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NAPT elects new board members
November 13, 2009
Alexandra Robinson of San Diego Unified School District becomes president-elect. The newly created board position for an affiliate member goes to Mike Roscoe of school bus seat and restraint supplier The C.E. White Co.
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Blue Bird announces new dealer for Washington
November 13, 2009
Bryson Sales & Service, one of the school bus OEM's oldest dealers, expands its territory to cover the state of Washington, with the exception of five river counties.
Shooting on board Philly school bus possibly result of bullying
November 13, 2009
A 15-year-old student with a .25-caliber handgun may have been retaliating for an earlier incident of bullying, law enforcement sources said. The 17-year-old victim suffered a head wound and was in critical but stable condition last week.
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Miss. schools to convert buses into ambulances in emergencies
November 13, 2009
AmbuBus conversion kits allow school buses with all seats removed to carry 18 stretchers, medical equipment and a team of at least eight medical personnel.
NHTSA: Not buckling up in bus unlikely to carry over
November 11, 2009
Report says there is little chance of children assuming that if they don’t have to wear a seat belt in a school bus, they don’t have to wear one in a personal vehicle.
Founder of anti-violence organization passes away
November 11, 2009
Cynthia Johnson started Drivers, Attendants, Parents, Students and Schools Against Violence with the aim to end violence in Illinois communities. She was a school bus driver for an Illinois contractor.
Freightliner reduces carbon footprint with “green” efforts
November 10, 2009
The chassis manufacturer began participating in the Zero Waste to Landfill program in 2007 and became 100 percent landfill waste-free last month. Employees have also implemented recycling programs, and the company has produced several alternative-fueled chassis in recent years.
NCST announces staff appointments, congress preparations
November 10, 2009
Writing Committee proposals are due Nov. 16; interested parties will be able to comment online through Feb. 1. Also, congress onsite staff positions have been named.
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NAPT speaker gives insight on working with special-needs students
November 9, 2009
Teena Fitzroy, who grew up with cerebral palsy, told the story of her education, career path and family life, focusing on the perspective of those with disabilities.
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Power pole falls on special-needs bus, no one injured
November 9, 2009
The small bus sustained only minor damage and none of the eight passengers suffered any injuries. One of the bus' mirrors may have snagged a support wire, causing the pole to break and fall.
Special-needs students will have smoother ride to school
November 9, 2009
The city of Calgary paved a gravel road full of potholes last month after parents filed a human rights complaint. The parents were concerned that riding over the uneven road in school buses would injure students in wheelchairs.
2010 special-needs event to address timely topics
November 9, 2009
The National Conference and Exhibition on Transporting Students with Disabilities and Preschoolers will cover such issues as the challenging aspects of transporting students with special needs, seating support and occupant restraint, and how to avoid unintended consequences of reducing expenses.
Three employees at Pupil Transportation Cooperative are trained in applying this protective film to bus windows, which allows quick and inexpensive removal of graffiti.
Anti-vandalism methods save $70 per window, deter damage to seats
November 9, 2009
Whittier school bus operation has implemented programs to deter vandalism to bus windows and seats....
NTSB cites need for tire pressure monitors
November 6, 2009
After investigating a fatal motorcoach crash in which a steer-axle tire failed, the safety agency recommends that NHTSA require all new motor vehicles over 10,000 pounds — which would include large school buses — to be equipped with the monitoring systems.
Blue Bird reports favorable fuel economy performance
November 6, 2009
OEM says that third-party testing of its Vision school bus with an ’07 Cummins ISB engine shows it could save over $1,000 per year in fuel costs.
Contractor supports Relay for Life with comical calendar
November 6, 2009
The “Dudes of Dousman” featured in the calendar include school bus drivers, a manager, a mechanic and even the town mayor. The men bravely volunteered to pose dressed as women.
Senate confirms nomination of FMCSA administrator
November 6, 2009
Anne Ferro was the motor vehicle administrator in Maryland from 1997 to 2003, where she led the agency’s efforts to implement a graduated licensing program for new drivers as well as a model for older driver research. She is currently president of the Maryland Motor Truck Association.
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At the NASDPTS conference, Denny Coughlin (left) of Minneapolis Public Schools and Minnesota state director Lt. Ed Carroll gave a presentation on the fatal 2008 school bus crash in Cottonwood, Minn.
State directors delve into bus crash details
November 3, 2009
Changing regulations, innovative state programs and transporting homeless students are also discussed during the annual NASDPTS conference in Louisville.
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NAPT Executive Director Mike Martin (left) and President Bill Tousley (right) accept a $5 million grant from the EPA's Jim Blubaugh during the general session Tuesday.
NAPT speakers emphasize transportation's role in education system
November 3, 2009
Industry experts, government representatives and motivational speakers all point to the pivotal role of the yellow school bus in getting students safely to school ready to learn.
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UPDATE: Michigan school bus inspection program to continue
November 2, 2009
Gov. Jennifer Granholm has directed the state Legislature to appropriate the money necessary to allow the police department to perform its school bus inspections and certifications. In the meantime, the department must identify resources within its budget to fund inspections.

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