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Henry Bell, a school bus driver for Roseville (Calif.) Joint Union High School District, receives his award from Tom Torlakson, state superintendent of public instruction.
Bus driver honored for role in school success
May 27, 2014
Henry Bell, a school bus driver for Roseville (Calif.) Joint Union High School District’s transportation department, is one of California's six Classified School Employees for 2014. Bell was nominated for maintaining a safe bus, working effectively to resolve issues with students and parents, and for how he builds relationships with students and staff.
Debora L. Sigler, a local Allstate agent, is Parkland School District's first advertiser. Photo courtesy of Nicole Mehta McGalla, Parkland School District
District runs first ad inside school bus
May 27, 2014
Allentown, Pa.-based Parkland School District debuted its first ad for a local Allstate agent. The ad, which discourages texting while driving, will run through October.
Features of Alliance AutoGas’ new T3MR Fleet Fuel Management System include a durable card reader system, data management, real-time communications and an ultra-low-emission fueling nozzle.
New propane fueling system offered for fleets
May 23, 2014
Features of Alliance AutoGas’ new T3MR Fleet Fuel Management System include a durable card reader system, data management, real-time communications and an ultra-low-emission fueling nozzle. Company officials say that the system will provide fleet managers with the ability to better monitor and control fuel inventories in real time.
Seon school bus driver Facebook contest deadline approaches
May 22, 2014
To enter the contest, drivers can visit Seon’s Facebook page, and send a photo and message about how they prevent bullying on the bus and what they love about being a school bus driver. Drivers may apply to the Facebook contest through May 30.
Tags: bullying
Former director of transportation John Clements will serve as an advisor for Motiv on a part-time basis. He’s pictured in the SSTe all-electric school bus developed by Motiv and Trans Tech Bus.
John Clements to serve as advisor for Motiv Power Systems
May 22, 2014
In the part-time role, Clements, who retired last year as director of transportation for California’s Kings Canyon Unified School District, will offer school bus industry advice and general operations knowledge to the company, among other duties. Last year, Motiv partnered with Trans Tech Bus to develop the SSTe all-electric school bus.
A school bus was en route to Washington's Mount St. Helens (pictured) when a student discharged pepper spray. Photo by Christine Chen
Pepper spray on school bus disrupts trip to volcano
May 21, 2014
The bus was en route to Washington's Mount St. Helens. After a student discharged pepper spray, the bus driver began to have trouble breathing but was able to pull over safely "before she became overwhelmed," according to the Washington State Patrol.
Etiwanda School District's pilot transportation program will be discontinued after the last day of school. Pictured is Etiwanda Colony Elementary, one of the schools involved in the program.
California district ends school bus pilot program
May 21, 2014
In March, Etiwanda School District launched a "shared cost model" pilot transportation program for students who live at least 3 miles from school. District officials say that the program "did not generate the interest nor the revenue that was expected," and the board decides to discontinue it after the last day of school.
Deputies to ride buses for increased passenger safety
May 21, 2014
The armed law enforcement officers will ride on Polk County Public Schools buses that transport students to two alternative high schools in Florida after two students were caught on video allegedly punching another student. The temporary measure will be in place until the end of the school year, with the hope for a new safety plan in place for the fall, officials say.
Transportation department awarded for recruitment efforts
May 21, 2014
Houston Independent School District’s transportation department receives a community service award from the Near Northwest Management District for these efforts. The department partners with this agency to recruit bus drivers who live in the area that the Near Northwest Management District serves, and it also has a recruiting team at each bus terminal that visits neighborhoods, businesses and churches to recruit drivers.
The Lewis Bus Group staff poses in front of the Thomas Built Buses dealership's new, larger location.
Thomas Built dealer Lewis Bus Group opens bigger facility
May 20, 2014
The dealership's new location in North Salt Lake, Utah, is three times larger than its previous location. The new facility includes six service bays, a wash bay, a parts sales and storage department, sales and administrative offices, and a training/conference room that is available for use by customers and their staff.
Mason City (Ohio) Schools bus driver Lisa Teepen made sure kindergartner Juan Gonzalas (right) experienced his first trip to a farm. Also pictured is fellow student Vimarsh Kannan.
