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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.
Tags: FMCSA
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.
Tags: NASDPTS
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.
Tags: NAPT
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.
Oklahoma state pupil transportation director Randy McLerran (center) was honored by Sure-Lok for his efforts to enhance the transportation of students who have special needs. At left is Sure-Lok's Jerry Crunk; at right is ceremony host Mac Dryden.
Outstanding efforts on display at NAPT awards ceremonies
November 2, 2009
Georgia school bus driver Dreana Trent is honored for saving the life of a student who had stopped breathing. Oklahoma state director Randy McLerran is awarded for his dedication to enhancing special-needs transportation.
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David Pace (right) of Virginia Beach City Public Schools accepts the Administrator of the Year award from SBF Publisher Frank Di Giacomo.
David Pace named Administrator of the Year
November 2, 2009
SBF presents the 36th award to Virginia’s David Pace, a veteran transportation director who has served as a mentor for many new people entering the field.
Tags: history, NAPT
A drill simulating an accident between a school bus and an oil truck was held to assess emergency response in the Fairhaven, Mass. region. The bus was donated by DATTCO Inc. Photo by Laura Stone.
DATTCO donates school bus for emergency drill
October 30, 2009
The full-scale exercise simulating an accident involving a school bus tested regional emergency response with personnel from seven area towns participating.
Unmarked school bus attempts to pick up children at bus stop
October 30, 2009
Hudson School District superintendent releases suspicious person alert, describing the driver and vehicle. The alert also urges parents to talk to children about safety practices.
Students wear LED lights for morning pick-up
October 29, 2009
A Texas school district has distributed flashing LEDs to its elementary-age students and asked them to wear the lights in the morning while they wait for their buses to make them more visible to drivers. The move is part of the district's "Be Seen, Be Safe" campaign.
Tags: lighting
DOE reports on district's comprehensive response to fatal bus crash
October 29, 2009
The actions officials at a Minnesota school district took in the days and months after a February 2008 bus crash that killed four students were key in helping students, staff and the community to recover. Efforts included communication, organized support services and memorials.
Kids tell it like they see it in school bus safety
October 28, 2009
The North Collins Elementary School transportation department asked children when they feel safe on the school bus and posted their responses in the school hallway....
Vehicle inspection is one area where Salem-Keizer’s transportation staff wanted to see improvement. In tracking its progress, the shop realized it was not meeting its stringent schedule and adjusted its baseline to meet its goals.
District boosts communication, efficiency with ISO program
October 28, 2009
Salem-Keizer Public Schools officials have seen increased efficiency and improved communication as a result of modeling their district after the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) 9001 quality management system....
Thomas Cellitti, senior vice president of integrated quality and reliability for Navistar, has made numerous contributions to the pupil transportation industry, including communicating to parents and policymakers the safety record of the American school bus.
NAPT to honor industry pioneer and advocate
October 27, 2009
Thomas Cellitti of Navistar will be inducted into the NAPT Hall of Fame on Sunday. Cellitti is being recognized for his leadership and support of pupil transportation when he served as vice president and general manager of Navistar’s bus business, now known as IC Bus, from 1991 to 2004. ...
Tags: IC Bus, NAPT

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