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Thomas Built to offer hands-on bus maintenance training
January 26, 2012
The school bus OEM will hold two sessions of its Thomas Built Institute this year. The first will take place at the company's High Point, N.C., facility April 24-27 and will include hands-on training covering a number of topics.
Stolen buses in Mo. haven't been found
January 25, 2012
At least eight school buses have disappeared from five locations in St. Louis County and Jefferson County in the past year. Police have notified the FBI.
Iowa governor supports stricter illegal bus passing penalties
January 25, 2012
Loved ones of Kadyn Halverson, who was killed by a pickup truck as she was walking to board her school bus, have been lobbying legislators to pass a bill on the subject. Gov. Terry Branstad has asked the state departments of public safety, education and transportation to work with lawmakers to craft the legislation.
Student Transportation honored for anti-bullying efforts
January 25, 2012
The school bus contractor is named 2011 Company of the Year by the nonprofit organization Unique Gifted Loveable You. Student Transportation Inc.'s bullying prevention training programs, which include having drivers maintain a positive bus environment, helped the company earn the accolade.
Bill would cut Calif. district funding to restore transportation money
January 24, 2012
Senate Bill 81 would replace the recent $248 million reduction in funding for home-to-school transportation with an across-the-board reduction to all districts equal to about $42 per student. Officials say this would shift the budget burden to suburban districts that don't offer much bus service.
Bus driver dies following accident in parking lot
January 24, 2012
Andrea Chapman, who worked for a Pennsylvania bus company, is walking across the company’s lot when she is struck by another driver in his personal vehicle. She later passes away due to head injuries.
NAPT's new metrics project aims to help members provide the best service possible — and then be able to prove it.
New NAPT project targets service assessment
January 23, 2012
The association takes aim at the “next big thing” in pupil transportation as work groups develop key performance indicators and other aspects of the metrics project. President Alexandra Robinson says that the goal is to help members provide the best service possible — and then be able to prove it.
Bus driver resigns after student struck by car
January 23, 2012
Stephen Wilson is cited with reckless conduct after he reportedly fails to engage his bus' warning lights and stop sign as a student exits the bus and begins to cross the road. The student is struck by the side mirror of a passing car but does not suffer any major injuries.
Water main break causes sinkhole that traps bus
January 23, 2012
City crew workers in Bloomington, Ill., patch the water main following last week’s incident wherein the school bus fell into a 4-foot-deep hole after the pavement caved. The driver and passengers on the bus were not injured.
Survey: 66% support cameras to capture illegal bus passing
January 23, 2012
The study, which was conducted for Affiliated Computer Services Inc., also shows that 77 percent of the 2,112 adults surveyed agree that school bus drivers are too busy focusing on student safety to record information of vehicles that illegally pass their stopped buses.
School bus ad bill passes Ky. House
January 19, 2012
Sponsor Rep. Terry Mills calls it “a simple bill with the sole intent of generating revenue for local school districts.” But some legislators have raised concerns about safety risks and the potential for school-inappropriate ad content.
Blue Bird talks propane at Wis. education event
January 19, 2012
Reps from the school bus manufacturer and Charter Fuels are on hand during the 2012 Wisconsin State Education Convention this week to discuss the advantages of running school fleets on propane.
Driver trapped under bus for 50 minutes
January 19, 2012
While Meridith Cole is inspecting a possible broken tire chain, her bus slides, trapping her face down in the snow underneath the door. A tow truck assists in raising the bus off of Cole, and she is transported to a hospital, and then a medical center, where she was in fair condition on Wednesday.
Tags: tires
Durham employees volunteer for student reading program
January 18, 2012
Cheryl Tiemann and Eddy Minze of the contractor’s Brenham, Texas, terminal visit a local elementary school each week to serve as mentors in the HOSTS reading intervention program. Tiemann and Minze work with first-graders, reading to them and listening to them read.
New machines have allowed Thomas Built Buses to reduce the average time it takes to fabricate parts by about 25 percent.
Laser cutters boost quality, efficiency at Thomas Built
January 18, 2012
The new equipment allows the school bus manufacturer to eliminate five other machines, reorganize work flow and reduce the average time it takes to fabricate parts by about 25 percent.
Transfinder achieves 13.5% revenue growth in 2011
January 17, 2012
The school transportation management solutions provider reports that along with the double-digit revenue growth, it added 169 new clients and increased staff to 60 last year.
District’s bus service unchanged despite funding cuts
January 17, 2012
Pupil transportation at Ukiah (Calif.) Unified School District will continue this school year without any changes even though the district’s funding for the service has been reduced by $467,000 due to statewide cuts. The district’s reserves are able to absorb the one-time reduction.
National Bus Sales certified as a women’s business enterprise
January 17, 2012
The provider of new and used buses receives the certification from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council Southwest, signifying that the company is at least 51 percent owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women.
8 students treated after bus pepper spray incident
January 17, 2012
The students require medical attention after the substance is accidentally discharged on the bus. A police department spokesman says that to avoid such incidents, students who carry pepper spray should be informed on how to properly use it.
Tags: weapons
Bus camera captures student sex assault
January 17, 2012
The incident is discovered after a parent requests that the Houston district's transportation department review conditions on the bus. The footage shows two 10-year-old boys assaulting an 8-year-old boy.

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