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District may charge per-ride fee to ease budget woes
May 5, 2010
Faced with $31 million in cuts for the next school year, a Colorado school district may ask families of students who use the school bus to start paying $.50 per ride. To make this possible, the district is installing GPS units on each bus to track student ridership.
Bill would cut sales tax on school buses with belts
May 4, 2010
A proposal to require seat belts on Connecticut school buses was defeated, but legislation that would create a financial incentive for equipping buses with three-point belts was overwhelmingly approved by the House.
Next school year, 82 percent of districts surveyed by the American Association of School Administrators will cut teaching, administrative and other types of positions. 
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275,000 education jobs in peril, study finds
May 4, 2010
Next school year, 82 percent of districts surveyed by the American Association of School Administrators will cut teaching, administrative and other types of positions. Officials call it "an unprecedented level of layoffs."
SBF calls for Contractor Survey participants
May 3, 2010
Managers and executives at school bus contractor companies are encouraged to respond; the deadline is May 17.
Technicians who attended Blue Bird’s technical training class last week received instruction on the manufacturer’s buses, information on SCR technology and alternative fuel options, and a factory tour.
Blue Bird technical training classes get rolling
May 3, 2010
Last week, school bus technicians received instruction on the manufacturer’s line of school buses, updates on SCR technology, information on alternative fuel options and a factory tour during the manufacturer's technical training class. Registration is open for sessions that will be held in May and July.
Navman Wireless to host fleet savings Web seminars
May 3, 2010
During the free seminars on May 11 and 12, a school bus fleet expert for the vehicle tracking and fleet management solutions provider will discuss how public and private pupil transportation operations can reduce costs, maintain profits and improve customer service by using fleet tracking.
First Student wins new special-needs transportation contract
May 3, 2010
The contractor will serve a New York district beginning July 1 with a fleet of 48 new small buses. First Student will also continue to transport the district’s general-education students.
District extends contract with American Logistics Co.
May 3, 2010
The special-needs transportation management company will continue to serve a California school district through 2011. Officials report that in the past three years, ALC has saved the district 40 percent annually and improved service levels.
Under California regulations, school bus drivers must turn off their engines immediately at schools and not idle for more than five minutes at other locations.
School bus idling fine tripled
April 30, 2010
Violations of California’s school bus idling rules now get a minimum fine of $300, up from $100. A GPS system is a key tool in ensuring that drivers comply, one school district reports.
Student Transportation to deploy propane buses in contract renewal
April 30, 2010
Subsidiary Positive Connections has been awarded a contract renewal for a Minnesota school district that includes replacing about 20 percent of the fleet with propane-fueled buses.
Strong winds shatter bus windshield
April 30, 2010
While transporting students back from a field trip on Thursday, a school bus drove into heavy winds that blew out the passenger side of the windshield. Four students suffered minor injuries.
Technicians, inspectors test skills in competition
April 29, 2010
During the Annual Texas Best Competition, participants were required to diagnose problems and find defects on school buses. Competitors also had to complete a written exam.
Mike Murray, president and CEO of FirstGroup America, will resign his post at the end of this week. A spokesperson said that after 10 years with the company, Murray has decided to make a career change.
FirstGroup America leaders step down
April 28, 2010
President and CEO Mike Murray, a 10-year veteran of the company, will resign his post at the end of this week. CFO Mark Lawton has also left the company, whose business units include school bus contractor First Student.
In an innovative pilot program in North Carolina, a sticker inside school buses explains that drivers must wear their seat belts and refrain from talking on cell phones while driving. Below those state statutes is a number to call to report violations.
Safety hotline keeps bus drivers in check
April 27, 2010
When a North Carolina student noticed that her school bus driver wasn’t wearing a seat belt, she knew whom to call. The reason? An innovative pilot program has stickers inside buses with a phone number for reporting violations.
South Shore Public Charter School in Norwell, Mass., submitted the winning entry in this year's "America's Greenest School" contest, administered by IC Bus. The video shows the various green initiatives in place around the school.
Elementary students' newscast wins IC's green contest
April 27, 2010
South Shore Public Charter School in Norwell, Mass., submitted the winning entry in this year's America's Greenest School contest, winning a hybrid school bus from IC Bus.
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Roger Howsmon joined Blue Bird in 2007 as chief marketing officer and senior vice president of sales. In his new role as senior advisor, he will serve as the company's ambassador to the industry’s trade associations, councils and conferences.
Blue Bird exec named senior advisor
April 27, 2010
In his new position, Roger Howsmon will act as the school bus manufacturer’s ambassador to the industry’s trade associations, councils and conferences by presenting at events and contributing to associations’ executive-level meetings. Howsmon joined Blue Bird in 2007.
Contest to come up with theme for special-needs conference
April 26, 2010
The person who submits the winning theme will have his or her registration fee waived for next year's Transporting Students With Disabilities and Preschoolers Conference in Kansas City, Mo.
California Highway Patrol honors school bus drivers
April 26, 2010
The agency thanks drivers for their commitment to safely transporting children to and from school to commemorate “School Bus Driver Day" on Tuesday. Those who benefit from bus drivers’ services are also encouraged to express their gratitude.
Over 1,000 districts get free danger zone program
April 23, 2010
To bring down the number of accidents with children around school buses, four organizations teamed up to provide the safety training program at no charge to school districts nationwide. The offer still stands.
School bus drivers moonlight as reading tutors
April 23, 2010
The 'Transportation Tutors' spend about an hour a day at a local elementary school between morning and afternoon bus routes helping students learn to read.

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