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City approves $2.7M purchase of new school bus fleet
April 24, 2014
The Pittsfield (Mass.) City Council will trade in 52 buses and buy 43 new buses that Pittsfield Public Schools will own and operate. The district has also hired a consultant to do a one-month study of the fleet’s efficiency, which will help the next time it looks into buying a new fleet, and it could help in creating space for students who would pay to ride the buses.
Steve Gilliland to keynote NAPT Summit
April 24, 2014
The speaker will supply “motivation with a side of humor” during the National Association for Pupil Transportation conference in Kansas City, Mo., in November. The association says that Gilliland’s session will provide “a blueprint for getting the most out of life.”
Carl Junction R-1 School District recently began testing two additional cameras: one on the back of the bus and one underneath. Pictured is the view of the under-bus camera, which is sent to a monitor when the bus is in neutral.
Missouri district builds its own bus video systems
April 24, 2014
At Carl Junction R-1 School District, shop technicians put together four-camera surveillance systems for the district's school buses. The team recently began testing two additional cameras: one on the back of the bus and one underneath.
Child Check-Mate System debuts on Australian school buses
April 23, 2014
Kojonup Bus Service becomes the first contractor in Australia to adopt Child Check-Mate's reminder device. The company plans to equip its entire fleet with the system over the next few months.
<small>Photo by Pamela Iberer</small>
Contractor Survey: We want your input
April 23, 2014
SBF is currently conducting its 2014 Contractor Survey, and questions will address such topics as driver recruitment, federal regulations impacting pupil transportation and cutting costs. Managers and executives at school bus companies are encouraged to submit responses by the May 9 deadline.
National Express donates bus to community empowerment center
April 23, 2014
The school bus contractor gives the refurbished school bus to Brookland Lakeview Community Empowerment Center in West Columbia, S.C. As a part of the donation, officials say Thomas Built Buses assisted with the refurbishing of the bus, and Bridgestone Tires donated new tires.
Children of bus driver in California crash speak of mother’s heroism
April 22, 2014
Jordan and Jordayna Lealao-Taiao say that survivors of the tour bus-FedEx truck crash on April 10 tell them that they might not have survived if it wasn’t for their mother. Jordan adds that the investigation into the collision so far seems to indicate that his mother brought the impact of the crash onto her side of the bus.
District board approves bus fees, pending court approval
April 22, 2014
Hoover (Ala.) City Schools' board votes to implement school bus ridership fees for the 2014-15 school year, pending approval by the U.S. District Court. In a memorandum proposing the fees, Superintendent Andy Craig says a fee-based system would help the district “address the financial challenges we are facing.”
STI celebrates Employee Appreciation Week
April 22, 2014
Student Transportation Inc. (STI) will hold celebratory breakfasts, catered lunches and barbecues, as well as award ceremonies this week in honor of its third annual event, with the focus aimed at giving employees the chance to express their appreciation for their colleagues. The nomination process for the company's second induction class of the STI Wall of Fame will also launch this week.
Indiana district sees maintenance savings with propane buses
April 21, 2014
Tippecanoe School Corp. uses 32 quarts of oil per oil change with its diesel buses versus seven quarts for its propane buses. Tippecanoe's Alan Fidler, who has twice won the title of America's Best School Bus Technician, discusses savings and other maintenance-related advantages of the district's five propane buses.
Florida school bus driver killed in crash
April 21, 2014
According to a preliminary police investigation, a Toyota Camry turned and struck a school bus, which veered off the road and into a pole. The bus driver, 65-year-old William Fowler II, did not survive the crash. The Toyota driver has been charged with DUI, authorities say.
Louisiana, Texas bus drivers honored by school risk programs
April 21, 2014
Lillie Lewis of the Tensas Parish School Board receives the 2013-14 Statewide Bus Driver of the Year award from the Property Casualty Alliance of Louisiana, and Shelley Wilkenson of Midlothian (Texas) Independent School District receives the award from the alliance's Texas chapter. Awards given through this program are based on such driver attributes as leadership, attitude, perseverance, student and parent relationships, and technical skill.
Tony Everett, vice president of transportation solutions at HSM, says that the company is developing a new school bus seat that will be lighter, more durable and more ergonomic.
HSM working on ‘next generation’ of school bus seating
April 21, 2014
In an exclusive interview with SBF, Tony Everett, vice president of transportation solutions at HSM, says that the company is developing a new school bus seat that will be lighter, more durable and more ergonomic. But beyond the more practical features, Everett says, “We want it to be a sexy school bus seat — we want it to be cool.”
NAPT, Zonar offer $50K equipment grants
April 17, 2014
The association and the company are making the grants available for equipment and hardware provided by Zonar. Any NAPT member in good standing is encouraged to apply by the Oct. 15 deadline.
4 school districts named to '100 Best Fleets' list
April 16, 2014
District operations in Texas, Pennsylvania and Florida are among the fleets recognized for exemplary performance. One school bus fleet official says of the list, "Going through the application process helps us strive for perfection. I feel our operation is moving forward."
6-year-old Texas girl struck by school bus, later dies
April 16, 2014
Police said they believe that Jada Craft may have been running late and was trying to catch the bus when she was struck. She later died at her home. Investigators are expected to review the bus’ video surveillance cameras to determine how the accident happened.
STA wins 2 Pennsylvania contracts
April 16, 2014
The five-year agreements with both school districts — Hempfield School District and East Penn School District — will generate $10 million in new annualized revenue for the company starting next school year, officials say. STA will provide more than 200 new, clean-burning propane autogas vehicles under the contracts.
Illinois bill would increase walking distance to 2 miles
April 16, 2014
School boards would be required to provide free transportation for students who live 2 miles or more from their assigned school, up from one and a half miles, under House Bill 5967. In a letter to a local newspaper, Illinois School Transportation Association President Patrick Johnson writes that the legislation would put “thousands of school children at risk, increase traffic congestion and harm the environment.”
STI subsidiary unveils new transportation service
April 15, 2014
SchoolWheels Direct will provide its new direct-to-parent transportation service to charter and private schools in Charleston, S.C. Families with students enrolled at schools serviced by the subsidiary will now be able to sign up for the type of bus service they would like, choose a route, make payments and manage their account on the provider's website.
Road safety signs with the message “I Stop, You Stop” are posted throughout Ottawa, Ontario, to remind motorists to stop for school buses with their lights flashing and stop arm extended.
Stop-arm awareness campaign launched in Ontario
April 15, 2014
After a student was within “inches of being hit” by a motorist passing one of her company’s school buses last fall, Kathleen Both, owner of M.L. Bradley Ltd., took action, working with the city of Ottawa and industry organizations to launch the “I Stop, You Stop” campaign. Road safety signs have been posted throughout the city, and a stop-arm camera pilot program is underway at her operation.

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