Two Nebraska Panhandle Consortium districts award a four-year contract extension to the school bus company.
Omaha Public Schools is trying to simplify its busing system and cut costs by reducing the number of schools that students can apply to and still be eligible to ride the bus. The district’s transportation costs are high compared with other urban Midwestern districts.
Thomas Naime, who had been a bus driver for Omaha (Neb.) Public Schools, was found guilty of caretaker neglect and fined $250 for leaving a pre-K student who depends on a feeding tube and has selective mutism on a bus in August.
When boarding the bus, Kearney (Neb.) Public Schools students will tap an ID card on a card reader, and the bus driver will be able to see the student’s photo and assigned stop on a tablet.
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.
Omaha Public Schools and Student Transportation Inc. (STI) collaborated on the district’s deployment of 435 Blue Bird Vision propane school buses last summer, which has saved approximately $200,000 versus diesel. In a new video released last week by the Propane Education & Research Council, school officials and the contractor explain the convenience of maintenance, cost savings, and performance of the buses in the state’s frigid winters.
Norris School District is ordered to pay 70% of the damages awarded to Jeff Hall, a pickup truck driver injured in a 2009 collision with a district school bus. The Nebraska Supreme Court overrules a 2010 ruling by the trial court that apportioned 20% of the liability to the county, instructing the trial court to reapportion it between the truck driver and the district. The trial court judge orders the district to cover all 20% plus the initial 50% he had previously ordered it to pay.
Inbody, who worked for the Nebraska Department of Education for 37 years, died last month after a long illness. Nebraska Council of School Administrators officials call Inbody "an invaluable resource and support for school districts in his work in school finance, transportation services and negotiating the ever-complicated [school finance] formula."
On Dec. 11, Victoria Gerold boarded the school bus and yelled at and threatened the driver, whom she said curses at the students who ride his bus, including her two sons. She pleads guilty to trespassing and disorderly conduct and is charged $515 in fines, court costs and surcharges for the two misdemeanors.
Nikki Carnell, a school bus driver for Ponca (Neb.) Public School District, drove on her route for the last time on Dec. 20. As a tribute to her on her last day, many high school students who live along her route rode the bus instead of driving to school, and she was presented with roses at the school.
When a school bus collided with a tractor-trailer in Nebraska in 2012, motorist Philip Petr stopped and provided critical help. With a fire spreading in the wreckage, Petr climbed into the bus and helped students escape.
New legislation aims to prohibit school bus drivers from using interactive wireless communication devices while the bus in motion. However, a rule to that effect was already approved by the Nebraska Department of Education last year.
The school bus contractor will serve two Nebraska school districts with about 530 vehicles, including more than 400 new propane buses. Company officials say that it will be the nation's largest propane-powered school bus fleet.