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Man on ‘no-fly’ list receives school bus driver’s license
September 15, 2015
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety said it has no legal reason to deny the license to Amir Meshal, who already has a commercial truck driver’s license and has no disqualifying offenses.
Tags: CDL, Minnesota
Texas school bus crash kills 2 students
September 15, 2015
The Houston school bus is hit by a motorist, then hits a guardrail, falls off a freeway overpass and lands overturned on the road below. The crash kills two students and injures two others, as well as the bus driver.
Ontario operator launches 20 propane school buses
September 15, 2015
In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Hammond Transportation points to lower maintenance costs as one of its reasons for buying propane buses.
Special-needs school bus vandalized
September 14, 2015
A school bus driver in New York found his employer’s bus, which he uses to transport two special-needs students to and from school, with nearly every window broken or shattered after he had parked it in front of a church overnight.
Special-needs transportation costs questioned in audit
September 14, 2015
A charter school in Pennsylvania spent $239,036 over four years transporting five special-needs students without proper documentation, an audit shows. The school made payments without approved contracts, and did not track how daily rates for students were calculated.
Jerry Partlow returns to Wilson County Schools after the previous director of transportation was fired.
Tennessee district names new director of transportation
September 14, 2015
Jerry Partlow returns to Wilson County Schools after the firing of Tiffany Lowery, who held the transportation director position for less than a year.
Tags: Tennessee
Student with autism found dead in school bus
September 14, 2015
A 19-year-old student was found dead in an empty school bus in California, and his family believes he was left in the bus all day. He was severely autistic and nonverbal, and may have stayed on the bus because he was waiting for a cue, family members say.
Over 100,000 school bus drivers in 26 states took part in this year’s one-day count of stop-arm violations. Staged photo courtesy Brevard Public Schools
79K vehicles illegally passed school buses in national study
September 14, 2015
Over 100,000 school bus drivers in 26 states took part in this year’s one-day count of stop-arm violations.
Last year’s SBF Administrator of the Year award went to Florida pupil transportation veteran Jim Beekman.
REMINDER: Nominate a great transportation director
September 14, 2015
Do you know an exemplary school transportation director who deserves recognition? We’re accepting nominations for Administrator of the Year. The deadline is this Friday, Sept. 18.
Former school bus monitor pleads guilty to hitting special-needs student
September 11, 2015
The former monitor for Colonial Heights (Va.) Public Schools admits she struck a 6-year-old boy who hit her. She pleads guilty to assault and battery of a child, receives a suspended jail sentence, and must take parenting classes, and complete community service and an anger management program.
School bus driver faces over 50 misdemeanor counts for braking incident
September 11, 2015
A Pennsylvania school bus driver allegedly slammed on the brakes to get the attention of unruly students on the bus, and several suffered injuries.
New York aims to extend grant program for school bus driver benefits
September 10, 2015
Mayor Bill de Blasio has proposed to extend the controversial $42 million program that subsidizes experienced school bus drivers' pay and benefits.
Student accused of threatening to stab, shoot others on school bus
September 10, 2015
Students reported to the Ohio high school's principal that the girl yelled the threats. She may be charged with aggravated menacing and expelled from school.
The New York School Bus Contractors Association supports a State Senate bill that would increase the range of fines and stiffen penalties for illegally passing a stopped school bus. Shown here is Robert Pape, the association's president.
New York association backs bill that would crack down on stop-arm running
September 10, 2015
The New York School Bus Contractors Association is supporting a state bill that would increase the range of fines and stiffen penalties for illegally passing a stopped school bus.
California school bus driver saves students as bus catches fire
September 10, 2015
Forty-one high school students and an assistant coach escaped the bus uninjured. As the bus lost horsepower, overheated and began to smoke, the driver made sure all the students got off the bus safely.
President John Phraner said that Trans Tech’s new school bus features incorporate the safety and operational needs of customers.
Trans Tech unveils new Type A school bus features
September 10, 2015
The OEM’s 2017 model year buses will include a redesigned entrance door with more headroom and rub-rail end caps for corrosion protection.
SmartTrac electronic stability control is a new option for Thomas Built’s Saf-T-Liner C2 school buses (pictured).
Thomas Built Buses adds electronic stability control, other new options
September 9, 2015
The OEM will offer electronic stability control for the Saf-T-Liner C2, Bendix air disc brakes for the EFX and a severe duty harness for the HDX and EFX.
Michigan district rolls out school bus location app
September 8, 2015
Lake Orion School District is offering MyStop to parents to help them track their child’s bus arrival and departure times.
Tags: apps, Michigan
New York school bus association partners with AAA on safety message
September 8, 2015
The New York Association for Pupil Transportation joined the AAA Hudson Valley in a press event to enhance school bus safety awareness among motorists as the back-to-school season starts.
REMINDER: Webinar to cover wireless solutions for school bus fleets
September 8, 2015
The free session, presented by REI and moderated by School Bus Fleet, will provide school bus operations with guidance on setting up a wireless mobile video surveillance solution.

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