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Many companies introduce new products at NAPT trade show
November 2, 2010
At the two-day event that kicked off Tuesday afternoon, Sound-Off Signal showcases a new light that illuminates the danger zone when bus doors are activated. Also, Donaldson Co. showcases new mufflers, Safety Vision debuts a digital video recording system and Zonar Systems representatives present ZScore, a software system component that tracks driver, fleet and inspection efficiency.
NAPT seminars educate on operational efficiency
November 2, 2010
Session speakers encourage attendees to take positive steps to meet stringent budget requirements. Derek Graham shares North Carolina's experience in providing incentives for funding through improved efficiency; Salem-Keizer Public Schools staff detail the benefits of cross training employees.
Attendees look over the newly unveiled AE Series school bus, which IC Bus says is the first Type A that is fully integrated.
IC Bus unveils new Type A
November 1, 2010
The school bus manufacturer says its AE Series is the first Type A that is fully integrated. The new small bus is designed to have a longer lifecycle, and it is fully backed by IC Bus and its dealer network.
NAPT speakers discuss vehicle developments, managing challenges
November 1, 2010
In a general session and keynote presentation, the president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America provides the company's outlook on the future of commercial vehicles. Also during the general session, a successful entrepreneur shares how he has embraced living with a rare form of dwarfism. A workshop covers how to effectively address and diffuse problematic situations that stem from students' behavioral disorders.
James Jones (center, in yellow) and his daughter Chatari were among the speakers during Monday's panel focusing on preventing bullying at school and on the school bus.
Bullying panel stirs emotions at NAPT Summit
November 1, 2010
Attendees conveyed a receptive atmosphere for James Jones, the father who boarded his daughter's bus in September, causing a media sensation. The panel also included a young actor with cerebral palsy from television show Breaking Bad, U.S. Department of Education representative Kevin Jennings, and Thomas Built Buses essay contest winner Chancellor Coger.
During the NAPT awards banquet, emcee Mack Dryden (right) spoke with Distinguished Service Award winner Charlie Hood, NASDPTS president and Florida’s state director of school transportation, and NAPT President-Elect Alexandra Robinson, who presented the award to Hood.
Industry professionals recognized for dedication, achievements
November 1, 2010
Marisa Weisinger of Innovative Transportation Solutions, Carol Stamper of Charlotte-Mecklenburg (N.C.) Schools and NASDPTS President Charlie Hood were among the honorees at Sunday's NAPT awards banquet. During Monday's Leading the Day: Recognition for Exceptional Performers celebratory breakfast, this year's America's Best school bus technician and inspector were among the individuals recognized for their achievements.
Insights offered on fuel hedging
October 31, 2010
Charley Kennington informs state pupil transportation directors on the process, which he says can provide school bus operations with predictability for their fuel budgets.
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NAPT conference kicks off with focus on safety
October 31, 2010
Speakers at the Portland event address topics of perennial interest with renewed intensity. In one workshop, attendees learn tips to improve safety during school bus loading and unloading.
Ohio state director and industry veteran Pete Japikse (right) accepts the 2010 Administrator of the Year award from SBF Publisher Frank Di Giacomo.
Pete Japikse named Administrator of the Year
October 31, 2010
The Ohio state director has been involved in pupil transportation for more than 30 years. He is a driving force for improving school bus safety and service standards in his state.
New fleet maintenance program to be shown
October 31, 2010
Transfinder will give presentations on its new browser-based solution, Servicefinder, at the NAPT trade show this week. The program helps manage buses, parts, inventory and work orders.
Survey: Propane, hybrid use grows among district bus fleets
October 28, 2010
Finding is among the results of SBF’s School District Survey, which also shows an increase in budget cutbacks for busing and more districts reporting driver shortage.
School Bus Safety Week events in Missouri a success
October 28, 2010
Representatives from five school districts participated in a school bus driver workshop hosted by Gina Crump, creator of the "Respect the Ride" bus safety program; ideas for approaching school bus safety as a team were shared. Crump also held assemblies at Willard R-2 School District where drivers’ responsibilities were shared with students.
New product offers combined fleet inspection, AVL, video
October 28, 2010
Zonar Systems and AngelTrax collaborated on the system, which offers Zonar's Electronic Vehicle Inspection Report feature and real-time vehicle location via GPS, as well as AngelTrax's Virtual Synchronized Mapping feature, high-resolution cameras and FlexPlay video playback software.
A new feature in SCHOOL BUS FLEET will profile people in pupil transportation who have saved a life or performed some other heroic act. 
Photo by Barry Johnson
SBF to spotlight school bus heroes
October 28, 2010
New feature in SCHOOL BUS FLEET will profile people in pupil transportation who have saved a life or performed some other heroic act.
School bus driver teaches students through songs
October 27, 2010
Susan Flick’s goal is to make students feel a sense of friendship on the bus and establish learning on the way to school. She recently taught them a song about good nutrition and last year, she taught them a rap song about being respectful to others.
SBSC unveils new training module for special-needs transportation
October 27, 2010
The seven-DVD training module includes an overview of pertinent legislation and addresses securement, transportation challenges, emergency evacuations, types of special needs, balancing needs and lifts and mobility devices.
STA technicians to become master-certified
October 27, 2010
More than 85 percent of the school bus contractor’s 200-member maintenance team is working toward the certification under the ASE School Bus Test Series. The series includes multiple certification exams on such topics as body systems and special equipment, diesel engines and electrical/electronic systems.
Teen who crashed into school bus under investigation for DUI
October 26, 2010
Blood samples have been taken from the driver of a BMW and his two passengers to determine if they had been using drugs or alcohol prior to fatally striking a pedestrian and crashing into the back of a school bus on Monday. A manslaughter charge is likely to be pursued against the driver if he is found to have been under the influence.
District recognizes driver’s dedication for School Bus Safety Week
October 26, 2010
In a profile on Dana Saxon, officials at Washoe County School District in Reno, Nev., note that he has a two-year perfect attendance record and he works diligently to not only ensure students’ safety, but to also earn their respect.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson discuss proposed standards to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the fuel efficiency of heavy-duty trucks and buses.
Feds unveil efficiency standards for trucks, buses
October 26, 2010
The EPA and NHTSA propose the first national standards to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the fuel efficiency of heavy-duty trucks and buses. School buses are included in the vocational vehicles category.

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