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2 districts awarded $58K to cut school bus emissions
April 9, 2015
The grants from the Ohio EPA will go toward emission-control and idle-reduction equipment for dozens of school buses.
Bus driver praised for safely evacuating students before engine catches fire
April 9, 2015
Lena Scott, a driver for Aiken County (S.C.) Public Schools, gets all 18 students to deboard after a student tells her he smells and sees smoke. Within minutes of every student exiting, the bus catches fire.
School bus driver killed by car in parking lot accident
April 8, 2015
Bonny Novack, who drove for Easton (Pa.) Area School District, was struck by her own car, which rolled and pinned her against another car in a parking lot near the district’s bus depot.
HF 1948 would make it tougher for violators to  plea a ticket down to a lesser charge. Minnesota School Bus Operators Association brought the idea for the bill to Rep. Dean Urdahl, who authored the bill. Photo courtesy Brevard Public Schools
Proposed bill aims to crack down on stop-arm runners
April 6, 2015
HF 1948 would raise the fine for Minnesota motorists who illegally pass a school bus by $200 in an effort to make it tougher for violators to plea down the charge.
Kentucky bus driver, students rescued from flood waters
April 6, 2015
A Grant County Schools bus driver and 16 students were stranded in floodwaters for nearly two hours when a creek near the bus route overflowed its banks last week.
Special-needs student dropped off alone at wrong bus stop
April 6, 2015
The boy, who suffers seizures, missed getting off at his stop at his daycare center. He had wandered alone for about five minutes and did not have his emergency medication with him.
School bus salesman creates video ‘shout-outs’ for special-needs kids
April 6, 2015
Some YouTube videos created by Erick Vandersnick at Northwest Bus Sales in Washington state not only sell buses but also reach out to kids with special needs who are fans of the vehicles.
Video shows Oklahoma school bus, SUV in head-on collision
April 3, 2015
The SUV sped toward the bus without swerving or braking, causing minor injuries to some students aboard. The driver of the vehicle may have had a seizure, police said.
Chowchilla school bus kidnapper OK’d for parole
April 2, 2015
James Schoenfeld and two others hijacked a school bus in 1976 and then imprisoned the 26 children and their driver. Now, Schoenfeld has been given initial approval to re-enter society.
Thomas Built Buses presented a $2,000 donation to Carlisle Elementary School in Boaz, Alabama. The donation was presented by Joe Lightsey, shown center, of Transportation South.
Thomas Built donates $10K to schools for contest winners
April 2, 2015
Five schools were awarded $2,000 each in recognition of their winning photo entries in the second annual Thomas Built Buses Back to School Photo Contest.
District uses school bus to feed kids on spring break
April 1, 2015
Manatee County (Fla.) School District brings back a program to feed students for free using a retrofitted school bus. The program served nearly 300 kids on Monday and Tuesday.
Tags: Florida
Update: New Jersey bill on service animals approved
April 1, 2015
Gov. Chris Christie signs into law legislation that adds school buses to the list of school locations in which students’ service animals are allowed.
District tells driver to take Easter decoration off bus
April 1, 2015
Abilene (Texas) Independent School District officials told Penny Downing to remove the Easter wreath she placed on the hood of her bus, citing a potential distraction to other drivers.
Tags: Texas
The inaugural School Bus Xchange will take place at the Hilton Dallas/Rockwall Lakefront hotel.
School Bus Xchange to kick off next week
April 1, 2015
Two dozen pupil transportation officials have been selected to take part in the inaugural event, which is a partnership between NAPT and School Bus Fleet.
The Titan800 wheelchair securement retractor is designed to meet the latest WC18 industry regulations.
Sure-Lok offers new Titan800 retractor
March 31, 2015
The wheelchair securement retractor is designed to meet the latest WC18 industry regulations, which take effect in December 2015.
BusBoss contest offers free route optimization
March 31, 2015
The school bus routing software supplier will give away a full route optimization service to one eligible school district in the U.S.
‘Bouncy’ bus ride injures student, prompts lawsuit
March 31, 2015
Oscoda (Mich.) Area Schools and one of its drivers were taken to court for gross negligence after a driver took, at students’ request, an off-route road with dips that sent them bouncing in the air and injured a student.
Tags: Michigan
Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero (left) and Police Chief David Rausch named Trish Ward the December Officer of the Month.
Officer honored for response to fatal school bus crash
March 31, 2015
When two school buses collided in East Knoxville, Tennessee, School Resource Officer Trish Ward helped evacuate students and reunite them with their parents.
Ten years ago, only about 4% of school districts in Michigan outsourced transportation services, according to a report from the Mackinac Center.
Study: 24% of Michigan districts contract out transportation
March 30, 2015
Ten years ago, only about 4% of school districts in the state outsourced school bus services, according to a report from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.
Driver called 'hero' for saving students from bus fire
March 30, 2015
The driver was dropping off students at Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Intermediate School when she noticed the engine was on fire, and got all 35 students to exit safely. No students were injured.

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