The Rockton School Consortium awards the company a two-year contract extension to operate and manage a fleet of more than 80 vehicles that serve 14 schools.
A fire, believed to have been caused by an electrical short circuit, destroyed three Illinois school buses and damaged three others. There were no injuries or service disruptions, but other buses were damaged by the heat.
Through a partnership with bus company Olson Transportation, parents and school officials at the Chicago area school districts will be able to connect in real time with their children’s school bus.
Eighteen students and the driver were rescued after their school bus was swept into a retention pond in Illinois. No injuries were reported.
Olympia CUSD now has more than a third of its buses running on propane, which officials say is lowering operating costs and yielding other benefits.
Anthony Bowers of Chicago, who had been a school bus driver for nearly 10 years, was shot in the head while leaving his home for work. Police have no suspects at this time and are reviewing area surveillance video.
Emma McGowan, a bus driver at Schaumburg (Ill.) Township Elementary District 54, won two gold and three silver medals at the World Masters Track and Field Championships in Lyon, France, over the summer.
Forty-eight schools adopt new bell times as part of a Chicago Public Schools plan to cut transportation costs. The district is facing a $1.1 billion operating deficit.
A school bus driver, district transportation department director and local businesses partnered to form Students Take Our Priority (STOP), which aims to make motorists aware of the school bus stop arm and crossing arm.
The app will provide parents real-time information on the location of their child's bus and estimated arrival times as well as information on school closures, delayed openings or important events.
Throughout its history, the Illinois-based contractor has been at the forefront of using alternative fuels for its vehicles — beginning with a horse and wagon powered by oats and hay.
The contractor will continue to provide school transportation for McLean County Unit District No. 5 for the next three years.
Penny Fleming of the Transportation Joint Agreement in Crystal Lake, Illinois, becomes one of 152 certified directors of pupil transportation in the U.S. and Canada.