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Board proposes 60-percent school bus fee increase
May 5, 2011
The Calgary Board of Education's proposal addresses an $8.8 million gap between transportation costs and funding, as well as a 10-percent increase in fuel costs. A board member says they will consider eliminating bus routes and a position in transportation to minimize the fees.
Blue Bird, Micro Bird announce website enhancements
May 5, 2011
New features of the Micro Bird website include extensive video footage that highlights the features and benefits of each of the Micro Bird bus options. Users can also view footage and overviews of Blue Bird's newest green solution, the Propane-Powered Micro Bird.
Pictured from top to bottom are Ruth, Marvin and Mark Fisher, founders of Virginia Overland Transportation. They are on the steps of a Wayne Lifeguard bus in Richmond, Va., in 1987. Mark Fisher passed away on April 30 at the age of 59.
Former owner, president of Virginia bus company passes away
May 4, 2011
Mark D. Fisher started Virginia Overland Transportation with his parents in 1973 as a school bus consulting service. The company grew to provide many types of contracted transportation and also operated bus dealerships. Fisher passed away on April 30 at age 59.
Tags: Virginia
Summer session of IC Bus University scheduled
May 3, 2011
The school bus manufacturer’s maintenance training program will be held the week of July 25. School bus technicians will be provided with up to 42 hours of instruction on such topics as bus maintenance, engines, bus electrical, air conditioning and paint maintenance.
Tags: IC Bus
Lawmakers opt to continue funding school bus inspections
May 3, 2011
The Michigan Senate drops its plan to defund the inspection program run by the state police. The proposal for 2011-12 is to conduct all inspections, but the House will also need to support the measure.
Bus driver among California's Classified School Employees of the Year
May 3, 2011
Wilfin Morales, who works for Menlo Park City School District in Atherton, Calif., has been a bus driver for nine years. He has driven more than 250,000 miles without a single accident or ticket, and district officials say he is dedicated and goes the extra mile for students.
Bus driver praised for actions during medical emergency
May 3, 2011
Velma Woodcock pulls off the road after students notify her that a boy on her bus is unresponsive. Woodcock instructs a parent to call 911 while she performs CPR on the student, who was not breathing. She visits the student in the hospital after completing her route.
The ChildSaf System includes signs to be placed in the rear window of the bus to show that the driver has checked it for students. It reads "EMPTY" on one side and has driver procedures on the other.
A comprehensive approach to the stranded-student problem
May 3, 2011
When Dale Goby was head of transportation for Detroit Public Schools, children being left behind on the bus was a recurring problem. Then his team came up with a solution that eliminated the incidents, he tells SBF. He now offers the "low-cost, low-technology" ChildSaf System.
SBF calls for Contractor Survey participants
May 2, 2011
Managers and executives at school bus contractor companies are encouraged to respond. The deadline is May 13.
First Student wins new contract
May 2, 2011
Under a five-year agreement, the company will provide student transportation to the Capitol Region Education Council in Hartford, Conn., as needed during the summer before providing transportation for 360 routes at the start of the 2011-12 school year.
Alleged texting driver barred from operating buses
May 2, 2011
Evelyn Guzman also receives two years' probation and loses her driver's license for two years. She is accused of sending and receiving more than 1,000 text messages while operating a bus for special-needs students.
Driver, aide arrested for leaving special-needs student on bus
May 2, 2011
Police say the women discovered the child when they returned for their afternoon route and tried to cover up the incident. They are are charged with child neglect and leaving a child unattended in a motor vehicle.
Pupil transporters complete NAPT special-needs program
April 28, 2011
Officials in New York, North Carolina and Virginia successfully complete the association’s Special Needs Transportation Training Program. The program consists of 24 hours of education in a variety of settings. The core curriculum is supplemented by eight hours of elective instruction from the NAPT Professional Development Series Program.
Tags: NAPT
Ted Finlayson-Schueler, president of Safety Rules!, said he wrote “School Bus Travel Training” to inform the pupil transportation community about travel training and the importance and benefits of implementing a travel training program at one’s operation.
Industry veteran pens paper on travel training
April 28, 2011
Ted Finlayson-Schueler, president of Safety Rules!, explores accommodations that can be made within school bus service to help special-needs students develop some of the skills needed to successfully transition to riding public transit buses as adults in “School Bus Travel Training,” which he discusses with SBF.
Tags: IEP
Bill would increase regulations for taxi drivers hired by districts
April 28, 2011
The Illinois legislation would require taxi drivers under contract to transport students to undergo background checks. In addition, regular vehicle safety checks would be required.
Details released on Propane Engine Fuel Summit
April 28, 2011
The event, to be held in Long Beach, Calif., next week, will feature discussions from manufacturers of vehicles fueled by propane, dispensing equipment and tanks, as well as current propane fleet users. A free webcast will be available for those who cannot attend.
Tags: propane
Man arrested for operating stolen bus while impaired
April 28, 2011
Samuel David Mullenhauer faces the charge after North Carolina police receive a report that a school bus from Virginia is being driven erratically and take him into custody. Police later discover that the bus is stolen property.
The SafeGuard XChange line from IMMI will let school bus operations buy standard seats initially and then exchange seating modules to add or configure belts in the future.
With new bus seating line, belts can be added later
April 27, 2011
The SafeGuard XChange line from IMMI will let school bus operations buy standard seats initially and then exchange seating modules to add or configure belts in the future.
NAPT student behavior management training course available online
April 27, 2011
“Student Needs & Management” from the association’s Professional Development Series program can now be purchased online. NAPT is offering the course for $40 for members and $100 for non-members.
California school bus drivers recognized
April 27, 2011
As part of “School Bus Driver Day” on Tuesday, the California Highway Patrol joins the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown in publicly expressing appreciation to the state’s bus drivers for the job that they do.

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