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Student Transportation appoints new exec, acquires bus company
February 16, 2011
Patrick Vaughan is named chief operating officer for the contractor’s North American school bus division. He will be responsible for maintaining the company’s service standards, leading the operations team and integrating new business. In other news, the contractor has acquired Rhode Island-based Ocean State Transit.
Senate Assistant Majority Leader Chuck Winder introduced a bill in the Idaho Legislature that would allow local boards of trustees to sell advertising space on school buses.
Idaho lawmaker introduces school bus advertising bill
February 16, 2011
The legislation would allow local boards of trustees to sell the advertising space. The state board of education would draft rules that would provide for the safe placement of the advertisements, and provide for reasonable restriction on advertising content. In Utah, an amended bill on the subject has been approved by the House.
District to continue with contracted bus service
February 16, 2011
The business manager for a Massachusetts school district proposes using district-owned buses for student transportation, saying it would save $62,000 this year, but the district's school committee rejects the proposal. The committee’s vice chairperson says he could not see long-term savings with the plan, and the longevity of the buses was an issue for him.
Former Oklahoma state director begins new job
February 15, 2011
Randy McLerran starts work this week at National Bus Sales, which offers new, used and reconditioned buses, as well as bus customization services. McLerran, who has 31 years of experience in the industry, will serve as a school transportation specialist and sales representative.
Tags: Oklahoma
Eaton system available for IC Bus hybrid
February 15, 2011
Eaton Corp. worked with IC Bus to specially design its hybrid system for school bus deployment. The hybrid bus combines the MaxxForce DT engine with an electric motor that has a peak power output of 44 kilowatt.
Maine could adopt new rule about transporting alcohol on buses
February 15, 2011
The state Department of Education is considering a rule next year that would prohibit school bus drivers from having unopened containers of alcohol in their vehicles after students found their driver's unopened beer on the bus. Currently, there is no state law that prohibits this.
In Alabama, Transportation South, a provider of school buses, held a Love the Bus celebration on Valentine's Day to honor the state’s bus drivers. Nearly 150 people attended.
Operations honor staff during Love the Bus month
February 15, 2011
At events held around the country — many of which took place on Valentine’s Day — school bus drivers and others involved in transporting students are recognized for their dedication. Barbecue lunches and breakfasts are among the celebratory activities.
GM unveils propane option for cutaways
February 14, 2011
For the 2012 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana cutaway 3500 and 4500 vans, GM will offer a “one-stop-shop” approach that delivers a vehicle with a complete LPG fuel system. The cutaways can be converted to various school bus, commercial, shuttle bus and RV requirements.
Teen escapes attempted abduction at bus stop
February 14, 2011
A man grabs the 14-year-old girl and tries to remove some of her clothing, but she is able to free herself. The victim then runs home and reports the incident to her mother; detectives are working to generate a composite sketch of the suspect.
Students produce public safety video on illegal bus passing
February 10, 2011
The 30-second public service announcement demonstrates that protecting the lives of students is worth waiting the extra time for a stopped school bus. It was produced in cooperation with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police; authorities report that between September and January, they received 60 complaints of illegal passing incidents.
AngelTrax announces additions to mobile DVR line
February 10, 2011
The company's Hybrid Component Series now includes the Hybrid Quest and Hybrid Vault. These hot-swappable, component-based DVRs both feature wireless compatibility, and are capable of live video streaming and instant system health checks.
‘Books on the Bus’ program creates peaceful bus ride
February 10, 2011
Under the program, students from an elementary school in Maine spend the bus ride reading to themselves, reading to friends and listening to their friends read. Students submit bookmarks as they read, which makes them eligible for prizes.
LaHood to attend Love the Bus event
February 9, 2011
The U.S. transportation secretary is scheduled to take part in a celebration being coordinated by the American School Bus Council in Maryland. Other key government officials have also been invited.
Teens charged for setting student’s hair on fire on bus
February 9, 2011
A 15-year-old freshman has been charged with aggravated menacing, a 17-year-old junior has been charged with aggravated menacing and assault and another 17-year-old junior has been charged with obstructing official business in connection to the alleged assault on 15-year-old Devin Lewis that occurred last Friday. The students have also been suspended for 10 days and will undergo an expulsion hearing.
Tags: bullying
Missouri districts to receive $10M for school transportation
February 9, 2011
The news comes after Gov. Jay Nixon released $7.5 million for the state’s school districts last month. A 6.3-percent growth in state revenue due to strong growth in corporate and individual income taxes, as well as a slight uptick in sales tax collections prompts the governor to release the additional funding.
'Ice missile' strikes bus, shattering windshield
February 8, 2011
A sheet of ice that fell off of a tractor-trailer hits the bus. The driver successfully pulls the bus over. He and three students sustain injuries in the incident.
Tags: winter
Alabama student arrested for bringing handgun on bus
February 8, 2011
The high school student shows the firearm to several middle school students, who report the incident to police. The student is also suspended and faces possible expulsion.
Cheryl Wolf will retire from her district position next month, but she plans to remain active in the industry. She is seen here at the 2008 NAPT conference accepting the Special-Needs Transportation Award.
Special-needs transportation veteran to retire
February 8, 2011
Cheryl Wolf will step down from her school district position next month but will remain active in the industry as a consultant. She reflects on her career and discusses her plans in an interview with SBF.
Zonar Systems to offer engine diagnostic system
February 7, 2011
The company partners with Mitchell 1 to develop Zonar Rx, in which the latter’s Repair-Connect web services will be integrated into Zonar’s Ground Traffic Control web-based data management software. Zonar Rx will communicate trouble codes from an engine control module and provide essential service information to diagnose and repair the problem.
District cancels plan to lay off 88 school bus attendants
February 7, 2011
Detroit Public Schools officials decide not to proceed with the layoffs after two busloads of parents attend a state board of education meeting to complain about special-education problems in the district.

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