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Some Virginia part-time bus drivers to get pay bump
July 10, 2014
The Roanoke County School Board approved a market adjustment to part-time driver pay, increasing the hourly rate for drivers by $3.50, and a $150 attendance bonus for drivers. The initiatives were approved as part of an effort to compete with surrounding school systems as well as fill bus driver vacancies after months of controversy over part-time driver benefit cuts.
Pennsylvania district's bus drivers vote to remove union
July 10, 2014
After petitioning the National Labor Relations Board and getting free legal assistance, the school bus drivers are allowed to hold a secret-ballot election to determine whether to keep Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1729 as their bargaining representative. Nearly 90% of the drivers casting ballots vote to remove the union.
The Missouri Association for Pupil Transportation named Rudy Rhodes of the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District the 2014 School Bus Driver of the Year. He was nominated by a coworker for starting the Book Buddies program at Prairie View Elementary School.
School bus driver honored for starting reading program
July 10, 2014
The Missouri Association for Pupil Transportation names Rudy Rhodes of the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District the 2014 School Bus Driver of the Year at its annual conference on Wednesday. Rhodes was nominated by a coworker for his community service activities, including initiation of the Book Buddies program at Prairie View Elementary School.
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Forest Hills Public Schools is one of more than a dozen Michigan school districts that are holding a joint job fair to recruit transportation employees.
Job fair aims to attract nearly 100 school bus drivers, attendants
July 9, 2014
More than a dozen Michigan school districts and one school bus contractor are holding their first-ever joint job fair to recruit transportation candidates. The operations promote their positions as offering on-the-job training and certification, flexible hours and benefits.
The RT65 Rooftop Climate Control System is a compact, low profile, roof-mounted unit designed for school buses as well as commercial vehicles.
Trans/Air unveils 3 new products
July 9, 2014
The supplier is now offering its RT65 Rooftop Climate Control System, Driver Air Diverter for the Trans/Air Flush Mounted FM55 Evaporator, and its dual 13 CID Mount & Drive kit for IC Bus conventional chassis with Cummins ISB engines.
With Guard4Life Inc.'s TextGuard app, a manager is alerted if a driver uses the phone when the vehicle's speed is above 9 mph.
App targets distracted driving by monitoring phone use
July 9, 2014
With the TextGuard app, a manager is alerted if a driver uses the phone when the vehicle's speed is above 9 mph. The SeatbeltGuard device, which is installed in the vehicle, also offers such features as real-time GPS tracking, speed monitoring, geo-fencing and reverse geo-fencing.
With Latko Consulting Inc., Ron Latko plans to use his extensive knowledge in alternative fuels and expertise in pupil transportation to help school bus companies and propane companies improve sales, and assist districts across the U.S. in becoming more efficient and saving money.
In retirement, Ron Latko launches consulting career
July 8, 2014
Soon after May 22, his last day working as director of transportation for Mesa Public Schools, Latko officially started Latko Consulting Inc. He plans to use his extensive knowledge in alternative fuels and expertise in pupil transportation to help school bus companies and propane companies improve sales, and assist districts across the U.S. in becoming more efficient and saving money.
STI wins 3 conversion contracts
July 8, 2014
The contractor will take on publicly operated school district transportation system fleets in Pennsylvania, Vermont and Idaho. The new contracts will add over 290 vehicles and increase current fiscal year revenues by $11 million annually, according to STI.
SBF Executive Editor Thomas McMahon’s article “Vans, Cabs and Beyond: Gauging the Safety of School Bus Alternatives” was named Best Feature in Bobit Business Media’s annual awards program. iStock image © benkrut
SBF awarded for feature on van, cab use
July 8, 2014
Executive Editor Thomas McMahon’s article “Vans, Cabs and Beyond: Gauging the Safety of School Bus Alternatives” is named Best Feature in Bobit Business Media’s annual awards program.
