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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
Pennsylvania district could save $875K by doubling more bus runs
January 25, 2011
The district has 38 percent of its buses making double runs; the figure will increase to 90 percent next school year by making extensive route changes, officials from School Transportation Consultants say. This, in turn, will eliminate 31 buses from the fleet and maximize the number of students on each bus.
Teen arrested for fatally stabbing fellow student at bus stop
January 25, 2011
Fourteen-year-old Jorge Saavedra faces a charge of manslaughter for the incident on Monday. Deputies say he stabbed 16-year-old Dylan Nuno as the two exited their school bus; Nuno was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Transfinder announces 2010 corporate milestones
January 25, 2011
Officials for the transportation management solution provider say that in 2010, the company added 203 new clients and experienced an 8-percent increase in revenue.
NAPT training course available online
January 24, 2011
“Managing Human Resources: Employee Relations” from the association’s Professional Development Series program can now be purchased and completed through the NAPT website for an introductory price of $40. Officials say they will be rolling out new courses in the program online every month this year.
Tags: NAPT
Details released on Iowa school bus technician competition
January 24, 2011
The Third Annual “Best of the Best” competition will be held on April 16. Technicians will complete a written exam and a hands-on component; the winner will go on to participate in the National Association for Pupil Transportation’s “America’s Best” competition later this year.
Free danger zone program still available
January 20, 2011
To help bring down the number of accidents with children around school buses, four organizations teamed up last year to provide the safety training program at no charge to school districts nationwide. The offer still stands.
In a new position paper, the Florida Association for Pupil Transportation expresses its opposition to advertising on the exterior of school buses. Potential safety, content and legal issues are cited as key concerns.
Position paper takes issue with school bus ads
January 20, 2011
The Florida Association for Pupil Transportation expresses its opposition to advertising on the exterior of school buses. Potential safety, content and legal issues are cited as key concerns.
Governor urges lawmakers to consider privatizing school buses
January 20, 2011
Gov. Nikki Haley, in her first State of the State address, asks South Carolina lawmakers to privatize the state's school bus system. She says doing so could save the state money and provide students with newer buses.
Kentucky district to spend $1.5M on new bus radios
January 20, 2011
Jefferson County Public Schools opts to replace its outdated school bus radios with ones that will meet new FCC guidelines. The new radio system will reduce the number of buses on each channel from 300 to 100.
Parents form school bus company
January 20, 2011
When the Utah district where his daughter attends elementary school stopped providing bus service to her school, Ty Haguewood formed Smithfield Bus LLC with another parent. Eighty-two students ride the bus; the students’ parents pay a $206 yearly fee per child for them to ride it to and from school.
District board votes to end school bus service
January 20, 2011
The board president for the Colorado district says that the district can’t afford to pay for the service since it receives $600,000 from the state for transportation but has a $3.6 million budget. Bus service would stop with the 2011-12 school year.
Thirteen children were killed in school bus loading and unloading accidents in the 2009-10 school year.
Image by James Kraemer, 2safeschools.org
Danger zone fatalities drop
January 18, 2011
Thirteen children were killed in school bus loading and unloading accidents in the 2009-10 school year. The total is down nearly 25 percent from the previous year.
System simplifies air conditioning installation
January 18, 2011
Carrier Transport Air Conditioning’s new color-coded FlexCLIK hose and fitting refrigerant system offers color-coded laylines on each hose according to air conditioning function. The system’s components are bagged together, providing the service technician or installer with all the parts needed to complete the air conditioning connection.
Boy falls out of moving school bus
January 18, 2011
A preliminary investigation finds that the bus driver opens the bus doors for better visibility while stopped at railroad tracks and then makes a left turn onto a road, apparently forgetting to close the bus doors. The child falls onto the road during the turn, and the driver doesn't realize what happened until other students notify him.
Missouri districts to receive $7.5M for school transportation
January 18, 2011
The additional funding was made possible because revenue collections have been better than anticipated, according to the state's budget director. The funding will help school districts offset rising fuel costs while grappling with budget cuts.

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