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Operation receives 14th achievement award
June 16, 2011
The transportation department for a school district in Nova Scotia receives a Gold Achievement Award from the province. The department was evaluated on such factors as training, accident reporting and frequency, maintenance programs, stops per mile and passenger loads.
Krapf acquires Hash Bus Co.
June 16, 2011
Barbara Hash, whose family has been in the business for 50 years, calls the decision to sell “very emotional.” But the long-running school transportation operation now becomes part of another family business, Krapf School Bus Inc.
Approximately 21,600 students are transported to and from school by the bus companies that Chicago Public Schools contracts with. Officials from the district's Bureau of Student Transportation Services are developing a request for proposal to upgrade its routing system with the goal of improving service.
Operation strives to improve efficiency, customer service with new routing system
June 16, 2011
Chicago Public Schools’ Bureau of Student Transportation Services is developing a request for proposal to upgrade the system. Officials tell SBF that the system’s components will be integrated in four phases, with the end product incorporating all of the bureau’s business and routing functions, as well as GPS capabilities.
This new training program was developed by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, with input from NAPT. The materials are available for free download.
School bus bullying program unveiled
June 15, 2011
The training was developed by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, with input from NAPT. The materials are available for free download.
Chinese municipal government to purchase new school buses
June 15, 2011
The buses, produced by Zhengzhou Yutong Group Co. Ltd., are similar in appearance to the Type C school buses that are built in the U.S. They reportedly feature an enclosed ring structure around the body for impact resistance, and each seat is equipped with a seat belt.
Tags: China
Association picks 2011 scholarship recipients
June 14, 2011
Allison Culp of Nappanee, Ind., and Sarah McDonald of Jasonville, Ind., each receive $500 from the Indiana State School Bus Drivers Association. The association annually awards two scholarships to graduating high school seniors.
Texas district's fleet honored in top 100 list
June 14, 2011
Houston Independent School District is named by Government Fleet Magazine as having one of the top 100 fleets for 2011. The awards program recognizes leading fleets from around the country. Austin (Texas) Independent School District is an honorable mention.
Tags: Texas
This repurposed school bus, which was donated to the forthcoming Bronx Children's Museum, will bring art and educational exhibits to kids throughout the borough.
Photo by Sarah Schuman
Bus brings art to Bronx kids
June 14, 2011
A repurposed school bus will serve as a mobile museum, visiting schools, community centers and parks with art and educational exhibits on board. The museum's director tells SBF that children in the borough are "dramatically under-served" in exposure to the arts.
Transfinder selects location for new headquarters
June 13, 2011
The school transportation software firm's founder, President and CEO Antonio Civitella, is investing $4.2 million to renovate 440 State St. in Schenectady, N.Y., to accommodate up to 125 employees. The renovation will preserve some of the building's original architectural features.
Dennis Huffmon has been named vice president and general manager for IC Bus U.S. and Canada.
New leader of school bus business at IC Bus
June 13, 2011
Dennis Huffmon is named vice president and general manager for IC Bus U.S. and Canada, a role in which he will lead the company’s school bus and commercial bus businesses for these countries.
Tags: IC Bus
Everyday Solutions names business development executive
June 10, 2011
Former district and state director Woody Fitzmaurice will be responsible for driving new business in selected accounts and geographies in North America for the company, which provides integrated solutions for managing school transportation information.
Tags: GPS
Driver fired after boy is left on bus
June 9, 2011
The first-grader was stranded on his school bus for more than five hours. He wrote a note to his parents: “I was on the bus all day long with nobody.”
Theme announced for 2012 special-needs conference
June 9, 2011
“Ready to Learn” is the theme for Edupro Group's 21st Transporting Students With Disabilities & Preschoolers event. Topics that will be covered include administering medications, companion animals, student disabilities and the bus ride, and participating in the IEP process.
First Student provides shuttle service for cycling event
June 8, 2011
First Student Charter Bus Rental provides transportation to VIPs, media and staff during Stage 7 of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California. Eighteen small buses shuttle more than 600 passengers to and from Mt. Baldy in the Angeles National Forest to view the race.
District holds alternative-fuel seminar
June 8, 2011
More than 30 people attend the seminar organized by Tippecanoe School Corp. in Lafayette, Ind., to discuss the possibility of using alternative fuels as a way to offset increasing fuel costs and reduced education budgets. The district is in the process of converting two maintenance vehicles and a food service vehicle to run on propane.
New York legislators recognize state’s school bus drivers
June 8, 2011
On May 24, the state Senate adopted a resolution sponsored by Sen. William Larkin that declares Oct. 21, 2011, School Bus Driver Appreciation Day. Bus driver Maureen Moore has contacted Larkin since 2005 to request the adoption of the resolution. She tells SBF that her ultimate goal is to achieve a National School Bus Driver Appreciation Day.
Tags: New York
Congressman to speak at NSTA event
June 8, 2011
U.S. Rep. Tim Scott will deliver a keynote speech to school bus contractors at the NSTA Annual Meeting and Convention in Baltimore. Scott has spoken in support of privatization efforts in his state, South Carolina.
School districts in Illinois would not receive the regular transportation payment for the FY 2011 fourth quarter, under a plan announced by the governor’s Office of Management and Budget. Pictured is the State Capitol.
Photo by W. Wadas
Governor may cut last school transportation payment
June 7, 2011
School districts in Illinois would not receive the regular transportation payment for the FY 2011 fourth quarter, under a plan announced by the governor’s Office of Management and Budget. School officials are working to save the funding.
Students help bus driver quit smoking
June 7, 2011
Jerry Hitchcock, who works for a Montana school district, decides to give up his 50-year habit after two sisters who ride his bus hide his cigarettes and tell him he should stop. He says the encouragement of the girls and the other passengers who ride his bus have helped him stick to his goal.
Rosco names new regional sales manager
June 7, 2011
The bus mirror manufacturer appoints Joe Leggett to cover the Midwest region. His responsibilities will include driving revenue, developing and training the distributor and dealer network, and supporting fleet requirements.

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