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Gardian Angel uses a white flood light mounted on the bus’ front bumper to illuminate the path for students to cross the street.
School bus crossing light allowed in Arkansas
August 20, 2015
Arkansas becomes the 15th state to allow the Gardian Angel safety lighting system for use on school buses.
State contractor group urges driver alertness around school buses
August 19, 2015
As the new school year begins, the Pennsylvania School Bus Association is asking motorists to watch for students boarding and leaving buses.
Iowa district transportation director Danny Thede to retire
August 19, 2015
After nearly 30 years in the school bus industry, Thede will step down as Indianola Community Schools’ transportation director in September.
Paul Heide received Iowa’s top pupil transportation honor, the Tom Horn Memorial Award. He is seen here with Nancy Horn, wife of the late Tom Horn.
Iowa presents prestigious Tom Horn Memorial Award
August 19, 2015
The state’s top pupil transportation honor goes to Paul Heide, the recently retired transportation director for Storm Lake Community School District.
Tags: Iowa
Owen Freese has worked in the industry for nearly 30 years, most recently as executive director of the Iowa Pupil Transportation Association.
Iowa school bus veteran Owen Freese to retire
August 18, 2015
Freese has worked in the industry for nearly 30 years as a local director and mechanic, a state school bus inspector and executive director of the Iowa Pupil Transportation Association.
TRP has added seat foam to its series of aftermarket school bus parts. The company now offers individually packaged bus seat covers and foam in packages of three to five. Photo by TRP
TRP adds seat foam to school bus parts suite
August 18, 2015
The company is now offering individually packaged bus seat covers and foam in packages of three to five, reducing or eliminating additional freight costs.
Tags: parts, seating
Proposed funding cut may create district school bus driver shortage
August 18, 2015
If North Carolina lawmakers cut funds by up to 50% for teacher assistants, many of whom also drive school buses for Johnston County Schools, the district could see a significant driver shortage.
School bus driver removed from route denies texting
August 17, 2015
Charles Ramey Jr., who was removed from the Knox County (Tenn.) Schools eligibility roster after an investigation found he was texting while driving a bus, says he picked up the phone, read a message from his employer and put the phone down.
New York Bus Sales names new director of parts
August 17, 2015
Jim Hogan will oversee parts management, purchasing, inventory, sales and supply of parts for the Blue Bird school bus dealer.
Last year’s SBF Administrator of the Year award went to Florida pupil transportation veteran Jim Beekman.
Nominate a great transportation director
August 17, 2015
Do you know an exemplary school transportation director who deserves recognition? We’re accepting nominations for Administrator of the Year.
First Student and the National Safety Council’s Safety Dog Bus Tour teaches children safety tips and shows parents safety features on the bus. Children also get to meet Safety Dog, the safety mascot for First Student.
Nationwide tour promotes safe school bus behavior
August 14, 2015
First Student and the National Safety Council’s Safety Dog Bus Tour teaches children safety tips and shows parents safety features on the bus. Children also get to meet Safety Dog, the safety mascot for First Student.
Lincoln Park High is one of 48 schools that have adopted new bell times in a Chicago Public Schools plan to cut transportation costs. Photo by Vernes Seferovic
Chicago’s school bell time changes expected to save $5M
August 13, 2015
Forty-eight schools adopt new bell times as part of a Chicago Public Schools plan to cut transportation costs. The district is facing a $1.1 billion operating deficit.
District saves over $600K with propane school buses
August 13, 2015
Broward County (Fla.) Public Schools cut its annual operating costs by acquiring 98 Blue Bird Propane Vision buses. The district recouped the propane engine upcharge in three months.
Fullington will operate and maintain school bus services for Southern Columbia Area School District under a five-year contract.
Fullington wins new school bus contract in Pennsylvania
August 12, 2015
The company will operate and maintain school bus services for Southern Columbia Area School District under the five-year contract.
Operation Lifesaver and the Federal Highway Administration have awarded over $200,000 in grants for rail crossing safety public education projects. Shown here is a poster from Operation Lifesaver's "See Tracks? Think Train!" campaign.
$204K awarded for rail crossing safety campaigns
August 12, 2015
Operation Lifesaver and the Federal Highway Administration award grants to 13 states for public education projects that target students, school bus drivers, Spanish-speaking populations and the news media.
School bus scam gets former mechanic jail time
August 12, 2015
Anthony Robinson is convicted of a felony for buying unneeded bus parts for Teton County (Wyo.) School District, reselling them and keeping the money. He is ordered to repay $161,000 and serve six months in jail.
Tags: Wyoming
Retired school buses used to haul watermelons
August 11, 2015
Some Delaware farmers buy the buses and convert them to bring the crop from field to market during peak season in the summer. They remove the seats and side windows and sometimes cut off most of the roof to easily load and unload the fruit.
Tags: Delaware
Helen Herbert came to Monticello Central School District in 2014 from First Student, where she served as a safety manager for 11 years.
New York district names new director of transportation
August 11, 2015
After serving as assistant director of transportation at Monticello Central School District for the past year, Helen Herbert is promoted to the director role.
Tags: New York
Feds order Utah bus company to cease operations
August 11, 2015
Deseret Bus Service, which primarily transported children, is halted for repeatedly operating unsafe vehicles and for failing to comply with a federal consent order, FMCSA officials say.
Tennessee district unveils school bus safety enhancements
August 11, 2015
Additional driver training, police riding buses and video systems are among Knox County Schools' new measures, which follow last year's fatal crash in which a school bus driver was texting.

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