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District board proposes multi-tier bus schedule
February 3, 2011
The board of education for Guilford County Schools in North Carolina will hold meetings for community input on the proposed schedule, which could save the district $1.1 million to $1.6 million.
Arsenault Associates announces annual photo contest winners
February 3, 2011
The winning photos submitted by companies will be featured in Arsenault's 2011-12 17-month calender. Each winning picture was accompanied by a description of how the company uses Arsenault's Dossier fleet maintenance management software to lower costs and increase profits.
Prices raised on Bridgestone truck, bus tires
February 3, 2011
The 12-percent price increase is effective immediately on Bridgestone and Firestone brand truck and bus radial tires. A company official cites "severely escalating raw material costs."
Tags: tires
Bus driver pens book about caring for homeless kitten
February 1, 2011
The transportation staff at a Washington school district finds the kitten under a dumpster and raises her in the facility’s office. Driver Katie Youngren chronicles the experience in the children's book Itty Bitty School Bus Kitty; she tells SBF she hopes to write a series of books about the kitten.
Teens in 2 states arrested for school bus vandalism
February 1, 2011
The separate incidents, wherein deflated tires and shattered windows were among the damage, occurred within days of each other in Wisconsin and Florida last month. The sheriff’s office in the Wisconsin case anticipates requesting criminal charges against all four suspects, while the three suspects in the Florida case each face at least 20 felony charges.
247Security offers TouchDown video management training
February 1, 2011
Stopping in 23 cities and towns, the TouchDown Training Camp will be presented to school bus professionals interested in improved video management aimed at creating safer operations while lowering costs.
Thomas Built offers bus maintenance class
February 1, 2011
The annual Thomas Built Institute will be held May 10-13. Participating technicians will receive 28 credit hours in bus maintenance education.
Utah school bus advertising bill rejected
January 31, 2011
The House votes 27 to 44 against the legislation, which would have allowed school districts to sell advertising space on the exterior of school buses. Representatives feel that the advertisements could have caused safety and legal problems for school systems.
Blue Bird: 2010 emission-compliant bus sales exceed 5,000
January 31, 2011
The manufacturer says that customers are seeing fuel economy savings with its school buses equipped with SCR to meet the EPA standards. An Indiana transportation director gives details on his district’s experience with the technology.
Florida association gears up for summer gathering
January 31, 2011
The Florida Association for Pupil Transportation will host its 63rd Summer Symposium in Ocala, Fla., on June 28 and 29. The event will include workshops and a supplier trade show.
The Minimize Danger Zone Shield is a one-piece BASF polyurethane guard that mounts to the side panel of a school bus and acts as a safeguard in front of the dual rear wheels.
Device designed to eliminate bus rear wheel danger zone gap
January 28, 2011
Public Transportation Safety International Corp. has developed the Minimize Danger Zone Shield, which is a one-piece BASF polyurethane guard that company officials say acts as a safeguard in front of the dual rear wheels of a school bus. The shield mounts to the side panel of the bus.
Since Mike Strickland joined Collins Bus Corp., its recordable injury rate has been reduced by 47 percent.
Collins employee earns national safety award
January 28, 2011
Since Mike Strickland joined the Type A bus manufacturer, its recordable injury rate and DART rate have dropped by 47 percent and 73 percent, respectively. KellerOnline and OH&S Magazine name Strickland the 2010 Safety Professional of the Year.
School bus operations across the nation will hold events around Valentine’s Day to honor their drivers as part of the annual "Love the Bus" program. Pictured here is a 2007 event in North Carolina during which students placed lip magnets on a bus.
Industry prepares to ‘Love the Bus’
January 26, 2011
School bus operations across the nation will hold events around Valentine’s Day to honor their drivers. The American School Bus Council coordinates and provides resources for the program.
District proposes changes to transportation service
January 26, 2011
Facing a severe budget gap for the 2011-12 school year, Seattle Public Schools officials have drafted a plan for creating new transportation zones that would streamline bus routes for attendance area elementary and K-8 schools. Ride times would decrease to 25 minutes or less, and about 80 buses would be taken off the road.
Student arrested for school bus bomb threat
January 26, 2011
The eighth-grader tells the other students on his school bus that he has a bomb, and firefighters and police are called in and evacuate the students. Authorities confirm that the threat was false, and the student is taken into custody.
School bus driver detains burglary suspect
January 26, 2011
The driver catches a man breaking into his bus on Tuesday and calls the local sheriff’s office. Deputies who respond to the call discover that the man fits the description of the suspect from another burglary earlier in the day.
National Express Corp. welcomes new execs
January 26, 2011
The company, which comprises Durham School Services in the U.S. and Stock Transportation in Canada, appoints John Harvey as chief financial officer, Timothy Canavan as senior vice president of maintenance, Timothy Walter as senior vice president of safety and Kim Worster as vice president of operations for Canada.
Randy McLerran, Oklahoma's state pupil transportation director for 20 years, will step down in February. He is seen here giving a presentation at the National Association for Pupil Transportation conference in 2005.
Another state director to retire
January 25, 2011
Randy McLerran, Oklahoma state pupil transportation director for 20 years, will step down next month. He says he intends to stay involved in the industry in a new role.
Tags: Oklahoma
David F. Hobson brings extensive association experience to the school bus contractors group, having most recently helmed the Uniform & Textile Service Association.
NSTA appoints executive director
January 25, 2011
David F. Hobson brings extensive association experience to the school bus contractors group, having most recently helmed the Uniform & Textile Service Association. In other news, NSTA commends new South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley for her stance on school bus privatization.
Transportation manager pens book about Crown vehicles
January 25, 2011
Louk Markham of Portage (Mich.) Public Schools spent the last 15 to 20 years researching and writing Crown Coach Corp.: School Buses, Fire Trucks and Custom Coaches, which chronicles the history of the company through text, and vintage photographs and memorabilia.
Tags: history

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