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Teens charged for setting student’s hair on fire on bus
February 9, 2011
A 15-year-old freshman has been charged with aggravated menacing, a 17-year-old junior has been charged with aggravated menacing and assault and another 17-year-old junior has been charged with obstructing official business in connection to the alleged assault on 15-year-old Devin Lewis that occurred last Friday. The students have also been suspended for 10 days and will undergo an expulsion hearing.
Tags: bullying
Missouri districts to receive $10M for school transportation
February 9, 2011
The news comes after Gov. Jay Nixon released $7.5 million for the state’s school districts last month. A 6.3-percent growth in state revenue due to strong growth in corporate and individual income taxes, as well as a slight uptick in sales tax collections prompts the governor to release the additional funding.
'Ice missile' strikes bus, shattering windshield
February 8, 2011
A sheet of ice that fell off of a tractor-trailer hits the bus. The driver successfully pulls the bus over. He and three students sustain injuries in the incident.
Tags: winter
Alabama student arrested for bringing handgun on bus
February 8, 2011
The high school student shows the firearm to several middle school students, who report the incident to police. The student is also suspended and faces possible expulsion.
Cheryl Wolf will retire from her district position next month, but she plans to remain active in the industry. She is seen here at the 2008 NAPT conference accepting the Special-Needs Transportation Award.
Special-needs transportation veteran to retire
February 8, 2011
Cheryl Wolf will step down from her school district position next month but will remain active in the industry as a consultant. She reflects on her career and discusses her plans in an interview with SBF.
Zonar Systems to offer engine diagnostic system
February 7, 2011
The company partners with Mitchell 1 to develop Zonar Rx, in which the latter’s Repair-Connect web services will be integrated into Zonar’s Ground Traffic Control web-based data management software. Zonar Rx will communicate trouble codes from an engine control module and provide essential service information to diagnose and repair the problem.
District cancels plan to lay off 88 school bus attendants
February 7, 2011
Detroit Public Schools officials decide not to proceed with the layoffs after two busloads of parents attend a state board of education meeting to complain about special-education problems in the district.
San Francisco district proposes changes to transportation
February 7, 2011
The changes include reducing service for general-education students attending elementary and middle schools; 11 elementary schools may see it cut entirely. Changes would be implemented over the next three years and would support the board of education’s strategic plan commitments and budget reduction goals.
School bus driver fired for suspected DUI
February 7, 2011
Steven Sauer drives into a snow bank while on route to pick up elementary school students and is then arrested. In addition to firing Sauer, the company that employed him is considering installing Breathalyzers on its buses to help prevent similar incidents.
Student Transportation creates special-needs council
February 7, 2011
The council comprises employees and managers of the school bus contractor company. The council's focus will include promoting greater awareness and understanding of the types of disabilities some of the company's passengers experience.
For its new Generation II Type As, Starcraft moved to one-piece hoop construction. The line includes the Quest DRW yellow school bus (pictured) and the Prodigy DRW white activity bus.
New small bus line unveiled
February 3, 2011
Starcraft’s second-generation Type As are available on Ford or GM chassis and come with a three-year, 36,000-mile warranty. Starcraft General Manager David Wright discusses the new school and activity buses in an interview with SBF.
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.

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