Bus driver arranges farm field trip for student
May 20, 2014
When Lisa Teepen learned that a student on her bus route had missed a kindergarten field trip to a farm, she got permission from the student’s family and the school administration for him to join another kindergarten class's trip to the farm. Teepen was scheduled to drive that group the following day and wanted to be sure the student did not miss out on the experience.
In two years, illegal passing of Marietta City Schools buses decreased from 192 reported incidents in a day to 112. Photo by Lisa Leavell
Georgia district sees 42% drop in stop-arm violations
May 19, 2014
In two years, illegal passing of Marietta City Schools buses decreased from 192 reported incidents in a day to 112. Since the district equipped 12 of its buses with stop-arm cameras last year, police have issued 830 citations.
Orange County Public Schools’ operations division has received the Governor’s Sterling Award, which recognizes performance excellence. The district’s transportation department has sustained bus on-time arrival at 98% or better and reduced the transportation cost per student.
District’s operations division honored for performance excellence
May 19, 2014
The operations division for Florida’s Orange County Public Schools receives the Governor’s Sterling Award, as does the Walton County Tax Collector’s Office. Within the school district’s operations division, the transportation department has sustained on-time arrival of buses of better than 98% from 2010 to 2013, and the transportation cost per student has been reduced from $914 to $869.
First Student's Belleville, Ill., terminal partnered with two local school districts and the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce to collect 12,300 items of non-perishable food for the seventh annual “Drive Away Hunger” campaign.
First Student helps collect 12,300 items for food pantries
May 19, 2014
The school bus contractor’s Belleville, Ill., terminal partners with two local school districts and the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce to collect 12,300 items of non-perishable food for the seventh annual “Drive Away Hunger” campaign. The items are donated to four food pantries in the area.
Jeff Jones will step down from his role as vice president of Cummins' North American engine business and marketing communications on June 30. He joined the company in 1977.
Jeff Jones to retire from executive role at Cummins
May 19, 2014
Jones, who is vice president of Cummins’ North American engine business and marketing communications, will step down on June 30 after 37 years with the company. Amy Boerger will succeed Jones in leadership of Cummins’ North American engine business, overseeing national accounts, field sales and support. Lori Thompson will assume the position of vice president — engine business marketing.
Tags: engines
The first of 49 Blue Bird Propane Vision school buses arrives at Cleveland Metropolitan School District's depot.
Ohio school district acquires 49 propane buses
May 15, 2014
Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s new Blue Bird Propane Vision school buses will replace 12- to-13-year-old diesel buses. The propane units will go into operation for the 2014-15 school year.
Bus driver inspires reading program, wins award
May 15, 2014
Carlyn Kraft, a bus driver for the Pasco (Wash.) School District, has read to the students who ride on her bus and has brought them books for several years. The Children’s Reading Foundation of the Mid-Columbia found out and plans to launch a “Books on the Bus" reading program in her honor. Kraft also receives the 2014 Literacy Champion Award.
Firefighters in Mesa, Ariz., work to extinguish a blaze on a special-education school bus. Photo by Mesa Fire Department
Driver hailed for response to school bus fire
May 15, 2014
Fire officials in Mesa, Ariz., praise a school bus driver for her decisive actions to keep her special-education passengers safe when her bus caught on fire. The driver had reportedly noticed a small amount of smoke while she was driving, and she quickly pulled over and helped her passengers evacuate.
Legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley would set minimum penalties nationwide for stop-arm running, among other measures.
Congressman pushes school bus safety 'overhaul' bill
May 14, 2014
U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) introduces legislation in the House of Representatives that would set minimum penalties nationwide for stop-arm running. The bill would also mandate that all states require background checks for school bus drivers, and it would create a school bus seat belt demonstration program, among other measures.
During Operation Safe Stop in New York state, the New York School Bus Contractors Association expressed its support for a bill sponsored by New York Sen. John Bonacic that calls for increased penalties for motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses.Photo by Lois Cordes
Associations support bus safety campaign, legislation
May 14, 2014
The New York School Bus Contractors Association joins the New York Association for Pupil Transportation in supporting Operation Safe Stop, which promotes school bus safety education and enforcement in New York state. The contractors association uses the occasion to support a New York senator’s bill that calls for increased illegal bus-passing penalties.

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