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Michael Dallessandro recently became the new transportation director at Greece (N.Y.) Central School District.
Veteran New York transportation director moves to new district
October 8, 2014
Michael Dallessandro was recently named transportation director at Greece Central School District, which operates more than 200 route buses and transports 11,500 students daily. Dallessandro has worked in pupil transportation for more than 25 years.
Tags: New York
Two suspects stole an Anne-Arundel County (Md.) special-needs school bus, (pictured here), crashed it, broke the windows and attempted to set it on fire. 
2 arrested for stealing special-needs school bus
October 8, 2014
The suspects allegedly stole the bus from a lot in Crownsville, Maryland, struck a tower with it, broke the windows, crashed it in the woods, and attempted to set it on fire before abandoning it. The suspects were apparently under the influence of alcohol and were looking for change to buy cigarettes, police say.
National Express appoints new CEO to transit division
October 8, 2014
In his new role as divisional CEO of National Express Transit Corp., Gary Waits is responsible for providing vision and leadership, continuing the expansion of the transit division. Waits most recently served as chief operating officer of National Express Corp.'s Eastern U.S. student transportation division.
District cracks down on parents boarding buses
October 8, 2014
After a parent entered a school bus without the driver’s permission, the superintendent of Manalapan-Englishtown (N.J.) Regional School District told parents in a letter that future incidents will prompt an incident report to the police, an investigation into whether charges should be filed, and revocation of bus privileges for all children of the parent for the remainder of the year.
Zonar’s 2020 mobile tablet (pictured) will offer GreenRoad’s real-time driver feedback and driver behavior monitoring application (not pictured).
GreenRoad driver feedback app offered on Zonar tablet
October 7, 2014
The fleet telematics providers complete an agreement to offer GreenRoad’s real-time driver feedback and driver behavior monitoring application on Zonar’s 2020 mobile tablet. In other news, Zonar installs its 300,000th telematics unit.
Thomas Built parent company DTNA to offer new Detroit engines
October 7, 2014
The new Detroit DD5 and DD8 engines will be offered throughout Daimler Trucks North America’s product portfolio, which includes Thomas Built Buses. More details about the engines’ impact on Thomas Built are expected to be announced later this year.
Durham School Services donated 10 buses and drivers to transport participants of the Special Olympics of Illinois’ annual Torch Run Plane Pull.
Durham donates services to Special Olympics event
October 7, 2014
The contractor donated 10 buses and drivers to transport participants of the Special Olympics of Illinois’ annual Torch Run Plane Pull. Teams from local law enforcement agencies and the general public participated in a tug-of-war challenge on Saturday against an Airbus A300 aircraft weighing more than 180,000 pounds.
Woman arrested for following school bus
October 7, 2014
Scarlotte Freeman was allegedly following the bus for no apparent reason just yards away from Henry F. Moss Middle School in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The bus driver immediately notified staff in the bus garage, who contacted school personnel, who worked with the police department. Police charged Freeman with disorderly conduct and harassment and spoke to four children who said Freeman tried to lure them into her vehicle.
Tags: Kentucky
School Bus Safety Co. offers new leadership course
October 6, 2014
The “Safety Leadership for School Bus Operations” training program has six units, providing five hours of instruction, followed by a 60-question final exam. Elements of the course will be integrated into NAPT’s Professional Development Series.
Seon kicks off part 2 of anti-bullying Coloring Contest
October 6, 2014
The winning student design from part one comes from Jazmine of Wheatfield Elementary in Indiana. Jazmine's drawing is being used as part two of the 2014 Coloring Contest, in which all school-aged children are encouraged to submit their completed coloring sheets by Oct. 31 to win one of three prize packages.
Tags: bullying
Don Carnahan, who died suddenly on Friday, was serving his second term as president of NAPT.
