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District changes safety policies for special-needs students after driver arrest
August 26, 2014
Canyons School District in Sandy, Utah, will no longer allow bus drivers to buckle and unbuckle seat belts and restraints after a former bus driver was charged with allegedly molesting two special-needs students. The district will also randomly select buses and review security video daily, as opposed to only when concerns are raised.
“As a concerned dad and acting administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, I had checked the numbers,” David Friedman wrote. “School buses are the safest way to get to school.”
NHTSA official blogs on son’s first school bus ride
August 26, 2014
David Friedman, acting administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, describes feeling “powerless” as his son stepped aboard a yellow bus for the first time. But, Friedman writes, he had checked the numbers: “School buses are the safest way to get to school, even safer than in the family car.”
District scrambles to staff bus routes after driver no-shows
August 26, 2014
About a dozen Boston Public Schools bus routes were unstaffed Monday morning, leaving 400 students stranded. The bus contractor dispatched supervisors to drive buses Tuesday morning, “due to a continued shortage of union drivers willing to work,” but was able to cover all routes. The no-shows are related to a labor dispute that led to a strike last October.
Lenny Bernstein’s Aug. 25 retirement caps a pupil transportation career that stretches back to 1984.
Past NAPT President Lenny Bernstein retires
August 25, 2014
After nearly 20 years at North Rockland Central School District, Bernstein has stepped down from his role as the New York district’s coordinator of transportation and emergency management. Beyond his district positions, Bernstein served terms as president of NAPT and the New York Association for Pupil Transportation.
Tags: NAPT, New York
First Student, Mile Square Transportation partner to serve New York districts
August 25, 2014
The companies form a joint venture to provide student transportation services in the Hudson Valley, Westchester and Bronx areas in New York under the name First Mile Square LLC. The new venture will build on Mile Square’s customer relationships, existing fleet and staff and First Student’s safety practices, training programs and scalable resource model.
“Propane is cheaper, cleaner and domestically produced,” said Alabama Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey, who took a test ride on one of Mobile County Public Schools' new propane buses. “This is an environmental initiative I can get behind.”
Alabama district debuts state’s first propane school buses
August 25, 2014
Mobile County Public Schools rolls out its 30 Blue Bird Propane Vision buses, purchased to support its community outreach campaign, “It Starts With Us.” Each bus will displace about 40,000 gallons of diesel and emit 150,000 fewer pounds of carbon dioxide over its lifetime, according to Blue Bird.
Al Karam (seated), a director of transportation in New York, was last year's Administrator of the Year.
REMINDER: Nominate a great transportation director
August 25, 2014
Do you know an exemplary school transportation director who deserves recognition for his or her efforts? SCHOOL BUS FLEET is getting ready to select a recipient for our annual Administrator of the Year award, and we’re accepting nominations. The deadline is Friday, Aug. 29.
Trish Reed will join IC Bus LLC as vice president and general manager. She brings more than 24 years of industry experience, including roles within Navistar as vice president of business operations at Navistar Financial Corp. and general manager of specialty vehicles for Uptime Parts.
BREAKING: Navistar taps Trish Reed for VP, GM at IC Bus
August 22, 2014
Trish Reed will join IC Bus LLC as vice president and general manager. She will replace Carl Webb, who is assuming a new role as vice president and general manager, medium duty truck, Navistar. Reed brings more than 24 years of industry experience, including roles at Navistar as vice president of business operations at Navistar Financial Corp. and general manager of specialty vehicles for Uptime Parts.
Tags: IC Bus
In light of the civil unrest in the area, the Ferguson-Florissant School District will temporarily expand its bus service to make sure students get to school safely.
Ferguson school district extends busing in ‘hot zone’
August 21, 2014
In light of the civil unrest that has captivated the nation in recent weeks, the Ferguson-Florissant School District expands its school bus service to make sure students get to school safely. Bus routes for an elementary school in the “hot zone” of unrest will temporarily pick up children inside the normal 1-mile radius walk zone.
Last week, two Massachusetts senators joined regional school leaders in Dudley to celebrate an increase in regional school transportation reimbursements in the state budget.
School bus funding increased by 36% in Massachusetts
August 21, 2014
The fiscal year 2015 budget signed by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick last month includes an $18.7 million increase for regional school transportation. Administration officials said that the new total of $70 million is the highest-ever level of state investment in school bus service.
