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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
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.

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