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Driver stops student from hijacking bus
May 10, 2011
Evans Okoduwa convinces the seventh-grader to hand over a loaded gun. The boy has been charged with eight counts of kidnapping and two counts of bringing a firearm onto school property.
IMMI offers deal for replacing old restraints
May 9, 2011
With the SafeGuard Summer Exchange Program, school districts get a discount on the purchase of a new STAR restraint when they retire an old restraint of any brand.
Students on Kelly Moore's route practice emergency evacuation. The Fort Dodge (Iowa) Community School District did an article that profiles Moore and describes the fulfillment and flexibility that come with driving a school bus.
District promotes the rewards of driving a school bus
May 9, 2011
An article from the Fort Dodge (Iowa) Community School District profiles one of its bus drivers and describes the fulfillment and flexibility that come with the job. The article is posted on the district’s website, along with contact information for those interested in becoming a bus driver.
In “School Bus CDL Pre-Trip Inspection” Hamilton Southeastern School District bus driver Greg Beaverson conducts a pre-trip inspection on a transit-style bus, beginning with the outside and then moving to the inside.
DVD instructs on school bus CDL pre-trip inspections
May 9, 2011
In “School Bus CDL Pre-Trip Inspection” Indiana bus driver Greg Beaverson conducts a pre-trip inspection on a transit-style bus, beginning with the outside and then moving to the inside. He tells SBF that with both the inside and the outside, the process is broken down into several mini chapters that can be selected from the DVD menu to make it easy for the trainee to memorize the steps.
Durham, Stock Transportation celebrate employee appreciation
May 9, 2011
The contractors will recognize their more than 20,000 school bus drivers and support staff this month for their continued commitment to safely transporting students. Employees will be given lanyards with the logo for Enjoy the Ride, the contractors’ new employee relations program.
First Student drivers to participate in AIDS awareness bike ride
May 9, 2011
A team of bus drivers from First Student's school bus yard in San Francisco will participate in AIDS/LifeCycle 10, a seven-day bike ride to raise AIDS awareness. The drivers commit to getting fit, training and raising $3,000 each.
REMINDER: Study seeks to improve wheelchair transport safety
May 5, 2011
School bus drivers and attendants are asked to share their experiences in a survey being conducted by university researchers. The outcome is expected to help bolster the safety of wheelchair-seated students by identifying needs for improved technologies, standards and training. The survey, which was announced in March, will close at the end of this month.
Donell Rosenthal has been chosen as the new state pupil transportation director for Montana. She has worked for the state Office of Public Instruction for more than six years.
New state director named in Montana
May 5, 2011
Following the retirement of Maxine Mougeot, who held the position for nearly 10 years, Donell Rosenthal is chosen as state pupil transportation director. Rosenthal had been working for the Montana Office of Public Instruction as a computer support specialist and serving as the backup for Mougeot.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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