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ASBC forum to focus on national education efforts
July 5, 2011
The forum will be held Aug. 3 and 4 in Chicago and will focus on how the school bus industry can get involved in the education efforts, as well as how the ASBC can better serve the industry.
Navistar donates step van to assist in Alabama rebuild
July 5, 2011
Company officials present the vehicle’s keys to the executive director of Hale Empowerment and Revitalization Organization Inc., which is working on recovery efforts in the wake of tornadoes that recently swept through the state. Navistar also donates $50,000 to the Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund.
The Ogden (Iowa) Community Schools board approved the purchase of the district's longtime contractor, Stumbo Transportation, after owner Doug Stumbo (pictured) announced his plan to retire this year. Stumbo Transportation was one of SBF's Great Fleets Across America in 2010.
Iowa district purchases school bus company
July 5, 2011
The Ogden Community Schools board approved the purchase of the district's longtime contractor, Stumbo Transportation, for $360,300 after owner Doug Stumbo announced his plan to retire this year. The district took over service on July 1. Superintendent of Schools Bill Roederer tells SBF he believes the district will save money in the long term by running its transportation department and school buses.
Citing soaring commodity costs, IC Bus will add a surcharge of up to $1,495 to the prices of its school and commercial buses. Pictured is the RE Series.
IC Bus prices to rise in September
June 30, 2011
Citing soaring commodity costs, the manufacturer will add a surcharge of up to $1,495 to the prices of its school and commercial buses. IC Bus President John McKinney says that the company has been able to absorb some increases through manufacturing efficiencies, “but we could not absorb them all.”
Illinois bus drivers get more flexibility for refresher
June 30, 2011
Under a new state rule change, school bus drivers can take their annual refresher class up to 60 days before their refresher date without changing that date. State director Cinda Meneghetti tells SBF that with fewer classes being offered due to budget cuts, the new flexibility is key.
Texas district acquires 12 propane buses
June 30, 2011
Friendswood Independent School District will replace diesel buses with the propane units and install an on-site propane fueling station with grants from the Texas Railroad Commission and Houston-Galveston Area Council.
Tags: propane, Texas
GreenRoad adds safety, efficiency features to driver management solution
June 30, 2011
The company has increased the functionality of GreenRoad 360 by adding posted speed performance and idling heat maps and expanding its data integration ability.
Teen fatally struck by tractor-trailer
June 29, 2011
The accident occurs when Aniya Williams is trying to catch a city bus in Staten Island, N.Y. Williams used to ride a school bus, but service to her school was eliminated. Last week, the state Senate passed a bill to mandate that the city Department of Education provide school bus transportation to children in grades three through eight who live more than one mile from school.
AngelTrax compact mobile DVR features wireless technology
June 29, 2011
The company’s MicroLinx video surveillance solution has built-in wireless LAN connectivity, which allows users to view live, streaming video, download recorded video data remotely and receive instant system health notifications from their local network or a cellular carrier's GSM network. The unit comes standard with four high-resolution audio and video channels.
NAPT, Zonar offer another $50K grant
June 28, 2011
The grant is for fleet management technology from Zonar that targets school bus security and efficiency. It will go to a school system whose transportation director is an NAPT member.
Transportation redesign expected to save over $700K
June 28, 2011
With dwindling transportation reimbursements from the state, an Illinois school district will launch a plan to cut busing costs for the 2011-12 school year. Strategies include consolidating bus stops, modifying start and end times and removing stops for non-riders.
Sprigeo.com is an anonymous online bullying reporting tool for students. If a student files a report on the site, it is directed in an e-mail to his or her school's administrator.
Online reporting tool provides proactive approach to bullying prevention
June 28, 2011
Joe Bruzzese, an instructor at at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Westmont College, creates Sprigeo.com to provide students with a safe, easy way to report on bullying. The system, he tells SBF, helps school administrators prevent violence on the bus and in school.
Tags: bullying
First Student honors top-performing managers
June 28, 2011
The company presents its inaugural Presidential Awards of Excellence to contract and regional managers. Officials who rated best-in-class in safety, customer service and overall performance categories are recognized.
District set to cut regular-education bus service
June 24, 2011
The news comes after the president for the Texas district's school board says voters turned down requests to raise taxes by about $260 per year for a $200,000 home. Officials say eliminating the service will save more than $2 million.
Minnesota bus drivers honored for service excellence
June 24, 2011
Six pupil transporters from around the state receive the 2011 Minnesota School Bus Operators Association’s Transportation Specialist Award during the association’s summer conference. The drivers are nominated by their supervisors, and the applications are judged on such criteria as dedication to safety, community service achievements and communication with school staff.
Tags: Minnesota
LaHood to speak at NSTA meeting
June 22, 2011
The U.S. transportation secretary will address school bus contractors at their annual gathering next month. The association also recently recruited U.S. Rep. Tim Scott as a speaker.
Countywide school bus safety reporting recommended
June 22, 2011
Education officials express skepticism over the recommendation by a Ventura County (Calif.) grand jury, noting that the request "does not come along with any resources."
Bill would change school bus seat requirement for N.Y. districts
June 22, 2011
The School Bus Mandate Relief Act would allow boards of education for school districts to reduce the number of seats provided for student transportation if there is a documented history for three years showing that eligible pupils are not using the buses provided by the districts. The legislation was passed by the state Senate last week.
Company's vehicle lifts meet certification standards
June 22, 2011
All three models of Gray Manufacturing Co. Inc.'s WPLS series of wireless mobile column lifts meet all requirements for certification under the current national standard, ANSI/ALI ALCTV-2006, and the ALI Automotive Lift Certification Program.
Driver honored for actions to save students before car-bus collision
June 22, 2011
Bus driver Kenneth Paul receives an aboriginal star blanket ceremony and a provincial plaque from Manitoba Aboriginal Affairs Minister Eric Robinson. Last month, Paul was transporting students home when he saw a car coming, slowed down and pulled off to the shoulder of the road to move out of the way as much as possible before the car struck the bus.

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