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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
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%.
Apache Junction USD’s vehicle emissions inspector, Daniel Radcliffe Jr., is audited on his documentation and tested for his accuracy. District officials said that he has repeatedly earned outstanding audit scores.
Arizona district named a ‘Fleet of the Year’ for emissions work
September 30, 2014
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality recognizes Apache Junction Unified School District based on the exemplary performance of the district’s vehicle emissions inspector, Daniel Radcliffe Jr. Radcliffe is audited on his documentation and tested for his accuracy, and officials say that he has repeatedly earned outstanding audit scores.
A “crowdfunding” drive raised funds that will go toward converting a diesel bus to an all-electric bus for Stockton Unified School District (USD). Pictured is a converted bus at Gilroy USD.
Campaign raises $100K for electric school bus conversion
September 30, 2014
With a “crowdfunding” drive, ADOMANI raises funds that will go toward converting a diesel bus to an all-electric bus for Stockton (Calif.) Unified School District. The vehicle will likely be a 50-passenger Type D school bus similar to two other buses that the company has converted to electric.
Wisconsin senator urges school bus seat belt legislation
September 29, 2014
Retiring Sen. Tim Cullen asks colleagues to continue working toward mandating seat belts in new school buses after his bill fell short of making it to the Senate floor for a vote last session. The president of the Wisconsin School Bus Association testified against Cullen's bill during a hearing late last year.
Police and fire officials recently donated car seats to Mesa Public Schools (MPS). From left: Douglas Darbyshire of MPS, Mesa police officer Mike Ybarra, new MPS Director of Transportation Jeanne Vandemark, Jean DeStories of Mesa Fire Department, and David Woods of MPS.
New director takes helm at Arizona’s biggest district fleet
September 29, 2014
Jeanne Vandemark has taken over the role of director of transportation at Mesa Public Schools from Ron Latko, who retired in May. Vandemark’s career in transportation at Mesa stretches back 23 years and covers numerous positions, starting as a special-education bus driver.
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Mitchell 1 adds school bus models to troubleshooting website
September 29, 2014 provides access to complete engine diagnostic repair information for all of the most common school bus types, company officials said.
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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.”
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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.

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