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Nominate an outstanding contractor
June 15, 2010
SBF calls for candidates for the annual Contractor of the Year award. Nominees should be people who have made significant contributions to pupil transportation at their own operations as well as through industry associations.
This photo taken of 7-year-old Kyron Horman with his science project on the morning of his disappearance has been circulated in the media, on posters and in missing-person shirts that his family ordered to give out.
Search still on for missing student
June 15, 2010
After 7-year-old Kyron Horman didn’t return home on his school bus as scheduled on June 4, his family called the school, which then called police. Although the boy was at the school that morning for a science fair, staff reported that he wasn’t in his classroom afterward.
Michigan bill would increase illegal passing penalties
June 15, 2010
Introduced in the House this month, the bill would double fines for motorists who pass a stopped school bus. Drivers who cause an injury or death in a school bus zone would receive prison terms.
Zonar donates scholarships to attend NAPT Summit
June 15, 2010
Each of the 10 scholarships will cover the cost of one conference registration. NAPT members are encouraged to apply; if applicants are not current members, Zonar will pay for the cost of membership. Individuals can apply from July 1 through Oct. 1.
Apollo Video to outfit nearly 700 buses with surveillance system
June 14, 2010
The RoadRunner video surveillance system will be installed on the school buses, operated by First Student for Buffalo (N.Y.) Public Schools. The system integrates GPS capabilities, allowing for synchronization with the video. Each bus will also be equipped with cameras and audio recording abilities.
Georgia becomes 28th state to ban texting while driving
June 14, 2010
The anti-texting-while-driving law also forbids cell phone use for young drivers with a provisional license.
Gilbert Perea, the state pupil transportation director for New Mexico, will retire later this month with more than 30 years of experience in the industry. It began when he was a basketball coach, which required him to be licensed as a school bus activity driver.
Another longtime state director to retire
June 10, 2010
Gilbert Perea, the state pupil transportation director for New Mexico, will retire later this month with more than 30 years of experience in the industry. It began when he was a basketball coach, which required him to be licensed as a school bus activity driver.
NAPT recommends Peaceful School Bus Program
June 10, 2010
The program, created at an elementary school in New York, is designed to change the social dynamics on the school bus to reduce bullying incidents. It is available to NAPT members at a 20-percent discount.
If regular-ed transportation is not provided during the next school year, about 10 percent of Poway (Calif.) Unified School District's student population of 33,000 will have to find another way to school.
District eliminates school bus service, with backup plan
June 10, 2010
If 85 percent of parents of current riders approve a fee increase for bus passes, regular-ed transportation will be reinstated at Poway (Calif.) Unified School District. Transportation Director Tim Purvis remains optimistic.
School bus maintenance bill signed into law
June 10, 2010
The Connecticut legislation imposes a $2,500 penalty on anyone who falsifies a report on the maintenance of a school bus or removes an out-of-service sticker on a bus and uses it to transport students.
The Blue Bird Propane-Powered Micro Bird by Girardin will be offered for sale starting in July, with production beginning toward the end of this year, company officials say.
New propane Type A unveiled
June 10, 2010
The Blue Bird Propane-Powered Micro Bird by Girardin will be offered for sale starting in July, with production beginning toward the end of this year, company officials say.
A-Z Bus Sales awarded LAUSD contract
June 10, 2010
Los Angeles district will replace its 20-plus-year-old diesel buses with CNG Blue Bird buses purchased through A-Z Bus Sales. The dealer delivered more than 235 propane buses to LAUSD and four of its contracted service providers in the past year.
The new IMMI facility, two blocks away from the Thomas Built Buses C2 plant, will offer just-in-time deliveries to Thomas Built.
IMMI to make SafeGuard seats in High Point
June 10, 2010
The company will continue to manufacture school bus seat components and seating modules in its Indiana plant, while using the new facility — two blocks away from the Thomas Built C2 plant — for final assembly of its SafeGuard FlexSeat and Integrated Child Seat.
No mechanical issues in fatal bus crash
June 8, 2010
The school bus driver tells investigators that a car crossed the line and forced her off the road. One student died and others were injured in the Ohio crash last week.
Seon launches Web-based fleet monitoring system
June 8, 2010
Live reporting features include vehicle speed and direction, idle time, ignition status, route mileage and aggressive driving. With geo-fencing, users can set up a designated area and if a vehicle travels beyond this point, the system administrator is notified via email or text message.
Utah ups background check requirement
June 8, 2010
Changes come after 2008 legislative audit that found drivers with questionable backgrounds. New requirements include submitting to FBI background check.
Training course now available through school risk groups
June 8, 2010
The executive director of the Public School Risk Institute says that there are more than 100 groups that may be able to purchase the School Bus Safety Co. course for their members or offer credits in their financing structure.
Attendees gain bus maintenance knowledge during a class at the IC Bus University session held during the week of May 3.
IC Bus University rolls on
June 8, 2010
The next session for school bus technicians is scheduled for the week of Aug. 16. Up to 43 hours of training will be provided.
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Community mourns special-needs bus aide
June 4, 2010
The car of Gertrude Knowles, a longtime Palm Beach County Schools employee, went off the road and into a canal as she was driving to work in late April.
Special-needs bus driver honored
June 4, 2010
David Vargas of First Student was recognized by a Connecticut parents organization for his exceptional performance in providing transportation to students with learning disabilities.

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