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Joyce St. John, who recently retired after 42 years driving Morgan County (Ala.) school buses, was named 2011 Children’s Choice School Bus Driver of the Year by Thomas Built.
42-year school bus driver wins ‘Children’s Choice’ title
October 22, 2011
10-year-old Mauriene nominated Joyce St. John, who also drove the youngster’s mother and four siblings. Mauriene wrote in the Thomas Built Buses contest that St. John “taught us manners” and expected riders to help keep the bus clean.
Bus driver prevents kids from stepping in path of runaway car
October 20, 2011
Lorraine "Lori" Golden is honored by the Lake Shore Central School District board of education in Angola, N.Y., for her actions on Sept. 6. Golden blocked the students from exiting her bus when a vehicle swerved out of control and passed by the doors of the bus and across three lawns.
Zonar celebrates 10-year anniversary
October 20, 2011
The company's foundational offering was the Electronic Vehicle Inspection Report, and as demand for the technology grew, the company began offering other products, such as ZPass and Ground Traffic Control. Zonar attributes its growth to customer-driven product development and strong relationships with customers who are leaders in their respective markets.
Student Transportation acquires N.J. bus company
October 19, 2011
The contractor completes its acquisition of School Transportation Services, which is based in Passaic County. Officials say the deal will add over 90 vehicles to the company’s fleet and annualized revenues of just over $5.4 million.
Minn. district eyes transit busing for high-schoolers
October 19, 2011
Minneapolis Public Schools is considering unlimited-ride transit passes instead of yellow school bus service for high school transportation. The district cites potential benefits for students but acknowledges that it would have less control over stops and routes and less ability to mitigate certain risks.
A new law in Washington state allows school districts to install automated camera systems on buses to identify vehicles illegally passing the buses when students are boarding or disembarking.  
Photo by Lois Cordes
Wash. law could help crack down on illegal bus passing
October 19, 2011
The law allows school districts to voluntarily install automated camera systems on school buses to identify vehicles passing the buses when students are boarding or disembarking. State director of pupil transportation Allan Jones believes the law presents a “great opportunity to get the message out about the importance of stopping for buses.” Brennor Beck, a school bus driver who inspired the law, also shares his thoughts on the issue with SBF.
Ottawa cops crack down on school bus passing
October 18, 2011
Police charge 13 drivers who fail to stop for school buses in a month-long traffic safety initiative, which also targets tailgating.
Riteway taps solar power to charge buses
October 18, 2011
The contractor, which won NSTA's Go Yellow, Go Green award this summer, has taken a multifaceted approach to protecting the environment. The most innovative element is a solar station that supplies power for plug-in hybrid school buses.
Mohawk releases new parallelogram vehicle lift
October 18, 2011
The galvanized lift is rust proof, making it ideal for wash bay environments, according to the company. It is available surface or flush mounted in 36,000-, 50,000-, 75,000- and 100,000-pound capacities.
‘Red light’ game puts N.Y. district officials ill at ease
October 18, 2011
Peter Lawrence, director of transportation for Fairport (N.Y.) Central School District, speaks with SBF about an incident on a district bus in which a student forces his way from one end of the bus to the other while other students try to physically prevent him from doing so — a game called "red light." Lawrence offers tips for school bus drivers who might experience similar incidents.
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Blue Bird names new sales and marketing exec
October 17, 2011
Dale Wendell will serve the company as vice president of global sales and marketing. He had been working with the school bus manufacturer in a sales and consulting capacity since April.
Zonar appoints executive vice president
October 14, 2011
Chris Hines joins the company in this role, bringing more than 25 years of financial and technological experience in the transportation industry. Hines will report to President and CEO Brett Brinton, and his primary focus will be to develop and oversee Zonar’s position in the commercial transportation space.
The 2011 theme for School Bus Safety Week is "Be Aware — Know the Danger Zone." Pictured is the winning poster from the NAPT's 2010 National School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest.
Pupil transporters plan activities, issue tips for School Bus Safety Week
October 13, 2011
From industry associations to school districts to contractors, officials are gearing up to observe the national event, which will be held next week. Participation in Operation Safe Stop, poster and writing contests, and recognizing bus drivers for performance excellence are among the activities in the works. Officials urge students and motorists to use caution when walking and driving around school buses.
Micro Bird makes Onspot chains a factory installed option
October 13, 2011
Micro Bird Inc. adds Onspot of North America's automatic tire chains as a factory installed option at its school and commercial bus plant. Onspot's technology allows the operator to engage and disengage tire chains at the flip of a switch to enhance traction and reduce stopping distance in snow and ice, according to the company.
Arsenault releases new edition of fleet management software
October 13, 2011
The company's Dossier 6.1 fleet asset maintenance management software offers enhancements, including Arsenault's Instant Recall repair histories, new reporting capabilities and innovative tools for compliance, benchmarking and automated report delivery.
SBF feature focuses on bus driver background checks
October 13, 2011
In “Who’s behind the wheel?: optimizing driver background checks” from our forthcoming November 2011 issue, we outline the key components to a thorough background check and provide details on operation’s hiring and background check procedures. Pupil transporters also share suggestions on how the industry could protect itself against undesirable applicants who move from state to state.
Koroseal bus tread targets traction, cleaning ease
October 13, 2011
The company’s Pebble Tread, which has been in use for nearly 20 years, has a non-directional raised pattern that provides an aggressive traction surface and still allows for ease of sweeping. Koroseal officials discuss how it holds up to the “extreme wear and tear found in the school bus entry.”
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Thomas Built VP Ken Hedgecock (second from right) said that when third party driveaway companies couldn't deliver an order of buses on time, "we decided to do it ourselves.”
Thomas Built employees carry out bus delivery
October 11, 2011
VP Ken Hedgecock is among the team members who drive 10 school buses more than 500 miles to New Jersey. Hedgecock says that third party driveaway companies couldn't deliver the buses on time, "so we decided to do it ourselves.”
NASDPTS issues guidance on pedal misapplication
October 11, 2011
The association provides steps for state directors to take in educating school bus operations about the risks of pedal misapplication, which has been cited as a factor in several bus crashes in recent years.
Collins Bus Corp. honored for recycling efforts
October 11, 2011
The school bus manufacturer wins the Green Corporate Citizen Award at the inaugural Corporate Recycling & Waste Conference. Officials say Collins has reduced its waste stream by more than 90 percent in two years through its 2009 company-wide recycling initiative and a new single-stream recycling program that began this year.

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