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District must increase security for special-needs students on buses
February 1, 2010
Under a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, a Tennessee school district is required to enhance the safety of students with disabilities by taking such steps as staffing monitors to assist drivers on all special-needs buses. The settlement is the result of a lawsuit stemming from episodes of peer-on-peer sexual harassment on buses operated by the district.
Propane bus endures winter testing
January 29, 2010
School districts in Minnesota try out Blue Bird’s Propane-Powered Vision to see how it performs in frigid weather.
(From left) NSTA President Donnie Fowler, EPA administrator Jim Blubaugh, Dale Krapf, Bob Pudlewski and Blake Krapf. Three George Krapf Jr. & Sons locations were awarded with Gold and Silver Levels of Green Fleet Certification.
NSTA awards Green Fleet Certification to 11 members
January 29, 2010
Open to all NSTA members in good standing, the Green Fleet Certification program has been endorsed by the EPA's Clean School Bus USA program.
Canadian pupil transportation event to tackle timely issues
January 28, 2010
Sessions during the biannual Canadian Pupil Transportation Conference, scheduled for May 16-19, will cover such topics as illegal bus passing, fuel management and seat belts. A trade show will also be held.
Washington state school buses could have ads
January 27, 2010
New legislation would permit school districts to place advertisements and educational material on and in school buses if they have been approved by the districts’ school boards. Revenue generated by the ads would be deposited in general or transportation vehicle funds.
Feds ban texting for bus, truck drivers
January 26, 2010
The prohibition, effective immediately, is the latest in a series of actions taken by the U.S. DOT to combat distracted driving after a national summit on the issue in September. Violators may face fines of up to $2,750.
Conn. voters support proposed school bus seat belt bill
January 26, 2010
Poll finds that nearly three-fourths of voters in the state support the measure, which was spurred by the recent death of a high school student in a bus accident.
Registration open for 15th NCST
January 26, 2010
Industry delegates can register for the National Congress on School Transportation through the NCST Website. An agenda for the event and proposed changes to its Writing Committee drafts are also available to view. Feb. 19 is the deadline to submit comments on the drafts.
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Durham School Services wins Indiana contract
January 25, 2010
The contractor will serve Indianapolis Public Schools under a five-year agreement that begins July 1. The contract is Durham’s first in the state of Indiana. It includes 250 home-to-school routes, supplemental transportation routes, and athletic and field trips.
Bill to extend bus life vetoed
January 22, 2010
New Jersey legislation would have allowed some school buses to stay in service for 15 years, up from 12. Outgoing Gov. Jon Corzine unexpectedly vetoes the bill without comment before leaving office.
Hawaii DOE issues recommendations for school bus deficit
January 22, 2010
In light of a $12 million school transportation deficit, the Department of Education is recommending eliminating some routes, consolidating other routes and increasing walking distances for grades 3 through high school.
Diesel price projected to climb over next 2 years
January 19, 2010
The U.S. Energy Information Administration expects the average price of diesel to rise about 28 percent from 2009 through 2011. A smaller increase is projected for average gasoline price.
Columbia, S.C., will host the Southeastern States Pupil Transportation Conference this year.
Southeastern conference details revealed
January 19, 2010
The regional pupil transportation event will be held in Columbia, S.C., in July. The South Carolina state association will hold its annual conference concurrently.
School bus driver picks up lost child, sticks to protocol
January 19, 2010
Doretha Jackson, who has been a school bus driver for Lee County Public Schools for 11 years, said that when she saw the toddler walking alone down the street, she remembered her driver training.
Alexander Chen (center), a student at Irvington High School in Freemont, Calif., submitted the winning essay for IC Bus' 2009 America's Greenest School contest. He received a $5,000 scholarship and his teacher, Clint Johns (to Chen's left), received $3,000 for green school supplies.
IC Bus in search of America’s Greenest School
January 19, 2010
For the manufacturer’s second annual contest, students are encouraged to convey their visions for how they would make their schools more environmentally friendly. The school of the winning entrant will receive a hybrid school bus from IC, a “green” audit and $20,000 for green initiatives.
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Navistar Parts program offers cash for unused inventory
January 19, 2010
The Customer Parts Recovery program allows customers to return new or obsolete parts or overstocks and receive money or credit for future purchases. Those interested in participating in the program should contact their parts sales managers at International truck or IC Bus dealerships.
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Pupil transporters affected by Haitian earthquake receive support
January 15, 2010
Student Transportation of America has partnered with the school community in Greenwich, Conn., to provide aid to Haitian-American bus drivers and monitors whose loved ones have been impacted by the disaster. The company is helping its staff to communicate with relatives, and a company-wide donation system has been established.
School bus drivers organize charitable giving year round
January 15, 2010
One driver organizes an annual golf tournament, which last year raised $3,700. Holiday meals and gifts are also donated annually to families in need.
Victims' families form distracted driving organization
January 14, 2010
FocusDriven, a direct outgrowth of September’s Distracted Driving Summit, is modeled after Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and aims to provide support for victims of accidents and their families.
Registration open for Thomas Built maintenance program
January 13, 2010
The Thomas Built Institute, to be held May 11-14, will include instruction on 2010 emissions and electrical systems for school bus technicians. The course is limited to 100 participants to ensure small class sizes and personal attention.

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