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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.
Tags: IC Bus
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.
Bill would allow ads on Oklahoma school buses
April 23, 2010
Under new legislation, school districts could sell advertising space on the exterior of their buses. Districts would be required to give top priority to advertisers that promote manufacturers and businesses that are members of the Made in Oklahoma program. Revenue raised would go into districts’ general funds.
William Ostrander of Johnston Community School District was the winner of this year's competition and will go on to compete at the national level.
Iowa holds 'Best of the Best' technician competition
April 23, 2010
Thirteen school bus technicians from 11 school districts in Iowa took part in the event. The winner will go on to compete at the national "America's Best" in Indiana in September.
Senate committee passes school bus refurb bill
April 20, 2010
The measure would allow Georgia schools to use the same state funds for school bus repairs and refurbishments that are allocated for school bus replacement. If it is ultimately signed into law, it would become effective on July 1.
Men sentenced for incident involving bus shooting
April 20, 2010
Two New Jersey brothers each get more than 20 years in prison for carjacking a vehicle and shooting at two people. Shots aimed at the vehicle of a witness hit a school bus, but none of the students on board was injured.
Tags: weapons
SEIU leader steps down
April 20, 2010
Andy Stern has helmed the union, which represents an estimated 18,000 school bus drivers across the nation, for the past 14 years. He is credited with doubling SEIU's membership and helping elect Barack Obama to the presidency. Some see Stern as a divisive figure.
Tags: unions
Bus driver union agrees to wage freeze
April 19, 2010
Teamsters branch at a New Jersey school district accepts a hold on pay increases for the 2010-11 school year to help alleviate the district’s budget crisis. Administrators also agree to a wage freeze, contingent upon the school budget passing.
Tags: unions
Bus drivers help provide stability for homeless children
April 16, 2010
Once a child is enrolled in Portland, Ore.'s Community Transitional School, he or she can continue to attend the school regardless of frequent address changes that would require transferring to another district. Bus routes are changed often to follow students' moves.

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