Pupil transportation leader Don Carnahan backed collaboration, technology
October 6, 2014
Carnahan, who died suddenly on Friday, was serving his second term as president of the National Association for Pupil Transportation. The industry veteran had diverse experience, as a state director of pupil transportation, a director for school bus contractor Laidlaw, and most recently as a vice president for fleet management solutions supplier Zonar.
Case of bus aide accused of slapping boy with autism to go to trial
October 5, 2014
A judge denied a request for a description of injuries sustained by the alleged victim of James Lambert, a former Pasco County (Fla.) School District bus aide charged with two counts of felony child abuse for slapping a boy with autism. The judge told Lambert’s attorney the question of whether the slaps amount to felony child abuse should be decided by the jury.
California special-needs conference fills quickly
October 3, 2014
The state Office of School of Transportation recently announced that it will offer a two-day Transporting Children with Special Needs training conference in January. The day after the announcement, the 40-attendee maximum had been reached. However, two more editions of the event are planned for 2015.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal's visit to Blue Bird included a plant tour where he talked with employees on the production line.
Georgia governor tours Blue Bird manufacturing facility
October 3, 2014
“Georgians Supporting Georgians” was the theme of the visit, and Gov. Nathan Deal and first lady Sandra Deal met and talked with employees along the production line. The visit also included an inspection of five new custom-made All American transit buses engineered for the Georgia Department of Corrections.
Former bus driver gets year in jail for student death
October 2, 2014
Troy Edward Daniels, a former bus driver for Jordan School District in Utah, is sentenced to a year in jail in connection with a student who was hit and killed by another bus after exiting his bus when Daniels failed to activate his red lights and signals or stop arm. He pleaded guilty as charged to class A misdemeanor reckless endangerment and class C misdemeanor failure to signal.
Rotary Lift’s MOD35 modular heavy-duty in-ground lift series uses such corrosion-fighting tools as nitriding, electrocoating and zinc/aluminum coating.
New vehicle lift from Rotary designed to fight rust
October 2, 2014
With the introduction of the MOD35 modular heavy-duty in-ground lift series, Rotary Lift adds several weapons to its corrosion-fighting arsenal: nitriding, electrocoating and zinc/aluminum coating. Company officials say that the result is a lift that is more durable than its predecessor, the MOD30.
Truck driver pulled over hours before crash with school bus
October 2, 2014
About two hours before a logging truck crashed into a school bus and sent seven students and the driver to the hospital on Monday in Starke, Florida, Shannon Ford, the driver of the truck, was pulled over for inspection. An officer with the Florida Highway Patrol found a few safety violations but nothing that would put the vehicle out of service.
STI staff members launched the anti-bullying campaign by wearing blue shirts featuring the statement "I DRIVE A BULLY FREE BUS." Shown here is the Ledyard, Connecticut, staff branch. Photo courtesy of the STI Facebook page.
STI kicks off 4th annual bullying prevention awareness month campaign
October 1, 2014
“Operation: Bully Free Buses” will include events and activities raising awareness of bullying prevention and promoting kindness while continuing to educate Student Transportation Inc. bus drivers and other employees on how to prevent bullying on the school bus. The company is also promoting an anti-bullying photo contest.
Arsenault Associates changes name to Dossier Systems
October 1, 2014
The company is known in the school bus industry for its Dossier fleet maintenance software. Company officials say that the name change reflects the increasing recognition of the Dossier brand and the growth of the business.
This bicycle-bus safety awareness poster and others like it can be ordered from Salem-Keizer Public Schools' auxiliary services department. Go to auxiliary.salkeiz.k12.or.us/repro.html.
Salem-Keizer launches cyclist safety campaign, cuts idling by 60%
October 1, 2014
Salem-Keizer (Ore.) Public Schools staff members collaborated with a local cyclist, the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Oregon Bike Racing Association on a bicycle-bus safety awareness poster to educate bus drivers. Meanwhile, the fleet, safety and facilities team was able to cut idling by nearly two-thirds last year, and the transportation team reduced accidents by 59%.

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