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Last year’s SBF Administrator of the Year award went to Florida pupil transportation veteran Jim Beekman.
REMINDER: Nominate a great transportation director
September 14, 2015
Do you know an exemplary school transportation director who deserves recognition? We’re accepting nominations for Administrator of the Year. The deadline is this Friday, Sept. 18.
Former school bus monitor pleads guilty to hitting special-needs student
September 11, 2015
The former monitor for Colonial Heights (Va.) Public Schools admits she struck a 6-year-old boy who hit her. She pleads guilty to assault and battery of a child, receives a suspended jail sentence, and must take parenting classes, and complete community service and an anger management program.
School bus driver faces over 50 misdemeanor counts for braking incident
September 11, 2015
A Pennsylvania school bus driver allegedly slammed on the brakes to get the attention of unruly students on the bus, and several suffered injuries.
New York aims to extend grant program for school bus driver benefits
September 10, 2015
Mayor Bill de Blasio has proposed to extend the controversial $42 million program that subsidizes experienced school bus drivers' pay and benefits.
Student accused of threatening to stab, shoot others on school bus
September 10, 2015
Students reported to the Ohio high school's principal that the girl yelled the threats. She may be charged with aggravated menacing and expelled from school.
The New York School Bus Contractors Association supports a State Senate bill that would increase the range of fines and stiffen penalties for illegally passing a stopped school bus. Shown here is Robert Pape, the association's president.
New York association backs bill that would crack down on stop-arm running
September 10, 2015
The New York School Bus Contractors Association is supporting a state bill that would increase the range of fines and stiffen penalties for illegally passing a stopped school bus.
California school bus driver saves students as bus catches fire
September 10, 2015
Forty-one high school students and an assistant coach escaped the bus uninjured. As the bus lost horsepower, overheated and began to smoke, the driver made sure all the students got off the bus safely.
President John Phraner said that Trans Tech’s new school bus features incorporate the safety and operational needs of customers.
Trans Tech unveils new Type A school bus features
September 10, 2015
The OEM’s 2017 model year buses will include a redesigned entrance door with more headroom and rub-rail end caps for corrosion protection.
SmartTrac electronic stability control is a new option for Thomas Built’s Saf-T-Liner C2 school buses (pictured).
Thomas Built Buses adds electronic stability control, other new options
September 9, 2015
The OEM will offer electronic stability control for the Saf-T-Liner C2, Bendix air disc brakes for the EFX and a severe duty harness for the HDX and EFX.
Michigan district rolls out school bus location app
September 8, 2015
Lake Orion School District is offering MyStop to parents to help them track their child’s bus arrival and departure times.
Tags: apps, Michigan
New York school bus association partners with AAA on safety message
September 8, 2015
The New York Association for Pupil Transportation joined the AAA Hudson Valley in a press event to enhance school bus safety awareness among motorists as the back-to-school season starts.
REMINDER: Webinar to cover wireless solutions for school bus fleets
September 8, 2015
The free session, presented by REI and moderated by School Bus Fleet, will provide school bus operations with guidance on setting up a wireless mobile video surveillance solution.
On the first day of school, Palm Beach County (Fla.) delivered about 60% of its students on time. Now, that figure is up to about 85%, but the superintendent vowed to do better.
Attorney to investigate district's transportation debacle
September 4, 2015
As Palm Beach County (Fla.) finishes overhauling its routes and gets more students to school on time, a third-party investigation will look at what went wrong and will "hold people accountable," the superintendent says.
A grant will help Fort Worth ISD buy 16 propane buses. Pictured is a propane bus being refueled at another Texas district. Photo courtesy Texas Railroad Commission
Texas district gets $600K grant for propane school buses
September 4, 2015
The funds will offset the incremental costs for 16 propane buses for Fort Worth Independent School District.
Police recently arrested a man for allegedly breaking into several school buses and stealing seat covers.
Man accused of breaking into school buses, stealing seat covers
September 3, 2015
Pennsylvania police find a man on school property after hours with several seat covers inside his car, allegedly stolen from two school buses. He is arrested and faces several charges.
ABC Student Transportation will start transporting Detroit Public Schools students on 35 Blue Bird Vision propane buses this school year. To fuel the buses, ABC installed a station with a 12,000-gallon propane tank, shown here, near its facility.
Michigan school bus company adds 35 propane buses to fleet
September 3, 2015
ABC Student Transportation will transport some Detroit students on Blue Bird Vision Propane buses beginning this school year. This is reportedly the largest fleet of propane school buses in the state.
A repair kit from Strictly Diesel can address dipstick adapter leaks on International T444E engines, according to the company.
Dipstick adapter repair kit offered for T444E engines
September 3, 2015
The repair kit from Strictly Diesel can address dipstick adapter leaks on International T444E engines, according to the company.
Tags: engines
Erika Davis, a driver for Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, uses the newly installed GPS transmitter on her bus.
Texas district’s school buses get GPS, ID readers
September 3, 2015
At Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, school buses are being equipped with ID card readers to record the time and location of students’ boarding and departure.
Lion Bus has introduced a wheelchair-accessible version of its Lion 360. Here, Bobby Sears of Bobby’s Truck and Bus Repair demonstrates the lift on a unit purchased by Huber Heights City Schools.
More Ohio districts order Lion school buses
September 2, 2015
The Marion and Fremont districts each receive two Lion buses, both utilizing the 42-inch seat option. Meanwhile, Huber Heights orders the first wheelchair-accessible Lion unit.
Blue Bird CEO Phil Horlock and other company executives were on hand to ring Nasdaq’s opening bell on Wednesday.
Blue Bird execs ring Nasdaq opening bell
September 2, 2015
Phil Horlock, president and CEO of the school bus OEM, and other company executives take part in the stock market’s opening ceremony.

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