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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.
Woman arrested for attacking 72-year-old school bus driver
September 11, 2014
Precious Jackson boards the bus and confronts the driver, refuses to leave the bus, and strikes the driver with both open hands and closed fists, according to a police report. She is arrested on charges of battery on a person over 65, battery on a school district employee and trespassing. Her mother says she was going to talk to the driver about her brothers being able to sit together on the bus.
Tags: Florida
School bus driver assaulted during standoff with parents
September 9, 2014
The driver in Worchester, Massachusetts, tried to get kindergartners off the bus first, police said, and parents insisted that the driver release all the students immediately. When she refused, parents started to enter the school bus, broke the door, and a 16-year-old girl punched the driver in the face.
A web seminar next week will provide details on Thomas Built Buses’ propane-fueled Saf-T-Liner C2 school bus.
Free webinar to discuss Thomas Built’s propane bus
September 9, 2014
The web seminar, hosted by the Propane Education & Research Council, will provide details on the recent expansion of Thomas Built Buses’ alternative-fuel offerings with its propane-fueled Saf-T-Liner C2 school bus.
1,100 school bus drivers, attendants train in ‘Safety Expo’
September 9, 2014
Houston Independent School District’s back-to-school transportation training program includes hands-on drills in railroad crossing safety, gang awareness, student management, hurricane preparedness and other topics. As Transportation General Manager Nathan Graf puts it, “It was not your typical training.”
Indiana school bus drivers denied unemployment over summer break
September 9, 2014
A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit from school bus drivers, Head Start teachers and teachers’ aides to receive unemployment benefits during summer break from school. The workers sued after a change to state unemployment law in 2012 meant they were no longer eligible for unemployment during planned breaks in employment.
Tags: Indiana
2 school bus drivers charged with selling heroin
September 9, 2014
Police arrested Jorge "Wapito" Aviles and Ashley Byrdsong, both of whom work for DATTCO in Connecticut, after authorities searched their homes and allegedly found a .45-caliber gun and 270 bags of heroin last week. Both are facing several drug charges and are suspended without pay during the investigation.
Durham School Services' sales team raised $11,194 through duck sales and donated an additional $5,000, which will help support year-round athletic training and competition in 19 sports for almost 21,500 Special Olympics athletes and over 13,000 young athletes in Illinois.
Durham sales team raises over $11K for Special Olympics
September 8, 2014
In addition to raising $11,194 through duck sales, the team donates $5,000, which will help support year-round athletic training and competition for almost 21,500 Special Olympics athletes.
Bus driver takes special-needs student to wrong school
September 8, 2014
A Hillsborough County (Fla.) Public Schools driver did not conduct a sweep of the bus after transporting students to their elementary school, and didn’t see the 9-year-old child sleeping on one of the rear seats when the bus stopped at the school. The driver continued on to pick up more students and transport them to their school, and, 40 minutes later, noticed the child and took her back to her school. The district is conducting an investigation.
New York association to hold 60th annual convention
September 5, 2014
The New York School Bus Contractors Association will hold its 60th annual convention Oct. 17-19 in Port Jefferson, New York. The convention, open to anyone who wishes to attend, will provide information about school bus safety, counterterrorism initiatives in pupil transportation, school bus fleet telematics, and legislative and regulatory developments.
QR codes are tracking some school buses in the state of Michigan. Photo via MSP
Michigan school buses use QR codes to improve safety
September 4, 2014
Michigan State Police’s School Bus Inspection Unit is implementing QR code technology to every school bus in the state to monitor safety trends.
The 2014/2015 Heavy Duty Application Guide provides details on all TRICO wiper blade products applicable to school buses and several other types of vehicles.
Trico issues new guide for school bus wiper blades
September 3, 2014
The supplier’s 2014/2015 Heavy Duty Application Guide provides details on all TRICO wiper blade products applicable to school and transit buses, Class A and C RVs, and heavy trucks. The 92-page compilation includes information on all wiper blade, refill, washer pump and wiper arm options.
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Woman who took girl from school bus will not get jail time
September 3, 2014
Marian Moussa, who admitted to taking a 3-year-old girl from a Grand Rapids school bus and driving the child around for three hours before turning her over to police, was found not guilty of kidnapping and was sentenced to a year on probation. A jury member said the prosecution “overcharged” Moussa and they could not find that she intended to kidnap the child.

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