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Orange County Public Schools’ operations division has received the Governor’s Sterling Award, which recognizes performance excellence. The district’s transportation department has sustained bus on-time arrival at 98% or better and reduced the transportation cost per student.
District’s operations division honored for performance excellence
May 19, 2014
The operations division for Florida’s Orange County Public Schools receives the Governor’s Sterling Award, as does the Walton County Tax Collector’s Office. Within the school district’s operations division, the transportation department has sustained on-time arrival of buses of better than 98% from 2010 to 2013, and the transportation cost per student has been reduced from $914 to $869.
First Student's Belleville, Ill., terminal partnered with two local school districts and the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce to collect 12,300 items of non-perishable food for the seventh annual “Drive Away Hunger” campaign.
First Student helps collect 12,300 items for food pantries
May 19, 2014
The school bus contractor’s Belleville, Ill., terminal partners with two local school districts and the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce to collect 12,300 items of non-perishable food for the seventh annual “Drive Away Hunger” campaign. The items are donated to four food pantries in the area.
Jeff Jones will step down from his role as vice president of Cummins' North American engine business and marketing communications on June 30. He joined the company in 1977.
Jeff Jones to retire from executive role at Cummins
May 19, 2014
Jones, who is vice president of Cummins’ North American engine business and marketing communications, will step down on June 30 after 37 years with the company. Amy Boerger will succeed Jones in leadership of Cummins’ North American engine business, overseeing national accounts, field sales and support. Lori Thompson will assume the position of vice president — engine business marketing.
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The first of 49 Blue Bird Propane Vision school buses arrives at Cleveland Metropolitan School District's depot.
Ohio school district acquires 49 propane buses
May 15, 2014
Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s new Blue Bird Propane Vision school buses will replace 12- to-13-year-old diesel buses. The propane units will go into operation for the 2014-15 school year.
Bus driver inspires reading program, wins award
May 15, 2014
Carlyn Kraft, a bus driver for the Pasco (Wash.) School District, has read to the students who ride on her bus and has brought them books for several years. The Children’s Reading Foundation of the Mid-Columbia found out and plans to launch a “Books on the Bus" reading program in her honor. Kraft also receives the 2014 Literacy Champion Award.
Firefighters in Mesa, Ariz., work to extinguish a blaze on a special-education school bus. Photo by Mesa Fire Department
Driver hailed for response to school bus fire
May 15, 2014
Fire officials in Mesa, Ariz., praise a school bus driver for her decisive actions to keep her special-education passengers safe when her bus caught on fire. The driver had reportedly noticed a small amount of smoke while she was driving, and she quickly pulled over and helped her passengers evacuate.
Legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley would set minimum penalties nationwide for stop-arm running, among other measures.
Congressman pushes school bus safety 'overhaul' bill
May 14, 2014
U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) introduces legislation in the House of Representatives that would set minimum penalties nationwide for stop-arm running. The bill would also mandate that all states require background checks for school bus drivers, and it would create a school bus seat belt demonstration program, among other measures.
During Operation Safe Stop in New York state, the New York School Bus Contractors Association expressed its support for a bill sponsored by New York Sen. John Bonacic that calls for increased penalties for motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses.Photo by Lois Cordes
Associations support bus safety campaign, legislation
May 14, 2014
The New York School Bus Contractors Association joins the New York Association for Pupil Transportation in supporting Operation Safe Stop, which promotes school bus safety education and enforcement in New York state. The contractors association uses the occasion to support a New York senator’s bill that calls for increased illegal bus-passing penalties.
The new Collins Bus CNG Type A school bus is built on a Ford E450 chassis.
Collins Bus Corp. launches new CNG Type A school bus
May 14, 2014
The school bus manufacturer has partnered with Westport on the bus, which features the Westport WiNG Power System, a dedicated natural gas fuel system. The bus also features a large passenger-side cab view window, an exterior storage compartment, and it provides an estimated 250- to 300-mile range. Collins Bus is accepting orders for the bus, and delivery to customers will begin in the fall, according to the company.
IC Bus presented its Pursuit of Excellence award to six North American dealerships. Pictured are the dealer winners in their yellow IC Bus coats.
