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Ontario to provide increased funding for student transportation
April 21, 2011
The province’s Ministry of Education will allocate a projected total of $844.7 million to school boards for the 2011-12 school year. In a memorandum released this week, Cheri Hayward, director of the ministry’s school business support branch, provides a breakdown of how the money will be divided for such factors as increasing enrollment and higher operating costs.
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Tree, power lines fall on school bus
April 21, 2011
Fire rescue personnel evacuate the 20 children and the bus driver through the emergency exit into a truck. No one is injured.
IC Bus hybrid unit delivered to Canadian school
April 21, 2011
The school receives the bus for winning the title of "Canada's Greenest School" last year. Jennifer Hoa entered a video in the contest that focused on future leaders having the ability to inspire their school and others in taking "green" initiatives.
Thomas Built to hold western tech training
April 20, 2011
The first western region edition of the school bus manufacturer's technician institute will cover such topics as maintenance and inspections, 2010 emissions systems and advanced electrical.
Teens charged in incident involving stolen bus
April 20, 2011
The boys are charged with receiving stolen property after police connect two separate events. They find one boy in the parking lot of a service station and the two other boys standing near a school bus parked on a street. Police determine the bus had recently been stolen, and based on property in the teens’ possession, police link them to a burglary at the service station.
The new Bullying Prevention on the School Bus course depicts real-life bullying situations and explains the difference between bullying and simple conflict.
New driver training program targets bullying
April 19, 2011
The Bullying Prevention on the School Bus course depicts real-life bullying situations and explains the difference between bullying and simple conflict. It teaches school bus drivers how to enlist the help of everyone on the bus to make it safer.
Nearly 40 industry suppliers exhibited at the conference’s vendor show. Outgoing CASTO President Pam McDonald said about 300 people attended this year’s conference and vendor show.
CASTO conference covers safety, efficiency
April 19, 2011
Sessions during the California Association of School Transportation Officials event address myriad topics, including how pupil transporters’ actions when transporting students with disabilities can affect their operations’ costs and the First Observer school bus security program. Nearly 40 industry suppliers exhibit at the conference’s vendor show.
District to eliminate more than 100 bus stops
April 19, 2011
Officials at North Attleboro (Mass.) Public Schools say they will cut the bus stops in September, which will save $47,000 annually. The stops being considered for elimination fall outside of the district's current transportation guidelines, which surpass Massachusetts' busing requirements.
Man charged in theft of 26 bus batteries
April 19, 2011
Ronnie Roberts, 29, is believed to have broken into buses at a high school in South Carolina to steal the batteries. He is charged with 12 counts of breaking into a motor vehicle and 12 counts of petit larceny.
Bus driver dead after crashing into city building
April 19, 2011
Kelly Smith, a driver for a Pennsylvania school district, is found on the ground outside the building after she crashed her bus into it. Officials investigating the accident say Smith was ejected from the bus and may have died prior to the crash.
New York districts challenge mandated laws, regulations
April 18, 2011
Officials at school systems around the state point to the costliness of the mandates, which include providing busing and other aid to children attending private schools as a benefit to those taxpayers. In response to officials’ complaints, Gov. Andrew Cuomo convened a statewide mandate-relief committee, and the Board of Regents has identified laws it considers outdated.
Minnesota association launches new website
April 14, 2011
The Minnesota Association for Pupil Transportation’s new site offers an enhanced look and a variety of new features for its members and for the public. The group hopes to eventually provide access to training courses online.
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.

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