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The Driver’s Child Check Safety Kit includes nine posters with slogans like “Children Need Protection! Do Your Post-Trip Inspection.”
MSBOA offers school bus child-check safety kit
August 14, 2014
The Minnesota School Bus Operators Association develops a training tool to remind drivers to check their bus for sleeping children. The kit includes nine posters with slogans like “Children Need Protection! Do Your Post-Trip Inspection.”
Tennessee school board temporarily restores bus service
August 14, 2014
The Oak Ridge Board of Education is bringing back school bus service to about 1,300 of 1,800 students who had been affected by an expanded “parent responsibility zone,” following protests from parents and grandparents. The zone was expanded to 1.5 miles in June in an effort to reduce a $1.25 million budget deficit.
School bus driver Larry Eason (left) is pictured with one of his passengers, Alex Familo, who nominated Eason for a Friends of Autism award.
School bus driver awarded for work with autistic students
August 14, 2014
Larry Eason, who has been driving for Hannibal (N.Y.) Central School District for 27 years, wins the Friends of Autism award from a county task force. One of Eason’s passengers nominated him for the award, writing that “Larry is my bus driver and he is my friend. ... He is always patient and takes great care of me.”
STI subsidiary kicks off new school year with new transportation service
August 13, 2014
SchoolWheels Direct will host an open house on Aug. 15 to celebrate the launch of its Direct to Parent transportation services in Charleston, South Carolina. The event will feature demonstrations of SafeStop, the company's app, which is designed to allow parents to track the status of their child's bus along its route and receive up to date arrival time information.
Orange County Public Schools prepared its school bus drivers, monitors and support staff for the new school year with its annual fall training conference.
1,600 transportation staff trained in Florida district’s fall conference
August 12, 2014
Orange County Public Schools prepares its school bus drivers, monitors and support staff for the new school year with a two-day event that covers such topics as student discipline, bullying, customer service and safe driving strategies.
Ronnie McCallister, Florida’s new state director of pupil transportation, first began working for the state Department of Education in 1990.
New Florida state director has decades of experience
August 12, 2014
Ronnie McCallister, who succeeds longtime state pupil transportation director Charlie Hood, is no stranger to the Florida Department of Education. He began working there as a fleet program specialist in 1990 and was promoted to assistant director of pupil transportation in 2004.
New oil analysis lab opens in Michigan
August 12, 2014
Apex Oil Lab, based in Grand Rapids, offers lubricant testing to a wide variety of customers nationwide, including those in the automotive and commercial vehicle industries. “We see ourselves as an extension of the customer’s maintenance team, collaborating toward greater performance, longevity and savings for them,” the lab's owner says.
More than 97,000 school bus drivers participated in this year’s nationwide survey of illegal bus passing, spearheaded by NASDPTS.
National stop-arm survey counts 76K violations
August 12, 2014
More than 97,000 school bus drivers participated in this year’s nationwide survey of illegal bus passing, which is spearheaded by NASDPTS. Association officials say that the one-day total of 75,966 stop-arm violations points to more than 13 million violations in a 180-day school year.
Teens arrested for hijacking Baltimore school bus, beating driver
August 12, 2014
Three juveniles allegedly assaulted Joirilius Pierre with a fire extinguisher and trash can and then drove the bus, which had no passengers, around the block. Pierre suffered minor injuries.
School bus strikes, kills New Jersey woman
August 11, 2014
Leyla Kan was walking through an intersection, and even though she and Esperanza Jaramillo, the driver, had the green light, Jaramillo allegedly did not yield the right of way. Police have issued motor-vehicle summonses to Jaramillo for careless driving, failure to yield to a pedestrian who had the right of way, and driving with a vehicle with badly worn tires.
Cherie Houser has been appointed executive director of the Wisconsin School Bus Association.
Wisconsin School Bus Association names new director
August 11, 2014
Cherie Houser is appointed executive director of the state’s school transportation association. She previously served as vice president of a different transportation-related group: the Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association.
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Don Collins, founder of Collins Bus Corp., and known for creating the Type A small school bus, passed away on July 29 at the age of 83. He will be laid to rest on Aug. 8 in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
Don Collins, founder of Collins Bus, passes away
August 7, 2014
Collins, known as the "father of the Type A small school bus," passed away at his home in Florida on July 29 at the age of 83. He will be laid to rest on Aug. 8 in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
Autauga County School System drivers signed up for the free Yellow Dot program as part of a back-to-school event at the Autauga County Extension Office on Tuesday.
School bus drivers provide vital info for 1st responders
August 7, 2014
In Autauga County, Alabama, 150 school bus drivers sign up for Yellow Dot, a free program that officials say provides potentially life-saving information to first responders in the event of a crash. The drivers get their photos taken and complete a personal form with emergency contact and medical info.
Georgia district, American Traffic Solutions combat illegal bus passing
August 7, 2014
City Schools of Decatur will deploy CrossingGuard, which is equipped with external cameras that capture an image of a violating vehicle's license plate and a video clip of the event. The schools, police department and supplier have also released a video public service announcement to help educate the community about the student safety initiative.
Louisiana districts get more time for bus route changes
August 7, 2014
An opinion from the state attorney general determines that districts should begin the process of complying with Act 654, which prohibits school bus drivers from picking up or dropping off students in locations where they would have to cross traffic lanes, but that the act gives no specified completion date, letting districts take their time to implement changes.
Albuquerque Public Schools' student transportation services department hosted a back-to-school training conference for more than 400 bus drivers and aides.
District holds training conference for over 400 bus drivers, aides
August 6, 2014
Albuquerque Public Schools' back-to-school event trains transportation personnel on such topics as emergency procedures, behavior intervention and bullying. One session gives school bus drivers tips on "how to avoid ending up on the 10 o’clock news."
The Vehicle Lift Connection blog features tips, tricks, product updates, news, features, interviews and other content focusing on the heavy duty vehicle lift community.
Stertil-Koni unveils ‘Vehicle Lift Connection’ blog
August 6, 2014
The blog features tips, tricks, product updates, news, features, interviews and other content focusing on the heavy duty vehicle lift community.
Since Seon’s 2013 Coloring Contest received an overwhelming response last year, the company has decided to hold the contest annually. Pictured here are entries from last year's contest.
Seon launches 2014 anti-bullying Coloring Contest
August 6, 2014
The contest will consist of two parts this year: for part one, contestants are asked to draw a “No Bullies on My Bus” outline picture on the contest sheet, and contestants will color in the winner’s outline picture for part two. The deadline for part one entries is Sept. 22.
Victoria Creech of Orange County Public Schools was among the latest to complete the NAPT Special Needs Transportation program.
9 NAPT members earn special-needs endorsement
August 5, 2014
School transportation professionals from six states and one Canadian province complete the National Association for Pupil Transportation’s Special Needs Transportation program. The endorsement program consists of a series of classroom and hands-on training sessions.
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Thomas Built invites parents to submit a photo of their child that best represents the back to school season. Pictured here is one of last year's winning photos.
Thomas Built Back to School Photo Contest returns
August 5, 2014
The bus manufacturer invites parents to submit a photo of their child that best represents the back to school season through Sept. 15. The top five winners will each receive a $2,000 donation for their child’s school.

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