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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.
Indiana districts drop bus rider fees
July 27, 2010
Franklin Township Community School Corp. forgoes plans to charge a $75 fee following Attorney General Gregory Zoeller’s legal opinion that such fees are unconstitutional. The district’s board disagrees, but feels that being sued over the fee could be costly. Lake Central School Corp. drops its $10 fee out of respect for Zoeller’s opinion.
The Stop Watch program is set to launch this fall in St. Lucie County. Trained volunteers will monitor school bus stops in the area for suspicious activity. They will be given special cell phones that can contact 911 in the event of an incident.
Program aims to protect children at bus stops
July 27, 2010
Under “Stop Watch,” set to launch this fall, trained volunteers will look for suspicious activity at school bus stops in a Florida community. The volunteers will be provided with a cell phone that can contact 911 when they see questionable activity.
IMMI unveils Premier activity seat
July 26, 2010
The SafeGuard Premier activity seat features both lap-shoulder belts and compartmentalization protection for unbelted passengers.
Zonar to aid development of electric school buses
July 26, 2010
Zonar will subsidize additional data sampling costs for customers who opt to share data with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to help in the development of hybrid, plug-in hybrid electric and battery electric school buses.
Teen driver arrested in fatal bus crash
July 26, 2010
Seventeen-year-old whose car collided with a school bus faces charges including negligent homicide with motor vehicle. The crash killed one student and spurred efforts to get seat belts on buses in Connecticut.

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