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Ohio pupil transporter completes NAPT special-needs training
December 2, 2011
Dona Marie Beauchea of FirstGroup America in Cincinnati is the 13th person in the nation to complete the association’s Special Needs Transportation Training Program. The program has a core curriculum of six special-needs courses in a variety of different settings, and it is supplemented by two courses from the NAPT Professional Development Series Program.
Tags: NAPT, Ohio
Woman vandalizes buses, goes on joyride
December 2, 2011
Jillian Tetterton is arrested after she damages seven buses at a North Carolina primary school and then steals one used to transport special-needs students, with plans to take it to California. She faces multiple charges.
Special-needs driver acts quickly before bus fire
December 2, 2011
Kay Brown is praised for safely evacuating the students from her bus after she notices smoke coming from the engine compartment. The bus erupts into flames a short time later.
Tags: bus fires
Girls in bus fight wield knife, scissors
December 1, 2011
Four middle school girls get into an argument on a morning bus ride, and household blades are brandished. Some students complain of being hurt, but no one appears to be stabbed, officials say.
GreenRoad survey highlights fleet management challenges
December 1, 2011
Forty percent of respondents to the company’s Fleet Leaders Survey cite that saving money by reducing fleet fuel consumption is their biggest challenge, while 21 percent cite reducing crash costs. The survey also asks respondents about driving performance.
Peter Lawrence of Fairport (N.Y.) Central School District is the first to finish all of NAPT's PDS courses.
Peter Lawrence completes Professional Development Series
December 1, 2011
The director of transportation from Fairport (N.Y.) Central School District is the first to finish all of the National Association for Pupil Transportation's PDS courses, which cover a wide range of pupil transportation topics. Lawrence discusses the benefits of the program in an interview with SBF.
Tags: NAPT, New York
Trans Tech’s electric bus makes West Coast debut
December 1, 2011
The Type A school bus manufacturer’s eTrans unit appears at the California School Board Association’s Annual Education Conference and Trade Show on Thursday and Friday. Trans Tech President Dan Daniels says that the company has seen a “great deal” of interest in the bus coming from school districts in the state.
AngelTrax mobile DVR has wireless capabilities
December 1, 2011
The HDX leverages a 500MHz LAN card and enables clients to receive system health notifications via text message or e-mail. Other features include four audio-video channels, and a delay function built into its firmware that allows for continued recording up to 999 minutes after the vehicle has been shut down.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said that “when drivers of large trucks, buses and hazardous materials take their eyes off the road for even a few seconds, the outcome can be deadly.”
Feds ban cell phone use by some bus drivers
November 29, 2011
The new final rule prohibits interstate truck and bus drivers from using hand-held cell phones while operating their vehicles. A DOT spokesperson confirms to SBF that for school buses, the rule only applies to private operators that transport students on interstate trips.
Hunter charged for shooting school bus
November 29, 2011
Investigators say William Squire aimed his rifle at a deer but missed, and the bullet struck the bus. He faces charges of reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.
Sumwalt to serve another term with NTSB
November 29, 2011
Robert Sumwalt is sworn in for his second five-year term as a board member of the National Transportation Safety Board. He calls public service “truly one of the highest callings in the land.”
Tags: NTSB
Bus vandalism causes Ind. district to close schools
November 29, 2011
Batteries were stolen and cables were cut on 26 to 28 Metropolitan School District of Warren Township buses over the weekend, forcing the closure on Monday. Superintendent Dr. Peggy Hinckley says that district officials learned that the thefts and vandalism may be related to other, similar thefts that occurred over the weekend.
Tags: Indiana
Blue Bird honors top dealers
November 29, 2011
The school bus manufacturer presents its 2011 Dealer of the Year Award to Ross Bus and Equipment Sales of Louisiana. The company also recognizes dealerships with regional, “Best in Bus” and service awards.
Student Transportation boosts efficiency, business with cloud technology
November 29, 2011
With independenceIT’s Total Freedom Workspace, a cloud-based information technology infrastructure, officials say the school bus contractor allocates less than 1 percent of revenues to its information technology operations. In addition, the company can incorporate nearly 50 business applications into the cloud infrastructure, and it helps to streamline mergers and acquisitions, as well as audits.
Report identifies nation’s most congested corridors
November 22, 2011
The Texas Transportation Institute study describes congestion problems in 328 corridors over a variety of times. Not only were these roads found to have more stop-and-go traffic than others, but they were also much less predictable.

Molly Kirk, a driver for Florida’s Brevard Public Schools, ran the prestigious New York City Marathon in less than five hours.
School bus driver covers 26.2 miles — on foot
November 22, 2011
Molly Kirk, a driver for Florida’s Brevard Public Schools, ran the prestigious New York City Marathon in less than five hours. She shares details on the challenging race, which drew more than 47,000 starters this year.
Bus drivers in N.J. city to work on Thanksgiving
November 21, 2011
Some school bus drivers in Lakewood will be working on Thursday, transporting students to private Orthodox Jewish schools that will be open. Last year, most private school families carpooled on the holiday, but after a resident raised the issue at a board meeting earlier this year, public school officials looked into the matter, and private bus companies serving the schools were told they have to work.
Students suspended for allegedly taking Jell-O shots
November 21, 2011
Officials at Cleveland Independent School District in Texas say that the middle school students appeared to be under the influence when they arrived to school, and when administrators questioned them, they admitted to taking the shots on their bus.
Company helps Calif. district ‘green’ fleet with biodiesel
November 21, 2011
Buster Biofuels partners with Legoland California, the San Diego Padres and other entities to collect their grease and oil, recycling it into biodiesel to power San Dieguito Union High School District buses. The district is currently powering two buses with a B20 biodiesel blend and plans to eventually run its entire fleet on the fuel.
Heavy Duty Bus Parts and the C.E. White Co. displayed the forthcoming I-Skin school bus seat foam at the recent National Association for Pupil Transportation trade show.
I-Skin bus seat foam in final stages of development
November 21, 2011
The integrally bonded polyurethane foam — now six years in the making by Heavy Duty Bus Parts — will be brought to market by the C.E. White Co. Company officials say that a unique manufacturing process produces a seat foam with a soft and energy-absorbent cushion and a dense, highly durable outer skin.
Tags: seating

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