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Blue Bird exhibits at Chinese bus and truck expo
May 17, 2012
The company displays its 2012 Vision school bus at the 2012 China Bus, Truck and Component Expo in Beijing this week. In February, Blue Bird participated in the first China International School Bus Development Forum and Exhibition.
School buses get police escorts after rifle threat
May 17, 2012
Buses carrying children to and from six Atlanta schools are escorted by police after a man aims a rifle at a bus on Monday. The man flees when witnesses confront him, but police recover the rifle and a notebook filled with bus numbers at the scene.
Tags: weapons
Rotary inground lift designed to reduce vehicle downtime
May 17, 2012
Rotary Lift’s EFX90 modular inground lift incorporates three heavy-duty scissor sections to lift vehicles weighing up to 90,000 pounds. The lift includes the company’s patented universal style lifting saddle with flip-up adapters to ease set up, and officials say the lift has an infinite adjustment range.
Barker Bus to turn over fleet every 5 years
May 17, 2012
The school bus contractor will replace 20% of its fleet with new buses each summer. Don Bickel, interim operations manager, tells SBF that after five years of replacing older buses, the company expects to save nearly $250,000 per year in maintenance costs.
Student absenteeism spikes after cut to bus service
May 16, 2012
An official at Union County Public Schools in Maynardville, Tenn., reports that 18% of students were absent on Tuesday, up from the usual 5.5%. The district suspended transportation for the last eight days of school to offset a budget shortfall of about $200,000.
Collins employees and NSTA board members help launch the first NEXBUS. In front of bus, from left, are NSTA's Todd Monteferrario (First Student), Tim Flood (The Trans Group) and Magda Dimmendaal (Dousman Transport) and Collins' Kent Tyler and John Doswell.
Collins' first NEXBUS rolls off assembly line
May 16, 2012
The redesigned line of Type A school buses is immediately available in all chassis configurations, including propane-powered and hybrid-electric versions. Company officials report that a CNG version will be available later this summer.
Tenn. district cuts bus service for 8 days
May 15, 2012
Union County Public Schools in Maynardville stops the service for all students except those with special needs and those in pre-kindergarten due to an approximately $200,000 budget shortfall. Parents are reportedly sent a letter saying that students who don't attend the last week of school will be considered absent, but parents facing a "transportation hardship" can appeal their children’s absences.
SBF publisher promoted to VP
May 15, 2012
Frank Di Giacomo’s new title is part of the changes brought on with Bobit Business Media’s recent acquisition of Newport Business Media. As vice president, bus and rail, Di Giacomo will continue to lead SCHOOL BUS FLEET and Metro Magazine.
No mechanical problems found on bus in crash
May 15, 2012
Maintenance reports indicate that there are no issues with a Tippecanoe School Corp. bus that was involved in a crash earlier this year. Beverly Turner, a former bus driver for the Indiana district, claimed that steering problems may have caused her to drive the bus into a cement post, but investigators determined that she fell asleep at the wheel.
Ind. association awards 2 scholarships
May 15, 2012
Erin Weber and Abbey Schmitt, two high school seniors, each receive $500 from the Indiana State School Bus Drivers Association. The association gives out the scholarships annually to the children and grandchildren of members.
Tags: Indiana
Ga., Ind. districts pioneer use of propane school buses
May 14, 2012
Hall County Schools in Gainesville, Ga., which runs 20 Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision school buses, is recognized by state legislators and dignitaries as the state’s first school district to power buses with the alternative fuel. Tippecanoe School Corp. in Lafayette, Ind., will reportedly deploy the state’s first Propane-Powered Vision units prior to summer break. Officials say both districts are seeing savings in fuel costs from the buses.
Bus service changes could yield $500K in savings
May 14, 2012
After modified transportation standards for the upcoming school year are proposed to the school board, Seattle Public Schools’ transportation team continues to research cost-savings options and will submit a new proposal on May 16. Officials say it calls for a return to the 2011-12 transportation plan, which, in addition to projected savings, has a minimal impact on bell times.
Transfinder gears up for client training event
May 14, 2012
The company will hold its Third Annual Client Conference this Thursday through Saturday in Albany, N.Y. Officials say attendees will participate in classroom and hands-on computer sessions devoted to using Transfinder's suite of software solutions, and a one-day management session is being offered as well.
Navistar launches new IC Bus campaign
May 11, 2012
Company officials say that the new school and commercial bus campaign takes an innovative "lifestyle" marketing approach.
NASDPTS to create model pre-trip evacuation briefing
May 10, 2012
The action is part of the state pupil transportation directors’ response to a National Transportation Safety Board recommendation, which stemmed from the fatal school bus crash in Gray Summit, Mo.
Texas district awarded $1.7M for bus retrofits
May 10, 2012
The grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's Texas Clean School Bus Program will outfit 129 Brownsville Independent School District buses with pollution-control equipment, including diesel particulate filters for older school buses.
Tags: Texas
Bus driver retires after 43 years on the road
May 10, 2012
Doris Hudson opts to end her career with Greenfield (Ill.) Community Unit School District #10, which began in 1969. Students and staff honor her during a celebration hosted by the superintendent, who rode on Hudson's bus as a child.
Survey: 30% of N.Y. districts to reduce bus service
May 10, 2012
The New York State School Boards Association and the New York State Association of School Business Officials survey 403 districts. They are making cuts in numerous areas, including transportation, to keep their budget proposals for the upcoming school year within the state’s new property tax cap.
REI camera captures stop-arm violations
May 10, 2012
The new high-resolution camera gets an image of the license plate of motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses. The camera’s exclusive day/night setting automatically detects the amount of light and switches settings for optimum viewing of the license plate, according to the company.
Steve Kalmes, the longtime director of transportation services for Anchorage School District, has also served as president of NAPT.
Industry veteran Steve Kalmes to retire
May 10, 2012
The Anchorage, Alaska, director of transportation has not only served as president of the National Association for Pupil Transportation, he has attended the annual conference for more than 30 years in a row. He tells SBF that after retiring in July, he will remain active in the industry — and will attend the next NAPT conference.

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