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Gilroy Unified School District officials, clean-air advocates and other dignitaries gathered at the district's transportation facility to kick off a pilot project for an electric bus.
Converted electric school bus debuts at California district
May 28, 2014
In a new pilot project, Gilroy Unified School District handed over an old diesel school bus and got it back as an electric school bus. In addition to the conversion, the district was supplied with a solar array to help generate electricity to power the bus.
The 43rd Annual New York State School Bus Safety Competition included loading and unloading students, vehicle inspection, turning and stopping, and railroad crossings.  
New York association announces safety competition winners
May 28, 2014
The New York School Bus Contractors Association’s 43rd Annual New York State School Bus Safety Competition was held May 17 in Valley Cottage, N.Y. and had more than 130 drivers, more than ever before. First-place winners included contestants from Suffolk Transportation Service Inc., Clarkstown Central School District and We Transport Inc./Towne Bus Corp.
Durham School Services will take over and operate Shelby County (Tenn.) Schools’ entire fleet and all of its routes. Pictured is a district bus leaving a middle school in 2012.
Tennessee district awards expanded contract to Durham
May 28, 2014
The contractor will provide service to Shelby County Schools in Memphis, Tenn., for four more years starting July 1. Durham School Services has served the district in a smaller capacity since 2010, and will now take over and operate its entire fleet and all of its routes.
Joe Leggett comes to Collins from bus mirror supplier Rosco Vision Systems.
Collins Bus Corp. names new director of sales
May 27, 2014
Joe Leggett joins the Type A school bus manufacturer as director of sales, a role in which he will work primarily with Collins Bus distributors in the western regions of the U.S. and Canada. Leggett comes to Collins from bus mirror supplier Rosco Vision Systems.
15 students injured after firecracker goes off in bus
May 27, 2014
One student is seriously hurt and 14 suffer minor injuries on Tuesday after one or two children set off a firecracker on a bus that is taking students to a school in Brooklyn. Emergency crews responded to a report of a smoke condition on the bus just before 7:30 a.m.
Tags: New York
EPA fines school bus operator $33,000 for idling
May 27, 2014
A Massachusetts contractor will pay the penalty and implement idling-reduction measures to settle U.S. EPA allegations that its school buses violated federally enforceable vehicle idling limits. Agency officials say that the company has responded quickly and has already implemented a number of the idling-reduction measures.
Henry Bell, a school bus driver for Roseville (Calif.) Joint Union High School District, receives his award from Tom Torlakson, state superintendent of public instruction.
Bus driver honored for role in school success
May 27, 2014
Henry Bell, a school bus driver for Roseville (Calif.) Joint Union High School District’s transportation department, is one of California's six Classified School Employees for 2014. Bell was nominated for maintaining a safe bus, working effectively to resolve issues with students and parents, and for how he builds relationships with students and staff.
Debora L. Sigler, a local Allstate agent, is Parkland School District's first advertiser. Photo courtesy of Nicole Mehta McGalla, Parkland School District
District runs first ad inside school bus
May 27, 2014
Allentown, Pa.-based Parkland School District debuted its first ad for a local Allstate agent. The ad, which discourages texting while driving, will run through October.
Features of Alliance AutoGas’ new T3MR Fleet Fuel Management System include a durable card reader system, data management, real-time communications and an ultra-low-emission fueling nozzle.
New propane fueling system offered for fleets
May 23, 2014
Features of Alliance AutoGas’ new T3MR Fleet Fuel Management System include a durable card reader system, data management, real-time communications and an ultra-low-emission fueling nozzle. Company officials say that the system will provide fleet managers with the ability to better monitor and control fuel inventories in real time.
Seon school bus driver Facebook contest deadline approaches
May 22, 2014
To enter the contest, drivers can visit Seon’s Facebook page, and send a photo and message about how they prevent bullying on the bus and what they love about being a school bus driver. Drivers may apply to the Facebook contest through May 30.
Tags: bullying
Former director of transportation John Clements will serve as an advisor for Motiv on a part-time basis. He’s pictured in the SSTe all-electric school bus developed by Motiv and Trans Tech Bus.
