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Ohio state pupil transportation director Pete Japikse will serve as chairman of the interim/steering committee for the 16th National Congress on School Transportation.
Pete Japikse picked for NCST post
August 5, 2010
The Ohio state pupil transportation director will succeed Pete Baxter in the role of chairman of the interim/steering committee for the 16th congress.
Tags: NCST
2 killed in crash involving school buses
August 5, 2010
In an accident on a Missouri highway, a pickup truck slams into the back of a tractor trailer cab that had slowed for traffic. A school bus strikes the pickup from behind and is rear-ended by the other bus. A girl on one of the buses is fatally injured, as is the driver of the pickup.
Driver of school bus allegedly leaves crash scene
August 5, 2010
Maine police are investigating the hit-and-run accident that occurred earlier this week. It was reported that the bus struck the rear end of a car, pushing it off the road, and then the driver continued on the highway.
Delco Remy endows $5K for America's Best scholarships
August 5, 2010
The heavy-duty electrical system supplier contributes to the program, which provides financial assistance to qualifying techs and inspectors to attend the competition. This year's competition will be held in Jasper, Ind., Sept 28 through Oct. 1.
Tags: NAPT
Durham wins four new contracts
August 5, 2010
The contractor will serve school districts in South Carolina, California, Mississippi and Tennessee under four- and five-year agreements that began on July 1.
Sharon Carnahan, wife of Zonar's Don Carnahan, passes away
August 4, 2010
Sharon provided invaluable assistance to Don in his years in the pupil transportation industry, from editing documents to preparing proposals.
District to offer transportation services to K-8 students
August 3, 2010
Under a five-year agreement with Pennsylvania Coach Lines, approximately 427 Duquesne City School District students will be transported to the Duquesne Education Center, private and charter schools, and out-of-district programs. This is the first time in the district’s history that students who live more than a half-mile away from the education center will receive transportation.
District reverses request for athletics transportation donations
August 3, 2010
In order to avoid canceling high school sports games, Los Angeles Unified School District will have to come up with $650,000 to make up for what was cut from the district's athletic transportation fund.
After driver DUI arrest, district to outsource busing
August 2, 2010
Illinois school district’s superintendent gives rationale for privatizing transportation service in an eight-page memo to the school board, which votes its approval. The move comes after a March incident in which police said a school bus driver was nearly three times the legal alcohol limit.
District cuts more than half of its bus stops
August 2, 2010
The move was made to offset Fort Osage School District’s budget shortfall. Funding from the state for the district’s transportation will be 33-percent less compared to previous years and the district expects to run a deficit of more than $1 million.
School bus driver reflects on I-35 bridge collapse 3 years later
August 2, 2010
Driver Kim Dahl, whose back was broken during the bridge collapse, kept the school bus in place while all the passengers, including two of her children, evacuated safely out of the rear emergency door.
Bus driver celebrates 50 years with district
August 2, 2010
Not long after high school, Donald Arndt was approached by school board members for the School District of Marion in Wisconsin who asked him if he would be interested in maintaining the district's buses. While was doing vehicle maintenance, a school bus driver position became available.
Tags: history
Texas, Michigan districts to receive propane buses
July 30, 2010
Denton Independent School District will add seven Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision school buses to its fleet of 44 propane units next month. Nine Propane-Powered Visions will be delivered to Zeeland Public Schools this month.
Free training seminar focuses on wheelchair securement
July 30, 2010
Event will educate on the use of Q’Straint’s securement systems. It will also include information on standards and regulations, a facility tour and a crash test viewing.
Special-needs event to offer NAPT endorsement courses
July 30, 2010
Attendees of the 2011 National Conference on Transporting Students With Disabilities and Preschoolers will be able to accumulate credits that count toward NAPT's new special-needs endorsement and its 32-hour course requirement for the NAPT Certificate of Special-Needs Transportation Training.
Blake Krapf (center) receives the Contractor of the Year award from SBF Publisher Frank Di Giacomo. At left is NSTA President Donnie Fowler.
Blake Krapf named Contractor of the Year
July 29, 2010
Also in the NSTA awards ceremony, Barry Stock of National Express Corp. and Stan Weber of First Student Canada are inducted into the association’s Hall of Fame. Industry consultant Robin Leeds wins the Meritorious Service award.
Pennsylvania DOT finalizes expanded access to driving records
July 29, 2010
Commercial driver employers will now be given a candidate’s complete driving history, and accident information will include the crash severity to specify whether it resulted in fatalities or injuries. School bus operations can contact a potential new driver for details about a crash.
Bill would require lap-shoulder belts on school buses
July 29, 2010
Massachusetts legislation awaits recommendation to go before the House for a vote. The senator who filed the bill says it aims to make outfitting buses with seat belts economical by requiring discounts on insurance premiums for school buses when belts are installed.
EPA awards $1.24M for emissions reductions, job creation
July 29, 2010
The grant to Cobb County (Ga.) School District will be used to retrofit 108 school buses with diesel particulate filters and 480 buses with advanced engine idle control systems.
Tags: emissions, EPA
2nd national distracted driving summit scheduled
July 28, 2010
At this year's event, experts from around the country will explore accomplishments since the first summit, as well as the many challenges that lie ahead. Key topics will include research, technology, policy, public outreach and best practices in enforcement.

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