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Nebraska district to cut back school bus service

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.

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Nebraska school’s propane bus investment pays off

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.

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Judge rules district owes $770K for bus collision

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.

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Nebraska state pupil transportation director Russ Inbody passes

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."

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Nebraska woman fined for threatening bus driver

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.

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Bus driver retires after 37 years

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.

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School bus crash responder wins Carnegie Medal

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.

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Nebraska bill targets bus driver cell phone use

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.

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