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Blue Bird to hold 3-day technical training
March 27, 2014
The course will cover maintenance-related subjects for Blue Bird and Micro Bird buses, including electrical, multiplex diagnostics, instrumentation and engine emissions. The training will be held July 28 to 30 in Reno, Nev.
Boston district votes to expand transit bus pass program
March 27, 2014
Boston Public Schools’ school committee approves Interim Superintendent John McDonough’s budget recommendation for the 2015 fiscal year, which included a proposal to expand the district’s mass transit bus pass program to more seventh- and eighth-grade students and eliminate yellow bus service for these students. The move is reportedly met by opposition from some, including the Boston City Council, which believes the proposal requires more evaluation.
Seon, RedSpeed partner on stop-arm violation solution
March 27, 2014
When the video cameras from Seon detect a stop-arm violation, evidence will be uploaded to a central server for review by RedSpeed. If verified, RedSpeed will forward an evidence package to law enforcement personnel for review, then print and mail a ticket to the registered driver.
8-year-old hit by teen driver passing bus
March 27, 2014
A Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., girl is seriously injured when a 17-year-old driving a pickup truck illegally passes her stopped school bus and strikes her. The girl is taken to the hospital, but a local news source reports that her condition is improving.
TransPower’s ElecTruck Drive System has been retrofitted on a Thomas Built Buses Saf-T-Liner HDX school bus, and it is being tested at California’s Escondido Union High School District.
California district pilots electric drive system on bus
March 27, 2014
Escondido Union High School District is testing the ElecTruck Drive System from TransPower for one month. The system has been retrofitted on a Thomas Built Buses Saf-T-Liner HDX unit, and Director of Transportation Robert Berkstresser says data being tracked during the pilot period include the battery stability, motor efficiency and the reserve percentage of energy after a route.
Driver arrested after allegedly ordering students off bus
March 26, 2014
Wesner Laventure is arraigned on 20 counts each of reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of children. Police are notified of the situation by the mother of one of the students, who was told by other children that Laventure had forced a number of passengers off the bus at different locations, including busy highways.
Thermo King honors top dealers
March 26, 2014
The manufacturer of temperature control systems presents its 2013 Dealer Awards to companies that provide superior and consistent customer service. Regional dealer awards are distributed, and Thermo King of North Florida in Jacksonville receives the Bus Dealer of the Year award.
Transportation director wins Ohio association's top award
March 26, 2014
The Ohio Association for Pupil Transportation honors Toledo Public Schools' Brad Aemisegger with the William Rice Award of Excellence, which designates the state's transportation supervisor of the year. Aemisegger got his start in the industry almost 30 years ago as a school bus driver for the Toledo district.
Update: District switches to 3-tier transportation
March 26, 2014
The board at Minnesota’s South Washington County Schools approves a plan to adjust bell times from four to three tiers, which will go into effect for the 2014-15 school year. However, the board decides against shortening walking distances to the levels at which they had been up until last school year.
Former manager sentenced for stealing $572K from districts
March 25, 2014
Michelle Pumilia is sentenced to five years in New Jersey state prison without the possibility of parole, and she is permanently barred from public employment and must forfeit all public pension and retirement benefits. From 2005 to 2012, while she was employed at two different school districts, Pumilia stole the majority of the money by authorizing payments to fictitious bus companies for transportation services that were never provided to the districts.
Kansas district extends contract with First Student
March 24, 2014
The contract with Shawnee Mission (Kan.) School District 512 is a five-year agreement that includes the operation, maintenance and management of a fleet of more than 200 vehicles. The fleet services 50 schools throughout the district.
Bill would allow stop-arm cameras on Alabama buses
March 24, 2014
Under the legislation, local school boards would be permitted to authorize the use of the technology to capture motorists who illegally pass buses. The fine for a stop-arm violation under the legislation would be a maximum of $300 for the first offense, $750 for a second offense and $1,000 for each subsequent offense in a five-year period.
SBF named a Maggie Award finalist
March 24, 2014
The SCHOOL BUS FLEET 2013 Fact Book is one of five contenders in the category of Guides, Catalogues and Directories. The Maggie Awards recognize trade and consumer publishing excellence in the western U.S.
District partners with road commission to keep students safe
March 24, 2014
The Owosso (Mich.) Public Schools transportation staff teamed up with the Shiawassee County Road Commission to transport students safely during this year’s harsh winter. Owosso Transportation Supervisor Jayne Campbell says the road commission team was very helpful, providing information about road conditions and when plow trucks would arrive to clear the roads for buses.
Tags: winter
Charlie Hood (at left), the longtime Florida state pupil transportation director, will become executive director of NASDPTS this summer, after Bob Riley retires.
Charlie Hood named next executive director of NASDPTS
March 24, 2014
Hood, the longtime Florida state pupil transportation director, will take on the association position this summer, after current Executive Director Bob Riley retires. NASDPTS President Max Christensen says that Hood "brings new ideas and enthusiasm to the position that will help the association move forward with expanded services and direction."
Report: Nearly half of students have seen bullying on the bus
March 21, 2014
According to Awareity’s new Student Safety Report, 44% of students surveyed said that they have witnessed or experienced bullying on the school bus. The report sheds light on bullying and other student safety risks.
Tags: bullying
2 webinars to discuss driver safety
March 20, 2014
The free, Zonar-sponsored events next week will examine the topics of school bus driver distraction and crash risks for commercial fleets. Nikki Hughes, director of school transportation services at California’s San Juan Unified School District, will be the featured speaker in the distraction webinar.
DOE: School bus plan could save $500K by end of year
March 20, 2014
A Hawaii Department of Education official says that the anticipated savings from Oahu’s school bus reform initiative, which is part of a statewide plan to overhaul the transportation program, is $100,000 more than what officials originally expected by the end of the 2013-14 school year. Meanwhile, the department is expanding service in the pilot area, which includes about 30 schools, while decreasing the number of buses in the fleet.
First Observer security training to come back online
March 20, 2014
After more than a year on hiatus, the government program is set to come back online soon to resume the training of transportation professionals in security awareness. Bill Arrington and Steve Sprague of the Transportation Security Administration discuss the ongoing efforts to launch First Observer 2.0.
Bus driver charged following alleged road rage
March 20, 2014
Linda Barreto was pulled over while transporting students after 911 callers reported a bus cutting them off in a reckless manner and also hitting the brakes. She was arrested and charged with child abuse and possession of dangerous drugs.

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