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Under a new contract with St. Paul Public Schools, Student Transportation of America will provide new propane-powered vehicles. Pictured is one of the company's propane buses in Nebraska.
New contract brings 65 propane buses to Minnesota district
July 16, 2014
Under the five-year, $4 million contract with St. Paul Public Schools, Student Transportation of America will provide new propane-powered vehicles and a refurbished facility. The contract award also marks the expansion of the company's operations in Minnesota.
Kansas Highway Patrol troopers will check buses statewide from the middle of July until the beginning of the school session to make sure the vehicles comply with safety regulations.
Kansas Highway Patrol conducting school bus inspections
July 16, 2014
Troopers will check buses statewide from the middle of July until the beginning of the school session to make sure the vehicles comply with safety regulations. Some of the items troopers will check are the lights, emergency exits, tires, windshield wipers, fire extinguishers, first aid kits and emergency spill kits.
A web seminar will address how student transportation departments can collaborate with Safe Routes to School to help children get to school safely. Photo from Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Free webinar on working with Safe Routes to School
July 15, 2014
The web seminar on Thursday will address how student transportation departments can collaborate with Safe Routes to School to help children get to school safely. The program will also showcase a transportation department that gets kids to school by foot, bicycle, scooter, school bus and carpool.
Woman accused of kidnapping girl from bus to plead insanity
July 15, 2014
Marian Moussa allegedly claimed she was the mother of the girl, a special-needs student, so she could remove her from a school bus on Jan. 14, 2013. Moussa turned down a prosecution offer to plead guilty to unlawful imprisonment and resisting arrest, which carries a maximum 15-year prison term, while a kidnapping charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, officials say.
Nominations open for 2014 Sustainability All Stars
July 15, 2014
The awards program recognizes fleet professionals who have made significant contributions to fleet environmental sustainability, such as deploying alternative-fuel vehicles or implementing idle-reduction policies. Last year’s Sustainability All Stars included several recipients from the school transportation industry.
Site of fatal school bus crash converted to traffic circle
July 15, 2014
The intersection in Chesterfield, N.J., where one student was killed and 17 others were injured when a dump truck struck their school bus in 2012, was previously controlled by a two-way stop sign. There were 15 accidents at the intersection between 2007 and 2011, but investigators determined that, based on the bus’s position, the layout of the intersection did not contribute to the 2012 accident.
First Student names area general manager for Washington
July 14, 2014
Bill Noftz will be responsible for the overall performance of the school bus contractor’s Washington state locations, including financial results, operational performance, safety, fleet and maintenance. Noftz has more than 25 years of experience in the school transportation industry.
Indian River (Del.) School District's tiered bus system will have new daily starting and ending times for several schools. The system is designed to accommodate an increase in student enrollment and the implementation of full-day kindergarten, which have put a strain on the transportation system.
District to implement tiered bus scheduling system
July 14, 2014
Indian River (Del.) School District will implement new daily starting and ending times for several district schools. The district is trying to accommodate an increase in student enrollment and the rollout of full-day kindergarten, which have put a strain on the transportation system in recent years.
W.L. Roenigk Inc. wins women in business honor
July 14, 2014
The school bus contractor was recently named the No. 1 largest Pittsburgh area woman-owned business for 2014. The company has 925 employees, according to President Susan Roenigk.
A-Z Bus Sales names new CEO
July 11, 2014
As CEO Jim Reynolds retires after 13 years of service, John Landherr, the current president, takes the helm. Landherr, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, U.S. Marines veteran, and Texas A&M MBA graduate in finance, joined A-Z Bus Sales in July of 2013 after being recruited by Reynolds.
Service was stopped for several days at Murphy Bus Lines’ terminals this winter due to the low temperatures in the company’s area of service. Pictured is a bus in the company’s Mitchell, Ontario, yard.
Murphy Bus Lines keeps students safe during harsh winter
July 11, 2014
Murphy Bus Lines was one of the many pupil transportation operations impacted by this year’s harsh winter, but in the face of the challenges it presented, the company’s employees worked together and remained focused on safely transporting students.
