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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.
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
At Pasco County Schools, the transportation department purchased wristbands for elementary school bus passengers so the drivers can make sure they get off at the correct stops. A student’s name and grade level, an abbreviation of the name of his or her school, the school’s telephone number, and the student’s bus route and stop number are printed on the bands.
Bus stop ID program targets student safety
October 26, 2009
Innovative program features wristbands that match students to the right bus. Wristbands list student's name, grade, school, route and stop number.
Funding cut for Michigan school bus inspection program
October 23, 2009
Operations statewide are required by law to have their buses inspected by state police annually in order to be allowed to run them, but the state's K-12 school aid budget does not include the $1.4 million necessary to continue inspections. State pupil transportation associations have taken action to restore the funding and continue the program....
Medical marijuana still off-limits for bus drivers
October 23, 2009
The U.S. Department of Transportation clarifies that the Department of Justice's guidelines on medical marijuana prosecution have no bearing on the drug testing program for safety-sensitive transportation employees....
New York program catches multiple illegal passes
October 23, 2009
State association reports that three school buses equipped with cameras recorded 46 occurrences of illegal passing in three school districts over a span of 40 school days....
SBF unveils redesigned Website
October 22, 2009
New, user-friendly layout is organized by targeted channels, which cover such pertinent topics as school bus safety, management and training, maintenance, green issues, special needs and contractors....
TCI to administer U.S. Bus recalls
October 22, 2009
Transportation Collaborative Inc. feels it is in the industry's best interests to take responsibility for the company's recalls. NHTSA has released TCI from liability in connection with U.S. Bus' violations of the vehicle safety act and the agency's regulations....
Blue Bird, Girardin consolidate Type A lines
October 19, 2009
The manufacturers merge their Type A bus products and distribution into one entity, dubbed Micro Bird Inc....
North Carolina will receive more than 800 CE Series school buses next spring from IC Bus' North Carolina dealer, White's International Trucks.
IC to build buses for North Carolina
October 19, 2009
The company won a bid to manufacture 800 to 900 school buses for the state. The CE Series buses will be delivered next spring through IC’s North Carolina dealer, White’s International Trucks....
Tags: IC Bus
During the U.S. Department of Transportation’s summit on distracted driving, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood discussed a federal rulemaking on text messaging and cell phone use by commercial drivers.
FirstGroup supports efforts to reduce distracted driving
October 19, 2009
The company backs U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s proposal that would restrict cell phone use and ban text messaging for commercial drivers....

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