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Bus a/c suppliers join forces
May 23, 2011
American Cooling Technology is acquired by KODA Enterprises Group, which owns ProAir LLC. The former owners of American Cooling and all of the employees will join the KODA team.
Bus drivers could be given authority to search students
May 23, 2011
Under a proposal before an Indiana district’s school board, a driver would have to have a reasonable suspicion that a student has an item or substance that puts others on the bus in danger. The driver would then have to get permission from the district’s transportation department before searching a student or his or her belongings.
The security training program being developed by Rutgers University’s Center for Transportation Safety, Security and Risk is designed to teach bus drivers how to effectively communicate with schoolchildren while a crisis is occurring. 
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New school bus security training course in development
May 20, 2011
Karen Lowrie, associate director of Rutgers University’s Center for Transportation Safety, Security and Risk, discusses the program with SBF. It is designed to teach bus drivers how to effectively communicate with schoolchildren while a crisis is occurring.
Association speaks out against ads on school buses
May 19, 2011
In a letter to state legislators, the New York Association for Pupil Transportation calls for the defeat of bills that would allow advertisements to be placed on yellow school buses. Executive Director Peter Mannella says that compromising the iconic color of school buses with ads “presents safety risks to our children.”
60-percent bus fee hike rejected
May 19, 2011
Public school trustees vote down the proposal by Calgary Board of Education administrators. The move would have cost parents of an elementary or junior high student $33.50 per month, up from $20 per month to ride the same bus this year.
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First Student recognizes veteran bus drivers
May 19, 2011
Nineteen employees who work for the school bus contractor are celebrating 40 years on the job this year. First Student President Linda Burtwistle says their commitment to the students and communities they serve is commendable.
4 students attacked by dog on bus
May 19, 2011
The students are injured when the dog follows a group of children on board, with one student sustaining a bite. A police officer is forced to shoot the dog, which continues to act aggressively after it is off the bus.
Former school teacher Stephen Dawson said his noise alarm prototype could be integrated into a bus security camera, mobile two-way radio or GPS system to help control the noise level on a bus.
Former teacher invents bus noise alarm
May 19, 2011
Stephen Dawson develops the alarm to control the noise level in his classroom, and he then realizes it could help solve safety problems in a school bus environment. He discusses with SBF how the device works.
Student Transportation wins new contracts
May 17, 2011
The company will provide pupil transportation services for operations in Southern California, New Jersey, Rhode Island and northern Ontario in Canada beginning in the upcoming school year. Officials say the contracts will add about 250 vehicles to the company’s fleet and $13 million of annualized revenues.
IMMI bus seating line to be available for Thomas Built units
May 17, 2011
The company's SafeGuard XChange product line will soon be available to order on the manufacturer's buses. SafeGuard XChange allows school bus operations to buy standard seating now and then exchange seating modules to add or configure belts at a later date.
Students at Mary Lin Elementary School in Atlanta paint the "Green Eco School Bus,” which is being converted to a hydraulic hybrid vehicle that runs on recycled biofuel.
Ford, Georgia Tech partner on hydraulic hybrid bus conversion
May 17, 2011
The Ford Motor Co. Fund and the Georgia Institute of Technology partner for the “Green Eco School Bus,” a project focused on converting an existing school bus into a hydraulic hybrid that runs on recycled biofuel. Atlanta Public Schools donated the 16-passenger unit, and officials say installation is nearly complete.
This diagram from the Iowa State Patrol illustrates an accident last week in which a 7-year-old was fatally struck by a pickup truck as she was crossing the road to board her school bus. The girl was thrown off of the road.
Bus-passing fatality spurs further safety efforts
May 16, 2011
A 7-year-old in Iowa is killed in a hit-and-run accident while crossing the street to board her school bus. State pupil transportation director Max Christensen tells SBF that a statewide task force is being formed to work on more ways to fight the stop-arm running problem.
Transfinder holds training event for clients
May 16, 2011
School transportation officials took part in more than 30 classroom and hands-on computer sessions on using the company's routing and planning software. Gwendolyn Santiago, executive director of the Texas Association of School Business Officials, gave the keynote address.
Eighth industry official completes NAPT special-needs program
May 13, 2011
Jean Zimmerman of the School District of Palm Beach County in West Palm Beach, Fla., has successfully completed the association’s Special Needs Transportation Training Program.
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U.S. Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), who is chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, spoke to NSTA members during their Capitol Hill Fly-In last week.
School bus contractors take cause to Congress
May 12, 2011
At the National School Transportation Association’s Capitol Hill Fly-In, members meet with representatives to push for continued protections for school bus operators, including the federal fuel tax exemption and the ban on transit encroachment. Association President Donald Fowler calls it “by far the best Capitol Hill Fly-In NSTA has put together in many years.”
ASBC appoints coordinator
May 12, 2011
Clark Barrineau fills the newly created position. He joins the organization from Nesbitt Research, a campaign consulting firm, where he oversaw research and communications operations for a variety of advocacy campaigns.
Rotary introduces new mobile column lift
May 12, 2011
The Wireless Mach 4 is free of cords and cables — each column is powered by batteries and communicates with the other columns wirelessly. The lift is available in sets of four or six columns, and each column has a rated lifting capacity of 18,000 lbs.
Blue Bird names new dealer
May 12, 2011
The addition of the Gregory Poole Equipment Co. increases the number of Blue Bird customer service locations in North Carolina to seven full-service facilities, with multiple field-service technicians strategically positioned throughout the state.
Partnership to focus on student transportation safety
May 11, 2011
NAPT Executive Director Mike Martin says that the association will work with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children "to advance the important messages that will help enhance the safety of our nation’s children."
School bus ads promote college awareness
May 11, 2011
As part of “Five Ways Ed Pays,” the College Board Advocacy & Policy Center purchases advertisements on 50 Houston Independent School District buses. The campaign highlights five personal benefits of achieving a four-year college degree, including better health, closer family, greater wealth, more security and stronger community.

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