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Truck and IC Bus dealership in Mississippi acquired
September 26, 2014
Summit Holdings completes the acquisition of Truck Center Inc., a commercial truck and IC Bus dealership with locations in Tupelo and Pontotoc, Mississippi. With the addition of Truck Center, Summit now operates 31 locations in eight states.
Dr. Linda Bluth has long been a key source of guidance on transporting students with disabilities.
Linda Bluth retires, but keeps busy in transportation
September 25, 2014
Special-needs transportation expert Dr. Linda Bluth has officially retired from her position at the Maryland State Department of Education, but a full schedule of speaking engagements, consulting work and other activities is keeping her plugged into the pupil transportation community.
Employees supported the Central Georgia Chapter of the American Heart and Stroke Association and its 2014 Heart Walk, leading the local chapter’s employee donation segment by contributing over $17,000.
Blue Bird contributes over $17K to American Heart and Stroke Assoc.
September 25, 2014
Employees supported the Central Georgia Chapter of the American Heart and Stroke Association and its 2014 Heart Walk, leading the local chapter’s employee donation segment by contributing over $17,000. The company surpassed its initial goal of raising $10,000 within eight weeks.
Suspect in fatal hit-and-run apologizes to family, donations spike for funeral
September 25, 2014
Efren Vences, the man accused of striking and killing 13-year-old Keith Jones at his bus stop Tuesday morning, apologized to the boy’s family on Wednesday, saying the incident was destroying him and that he couldn't tell what hit his car because it was dark out. Meanwhile, a Go Fund Me page set up to help cover funeral expenses has raised more than $16,000.
District defends driver for keeping kids on bus
September 24, 2014
Salt Lake City Schools and one of its bus drivers face scrutiny from some parents after the driver pulls over on a route because kids are unruly and refuses to them out. District officials review the bus video and say the driver did everything right, and that the situation escalated because of a parent who showed up with a bat, demanded that his student be let off and threatened the life of the driver.
Thirty-two students were on the bus at the time of the crash and two suffered minor injuries. The bus driver is facing a charge for running a stop sign during the accident. Photo by Darlington County Sheriff's Office. 
Driver falls asleep, crashes school bus into mobile home
September 24, 2014
Lakeisha Graham-Martin, who works for Darlington County (S.C.) School District, is facing a charge for running a stop sign during the accident, and the district has placed her on unpaid leave pending the outcome of the investigation into the crash. Thirty-two students were on board at the time, and a couple of them had minor injuries.
Former A-Z Bus Sales exec Jim Reynolds is now president and CEO of ADOMANI, which recently converted this Gilroy (Calif.) Unified School District bus to all-electric.
Jim Reynolds to lead green vehicle tech company
September 23, 2014
Reynolds, the former CEO of A-Z Bus Sales, will now serve as president and CEO of ADOMANI Inc., which converts gas or diesel vehicles to all-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles. One of the company’s recent conversions is an all-electric school bus at Gilroy (Calif.) Unified School District.
Next month, Florida’s Jim Beekman will leave Orange County Public Schools to lead transportation at Hillsborough County Public Schools.
School bus veteran aims to bolster Hillsborough’s operation
September 23, 2014
Next month, Florida’s Jim Beekman will leave Orange County Public Schools to become general manager of transportation at Hillsborough County Public Schools, which made headlines earlier this year for a flurry of issues, such as staff turmoil and an aging fleet. Beekman, who has more than 30 years of experience in the pupil transportation industry, tells SBF that he is “looking forward to the challenge.”
Tags: Florida
Photoluminescent safety products offered for buses
September 23, 2014
Doran Manufacturing will bring MN8 Foxfire’s Advanced Photoluminescent Technology illuminating safety products to the bus and motorcoach markets. MN8 Foxfire uses a proprietary process to use light and energy to illuminate safety signs, adhesive strips and epoxy floor markings.
School bus driver recounts near-miss with tree in storm
September 22, 2014
Brad Clark, a bus driver for La Mesa (Calif.) Spring Valley School District, was driving his bus through a strong rainstorm in mid-September when an 80-foot eucalyptus tree fell in the street, and his bus slammed into it. Neither he nor the five special-needs students aboard the bus were harmed.
