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Study: School districts see continued budget cuts
March 15, 2012
In the American Association of School Administrators’ new survey, respondents project new budget cuts in the 2013-14 school year, though the cuts may not be as deep as in the earlier years of the recession. About two-thirds of school districts surveyed eliminated positions in 2011-12.
First Student adds 41 buses to Mass. fleet
March 15, 2012
Twenty-eight of the new buses designated for the Springfield School District are Thomas Built Saf-T-Liners. First Student also integrates 13 new small buses into the fleet.
Wild turkey flies through bus windshield
March 15, 2012
Three students and the driver sustain minor injuries when the bird smashes into the windshield, spraying broken glass in the bus.
Bus, truck drivers face charges in fatal N.J. crash
March 15, 2012
The bus driver is cited for failing to stop or yield. The driver of the dump truck is cited for failing to properly secure and cover the truck's load. Prosecutors will decide whether to pursue criminal charges against the drivers after an investigation and a toxicology test are completed.
Special-education attorney to speak at NAPT Summit
March 14, 2012
Melinda Jacobs has worked in this field for nearly 30 years and has spent the last 16 representing school systems in special-education matters. In addition to presentations, she has authored several publications and articles on special-education law, and has written and produced a series of audio and videotapes on the topic.
S.C. pupil transporter completes special-needs training
March 14, 2012
Bill Kurts of Florence School District One is the 21st person to complete the NAPT's Special Needs Transportation Training Program. The program has a core curriculum that consists of six special-needs courses in a variety of settings, and it is supplemented by two courses of elective instruction from the association's Professional Development Series Program.
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Onspot expands Ind. factory
March 14, 2012
The manufacturer of automatic tire chain systems purchases the 3-acre property next door to its North Vernon facility. The property includes a 7,400-square foot building that will become a storage warehouse.
Tags: Indiana
This is one of several West Clark Community Schools buses that was damaged during the March 2 tornado in Henryville, Ind. Fortunately, no students were injured.
Ind. district keeps students safe during tornado
March 14, 2012
When the tornado hit Henryville on March 2, the city sustained severe damage, but West Clark Community Schools’ bus passengers were uninjured thanks to the actions of the district’s transportation staff and administration team. As Director of Transportation Jim Scroggin tells SBF, the employees monitored the weather, and the bus drivers and students sought shelter in buildings.
Colton (Calif.) Joint Unified School District was one operation featured in Green Fleets Across America in 2009. Fifty route buses are powered by CNG.
SBF calls for ‘green’ fleets
March 14, 2012
In our upcoming June issue, we will focus on school districts’ and contractors’ environmental efforts in "Green Fleets Across America.” We’re accepting nominations through March 23, and criteria may include use of emission-reducing equipment, use of alternative fuels and anti-idling policies.
Mont. district opts for belts on buses
March 13, 2012
The Helena School District reportedly will be the first in the state to require lap-shoulder belts on its buses. The move comes with the school board’s approval of a seven-year busing contract that specifies the three-point restraints.
Ore. district sees cost savings from propane buses
March 13, 2012
Portland Public Schools operates some of its own buses and also contracts with First Student — eighty percent of all the buses are powered by the fuel. Officials say the propane units run up to 30,000 miles longer than buses fueled by gasoline, resulting in lower maintenance costs, and the district expects to see a 50-percent savings in fuel costs.
SBF named finalist for publishing award
March 13, 2012
The 2011 SCHOOL BUS FLEET Fact Book will contend against five other publications in the directories category of the Maggie Awards. The annual competition is for trade and consumer magazines west of the Mississippi.
Ore. district official discusses illegal bus passing
March 13, 2012
Greater Albany Public Schools Director of Transportation Chris Ellison shares the procedures his drivers follow when picking up and dropping off students on busy roads, and he emphasizes the importance of stopping for school buses. Driver Terry Gleason also gives his thoughts on the issue in a video shot en route.
Man charged with stealing bus radios
March 13, 2012
Thomas Colby is apprehended as he tries to flee a Worhunsky Transportation lot. According to police, the man was found to have "burglary tools consistent with stealing two-way radios" and radio parts in his pockets.
Ga. team takes top honors at special-needs roadeo
March 12, 2012
Bus driver Kenny Moss and attendant Laura Lietch of Fulton County Schools in Fairburn, Ga., place first in the 15th National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo, scoring 885 points out of a possible 1,002 points. Teams from Syracuse, N.Y., and Canton, Ga., take second and third place, respectively.
2 killed when bus strikes bridge pillar
March 12, 2012
The bus was carrying 50 students to Indianapolis Lighthouse Charter School at the time of the crash. The driver and one student are killed, two students are critically injured and eight others sustain more minor injuries.
Change in ownership for special-needs conference
March 8, 2012
STN acquires the National Conference and Exhibition on Transporting Students with Disabilities & Preschoolers from Edupro Group. Roseann Schwaderer, owner of Edupro Group and founder and organizer of the conference, is to remain involved with the event through the end of December 2013.
School bus kidnapper could be released in May
March 8, 2012
California's First District Court of Appeal finds that Richard Schoenfeld has completed his sentence for the crime of kidnapping 26 Chowchilla schoolchildren and their school bus driver in 1976. The decision becomes final at the end of April unless the state Board of Parole Hearings files an appeal.
Bus driver tests positive for cocaine after crash
March 8, 2012
Catherine Daffin is charged with child endangerment and could face more charges for an incident last month in which she lost control of her bus and hit two mailboxes, drove over a median and crashed into a tree. Daffin claimed that the brakes had failed, but an investigation found that mechanical errors did not contribute to the accident.
Frederick County (Md.) adopted a stop-arm camera ordinance in February. This photo, of officials from the school district's transportation department and three law enforcement agencies, was taken when legislation was initiated.
Md. districts aim to capture stop-arm violations
March 8, 2012
Several counties in the state are turning to camera systems to combat the persistent problem of illegal school bus passing. Directors of transportation discuss their efforts with SBF.

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