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Bus driver credibility weakens bus-passing fatality case
June 26, 2014
New evidence, which forced an earlier mistrial in a case about a car driver allegedly passing a stopped school bus, striking and killing Hasani Wesley, 11, led to a prosecution plea deal. At issue was whether the bus was stopped, with red lights flashing and stop arm out, when Wesley was hit, but the bus driver’s record and her supervisor conducting an improper investigation significantly weakened the case against the car driver.
Quakertown Community School District's transportation service is provided by a longtime contractor in the area, Levy School Bus Co.
District aims to cut costs in busing with hub transfers
June 26, 2014
Starting next year at Quakertown (Pa.) Community School District, private and charter school students will be transported to hub locations and will then transfer to another bus for the rest of the trip. The district superintendent calls the move "an important cost-saving measure."
Michael Dallessandro, who has worked in pupil transportation for more than 25 years, has taken on a new role as a human resources manager for Rural/Metro Medical.
Longtime school transportation director switches gears
June 26, 2014
Michael Dallessandro, who has worked in pupil transportation for more than 25 years, takes on a new role as a human resources manager for Rural/Metro Medical, a private ambulance and fire protection services provider. He will continue to offer his school bus expertise as a consultant.
Tags: New York
First Student will soon begin serving eight more districts in Illinois. The contractor expects to add approximately 200 more positions.
First Student expands operations in Illinois
June 25, 2014
The contractor will provide transportation for eight additional school districts for the upcoming school year, and expects to add approximately 200 new positions.
7 Mississippi districts receive $105K for new buses to cut emissions
June 25, 2014
The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality gives each district a $15,000 grant toward the purchase of a new bus to replace an older bus. Since 2009, through grants and the Mississippi School Bus Retrofit Project, the organization has retrofitted 1,931 school buses and provided partial funding for 10 new buses to reduce emissions.
Mike Ehrlich, a bus technician from Western Dubuque Schools, won the sixth annual “Best of the Best Technician’s Training & Competition,” held in Waterloo, Iowa, on June 12. 
Iowa announces school bus tech competition winner
June 25, 2014
Mike Ehrlich, a bus technician from Western Dubuque Schools, won the sixth annual “Best of the Best Technician’s Training & Competition,” held in Waterloo, Iowa, on June 12. Ehrlich will advance to the “America’s Best” competition to be held at the National Association for Pupil Transportation Summit in Kansas City, Mo.
Tags: Iowa
Distraction, blocked view caused school bus rail crossing accident, officials say
June 20, 2014
An investigation conducted by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada into the March 26, 2013, collision in Carlyle, Saskatchewan, found that the driver was likely distracted by tasks associated with road traffic and pedestrian activity near the crossing at the time of the accident. The school bus’ frame (A-pillar) and side mirror adjacent to the door also obstructed the driver’s view and concealed the train when the driver looked for a train.
Man looking for ride allegedly steals school bus
June 20, 2014
Donald L. Francis is charged with tampering with a motor vehicle in the first degree, a Class C felony, after allegedly stealing a North Wood R-IV (Mo.) School District bus. Francis admits to sheriff’s deputies that he was intoxicated and looking for a ride, found a school bus with keys in it, and drove to St. Clair, which is where authorities found the bus.
Zonar's free web seminar will explain how fleets are using telematics to boost safety and efficiency. Pictured is Zonar's Z Pass ridership tracking system.
Zonar webinar to cover school bus fleet telematics
June 20, 2014
The free web seminar on June 26 will explain modern telematics platforms and how pupil transportation operations are using them to improve safety and efficiency.
First Student to expand operations in New York
June 20, 2014
The contractor will hire 100 bus drivers and 100 monitors to perform work for a new contract with Erie County Preschool and Early Intervention Program. The contract goes into effect in September.
Houston Independent School District board member Manuel Rodriguez Jr. (center right) accepts an award from Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. Also among those pictured are district fleet personnel who have served in the military.
Texas district honored for hiring military
June 19, 2014
The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve organization, a U.S. Department of Defense office, presents an award to Houston Independent School District for its efforts to recruit and retain military personnel.
Fort Wayne Community Schools got a $314,108 grant to pay for diesel particulate filters from Hug Filtersystems and the equipment to clean them.
Indiana district to equip 24 more buses with DPFs
June 19, 2014
Fort Wayne Community Schools gets a $314,108 grant to pay for the diesel particulate filters (DPFs) and the equipment to clean them. The addition of the Hug mobiclean filters will bring Fort Wayne’s total number of DPF-equipped buses to 160.
District considers opt-out option due to nearly empty buses
June 19, 2014
Westfield (Mass.) Public School District may ask students who drive themselves to and from school to opt out of the free school transportation system, and let them opt back in later if their transportation needs change. Many of the district’s 47-passenger capacity school buses travel with fewer than a dozen riders on board.
District displays rusted bus, gets funding greenlight
June 19, 2014
Medina (Ohio) City School District officials parked one of the district’s buses outside Medina High School before a city school board meeting took place so board members and the public could see the corrosion that has rendered many of the district’s buses irreparable. The board approved funding for 15 new school buses and approved soliciting bids for the purchase of two additional school buses equipped to transport students with special needs.
Douglas County (Colo.) School District sponsored a competition between its bus terminals to see which group could turn in the lowest amount of idling time. Photo by John Horton
Anti-idling contest saves about $15,000 in fuel
June 19, 2014
Douglas County (Colo.) School District’s transportation department sponsored a competition between its west, east and north terminals to see which group could turn in the lowest amount of school bus engine idling time. The winning terminal cut its idling time by 50% — and won a catered lunch.
The Labors' International Union of North America launched a publicity tour featuring a bus that appears to have been smashed by a fallen piece of bridge.
Associations asked union not to misuse school bus in campaign
June 19, 2014
The three national pupil transportation groups wrote to the Labors' International Union of North America, requesting that the union not negatively represent the yellow bus in its highway bill reauthorization campaign. But on Monday, the union launched a tour featuring a school bus that appears to have been smashed by a fallen piece of bridge.
Grand Ledge Public Schools held a ceremony for two alumni who are fallen soldiers, unveiling decals that honored them on two school buses. American flags were hung in front of the decals until members of the U.S. Army took them down and folded them.
District decals buses to honor fallen alumni soldiers
June 18, 2014
Grand Ledge Public Schools held a ceremony on May 30 for two former students who died in the war in Afghanistan, unveiling memorial decals on two of its buses that honor the students and presenting framed versions to their mothers.
Tags: Michigan
SecureFleet combines vehicle data and a video event recording system with a comprehensive driver coaching program to help fleet owners and safety managers reduce risks, cut costs and better manage fleets. 
ProSight Insurance, SmartDrive debut risk reduction solution for school buses
June 18, 2014
SecureFleet, developed exclusively for ProSight niche transportation customers, combines vehicle data and a video event recording system with a comprehensive driver coaching program to help fleet owners and safety managers reduce risks, cut costs and better manage fleets.
District to fire driver who let son drive school bus
June 17, 2014
Theresa Robinson admitted to allowing her son to drive the school bus that was assigned to her. An investigation conducted by Hillsborough County (Fla.) Public Schools found that Robinson's son took the bus to be washed and detailed and that no children were on board at the time.
Tags: Florida
A new federal report found that motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. in 2010 resulted in economic costs of $277 billion and $594 billion in societal harm. Photo by W. Robert Howell
Study: Total cost of auto crashes topped $800 billion
June 16, 2014
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finds that motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. in 2010 resulted in economic costs of $277 billion and $594 billion in societal harm.
Tags: NHTSA

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