Drivers attend funeral for Ohio bus driver who died saving student
September 22, 2014
A line of school buses were parked outside funeral services held for school bus driver Laura Zborowski, who was killed last week when she was run over by her school bus at Middlebury Academy in Akron. The program for the service said that Zborowski “died as she lived, putting the needs of others before her own.”
Seon acquired by Safe Fleet
September 22, 2014
Safe Fleet designs and manufactures safety- and productivity-oriented components for the school bus, emergency vehicle, truck and trailer, utility vehicle and transit bus end markets. Video surveillance provider Seon’s headquarters and main operations will remain in Coquitlam, British Columbia, and Terry Akiyama will continue in his role as president.
School bus manufacturer Blue Bird is on its way to becoming a public company, with a pending acquisition by Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp.
Blue Bird to be acquired, will be publicly traded company
September 22, 2014
The school bus manufacturer is on its way to becoming a public company, with a pending acquisition by Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. (HCAC) for a purchase price of $255 million and about $235 million of Blue Bird’s existing indebtedness. Blue Bird will continue to be led by current President and CEO Phil Horlock.
NAPT survey findings show that members are diverse in age, and sizes of fleets and number of students they serve. Pictured are attendees at the 2013 NAPT Summit.
NAPT uses survey findings to enhance connections among diverse membership
September 18, 2014
Results show members are diverse in age, and sizes of fleets and number of students they serve. They highly value the organization as a source for industry information, with 91% regularly reading the weekly enewsletter, and about half of respondents are requesting even more interaction with board members. Meanwhile, nearly two-thirds want more hands-on training at the summit.
Tags: NAPT
Jason Kirkman (left) of Kirkman Bus Sales hands Blue Bird Propane Vision keys to Tom Jezersek of Southland Transportation.
Southland Transportation buys 101 Blue Bird propane buses
September 18, 2014
The Canadian school bus contractor adds the large order of Propane Vision units to its existing propane autogas school bus fleet. Southland Transportation VP Tom Jezersek estimates that each propane bus saves about $500 in basic maintenance costs annually.
The latest U.S. average of $3.801 per gallon for diesel is the lowest since July 30, 2012.
Diesel price down to lowest point in 2 years
September 18, 2014
The average on-highway diesel price in the U.S. was down to $3.801 per gallon as of Monday, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The latest average is the lowest since July 30, 2012, when it was $3.796 per gallon.
Tags: diesel
Bus driver dies after saving student from rolling bus
September 17, 2014
In Akron, Ohio, school bus driver Laura Zborowski was conducting emergency evacuation drills with students when the bus began to roll. Police say that Zborowski pushed a 10-year-old girl out of the path of the bus and attempted to board the bus to stop it, but the driver was pulled under the vehicle.
IC Bus school buses are now available with FuelSense Basic in the Allison 1000 and 2000 series transmissions paired with either the Cummins ISB 6.7-liter engine or the MaxxForce DT engine.
IC Bus now offering Allison’s FuelSense package
September 17, 2014
The manufacturer’s school buses are now available with FuelSense Basic in the Allison 1000 and 2000 series transmissions paired with either the Cummins ISB 6.7-liter engine or the MaxxForce DT engine. The company will also offer FuelSense Plus and Max as optional packages beginning in the spring of 2015.
Student shocked with stun gun after misbehaving on school bus
September 16, 2014
A freshman student of Garinger High School in North Carolina was allegedly “causing problems on the bus” when a school resource officer tried to talk the student down and then restrained him before using his stun gun. Police said the officer shocked the student after he cursed at the officer and tried to punch him.
REI's new camera extends one inch from the ceiling. The camera also features adjustable viewing angles, high-resolution color and intelligent IR technology designed for viewing footage clearly.
REI’s recessed camera designed to prevent head injuries
September 16, 2014
The supplier’s new camera extends 1 inch from the ceiling. Other features of the camera include adjustable viewing angles, high-resolution color and intelligent IR technology designed for viewing footage clearly day or night.

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