Drivers, attendants and other transportation staff members from Hillsborough County (Fla.) Public Schools decorated a bus and took part in a local Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade.

School bus team rolls in MLK parade

Pupil transporters from Hillsborough County (Fla.) Public Schools decorated a bus and took part in a local Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade that drew thousands of onlookers.


First Student celebrates its employees

The school bus contractor will hold employee appreciation days Tuesday through Thursday this week in recognition of its nearly 60,000 drivers, attendants, technicians, managers and additional staff. Officials say every First Student location will hold an event to honor employees for their hard work and commitment.

Green Brook (N.J.) Township Public Schools Transportation Supervisor Nancy Farinella has been able to achieve annual cost savings ranging from $50,000 to more than $150,000 by making the operation more efficient, while also bringing in revenue for the district.

New Jersey district focuses on efficiency, staff appreciation

Since joining Green Brook Township Public Schools in 2008, Transportation Supervisor Nancy Farinella has been able to achieve annual cost savings ranging from $50,000 to more than $150,000 by making the operation more efficient while also bringing in an average of $125,000 per year in revenue for the district. She discusses how, along with her passion for her team.


Kids know good drivers

Surely most children aren’t aware of all the specific requirements. But they do seem to understand that being a school bus driver is a tough job that not everyone is cut out for.

Driver Dawn Lemaster helps her passengers with reading during non-travel time as part of Lake Orion Community Schools’ BusSTAR program.

Drivers engage with students in BusSTAR program

Lake Orion (Mich.) Community Schools’ program started out as an initiative for the district’s bus drivers to help teachers in the classroom with reading to students, but it has grown into a larger effort that includes educational activities on the school bus. Director of Transportation Dale Goby discusses with SBF the positive impact the program has had on students, school personnel and the transportation team.


Bus drivers for North Carolina districts honored

The drivers, who serve Surry County Schools, Mount Airy City Schools and Elkin City Schools, are recognized at a banquet for their years of safe driving. Tim Burton of Surry County Schools is named driver of the year for 2012-13.

Newport-Mesa USD Director of Transportation Pete Meslin (right) presents Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro (center) with a Very Important Passenger certificate following his ride-along with driver Daniel Cutenese (left).

District launches Very Important Passenger program

Newport-Mesa Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro was the inaugural passenger in the California operation’s program, which launched on Wednesday with Navarro watching a driver perform a pre-trip inspection and then accompanying him on a morning route. Director of Transportation Pete Meslin tells SBF that the intent of the program is to bring attention to the important role school bus transportation plays in students’ lives.

Debbie Rike, director of transportation for Shelby County Schools, talks with bus driver Curby White outside of Shadowlawn Middle School.

A day in the life of a transportation director

At Shelby County Schools, enhanced driver training and partnerships with school staff have led to drastic improvements in student behavior on the bus. Here, we spend a day with Director of Transportation Debbie Rike to see how she steers the operation toward success.

After becoming director of transportation for Litchfield Elementary School District #79, Jeff Walker restructured the department to createefficiencies and increase employee morale.

Case study: Revamping a transportation department

A year ago, Jeff Walker became transportation director at Litchfield Elementary School District #79 in Phoenix. The department has since cut costs, reduced the number of student disciplinary incidents on its buses and improved its safety record.


Durham, Stock Transportation celebrate employee appreciation

The contractors will recognize their more than 20,000 school bus drivers and support staff this month for their continued commitment to safely transporting students. Employees will be given lanyards with the logo for Enjoy the Ride, the contractors’ new employee relations program.


Bus driver among California's Classified School Employees of the Year

Wilfin Morales, who works for Menlo Park City School District in Atherton, Calif., has been a bus driver for nine years. He has driven more than 250,000 miles without a single accident or ticket, and district officials say he is dedicated and goes the extra mile for students.

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