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Voyageur Transportation’s Dwayne Ferguson, senior vice president, and Tracy Wintermute, vice president of human resources, display the 2013 Canada’s Best Managed Companies award.
Voyageur Transportation named a ‘Best Managed Company’
June 5, 2014
The Ontario-based operator transports 6,000 students to and from school daily and provides other services, such as non-emergency medical transportation. An official with the Canada’s Best Managed Companies program says that Voyageur “invests in their team to build up a strong and stable company.”
Joseph Marek, a technician for Durham School Services in Spokane, Wash., has earned ASE certification. He is among 19 Durham employees who hold master technician status.
Durham technician earns ASE master certification
June 5, 2014
Joseph Marek, who works for the company’s Spokane, Wash., location, is among 19 Durham employees who hold master technician status.
With the 2015 gathering, the school bus industry will be celebrating 75 years of the National Congress on School Transportation.
Updates unveiled for 2015 National Congress on School Transportation
June 4, 2014
Preparations are ramping up for the event, which is held every five years in Warrensburg, Mo. Congress officials provide updates on the new location of the organization's website, when registration will open and a new committee called "Telling the School Bus Story."
Teacher retirements may provide school bus funding
June 4, 2014
An increase in the number of teachers retiring from Muncie (Ind.) Community Schools can make up the rest of the shortfall for the third year of a new bus contract if enough of those positions are not replaced. The district will use its savings to pay for bus service over the next two years.
Tags: Indiana
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Bill would require lap-shoulder belts on school buses
June 4, 2014
Ohio Reps. Tom Letson (D-Warren) and Roland Winburn (D-Dayton) introduced H.B. No. 578 following news that students were injured in a school bus crash last week in Montgomery County. The bill would require all school buses built or refurbished after Jan. 1, 2016, to be fitted with seat belts and for school districts to adopt a policy that addresses the failure of a student to wear one.
School bus drivers sue to stop paying union dues
June 3, 2014
The five drivers from an Arkansas school district have sought to refrain from union membership and dues. According to a foundation that is providing free legal assistance to the drivers, union officials denied the drivers' requests, saying that they can only resign their union membership during a 15-day "window period" in July.
Electric buses could save districts millions, study finds
June 3, 2014
The study, conducted by the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, examined the cost-effectiveness of electric school buses that use vehicle-to-grid technology, discharging their batteries into the electrical grid when not in use and getting paid for the service. Over 14 years, an electric bus fleet using the technology could save an estimated $38 million, according to the research.
Father of autistic student attacks son’s bully on bus
June 2, 2014
According to police, Burnis Hurd boards the bus with his son, who points out a boy who had been bullying him, and Hurd grabs the boy by the hair, raises him out of his seat, pushes him on the side of the bus, threatens to kill him and uses threatening language with other students. Hurd was placed in jail on $50,000 bond.
Lori Robertson, a Petermann driver for Lakota Local Schools, took her first top title in this year's Ohio School Bus Driver Safety Road-E-O.
Ohio school bus driver wins state contest by 1 point
June 2, 2014
Lori Robertson, a Petermann driver for Lakota Local Schools, takes her first top title in the Ohio School Bus Driver Safety Road-E-O. Nearly 50 drivers from around the state competed.
Former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot to speak at NAPT
June 2, 2014
Captain (Ret.) Scott O’Grady will present a keynote speech, sponsored by HSM Transportation Solutions, on Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11). He will share his experience in Bosnia and discuss how preparation, teamwork and leadership are keys to professional survival.
Tags: NAPT
The QRT-360 retractor is fully automatic and designed to meet the new WC18 standards, according to Q'Straint.
Q’Straint advises early planning to meet updated wheelchair passenger safety standards
May 30, 2014
The new WC18 standards will take effect December 2015. Q’Straint has developed the QRT-360, the first retractor to comply with the standards, according to the supplier.
First Student earns ASE Blue Seal of Excellence
May 29, 2014
The contractor’s Marlboro, Mass., multi-maintenance shop, which employs five ASE-certified technicians, receives the certification. A company official says its success is attributed to its emphasis on “safety, training and keeping up with current technology trends.”
Under a South Carolina bill, video recorders could be equipped on school buses to capture footage of vehicles passing illegally. Photo by Lois Cordes
Bill would allow cameras for stop-arm enforcement
May 29, 2014
Under the South Carolina legislation, video recorders could be equipped on school buses to document vehicles passing illegally. The bill, which has now passed the state Senate, would also allow footage from the stop-arm cameras to be used as evidence in citing offenders.
Bus driver Joyce Key (shown center) was named Driver of the Year at the fourth annual Bus Drivers Appreciation Banquet. Also shown: Derek Graham, North Carolina DPI state director (left), and Rodney Hardy, Surry County Schools transportation director.
Bus driver honored by North Carolina district
May 29, 2014
Joyce Key was named Driver of the Year at a Bus Drivers Appreciation Banquet last week. Key began driving a school bus 29 years ago and has not had an accident.
Gilroy Unified School District officials, clean-air advocates and other dignitaries gathered at the district's transportation facility to kick off a pilot project for an electric bus.
Converted electric school bus debuts at California district
May 28, 2014
In a new pilot project, Gilroy Unified School District handed over an old diesel school bus and got it back as an electric school bus. In addition to the conversion, the district was supplied with a solar array to help generate electricity to power the bus.
The 43rd Annual New York State School Bus Safety Competition included loading and unloading students, vehicle inspection, turning and stopping, and railroad crossings.  
New York association announces safety competition winners
May 28, 2014
The New York School Bus Contractors Association’s 43rd Annual New York State School Bus Safety Competition was held May 17 in Valley Cottage, N.Y. and had more than 130 drivers, more than ever before. First-place winners included contestants from Suffolk Transportation Service Inc., Clarkstown Central School District and We Transport Inc./Towne Bus Corp.
Durham School Services will take over and operate Shelby County (Tenn.) Schools’ entire fleet and all of its routes. Pictured is a district bus leaving a middle school in 2012.
Tennessee district awards expanded contract to Durham
May 28, 2014
The contractor will provide service to Shelby County Schools in Memphis, Tenn., for four more years starting July 1. Durham School Services has served the district in a smaller capacity since 2010, and will now take over and operate its entire fleet and all of its routes.
Joe Leggett comes to Collins from bus mirror supplier Rosco Vision Systems.
Collins Bus Corp. names new director of sales
May 27, 2014
Joe Leggett joins the Type A school bus manufacturer as director of sales, a role in which he will work primarily with Collins Bus distributors in the western regions of the U.S. and Canada. Leggett comes to Collins from bus mirror supplier Rosco Vision Systems.
15 students injured after firecracker goes off in bus
May 27, 2014
One student is seriously hurt and 14 suffer minor injuries on Tuesday after one or two children set off a firecracker on a bus that is taking students to a school in Brooklyn. Emergency crews responded to a report of a smoke condition on the bus just before 7:30 a.m.
Tags: New York
EPA fines school bus operator $33,000 for idling
May 27, 2014
A Massachusetts contractor will pay the penalty and implement idling-reduction measures to settle U.S. EPA allegations that its school buses violated federally enforceable vehicle idling limits. Agency officials say that the company has responded quickly and has already implemented a number of the idling-reduction measures.

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