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A bill being considered by the Florida Legislature would extend to three miles the school bus eligibility threshold for middle and high school students. Photo credit:  www.flickr.com/photos/shugyou / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Bill would increase walking distance, allow ads
March 5, 2010
The legislation being considered in Florida would extend to three miles the school bus eligibility threshold for middle and high school students. It would also let districts place ads on the outside of buses.
Operation 'stuffs' a bus for Haitian earthquake victims
March 5, 2010
With the help of the community, the transportation staff at a North Carolina school system gathered a school bus full of supplies last month to help those in need and shipped it overseas. The items will be distributed by a mission group and the bus will be used to transport teachers to and from schools.
U.K. schools try on-board entertainment to combat bullying
March 5, 2010
The Denbighshire County Council in North Wales hopes to combat bullying and reduce noise and distractions for the bus driver.
District considers piloting new GPS, student tracking technology
March 5, 2010
Along with tracking equipment, a system by Volpe Industries Inc. includes cameras and a mini computer. A Massachusetts district may test the system, which has the ability to monitor buses, provide a view of the interior of buses, record all activity on board, track students with facial recognition and provide profile information for bus drivers.
Blue Bird to offer school bus technician training
March 4, 2010
Workshops held in April, May and July will provide information on the chassis and body of the manufacturer’s All American and Vision models. The sessions will include a tour of the Blue Bird plant.
SBF calls for Driver Management Survey participants
March 3, 2010
School bus drivers in U.S. and Canada are encouraged to respond; deadline is March 9.
Best School Bus Movie Scenes
March 3, 2010
What is YOUR favorite school bus movie scene? Share it with us here!
Tags: history
Tyler Technologies taps Fahey for Versatrans
March 2, 2010
John Fahey recently retired from the Buffalo (N.Y.) City School District, where he oversaw transportation as assistant superintendent for 18 years. At Tyler, he joins the team that consults with districts on the efficiency, organization and overall effectiveness of their transportation operations.
Tags: routing
Collins to present at Propane Engine Fuel Summit
March 2, 2010
Kent Tyler, president of the bus manufacturer, will speak to summit attendees this Thursday about the development and production of Collins’ NexBus Propane unit, and the benefits of propane propulsion in Type A buses.
Bill allowing school bus ads rejected
March 2, 2010
The Utah legislation would have let school boards sell advertising space on buses, while prohibiting ads that promoted inappropriate material. A House committee did not approve the bill, concerned that people would assume the ads were endorsed by schools.
Conference to cover special-needs transportation issues
March 1, 2010
Attorney and consultant Peggy Burns will speak at the Massachusetts Association for Pupil Transportation's day-long event, discussing such topics as legal issues related to training special-needs school bus drivers, sharing IEP information with transportation personnel and decision-making about special-needs transportation.
District cuts special-needs bus routes
March 1, 2010
An Alabama school system is dropping the routes in order to reduce costs. The state Department of Education reportedly allows a school board to make a payment to parents instead of transporting students where it's impractical to do so.
Clayton County Public Schools had two teams of drivers place in the top five at Georgia’s special-needs roadeo. From left: Paulette Raper, David O’Keeffe, Jacquelyn Turner and Angie Dorris.
Top drivers to compete in national special-needs roadeo
March 1, 2010
Clayton County Public Schools bus drivers David O’Keeffe and Jacquelyn Turner excelled when presented with challenges during Georgia’s special-needs roadeo, including evacuating four students from a bus within two minutes. The duo will represent their state at the national competition in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday.
Michigan district axes transportation
February 26, 2010
Faced with deteriorating school funding in the state, Royal Oak decides to eliminate transportation for general-education students beginning with the next school year. The district made substantial reductions in high school transportation last year.
Teacher, bus drivers subdue shooting suspect
February 26, 2010
Two Colorado students are expected to recover after being shot in front of their middle school on Tuesday. The alleged gunman, who now faces two counts of attempted first-degree murder, was disarmed by a math teacher and restrained with help from school bus drivers until police arrived.
Transportation industry veteran passes away
February 26, 2010
Thomas Gallagher, father of Student Transportation Inc. Chairman and CEO Denis Gallagher, had been a consultant for the school bus contractor since 1999. He previously worked for Laidlaw Transit and founded Coast Cities Coaches.
Navistar Parts offers credit program for fleet owners
February 25, 2010
The “Fleet Charge ONE” card provides bus and truck owners with 30-day terms on parts and service purchases. It is available through IC Bus and International dealerships. Program benefits include access to online expense tracking tools and ease of participation in the company’s Customer Parts Recovery program.
Tags: IC Bus
Consulting firms form partnership
February 25, 2010
In addition to routing reviews, cost analyses and operations assessments, Management Partnership Services will now offer expertise in legal issues, compliance monitoring and human resource management through its agreement with Education Compliance Group.
Image by James Kraemer, 2safeschools.org
Big jump in danger zone fatalities
February 23, 2010
Seventeen children were killed in school bus loading or unloading accidents in the 2008-09 school year, according to the Kansas State Department of Education’s national survey. It’s a large increase from the previous year’s total, five fatalities.
Detroit Public Schools to privatize transportation
February 23, 2010
First Student will transport the district’s nearly 90,000 students with a fleet of about 360 vehicles under a five-year contract that begins on May 1. By the start of the 2010-11 school year, all of the buses will feature GPS tracking and child-check reminder systems, as well as crossing gates.

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