for winter transportation safety
January 4, 2012
School district officials in Vernon, N.J., give guidance to the community to ensure that students stay safe while traveling to and from school in winter conditions. In addition to bus safety procedures for snowy weather, the guidance includes encouraging student drivers to take the bus home on days when there is an early dismissal.
Tags: winter
Registration extended for special-needs conference
January 3, 2012
The standard fees are extended until Feb. 29 for the National Conference on Transporting Students with Disabilities & Preschoolers, to be held March 9-14 in Orlando, Fla. The registration fees will increase on March 1.
Amish press for separate school busing
January 3, 2012
A New York district provided separate transportation for local Amish children last school year but stopped in the fall. Amish parents say they don’t want their kids to be influenced by mainstream culture, but district officials say giving them special bus runs is costly and sets a bad precedent.
Gary Catapano receives NSC safety award
January 3, 2012
The National Safety Council honors FirstGroup America's senior vice president of safety with the 2011 Distinguished Service to Safety Award. The award recognizes outstanding service to the field of safety and health, and officials say Catapano was selected because of his work in the area of improving transportation on a national basis.
Bus driver who lost home receives a special gift
January 3, 2012
Twenty-four of the families on Susan Teyral's route give her a Christmas card containing gift cards totaling more than $1,000. Teyral lost her home in a flood during Tropical Storm Lee in September.
Consolidating routes and decreasing surplus buses are among the steps Orange County Public Schools has taken to boost efficiency.
Fla. district targets efficiency, saves $6.5M
January 3, 2012
Orange County Public Schools takes numerous steps to make its transportation operation more efficient, from consolidating routes and stops to reducing the number of surplus buses. Senior Director of Transportation Jim Beekman discusses the changes with SBF.
Onspot to appear on ‘Motorhead Garage’ TV show
January 3, 2012
“Motorhead Garage” specializes in demonstrating step-by-step installations of the latest aftermarket products. The “best of” episode featuring the automatic tire chain manufacturer will air on Jan. 22.
Tags: tires, winter

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