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Texas pupil transportation stalwart Brian Weisinger will step down from his district position but will remain active in the industry.
Mechanic-turned-director Brian Weisinger to retire
January 22, 2015
After nearly 40 years in the industry, the Texas pupil transportation stalwart will step down from his district position but will remain active in the industry.
Tags: NCST, Texas
NAPT, NSTA reaffirm position on occupant protection
January 22, 2015
The associations point to NHTSA’s 2011 denial of a petition from the Center for Auto Safety requesting that the agency mandate seat belts in large school buses.
Masonlane routing software aims to keep cost low
January 22, 2015
The company is using the Software as a Service model to keep costs low on Sunray, its cloud-based software. This model also provides an easy online purchasing process.
Florida county to pilot new student tracking system
January 21, 2015
The School District of Osceola County plans to test a program that will track students with an ID card or bracelet to ensure they safely board and deboard their school buses.
U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), shown center, brought Susan and Richard Lunski as her guests to the State of the Union address. The Lunskis helped rescue students at the scene of the Larimore bus-train crash as they waited for first responders to arrive.
Senator brings bus-train crash rescuers to State of the Union address
January 21, 2015
U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) brought Susan and Richard Lunski, the first people at the scene of the bus-train crash near Larimore, North Dakota, as her guests to the State of the Union address. The Lunskis helped rescue students as they waited for first responders.
Spheros North America CEO Heiko Baufeld (left) is pictured with Wayne Chandler, plant manager of the company’s new Tulsa installation facility.
Bus a/c supplier Spheros to open new installation plant
January 21, 2015
The new facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma, will be overseen by Wayne Chandler, who has experience in managing air-conditioning installations on school buses.
The average price of diesel in the U.S. is down to $2.933 per gallon.
Diesel drops below $3 per gallon
January 21, 2015
The average price of diesel in the U.S. is down to $2.933 per gallon. The last time the average was under $3 was in September 2010.
Tags: diesel
Bus driver honored for response to accident
January 20, 2015
Ronda Shultz quickly drove students away from a car-pedestrian accident at a bus stop on her route, got them counseling, and offered help to the parents of the girl hit by the car. She was named “Bus Driver of the Month” by the Danville (Pa.) Area School District’s superintendent.
Shown here is the recreation center where some of Lebanon School District's bus drivers attend classes twice a week. Photo courtesy of CCBA
District helps bus drivers get in shape
January 20, 2015
The Lebanon School District in New Hampshire started an exercise program for its bus drivers to help improve their health and their ability to help students in an emergency.
School bus crossing light allowed in 2 more states
January 19, 2015
Nevada becomes the sixth state to allow Gardian Angel, which uses a white flood light to illuminate the path for students to cross the street.
NSTA, Zonar award $50K grant
January 19, 2015
New Jersey contractor B.R. Williams wins the grant to outfit school buses with the hardware needed to use Zonar’s technology systems.
A total of $3 million is going to fleets across the nation in the 2014 School Bus Replacement Rebate Program.
76 school bus fleets win EPA rebates
January 19, 2015
The $3 million in rebates will be used in replacing more than 200 older diesel school buses.
Ohio district to test GPS app on school buses
January 16, 2015
North Ridgeville City Schools is testing GPS units on two of its buses for a proposed app that would show school bus locations and real-time arrival information. The district aims to improve communication with parents, help drivers stay on schedule and save on fuel costs.
Proposed Florida bill would increase bus passing penalties
January 16, 2015
Gabby’s Law for School Bus Stop Safety is named after 12-year-old Gabby Mair, who was fatally struck by a car after deboarding her school bus in 2010. The bill would increase the severity of charges for passing a bus on the boarding side and increase fines.
Investigation continues into fatal school bus-train collision
January 15, 2015
There is no conclusion yet on whether the bus driver in the Larimore, North Dakota, crash suffered a medical event, officials say. The parents of two of the children aboard the bus say the driver “slumped over” in his chair. Meanwhile, the community makes efforts to support the families of those impacted by the crash.
A bill that would require home-side school bus stops would raise operating costs an estimated 30%, according to the Texas Association for Pupil Transportation. Photo courtesy NHTSA
TAPT: Bus stop bill could reduce safety, raise costs
January 15, 2015
The Texas Association for Pupil Transportation says a bill that would require home-side school bus stops would increase operating costs an estimated 30%, which could force districts to reduce bus service.
School bus driver charged in crash didn’t disclose medical info
January 15, 2015
Gerald Rupple was driving a bus last year for the Orange (Calif.) Unified School District when he passed out and crashed, injuring 11 students. He is accused of failing to disclose his medical problems when he was hired, and he faces several charges.
School bus driver rescues woman from overturned car
January 15, 2015
Larry Cornett was driving on his morning route for Burke County (N.C.) Public Schools when another bus driver notified him of a crash on the route. He pulled the driver out of her car and waited with her on his bus until help arrived.
Go Where the Bus Goes employs a colorful cast of characters to promote the importance of safety procedures on the bus.
Bus driver’s book teaches safety to young riders
January 14, 2015
Lorraine Fletcher has been driving a school bus for seven years, and she drew on her experience as she penned Go Where the Bus Goes.
School bus with boy behind wheel hits building
January 14, 2015
Tiffanie Brown of Merrimack, New Hampshire, allegedly directed her 5-year-old son through checks of the reverse and brake lights, and he shifted the bus into reverse, causing it to drive backwards and into a building. She is charged with child endangerment and reckless conduct.

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