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Penny Fleming of the Transportation Joint Agreement in Crystal Lake, Illinois, has become one of 152 certified directors of pupil transportation in the U.S. and Canada.
Assistant transportation director earns NAPT certification
June 2, 2015
Penny Fleming of the Transportation Joint Agreement in Crystal Lake, Illinois, becomes one of 152 certified directors of pupil transportation in the U.S. and Canada.
Tags: Illinois, NAPT
Nearly 12,000 buses were inspected in the 2015 Missouri school bus inspection program (not pictured).
88% of Missouri school buses pass initial inspection
June 1, 2015
The percentage is up nearly four points from last year’s results in the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s annual school bus inspection program.
The Bus Carriers Federation’s annual “Did You See Me?” campaign includes videos with cartoon characters, posters, activities, a children’s book and a provincial media plan.
Canadian associations merge, continue tradition of education
June 1, 2015
In 2014, two bus transportation organizations in the province of Québec became one entity, creating the Bus Carriers Federation. The merger will help the industry handle possible contracting renewal challenges and continue a critical safety campaign.
Special-needs bus driver, aide, rescue student’s father suffering stroke
June 1, 2015
An Alabama bus driver and aide noticed something was wrong when a special-needs student’s father did not show up at her bus stop. They found him in his home suffering a stroke and got him help in time to save his life.
Special-needs student wanders from school bus
June 1, 2015
In New York, a 6-year old with autism ran from his bus after it stopped at his school. The bus aide tried to catch up with him, and police eventually found him safe more than 30 blocks away.
California special-needs conference rescheduled
May 29, 2015
The state’s two-day Transporting Passengers with Special Needs conference that was scheduled for Nov. 17 and 18 will now be held Dec. 8 and 9.
Broward County Public Schools bus driver Gwendolyn Brinson (right) and attendant Kathy Ritter are recognized by Superintendent Robert Runcie for their vigilance and decisive actions.
School bus duo protects girl from ‘stranger danger’
May 29, 2015
When Gwendolyn Brinson and Kathy Ritter saw that a girl who usually walks home by herself was talking to a man in a truck, they took actions that helped lead to the man’s arrest on a lewd behavior charge.
Bus driver enlists funds to send special-needs student to prom
May 29, 2015
The Virginia driver contacted a news station when she learned that the student’s family couldn’t afford to send her to prom. The station paid for the student’s prom outfit, and a local bank donated a $300 gift card to the driver for her good deed.
Tags: Virginia
4 Texas districts award contracts to Student Transportation Inc.
May 28, 2015
One of the contracts is an initial conversion of 50 buses of a school district's more than 300 school transportation vehicles.
Student chooses former bus driver to present her diploma
May 28, 2015
A high school senior in Ohio selected her bus driver from elementary school for the ceremony when asked to pick someone who had influenced her. She said that seeing him treat everyone with respect was a positive influence on her.
Tags: Ohio
Boston Public Schools’ new Blue Bird propane buses have a shorter 169-inch wheelbase and a 50-gallon tank to accommodate shorter runs.
Boston Public Schools buys 86 propane buses
May 27, 2015
The district’s new Blue Bird propane school buses have a shorter 169-inch wheelbase and a 50-gallon tank to accommodate shorter runs.
National Express team members raised money through the sale of red noses on Red Nose Day, May 21, to help raise awareness for young people in need.
National Express joins ‘Red Nose Day’ campaign
May 27, 2015
Team members raised money through sales of red noses to help raise awareness for young people in need. Proceeds from the campaign will be distributed to 12 nonprofit organizations.
The Trainer Certification Process covers such topics as behavioral interviewing, learning basics, coaching the adult learner and how to train new operators.
School Bus Safety Co. launches new driver trainer course
May 27, 2015
The Trainer Certification Process covers such topics as behavioral interviewing, learning basics, coaching the adult learner and how to train new operators.
Production is underway for the Micro Bird T-Series, the first school bus on the new Ford Transit cutaway chassis.
1st school bus built on Ford Transit is Micro Bird T-Series
May 26, 2015
The new Transit chassis is lighter than the Ford E-350 and E-450 cutaways, which officials say allows for higher payloads and improved fuel economy in a Type A bus.
District hiring police, raising driver pay to curb school bus fights
May 26, 2015
Jefferson County Public Schools in Kentucky is hiring police officers to monitor troubled routes, adding video cameras and offering incentive pay to more experienced bus drivers to drive those routes. Incidents on routes for alternative schools rose sharply this year.
Mitchell Mattison of Monticello Central School District took first place in the Type C (conventional) category at the New York State School Bus Safety Competition.
Rain doesn’t put a damper on N.Y. school bus competition
May 26, 2015
More than 100 drivers take part in the New York State School Bus Safety Competition. Winners are named in three categories, along with a Rookie of the Year.
Florida school bus shooting suspect arrested
May 26, 2015
Edgar Robles, the 16-year-old suspect in a school bus shooting last week that injured two students, is in police custody in Georgia. He was arrested during a traffic stop and was treated for a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Thomas Built Buses names VP of operations
May 26, 2015
In his new role with the school bus OEM, Chris Russell will oversee two bus body plants, a chassis plant, a component fabrication plant and related logistics operations.
Oregon district extends First Student contract
May 26, 2015
Molalla River School District continues its partnership with the contractor for the 2015-16 school year with the recent award of a new five-year contract.
Kentucky student dragged by school bus
May 22, 2015
An elementary school student was dragged by her bus when her backpack got stuck in the door as she was deboarding. She was taken to the hospital with severe road rash.
Tags: Kentucky

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