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Hawaii DOE considers cutting school bus services
March 24, 2011
Eliminating the service on Oahu is one of several options that the state's Department of Education has proposed in the wake of a draft budget approved by the House last week that would reduce the department's funding request by $55 million in both fiscal years 2012 and 2013.
NAPT president completes special-needs training program
March 24, 2011
Dr. Linda Bluth is the fourth person in the U.S. to successfully complete the NAPT Special Needs Transportation Training Program. The program consists of 24 hours of education in a variety of different settings. The core curriculum is supplemented by eight hours of elective instruction from the NAPT Professional Development Series Program.
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Veteran bus driver Leonard Davis was credited with keeping more than 50 students and staff members safe when a car collided with their bus.
Photo courtesy Bridgeport School District
Bus driver keeps cool in icy accident
March 24, 2011
When a car collides with Leonard Davis' school bus, pushing it off the icy road and down an embankment, he manages to get the bus back on all four tires and onto the road. The veteran bus driver is credited with keeping more than 50 students and staff members safe.
First Student names new contract manager
March 24, 2011
Dennis Ryan is promoted to the position for the company's Niles, Mich., location. Ryan manages all aspects of daily transportation operations, including maintenance, safety and training.
School bus manufacturer Thomas Built has achieved zero-waste-to-landfill operations. Pictured is a company-wide celebration held on Wednesday.
Thomas Built celebrates environmental achievements
March 24, 2011
The school bus manufacturer has zero-waste-to-landfill operations, meaning that everything received or produced by Thomas Built is used, reused, recycled or sold, and nothing is sent to a landfill. The company is also participating in a solar panel project, and all of its manufacturing facilities became ISO 14001 certified last year.
Next Wednesday, officers around New York State will ride in school buses and patrol units on selected bus routes and issue tickets to stop-arm violators.
Photo by Lois Cordes
Police to participate in Operation Safe Stop Day
March 23, 2011
Next Wednesday, officers around New York State will ride in school buses and in marked and unmarked patrol units on selected bus routes that have a history of illegal bus passing complaints and issue tickets to violators. Final figures will be made available to state and local officials, as well as the media.
Legislation in New York would expand the list of crimes that prohibit a person from being a school bus driver. Pictured is the State Capitol.
Photo by Matt H. Wade
Transportation director prompts update to bus driver law
March 22, 2011
David Moraca of New York's Onteora Central School District wrote a letter to a local newspaper, which inspired a state bill to expand the list of crimes that prohibit a person from being a school bus driver.
Survey reports on illegal bus passing incidents in Maryland
March 22, 2011
The survey, which the State Department of Education coordinated with transportation directors from all 24 of Maryland’s school systems, reveals that 7,028 violations were recorded on a single day last month. Large school systems noted the most violators, while some small school systems found no violators.
Carrier Corp. to sell bus air conditioning business
March 22, 2011
The company enters into an agreement to sell its business in the U.S. and Canada to Mobile Climate Control, a provider of climate control solutions to the commercial vehicle industry. Carrier's president says that the transaction is a strategy to increase the company's focus on its core growth platforms.
REMINDER: Tips for promoting the importance of school buses
March 22, 2011
A free web seminar this Thursday that is sponsored by the American School Bus Council and presented by SBF will offer guidance on communicating the environmental, economic, educational and safety benefits of the yellow bus.
'America's Best' competition to be held in San Antonio
March 22, 2011
The NAPT's 8th Annual America's Best competition will be hosted by the Texas Association of School Bus Technicians Sept. 27 to 30. The competition will be integrated with a variety of workshops for both technicians and inspectors related to components and systems on school buses.
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Student charged with felony for bomb threat
March 22, 2011
Police say that a school bus driver saw the 11-year-old boy on the bus with a device that resembled a bomb, and that the driver heard the boy threaten to detonate it on the bus or in a school. SWAT teams determine that there are no explosives on the device, but police take the boy into custody.
Starcraft's new multi-function school activity bus, the Prodigy XP, offers steel-cage construction, seat belts and air conditioning among its standard features.
Starcraft unveils new MFSAB
March 18, 2011
The manufacturer's new multi-function school activity bus, the Prodigy XP, offers steel-cage construction, seat belts and air conditioning among its standard features.
Kevin Jennings of the U.S. Department of Education, shown here at last fall's NAPT conference, announced this week that a free training program to help school bus drivers deal with bullying is expected to be released in July.
Feds to offer driver training on bullying
March 17, 2011
A free program specific to pupil transportation is expected to be released this summer. The U.S. DOE’s Kevin Jennings makes the announcement at the Transporting Students With Disabilities conference.
Pictured are the top competitors in the 14th National Special-Needs Team Safety Roadeo, in which school bus driver and attendant teams are judged in a variety of skills.
Special-needs conference covers training, growth
March 17, 2011
Workshops at the Transporting Students With Disabilities event focus on developing staff and students. School bus drivers and attendants compete in the special-needs roadeo.
Measures to increase school transportation funding rejected
March 17, 2011
The members of a Missouri House committee decide not to vote on amendments that would have provided an additional $35 million to the state’s school districts for transportation costs. The panel opts to stick with Gov. Jay Nixon's previous recommendation of $98 million in bus funding for the upcoming school year.
School bus driver charged for texting while driving
March 17, 2011
Police charge Evelyn Guzman with risk of injury to a minor and reckless endangerment. Footage from the surveillance camera on her bus allegedly shows her texting; police believe Guzman sent and received 1,068 text messages while operating a bus between April 6 and May 15, 2010.
First Student wins Louisiana contract
March 17, 2011
Under the five-year agreement, the contractor will provide school bus service for the St. James Parish School Board beginning in April. The company will also provide all routing, maintenance and management services, and hire drivers for routes currently without a district driver.
Boy attacked by moose near bus stop
March 17, 2011
A 6-year-old boy is taken to a medical center to receive treatment for a head injury he sustains after he is charged by a moose upon exiting his school bus. The boy's mother was waiting near the bus stop in her car.
Energy-efficient lighting installed in district’s parking lots
March 15, 2011
Lumetech Group outfits Dallas County Schools’ lots with the LED lighting solution. Officials estimate that annual energy savings will be in excess of 505,000 kilowatt-hour per year, and the district expects to save approximately $363,600 in electricity and lighting maintenance.

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