HSM's seats traveled from the supplier’s New Washington, Ohio, manufacturing plant to the Lion Bus facility in Quebec, Canada, where they were installed in new school buses before going full circle and getting shipped back to Ohio, to Bedford City School District.
HSM equips Lion buses with seating
August 21, 2014
The seats traveled from the supplier’s New Washington, Ohio, manufacturing plant to the Lion Bus facility in Quebec, Canada, where they were installed in new school buses before going full circle and getting shipped back to Ohio. Bedford City Schools is the first Ohio district to add buses from Lion Bus to its existing fleet.
The theme of Arkansas' school bus safety campaign is B.U.S.: "Be aware. U stay alert. So kids don't get hurt."
Arkansas launches school bus safety campaign
August 20, 2014
The statewide effort aims to inform motorists of the importance of stopping for stopped school buses. Arkansas state pupil transportation director Mike Simmons and Kimberly Friedman of the state Department of Education have been making media appearances to promote the campaign, dubbed B.U.S.
Propane industry launches new brand, tagline
August 20, 2014
The Propane Education & Research Council’s new brand identity for propane is PROPANE Clean American Energy. The new logo, anchored by the iconic image of an American bald eagle, highlights propane as an increasingly American-made alternative fuel at a time when U.S. propane production from natural gas liquids is at record levels, council officials said.
Some N.Y. school bus drivers may get more pay
August 20, 2014
The City Council is planning to vote to give $42 million to school bus companies to increase the salaries of experienced drivers who were forced to take pay cuts after the former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg awarded new bus contracts that cut hundreds of millions of dollars from a $1.1 billion school transportation budget. Some of the savings came from removing seniority protection.
Tags: New York
California Highway Patrol approves all-electric school bus
August 20, 2014
Technology company Adomani and the Gilroy Unified School District collaborated to produce a solar fueled, all-electric, 50 passenger, Type D school bus. CHP approval was the final step before the converted school bus was cleared to transport students, and it makes its debut this school year.
UltraLED’s new H3X LED takes the place of an H3 halogen bulb, common to school bus eight-way warning lights.
New LED upgrade offered for school bus warning lights
August 20, 2014
UltraLED’s new H3X LED takes the place of an H3 halogen bulb, common to school bus eight-way warning lights. The LED upgrade uses the existing fixture for a direct interchange.
Tags: lighting
Mark Swackhamer has left Houston Independent School District (ISD) to serve as assistant director of transportation at Humble ISD.
Texas fleet veteran transfers to new school district
August 20, 2014
Mark Swackhamer, who has been a driving force in implementing alternative fuels, GPS and efficient-driving training at Houston Independent School District, moves to Humble Independent School District to become assistant director of transportation.
Michigan district buses featured in disaster film
August 19, 2014
Eleven of Perry School District’s buses were featured in the tornado disaster movie “Into the Storm,” which was filmed in 2012 and opened in theaters nationwide on Aug 8. The district got from $7,000 to $9,000 for each of its three oldest buses, applied that money toward the cost of eight new buses, and leased those buses to Warner Bros. for another $3,000.
STI's new app, SchoolWheels SafeStop, allows parents, students and schools to pinpoint the location of a vehicle on its route to and from school. The app updates in real time with stop/arrival information and includes notifications of when a student has boarded or exited the bus, according to the company.
STI unveils safety app
August 19, 2014
SchoolWheels SafeStop allows parents, students and schools to securely pinpoint the location of a vehicle on its route to and from school. The app updates in real time with stop/arrival information and includes notifications of when a student has boarded or exited the bus, according to the company.
J.O. Combs Unified School District held a drill called "The Amazing Race" which required groups of drivers to work as teams to complete day-to-day practice tasks, such as student drop-offs and pickups, and pre-trip inspections, as well as bus evacuation drills.
District’s back to school safety drills engage, inspire drivers
August 18, 2014
Activities styled on the television reality show “The Amazing Race” and a court trial got school bus drivers for J.O. Combs Unified School District #44 in San Tan Valley, Arizona, thinking about the theme for the new school year, “Safety by Choice, Not by Chance.”
Tags: Arizona

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