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Napa Valley USD's hybrid small bus was on display at a town and country fair last August. After the fair, the floral decor wrap was removed, and district lettering was painted on. The district was the first to receive the Collins hybrid.
Industry veteran honored for alternative-fuel efforts
May 17, 2010
Ralph Knight, transportation director for Napa (Calif.) Valley Unified School District, receives the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute’s Magic School Bus Award for implementing alternative-fuel use at his operation. The district was the first in the nation to receive Collins' Type A hybrid-electric school bus.
$25M awarded for bus replacements, retrofits
May 17, 2010
The South Coast Air Quality Management District in California provides $16.6 million to help school districts buy new CNG school buses. Private operators get $8.8 million to retrofit older diesel buses with particulate traps.
Key pupil transportation events kick off next week
May 14, 2010
The National Congress on School Transportation, held every five years, will return to Warrensburg, Mo. In Ottawa, the every-two-years Canadian Pupil Transportation Conference will commence. Blue Bird announces its exhibition details for the Canadian show.
New leadership structure at FirstGroup America
May 14, 2010
The company will not name a new North American CEO following Mike Murray’s recent departure. First Student President Linda Burtwistle and other business unit heads will report directly to Sir Moir Lockhead, CEO of FirstGroup plc.
Driver with heart attack stops bus before busy intersection
May 14, 2010
A school bus driver was able to steer his bus into a concrete retaining wall, stopping the vehicle while he began to have a heart attack. The driver reportedly told his passengers to brace themselves before the crash.
Bill would set penalties for operating poorly maintained buses
May 14, 2010
New Connecticut legislation would establish fines for school bus companies if they fail to abide by state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) inspection orders, and impose a fine of up to $2,500 on operations that transport students and file false statements with the DMV regarding maintenance, repair or use of a school bus.
Thomas Built to deliver more than 1,500 SCR-equipped buses
May 12, 2010
The manufacturer has received orders in 44 states and five Canadian provinces for its Saf-T-Liner units outfitted with selective catalytic reduction technology. Operations in Maryland and Virginia are among the Thomas Built customers that have opted for this technology to meet the EPA's 2010 emissions standards.
NYAPT pushes for harsher illegal-passing penalties
May 11, 2010
The pupil transportation group is advocating the passage of a package of legislation that would create a crime of vehicular homicide when an individual kills a child under the age of 15 while passing a stopped school bus, assist in educating motorists on the dangers of such incidents and establish a means to assist in prosecuting violators.
NavStar to bring safety technology offering to school bus market
May 11, 2010
NavStar has engaged Westar Capital II LLC to assist in providing equipment, software and related services to the school bus segment that are able to spot and record any potential threats both inside and outside of the vehicle.
Shane Kirley would often jokingly tell his school bus drivers, “I’ll drive today, you ride.” His passion for buses grew when he found that there are other people who are equally enthusiastic about them.
Drawn to a career in pupil transportation
May 10, 2010
Shane Kirley, who has been interested in school buses since he was in grade school, got a taste of working in the industry last summer when he interned at a New York school district's transportation department. He hopes to work in school bus sales and ultimately earn a certificate to become a transportation supervisor.
Blue Bird rolls out SCR-equipped demo buses
May 10, 2010
More than 100 of the school bus manufacturer’s units are being transported to dealerships for demonstrations. The North American Blue Bird SCR Demo Bus campaign will provide pupil transportation officials with opportunities to see the benefits of Selective Catalytic Reduction technology through dealer open houses, ride-and-drive events and private bus viewings.
Additional IC Bus University class scheduled
May 10, 2010
Due to growing demand, another session of the school bus manufacturer’s maintenance training program will be held the week of Aug. 16. Fifty-four technicians attended last week’s session.
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In a free Web seminar, Kevin Jennings of the U.S. Department of Education will discuss eliminating bullying and harassment to ensure that students can stay focused on learning.
Obama administration official to discuss bullying
May 6, 2010
In a free Web seminar, Kevin Jennings of the U.S. Department of Education will speak to pupil transportation professionals on eliminating bullying and harassment to ensure that students can stay focused on learning.
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First Student has begun the roll-out of Zonar's electronic fleet management solution, which includes the EVIR Inspection System for verified pre-trip, post-trip and child-check inspections.
First Student to outfit 60,000-vehicle fleet with Zonar
May 6, 2010
The agreement includes installation of Zonar's full suite of applications, which target pre-trip, post-trip and child-check inspections as well as data and fleet management.
Proposed changes to NCST manual posted
May 6, 2010
Suggested revisions to the 2005 National School Transportation Specifications and Procedures manual are now available online. Delegates will deliberate and adopt updates at the 15th NCST this month in Warrensburg, Mo.
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NAPT Summit program details announced
May 5, 2010
The association’s annual conference will feature Professional Development Series courses and workshops on such topics as managing human resources, writing an effective bid and developing a preventive maintenance plan. The Portland, Ore., event will also include a two-day trade show.
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.

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