John Clements to serve as advisor for Motiv Power Systems
May 22, 2014
In the part-time role, Clements, who retired last year as director of transportation for California’s Kings Canyon Unified School District, will offer school bus industry advice and general operations knowledge to the company, among other duties. Last year, Motiv partnered with Trans Tech Bus to develop the SSTe all-electric school bus.
A school bus was en route to Washington's Mount St. Helens (pictured) when a student discharged pepper spray. Photo by Christine Chen
Pepper spray on school bus disrupts trip to volcano
May 21, 2014
The bus was en route to Washington's Mount St. Helens. After a student discharged pepper spray, the bus driver began to have trouble breathing but was able to pull over safely "before she became overwhelmed," according to the Washington State Patrol.
Etiwanda School District's pilot transportation program will be discontinued after the last day of school. Pictured is Etiwanda Colony Elementary, one of the schools involved in the program.
California district ends school bus pilot program
May 21, 2014
In March, Etiwanda School District launched a "shared cost model" pilot transportation program for students who live at least 3 miles from school. District officials say that the program "did not generate the interest nor the revenue that was expected," and the board decides to discontinue it after the last day of school.
Deputies to ride buses for increased passenger safety
May 21, 2014
The armed law enforcement officers will ride on Polk County Public Schools buses that transport students to two alternative high schools in Florida after two students were caught on video allegedly punching another student. The temporary measure will be in place until the end of the school year, with the hope for a new safety plan in place for the fall, officials say.
Transportation department awarded for recruitment efforts
May 21, 2014
Houston Independent School District’s transportation department receives a community service award from the Near Northwest Management District for these efforts. The department partners with this agency to recruit bus drivers who live in the area that the Near Northwest Management District serves, and it also has a recruiting team at each bus terminal that visits neighborhoods, businesses and churches to recruit drivers.
The Lewis Bus Group staff poses in front of the Thomas Built Buses dealership's new, larger location.
Thomas Built dealer Lewis Bus Group opens bigger facility
May 20, 2014
The dealership's new location in North Salt Lake, Utah, is three times larger than its previous location. The new facility includes six service bays, a wash bay, a parts sales and storage department, sales and administrative offices, and a training/conference room that is available for use by customers and their staff.
Mason City (Ohio) Schools bus driver Lisa Teepen made sure kindergartner Juan Gonzalas (right) experienced his first trip to a farm. Also pictured is fellow student Vimarsh Kannan.
Bus driver arranges farm field trip for student
May 20, 2014
When Lisa Teepen learned that a student on her bus route had missed a kindergarten field trip to a farm, she got permission from the student’s family and the school administration for him to join another kindergarten class's trip to the farm. Teepen was scheduled to drive that group the following day and wanted to be sure the student did not miss out on the experience.
In two years, illegal passing of Marietta City Schools buses decreased from 192 reported incidents in a day to 112. Photo by Lisa Leavell
Georgia district sees 42% drop in stop-arm violations
May 19, 2014
In two years, illegal passing of Marietta City Schools buses decreased from 192 reported incidents in a day to 112. Since the district equipped 12 of its buses with stop-arm cameras last year, police have issued 830 citations.
Orange County Public Schools’ operations division has received the Governor’s Sterling Award, which recognizes performance excellence. The district’s transportation department has sustained bus on-time arrival at 98% or better and reduced the transportation cost per student.
District’s operations division honored for performance excellence
May 19, 2014
The operations division for Florida’s Orange County Public Schools receives the Governor’s Sterling Award, as does the Walton County Tax Collector’s Office. Within the school district’s operations division, the transportation department has sustained on-time arrival of buses of better than 98% from 2010 to 2013, and the transportation cost per student has been reduced from $914 to $869.
First Student's Belleville, Ill., terminal partnered with two local school districts and the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce to collect 12,300 items of non-perishable food for the seventh annual “Drive Away Hunger” campaign.
First Student helps collect 12,300 items for food pantries
May 19, 2014
The school bus contractor’s Belleville, Ill., terminal partners with two local school districts and the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce to collect 12,300 items of non-perishable food for the seventh annual “Drive Away Hunger” campaign. The items are donated to four food pantries in the area.

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