Bobit Business Media CEO Ty Bobit delivers a eulogy celebrating Ed, his father and company founder.  Photo by Kelly Bracken
Ed Bobit remembered as 'force of nature'
July 10, 2014
Family, friends and colleagues pay their respects to Ed Bobit at a memorial service on Wednesday, honoring the Bobit Business Media founder and chairman as a publishing force known for his tough-but-fair approach to business and family.
Espar is now manufacturing the legacy Carrier AC 310 (pictured) and AC 350 roof-mounted bus air-conditioning systems in North America.
Espar now building 2 legacy Carrier bus a/c units
July 10, 2014
Espar Climate Control Systems is now manufacturing the legacy Carrier AC 310 and AC 350 roof-mounted air-conditioning systems in North America. Company officials say that the systems are very popular in the school bus and shuttle coach markets.
Some Virginia part-time bus drivers to get pay bump
July 10, 2014
The Roanoke County School Board approved a market adjustment to part-time driver pay, increasing the hourly rate for drivers by $3.50, and a $150 attendance bonus for drivers. The initiatives were approved as part of an effort to compete with surrounding school systems as well as fill bus driver vacancies after months of controversy over part-time driver benefit cuts.
Pennsylvania district's bus drivers vote to remove union
July 10, 2014
After petitioning the National Labor Relations Board and getting free legal assistance, the school bus drivers are allowed to hold a secret-ballot election to determine whether to keep Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1729 as their bargaining representative. Nearly 90% of the drivers casting ballots vote to remove the union.
The Missouri Association for Pupil Transportation named Rudy Rhodes of the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District the 2014 School Bus Driver of the Year. He was nominated by a coworker for starting the Book Buddies program at Prairie View Elementary School.
School bus driver honored for starting reading program
July 10, 2014
The Missouri Association for Pupil Transportation names Rudy Rhodes of the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District the 2014 School Bus Driver of the Year at its annual conference on Wednesday. Rhodes was nominated by a coworker for his community service activities, including initiation of the Book Buddies program at Prairie View Elementary School.
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Forest Hills Public Schools is one of more than a dozen Michigan school districts that are holding a joint job fair to recruit transportation employees.
Job fair aims to attract nearly 100 school bus drivers, attendants
July 9, 2014
More than a dozen Michigan school districts and one school bus contractor are holding their first-ever joint job fair to recruit transportation candidates. The operations promote their positions as offering on-the-job training and certification, flexible hours and benefits.
The RT65 Rooftop Climate Control System is a compact, low profile, roof-mounted unit designed for school buses as well as commercial vehicles.
Trans/Air unveils 3 new products
July 9, 2014
The supplier is now offering its RT65 Rooftop Climate Control System, Driver Air Diverter for the Trans/Air Flush Mounted FM55 Evaporator, and its dual 13 CID Mount & Drive kit for IC Bus conventional chassis with Cummins ISB engines.
With Guard4Life Inc.'s TextGuard app, a manager is alerted if a driver uses the phone when the vehicle's speed is above 9 mph.
App targets distracted driving by monitoring phone use
July 9, 2014
With the TextGuard app, a manager is alerted if a driver uses the phone when the vehicle's speed is above 9 mph. The SeatbeltGuard device, which is installed in the vehicle, also offers such features as real-time GPS tracking, speed monitoring, geo-fencing and reverse geo-fencing.
With Latko Consulting Inc., Ron Latko plans to use his extensive knowledge in alternative fuels and expertise in pupil transportation to help school bus companies and propane companies improve sales, and assist districts across the U.S. in becoming more efficient and saving money.
In retirement, Ron Latko launches consulting career
July 8, 2014
Soon after May 22, his last day working as director of transportation for Mesa Public Schools, Latko officially started Latko Consulting Inc. He plans to use his extensive knowledge in alternative fuels and expertise in pupil transportation to help school bus companies and propane companies improve sales, and assist districts across the U.S. in becoming more efficient and saving money.

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