Former school bus driver charged in death of student
July 8, 2014
Troy Edward Daniels, a former Jordan (Utah) School District bus driver, was charged with misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment and failure to signal in connection with the death of a student riding his bus, who was struck by another bus as she crossed the street. After Daniels pulled over onto the shoulder to let students off the bus, police said, he allegedly chose not to activate the bus’s red lights and signals or stop sign because he needed to hand out flyers to the students.
Fire that damaged 4 buses being investigated as suspicious
July 8, 2014
The Wake County (N.C.) Public School System school buses caught fire last week in a lot at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School. An initial review ruled out an electrical short as the cause, and although other buses in the same lot were vandalized and damaged earlier last week, it is not clear whether the fire is related to that incident, officials said.
Louisiana state law may put more miles on school buses
July 8, 2014
The law, which was intended to address safety problems in metropolitan areas, prohibits school bus drivers from loading or unloading students at school or near their homes in a way that would cause them to have to cross traffic lanes. School districts statewide are concerned that the law will cause them to double their travel times, increase their budgets and inconvenience parents.
Last week, Al Karam left Bethlehem Central School District to become director of transportation for Shenendehowa Central Schools.
New York transportation director Al Karam switches districts
July 8, 2014
After 14 years at Bethlehem Central School District, Al Karam has moved to a different — and bigger — district. In his new position as director of transportation for Shenendehowa Central Schools, he will oversee a significantly larger fleet and about twice as many employees.
Trucker gets prison term for crash that killed bus driver
July 7, 2014
In the July 2012 incident in New York, authorities said that Raymond Ragen crashed his cement truck into an overpass and then collided head-on with a small school bus. The bus driver was killed, and an attendant and four children were injured.
An upcoming training event will provide hands-on education in how to properly use and operate Q'Straint and Sure-Lok products for school transportation.
Q'Straint, Sure-Lok offer free training seminar
July 7, 2014
The two-day event in November will provide hands-on education in how to properly use and operate Q'Straint and Sure-Lok products for school transportation. The company covers hotel, ground transportation and meals during training.
Sharon Parker (shown center) is pictured with Alan Mustard, First Student Marysville location manager (second from right), and representatives of the Union County Board of Developmental Disabilities. She won a Community Starfish Award for her work with children with disabilities.
First Student monitor awarded for work with children with disabilities
July 7, 2014
The Union County Board of Developmental Disabilities in Ohio presents Sharon Parker with a Community Starfish Award. Alan Mustard, First Student location manager, says Parker is “dedicated to the children she helps transport, and is committed to making riding the bus a positive experience by showing them care, compassion and respect.”
Bus assistant resigns after being accused of slapping autistic child
July 7, 2014
Pasco County (Fla.) Schools bus assistant James Lambert was charged with two counts of child abuse after allegedly striking a 10-year-old boy for cursing. The district had planned to start the process of terminating his employment, according to a spokeswoman. Lambert had been reprimanded multiple times in the past; however, in none of those instances was he accused of hitting a child.
NSTA member Durham School Services provided the three yellow buses that were used in the Civil Rights Bus Ride in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.
School buses drive Dept. of Education’s Civil Rights Act event
July 3, 2014
The American School Bus Council takes part in the U.S. Department of Education’s Civil Rights Bus Ride to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. National School Transportation Association member Durham School Services provides the three yellow buses that are used in the event.
Driver honored for saving 40 children from bus fire
July 3, 2014
Last week, the Wisconsin School Bus Association named Steve Linehan Wisconsin School Bus Driver of the Year and presented him with a plaque at a luncheon. Linehan was driving the students to an elementary school, stopped the bus when he smelled smoke, and evacuated the children as flames spread. There were only very minor injuries.
Three adults arrested in school bus theft
July 3, 2014
The adults, along with two juveniles, allegedly took the school activity bus from the Richlands (Va.) High School campus and drove it onto the athletic field of Southwest Virginia Community College. Officials are looking into how one of the adults apparently obtained the keys used to operate the bus.

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