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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.
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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.
Out-of-control car kills 15-year-old at school bus stop
September 15, 2014
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the car was traveling too fast for conditions, and the driver lost control. The vehicle veered off of the road, fatally struck a teenager who was waiting for a school bus, struck a mailbox and then overturned.
Elementary school students at Jordan School District in Utah received bus safety training last week. Shown here are Welby Elementary School students in a training session.
Utah district revives student bus safety training following fatal accident
September 15, 2014
Jordan School District brought back a program that trains elementary school students in school bus safety basics after a 10-year-old student was fatally struck by a bus after getting off another bus in May. The district had ended the program in 2009 when it split.
Will Rosa, director of transportation at Parkway School District, gave a recap to drivers, using videos from the Indiana State Police and Indiana Department of Education the week following an active shooter training seminar.
Missouri district bus drivers train on dealing with active shooters
September 15, 2014
A retired Missouri Highway Patrol Trooper conducted the seminar for Parkway School District bus drivers. He discussed being aware of one’s surroundings, never opening the bus door to a stranger, and communication and verbal deflection techniques.
Tags: Missouri
Lee’s Summit (Mo.) R-7 School District has launched an initiative to transition its fleet over the next 10 years to buses powered by natural gas.
Superintendent cites benefits of natural gas school buses
September 11, 2014
Lee’s Summit (Mo.) R-7 School District has launched an initiative to transition its fleet over the next 10 years to buses powered by natural gas. Here, Superintendent Dr. David McGehee shares details on the plan, including a projection of cutting transportation costs by about $10.5 million over the course of the decade.
New York Sen. John Flanagan (left) worked on making the state’s RFP law permanent with the New York School Bus Contractors Association, including board member Phil Vallone, owner of Rolling V Transportation Services.
New York’s RFP law for school bus contracts now permanent
September 11, 2014
The state’s request for proposal law on school transportation contracts will no longer have to be approved every five years by the Legislature. Robert Pape, president of the New York School Bus Contractors Association, hails the move as “a big win for student safety.”
Tags: New York
Investigators found that Arturo Harris’ unattended bus — with four students on board — rolled down a hill toward an elementary school bus stop, where it struck a 6-year-old.
Photo by Prince George's County Police Department
Driver in runaway bus case pleads guilty
September 11, 2014
A former school bus driver in Maryland whose unattended bus rolled into a small child in April pleads guilty to reckless endangerment and other charges. Prosecutors are asking that 61-year-old Arturo Harris be sentenced to 15 years, suspend all but 30 days, and three years of supervised probation.
A fire at Central High School in Elkhart, Indiana, burned four special activity buses on Tuesday, leaving only one potentially salvageable.
4 activity buses set on fire
September 11, 2014
A fire at Central High School in Elkhart, Indiana, burned the buses on Tuesday, leaving only one potentially salvageable, according to Elkhart Community Schools. A district official says surveillance video shows two people in the area of the buses around the time of the fire.

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