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Bus driver honored for conduct during tornado
December 16, 2010
Virginia Rezazedah, who works for a school district in Illinois, is named employee of the month after keeping the students on her bus calm in the aftermath of a serious accident. A tornado blew the bus off the road last month, flipping it and injuring several students.
New leadership elected for Dossier Users Group
December 16, 2010
Charlie Priscu of New York Container Terminal is chairman of the group, which represents users of Arsenault Associates’ Dossier maintenance management software. The group’s treasurer is Greg Walsh of New World Van Lines. Andrea Harper of Arsenault Associates remains the secretary.
Voters reject district’s proposal to change transportation policy
December 16, 2010
A New York school district fails to win authorization to shorten distance limits for students to receive school bus service. During a referendum on Monday, 214 people voted against the proposal; 84 people voted for it.
Anna Borges will succeed John Green (left) as California's state pupil transportation director. They are seen here at the recent NASDPTS conference with Iowa state director Max Christensen in a panel discussion on reducing pedestrian fatalities.
New California state director named
December 15, 2010
Anna Borges has been on the state’s Office of School Transportation staff for more than 10 years. Before that, she held various director and supervisory positions. She succeeds retiring state director John Green.
Walmart Foundation grant keeps district’s buses running
December 15, 2010
The philanthropic arm of retail store Walmart gives $8,500 to a California school district. The money will allow students at one of the district’s high schools and its intermediate school to continue riding school buses each day for the remainder of the school year.
Federal agencies speak out on passenger van use
December 14, 2010
NHTSA and FMCSA administrators send a letter to all 50 states’ motor vehicle administrators to remind them that 12- or 15-passenger vans should not be used to transport students because they do not provide the same level of safety as school buses.
Collins Bus Corp. awarded for workplace safety
December 14, 2010
The Type A bus manufacturer earns certification in the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program. It is one of only 157 companies that have achieved the distinction in Kansas.
Abducted student found, police still seeking kidnapper
December 14, 2010
A 9-year-old Texas student who was abducted last week while walking to a school bus stop was later found and transported to a hospital for evaluation. In the wake of a police investigation to find her kidnapper, school district officials urge students to walk in groups or with parents to and from bus stops.
With the BusGuard system, cameras installed on the left side of the bus capture traffic across four lanes out from the bus with vehicles traveling in both directions.
System bolsters student safety in and outside school buses
December 14, 2010
Among the components of BusGuard by ONGO Live Inc. is VidCops, which enables the company to send traffic tickets to motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses. The company’s CEO and COO discuss this and the system’s other features with SBF.
Man sentenced for hitting teen with bus
December 13, 2010
A judge sentences school bus driver Timothy Whalen to six years with the Montana Department of Corrections with 18 months suspended for striking 15-year-old Eleanore Dykes at a crosswalk while driving under the influence of alcohol. Dykes suffered a broken leg in the 2009 incident.
InterMotive to open office in Indiana
December 13, 2010
The new Elkhart branch will provide quicker access to eastern U.S. and Canadian customers of the company, which supplies electronic vehicle control systems for school buses and other vehicles.
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Veteran New York director moves to new district
December 9, 2010
Michael Dallessandro, who began his school transportation career in 1988, is appointed transportation director of Niagara-Wheatfield Central School District. He discusses the new role with SBF.
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30 million Americans drove drunk in 2009
December 9, 2010
A survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration finds that in the past year, 13.2 percent of drivers 16 or older drove under the influence of alcohol, and 4.3 percent drove while under the influence of illicit drugs.
Bus aide who kissed student did not commit crime, police say
December 9, 2010
Police conclude an investigation of alleged inappropriate behavior by aide Bobby Shrout, who was accused of kissing a student on the cheek. After conducting interviews and reviewing bus surveillance footage, authorities determine that Shrout did not commit a criminal offense.
The new edition of National School Transportation Specifications and Procedures, which covers everything from school bus inspection to operations to special-needs transportation, can be ordered via the NCST website.
NCST’s 2010 manual now available
December 8, 2010
The new edition of National School Transportation Specifications and Procedures, which covers everything from school bus inspection to operations to special-needs transportation, can be ordered via the NCST website.
District proposes to change transportation eligibility policy
December 8, 2010
A referendum scheduled for Dec. 13 will ask voters for authorization to shorten distance limits for students to receive school bus service. If approved, the proposal would reduce the limits from 0.5 miles to 0.2 miles for students in grades 6 and lower, and from 1 mile to 0.5 miles for students in grades 7 to 12.
Judge rules to continue school bus service for Staten Island students
December 8, 2010
State Supreme Court Justice John Fusco says that New York City’s decision to take away the service was made without concern for the welfare and safety of the seventh and eighth graders who are affected. The city’s Department of Education has vowed to appeal Fusco’s decision.
Longtime California state director to retire
December 7, 2010
John Green first became involved in pupil transportation as a school bus driver nearly 40 years ago. As he prepares to retire from his state director position, he discusses his career with SBF.
A new NHTSA proposal would expand the required field of rear view for vehicles up to 10,000 pounds. The agency requests comments on whether small school buses should be excluded from the final rule.
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Feds take aim at back-up accidents
December 7, 2010
New NHTSA proposal would expand the required field of rear view for vehicles up to 10,000 pounds. The agency requests comments on whether small school buses should be excluded from the final rule.
Student injured in school bus crash dies
December 7, 2010
Five-year-old Karen Stoute passed away on Monday morning. In the accident, an 18-wheeler strikes the bus from behind as it is moving forward after picking up students. All 21 students on board sustain injuries.

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