IC Bus honors 6 dealers for sales, service
May 14, 2014
The school bus manufacturer presents its annual Pursuit of Excellence award to six North American dealerships based on such areas as business performance, customer satisfaction and community service. One of them is named the 2013 Dealer of the Year.
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This cute shot from Canandaigua (N.Y.) City School District was a winner in last year’s SBF Photo Contest.
REMINDER: Enter SBF’s Photo Contest
May 14, 2014
SCHOOL BUS FLEET’s annual competition is open to any kind of shot related to school transportation. Three winners will receive a $100 cash prize. The deadline is Friday, May 23.
Sisters save students from burning bus
May 13, 2014
As Bettye Windom and Beth Insley were driving home on the evening of April 30, they spotted a school bus with smoke coming out of the front of it and were able to help about 20 Port Gibson (Miss.) High School students get out right before the bus caught fire.
The transportation department at Houston Independent School District earned a special recognition award from the Council of the Great City Schools.
Texas district awarded for transportation performance
May 13, 2014
The Council of the Great City Schools honors the Houston Independent School District transportation department for exemplary use of technology, staff development and training, quick and efficient service, and resource stewardship.
The transportation department at Southern California's William S. Hart Union High School District has spec'd these Blue Bird Type D school buses with components to turn them into activity buses. Blue Bird Type Ds were chosen because the department is working to standardize its fleet.
District expects activity buses to save $4,000 per trip
May 13, 2014
Southern California's William S. Hart Union High School District specs the Blue Bird Type D buses to turn them into activity buses, outfitting them with coach-style seating, overhead open storage compartments and ducted air-conditioning systems. Director of Transportation Richard Varner estimates that using these buses will cost around $2,000 per trip on the longest trips, compared to $6,000 for a charter bus.
STA secures $10 million California contract
May 12, 2014
The school bus contractor will serve San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools beginning in January under the five and a half year agreement, and it will provide 133 new, ultra-low-emission vehicles and 31 propane autogas vehicles. STA also reports that all major contracts that were part of the acquisition of Atlantic Express’ California assets have been extended.
The California Highway Patrol won the 2014 California State Child Safety Award for its role in safe pupil transportation. Pictured is the agency's headquarters in Sacramento. Photo by Evan Beaver/CHP
California Highway Patrol awarded for school bus safety efforts
May 12, 2014
The law enforcement agency, which annually inspects more than 23,000 school buses in the state and plays a key role in certifying school bus drivers, wins the 2014 California State Child Safety Award. The honor is presented by the Child Safety Network.
David Pettit (right), director of transportation at Missouri's Joplin Schools, accepts a Tyler Public Sector Excellence Award from Ted Thien, senior vice president and general manager of Tyler's Versatrans solution.Photo courtesy of Business Wire
District honored for school bus routing after tornado
May 12, 2014
The transportation department at Missouri's Joplin Schools receives the 2014 Public Sector Excellence Award from Tyler Technologies for its creative use of the Versatrans transportation management system following a May 2011 tornado, including identifying students affected by the disaster and creating new routes around the damaged areas. Two more school districts are among the seven other award recipients.
Bob Pape, partner and officer secretary with Dell Transportation in Port Washington, N.Y., brings more than 40 years of experience in pupil transportation to his new role as president of the New York School Bus Contractors Association.
Bob Pape named president of New York contractors association
May 9, 2014
Pape, partner and officer secretary with Dell Transportation in Port Washington, N.Y., has served on the New York School Bus Contractors Association board of directors since 2007, and he brings more than 40 years of experience in pupil transportation to his new role as president of the association. “Our goal as an association has been, and will continue to be, to deliver the best pupil transportation services in the country,” Pape says.
Tags: New York
Zonar files patent infringement suit against Synovia
May 9, 2014
Zonar Systems confirms that it has filed a patent infringement action against Synovia Solutions LLC. In the complaint, Synovia is accused of infringing the patent under which Zonar has developed and deployed its Z Pass student ridership reporting solution.
Espar engine pre-heater available in Trans Tech buses
May 9, 2014
The company’s E-Guardian 5 engine pre-heater is available on the Type A school bus manufacturer’s buses immediately. The E-Guardian 5 is EPA verified and California Air Resources Board approved, and officials say some of the benefits of the system include a warm engine start without plug-ins, reduced engine idling for fuel savings, less engine maintenance and use of the Multi-Max Digital Controller for ease of use.

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