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Iowa district launches Wi-Fi on school buses
September 2, 2014
The allowance for onboard wireless Internet access was one of multiple changes to Iowa's school bus specification rules that went into effect on July 16. Cardinal Community School District wasted no time in launching Wi-Fi on its buses.
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Ohio bus driver accused of forcing kids to sit on hot bus
September 2, 2014
The driver resigned after a student said they were forced to sit in a hot bus in 90-plus degree weather with the windows up as punishment for misbehaving. The father of a student wanted to remain anonymous but said his daughter fell ill after her bus ride home.
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Bus driver begins 42nd year behind the wheel
September 2, 2014
What started out as a joke turned into a long, fruitful career for Dorothy Skala, a bus driver for Rosebud-Lott (Texas) Independent School District. Having grown up on a farm, Skala started driving at a young age, and last spring, she was presented with the Bus Driver of the Year award from the Texas Association for Pupil Transportation.
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IC Bus will offer a propane version of its CE Series school bus in time for the 2015-16 school year.
IC Bus to offer propane school bus
September 2, 2014
The propane version of the CE Series school bus will pair a Power Solutions International 8.8-liter propane engine and an Allison 2500 transmission. Deliveries will begin in summer 2015, and buses will go into service for the start of the 2015-16 school year.
Maj. Robert Liberati, commander of the Prince George’s County Police Department’s automated enforcement unit, discusses the county’s new school bus stop-arm camera program.
Maryland county launches stop-arm cameras on 20 buses
August 28, 2014
Prince George’s County Public Schools partnered with the county police department on the new stop-arm camera program, dubbed “Safe Cross.” The district’s head of security says that the bus drivers are “very excited about this program, because they obviously care very deeply for our students, and they don’t want them to be in harm’s way.”
Brian Weisinger, director of transportation for Spring ISD, accepts a donation of glass cleaner and windshield washer fluid from Rain-X.
Rain-X donates visibility products for 2 districts’ buses
August 27, 2014
Spring Independent School District (ISD) in Houston receives glass cleaner and windshield washer fluid from Rain-X for the district’s fleet of 440 school buses and other vehicles. Rain-X will also make a donation to another Houston-area district, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD.
Allison’s FuelSense Basic offered on Blue Bird buses
August 27, 2014
The basic level of Allison Transmission’s fuel-savings technology is a standard offering on Blue Bird buses, company officials reaffirm. Also, Blue Bird announces that it will soon offer FuelSense Plus and Max as optional packages.
A Netherlands Reformed Christian School bus stopped to pick up students and was rear-ended by a 2010 Chevy Impala driven by a 16-year-old boy. Damage to the bus was estimated at $5,000.
Iowa school bus rear-ended by teen driver
August 27, 2014
A Netherlands Reformed Christian School bus stops to pick up students Tuesday morning and is rear-ended by a 2010 Chevy Impala driven by a 16-year-old boy. The driver and 15 children on the school bus at the time are unharmed, but the two people in the car have serious injuries, officials say.
STA bought 18 propane autogas school buses, manufactured by Collins Bus Corp. and powered by a liquid propane injection system from CleanFUEL USA. The buses will be used to transport children to and from school on a daily basis and for extracurricular trips.
STA adds 18 propane buses to service Pennsylvania districts
August 27, 2014
The NexBus units, manufactured by Collins Bus Corp. and powered by a liquid propane injection system from CleanFUEL USA, are expected to run 15,000 miles annually. The buses are being delivered to Hempfield School District and East Penn School District.
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.
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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.
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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.

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