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Missouri district to get new school bus facility
February 9, 2015
The building will have more than five times the space of the Republic School District’s current facility, with an additional entrance and exit, bigger driver training and bus repair areas, and additional staff parking spots.
IC Bus honors 4 dealers for customer service
February 9, 2015
This year’s winners are Timmons Truck Center of Lousiana; Leonard Bus Sales Inc. in New York; Midwest Transit Equipment in Illinois; and Western Canada IC Bus Inc. in Alberta.
Tags: IC Bus
New York contractors call for sales tax exemption for school buses
February 5, 2015
The move would help taxpayers and school districts save nearly $14 million per year, according to the New York School Bus Contractors Association.
NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind will be among the dignitaries at the American School Bus Council’s Feb. 10 event. Photo courtesy NTSB
New NHTSA chief to speak at Love the Bus event
February 5, 2015
Administrator Mark Rosekind will be among the dignitaries at the American School Bus Council’s Feb. 10 event. He is slated to talk about the safety benefits of school buses.
Bus mechanic charged with stealing $20K from district
February 5, 2015
Anthony Robinson, the lead mechanic for the Teton County (Wyo.) School District’s bus fleet, allegedly used a district credit card to buy parts, then resold them and kept the money. He is facing a felony theft charge.
Tags: Wyoming
Transfinder reports 20% revenue increase in 2014
February 5, 2015
The company marked its 15th consecutive year of sustained revenue growth, officials said. Transfinder also experienced significant growth within the K-12 market.
Pupil transportation aid boost proposed in Wisconsin
February 5, 2015
Funding for high-cost and long-distance pupil transportation would be increased under a plan by Gov. Scott Walker to provide more resources for rural schools.
Tags: Wisconsin
Stop requirement dropped for buses at Tacoma rail crossing
February 4, 2015
Tacoma (Wash.) Public Schools officials say that vehicle crashes have occurred when buses were required to stop at the crossing, which trains use infrequently and at low speeds.
District to step up security after school buses vandalized again
February 4, 2015
The DeKalb County (Ga.) School District buses have an estimated tens of thousands of dollars of damage, and cannot be driven until they are repaired. The district plans to reallocate $125,000 to enhance security at the lot where the buses were damaged.
Student Transportation locks in lower fuel costs
February 4, 2015
The school bus contractor has been locking in prices with fuel vendors for fiscal year 2016. Company officials expect more reduction in fuel expenses next year.
Caley Edgerly, the current VP of operations for Thomas Built Buses, will be promoted to president and CEO after the departure of Kelley Platt.
New president appointed at Thomas Built Buses
February 3, 2015
Caley Edgerly, the current VP of operations for the school bus manufacturer, will be promoted to president and CEO after Kelley Platt moves to truck manufacturer Western Star.
Loophole in state law protects stop-arm runners
February 3, 2015
The North Carolina legislature has increased penalties for stop-arm runners and has allowed video captured by stop-arm cameras to be used in court. However, a different law makes it difficult to get a conviction without clear identification of the driver.
School bus driver killed, 13 students injured in Alberta crash
February 3, 2015
The bus, with 14 students on board, collided with a semi-truck on Monday. “The unthinkable happened this morning,” the school district superintendent says.
Screven County School System chose the Diamond Lift system, which offers wheels-free access, for use in its new school bus maintenance facility.
District taps Stertil-Koni lift for new maintenance facility
February 3, 2015
Screven County School System in Sylvania, Georgia, chose the Diamond Lift system, which offers wheels-free access, for use in its recently completed school bus maintenance facility, officials say.
First Student kicks off customer initiative for Love the Bus
February 3, 2015
“I Care + We Care = Customer Care” sets simple age-appropriate behavior expectations for students and provides positive reinforcement tools for good behavior. Team members also focus on ensuring school buses are clean and well-maintained.
School bus driver saves home from fire
February 2, 2015
Tammy Ritter, a driver in Baldwin City, Kansas, discovered that a doghouse on the porch of a house had caught fire. She threw it onto the front lawn, stomped out most of the flames, and called the fire department, preventing the fire from spreading to the house.
The Fleet Technology Expo is for all fleet types that are looking for ways to improve operational efficiencies.
All-new Fleet Technology Expo set for August
February 2, 2015
The event is for all fleet types that are looking for ways to improve operational efficiencies. It will focus on three specific tracks: Green Fleet, Fleet Analytics and Heavy Duty.
Bus driver accused of tying autistic student to seat
January 30, 2015
Guardians of the 3-year-old boy claim the Denver Public Schools driver tied the boy to his seat because he learned how to unbuckle his harness. A district spokesperson confirmed that the driver “was using an unapproved seat belt-like device," and the district is investigating the incident.
Special-needs student dragged by bus
January 30, 2015
A 6-year-old boy with cerebral palsy was dragged about 15 feet as he was deboarding, possibly due to his jacket getting caught in a groove in the bus’ bottom step. The bus driver was distracted when the incident happened, according to a sheriff’s report.
Tags: Kentucky
More special-needs conferences to be held in California
January 30, 2015
The Office of School Transportation events, slated for April 14-15 and Nov. 17-18, will focus on when and how to transport children with special needs.

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