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Efficient purchasing, grants help district replace buses
April 16, 2010
An Ohio school district is slated to buy 15 school buses funded in part by state and federal grants. With the most recent order, the district will have purchased 261 new school buses — close to half of its fleet.
District, police respond to rise in bus passing
April 16, 2010
A Florida school district, noting a recent increase in stop-arm running, teams up with the local police department to target key areas in a week-long crackdown. The county’s fine for illegally passing a stopped school bus is $268.
School buses could be exempt from restraint system requirement
April 16, 2010
A new bill would alter a current Minnesota law mandating that children of a certain age and height be fastened in a restraint system, such as a booster seat, in vehicles with seat belts. The legislation would exclude school buses and Type III vehicles that meet federal crash protection safety standards.
West Virginia cracks down on stop-arm runners
April 13, 2010
A new state law increases penalties for motorists who pass stopped school buses. It was prompted by the death of 6-year-old Haven McCarthy, who was hit by a passing vehicle as she got off her bus.
New York gears up for Operation Safe Stop day
April 13, 2010
On Thursday, police officers statewide will ride on bus routes and issue tickets to drivers who illegally pass school buses. Regional and state pupil transportation associations have partnered to mark the day by holding a press conference to educate drivers about the importance of stopping for buses.
Conn. seat belt bill delayed for study of cost, safety
April 13, 2010
Lawmakers see discrepancies in the legislative budget office's estimates, which say that over the next 12 years, buying new buses with three-point belts will cost school districts an additional $45 million to $103 million.
Rebecca Hatfield of Greenville (Ohio) City Schools was a winner in last year’s contest with this action-packed shot.
SBF Photo Contest returns
April 13, 2010
The annual competition is open to any kind of shot related to school transportation. Three winners will receive a $100 cash prize.
A survey of school administrators found that more districts will be making transportation cuts and laying off teachers and support staff in the 2010-11 school year.
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Study: Over a third of districts plan busing cuts next year
April 9, 2010
Also, more districts will be laying off teachers and support staff for the 2010-11 school year, and more are considering a four-day school week, the survey by the American Association of School Administrators finds.
Student Transportation of America (STA) paid Regional School District 17 (RSD 17) $830,000 to purchase its current fleet of school buses. The payment is part of STA’s national $100 million "Education Stimulus Plan." Pictured from left: Gary Mala, RSD 17 superintendent of schools; Amy Jacques-Purdy, board of education chair for the district; Michael Kennedy, STA regional chief operating officer; and John Spang, STA regional director of operations.
Connecticut district expects to benefit from outsourcing
April 9, 2010
Regional School District 17 has taken advantage of Student Transportation of America’s stimulus program. The district will receive an initial payment of $830,000 for the purchase of its fleet, which district officials say will free up funding for school facility improvements. STA will also offer positions to all current RSD 17 bus drivers.
School bus technicians from seven districts participated in the first annual competition. First place winner Richard White (second from left) will represent Virginia at NAPT's America's Best competition this fall.
Virginia holds first school bus technician competition
April 8, 2010
Sponsored by the Virginia Association for Pupil Transportation and hosted by school bus dealer Sonny Merryman Inc., the competition included a written exam and a hands-on diagnostic and troubleshooting exercise.
Suspect caught in bus stop robbery
April 6, 2010
An 18-year-old is charged in the Friday incident, in which four Virginia students were held up at gunpoint while waiting for their school bus. No one was injured in the robbery, but the culprit made off with a gold chain.
After recruiting nearly 50 members of the House to sign a letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, industry members are being urged to contact their senators. The letter asks LaHood to allocate funding for a public education program to promote school bus use.
School bus campaign now targeting Senate
April 6, 2010
After recruiting nearly 50 members of the House to sign a letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, industry members are being urged to contact their senators. The letter asks LaHood to allocate funding for a public education program to promote school bus use.
Propane engine earns EPA certification
April 6, 2010
CleanFUEL USA’s liquid propane engine built on a General Motors 6.0L chassis is expected to be commercially available by this summer. Collins will display its Type A bus equipped with the engine at a propane convention in Atlanta this week.
Thomas Built calls for Driver of the Year nominations
April 6, 2010
Now in its fifth consecutive year, the contest is open to students in kindergarten through sixth grade across North America, who are invited to submit 90-word essays to nominate their favorite school bus drivers.
Contractors could be exempt from paying taxes on buses
April 6, 2010
New Mississippi legislation would allow companies that operate buses and other vehicles to transport students to and from school to waive ad valorem taxes on their units if they are under contract to a school board on or after July 1.
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New edition of special-needs transportation guide available
April 6, 2010
The second edition of Access & Mobility: A Guide for Transporting Students with Disabilities in California offers advice on a wide range of topics, including cost efficiencies, least restrictive environment and collaboration. Although it was produced for California, transportation and special-needs administrators nationwide can apply the best practices.
Bus driver honored for efforts to promote literacy
April 5, 2010
Timothy Driggers, who works for a Florida school district, has received the Celebrate Literacy Award for implementing a literacy program on his bus. Driggers reads to his students every morning, engaging them by requesting listener participation. He also checks for reading comprehension.
Special-needs event offers solutions in bad economy
April 5, 2010
In nearly 40 sessions held during the Transporting Students With Disabilities & Preschoolers conference, attendees participated in evacuation, securement and sensitivity training. The opening general session gave insights into the current hot topic of restraint and seclusion legislation.
Veteran bus driver has big heart
April 5, 2010
Frankie Keen, a school bus driver since 1971, currently serves students with disabilities for a Virginia school district. Her love for the kids she transports causes her to go beyond transporting them safely to and from school — she views herself as a surrogate parent.
California DOE to host special-needs transportation conference
April 5, 2010
Two-day event will be held in counties throughout the state in July and August. Topics such as behavior management, wheelchair and occupant securement, and confidentiality will be discussed.

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