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.


California school bus drivers recognized

As part of “School Bus Driver Day” on Tuesday, the California Highway Patrol joins the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown in publicly expressing appreciation to the state’s bus drivers for the job that they do.

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Training around the edges

Even when you can’t afford to pay each employee to sit in a monthly safety meeting, you can look for cracks and crevices in the day where you can insert that safety mantra.


California Highway Patrol honors school bus drivers

The agency thanks drivers for their commitment to safely transporting children to and from school to commemorate “School Bus Driver Day" on Tuesday. Those who benefit from bus drivers’ services are also encouraged to express their gratitude.


Enduring the Aftermath of a School Bus Tragedy

An accident involving a fatality will test the mettle of any school bus operation. Overcoming one takes careful planning, practice and systematic execution. (This article originally appeared in our August 2001 issue.)

Vehicle inspection is one area where Salem-Keizer’s transportation staff wanted to see improvement. In tracking its progress, the shop realized it was not meeting its stringent schedule and adjusted its baseline to meet its goals.

District boosts communication, efficiency with ISO program

Salem-Keizer Public Schools officials have seen increased efficiency and improved communication as a result of modeling their district after the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) 9001 quality management system....


Maryland District Aims to Please

When John Matthews started driving a school bus during college, he was unknowingly embarking on a long and successful career in pupil transportati...

In addition to its 800 school buses, Birnie Bus Service operates about two dozen motorcoaches.

8 Great Fleets in 2008

Family vision continues as bus company grows Birnie Bus Service, Rome, N.Y. It’s already been a long road for Tim Birnie, ow...


How to Publish an Effective Department Newsletter

Department newsletters can help to disseminate information, spotlight positive achievements and build morale. Keys to a successful newsletter include proper planning, content development and consistency.

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