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Drew Goaley (left) joined Spheros North America as regional sales manager for the southern territory. At right is Chris Shigley, director of sales.
Bus a/c supplier Spheros adds to sales force
July 21, 2015
As a regional sales manager for Spheros North America, Drew Goaley will also promote ACC Climate Control, which is now part of Spheros’ product portfolio.
Kansas district to add security cameras to school buses
July 21, 2015
Holcomb Unified School District 363 plans to install security cameras that will record video and audio inside its school buses, and track the buses’ location and speed, as part of a larger plan to boost safety and accountability.
From 2004 to 2013, 327 school-age children were killed in school transportation-related crashes, federal data show. Photo by Kolin Toney
NHTSA updates school transportation fatality data
July 21, 2015
The federal agency’s latest report shows that, on average, about 33 school-age children die in school transportation-related crashes each year.
Pearlie Able was named the 2015 South Carolina School Bus Driver of the Year by the South Carolina Association for Pupil Transportation. Able, center, is shown here with fellow bus drivers from Rock Hill Schools.
School bus driver honored for 31 years of service
July 20, 2015
Pearlie Able was named the 2015 South Carolina School Bus Driver of the Year by the South Carolina Association for Pupil Transportation.
Winners named in School Bus Driver Int'l Safety Competition
July 20, 2015
Two drivers from a West Virginia district take the top spots in the conventional and small bus categories, while a California contestant comes in first in the transit category.
Lt. Ray Robinson, Tennessee’s state pupil transportation director, facilitated a session on responding to school bus emergencies.
Southeastern conference covers driver training, emergency response
July 17, 2015
The event drew more than 130 delegates from 10 states to Arlington, Texas, where they held educational sessions in a convention center flanked by roller coasters and sports stadiums.
School bus driver requests bottled water for students riding hot bus
July 17, 2015
Brenda Burns of Oklahoma posted a request on Facebook for water for the students she transports in a bus without air conditioning. Her goal is to get enough water to last students the whole school year.
NTSB issues recommendations from 2014 truck-motorcoach crash
July 16, 2015
After investigating the Orland, California, crash in which five students were among those killed, the agency calls for motorcoach survivability enhancements.
OnCommand Connection, Navistar's remote diagnostics system, works with a customer's telematics provider to create vehicle health reports with recommended actions.
IC Bus launches remote diagnostics system for school buses
July 16, 2015
OnCommand Connection works with a customer's telematics provider to create vehicle health reports with recommended actions. The system is available as a standard, free option on all new school buses.
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The Herndon (Va.) Police Department is searching for a man who allegedly tried to abduct a girl at her school bus stop.
Girl escapes possible abduction at school bus stop
July 15, 2015
While the girl waited for her bus, a man allegedly tried to force her to come with him, but the girl broke free and ran home. Police are searching for the suspect.
The K-1320 Battery Grip features textured grippers that clamp onto batteries.
Grip device helps handle heavy batteries
July 15, 2015
The K-1320 Battery Grip features textured grippers that clamp onto batteries with a powerful, controlled squeeze, according to the supplier.
Safe Fleet’s employees were inspired by the “No Bullies on My Bus” campaign launched by Seon, a Safe Fleet brand, in 2013. Shown here are the entries for the 2013 coloring contest.
Safe Fleet, subsidiaries launch anti-bullying program
July 15, 2015
“United Against Bullying” will offer tools, resources and funding to support initiatives to prevent bullying and abusive behavior. The program will include grant awards and a coloring contest.
Student honored for actions after school bus crash
July 14, 2015
Shayne Pierre, 15, received an award from the Montana Highway Patrol for assisting the injured drunken driver of the other vehicle, then returning to the bus to get the students to exit because he had noticed gasoline leaking from the vehicles.
Districts report cost efficiencies with Blue Bird buses
July 14, 2015
Two school districts, one located in New York and the other in Mississippi, cite certified technicians and alternative fuel as factors in reducing school bus total cost of ownership.
Torrance Unified School District will soon receive one of two of its diesel buses that are being converted to electric by TransPower. Shown here are two of the district's CNG-powered buses.
California district to receive first electric school bus in conversion project
July 14, 2015
Torrance Unified School District’s transportation director recently visited TransPower’s facilities to see the progress on the conversion of one of its diesel-powered buses to electric.
Emirates Transport to recruit 1,000 female school bus supervisors
July 13, 2015
The move is a response to growing demand for the bus supervisor service since the company started offering it to private schools last year.
North Carolina approves revised school bus crossing procedure
July 13, 2015
The state’s board of education approved policy revisions requiring bus drivers to use hand signals to help students safely cross the street and for student safety training to be documented.
An upcoming NHTSA meeting will “address the challenges and barriers that have prevented schools from taking action to install three-point seat belt systems in school buses.”
NHTSA to hold meeting on school bus seat belts
July 10, 2015
The public meeting will “address the challenges and barriers that have prevented schools from taking action to install three-point seat belt systems in school buses,” according to NHTSA.
Virginia district rolls out stop-arm camera program
July 10, 2015
Arlington Public Schools rolled out the program using American Traffic Solutions’ CrossingGuard. Citations will be issued after a two-month warning period, as the school year begins.
School board member convicted of passing stopped school bus
July 8, 2015
Tichi Pinkney Eppes of Virginia said she waited behind the bus and that it looked empty, but the police officer who issued the citation testified that there were children exiting at the time. She is planning to appeal.

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