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School bus driver honored for quick thinking in crash

When an oncoming car suddenly veered into his lane, James Bratager, a driver for Olympia (Wash.) School District, was able to swerve the bus to avoid a head-on collision. He was presented with a certificate of recognition.

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2 windows shot on school bus

A school bus was damaged by suspected BB gunfire near a Seattle elementary school on Thursday, police say. No one was injured.

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Special-needs kindergartner left alone on bus for 7 hours

A driver for North Thurston School District in Lacey, Washington, resigned last month after admitting to not completing a check of his bus. The 6-year-old boy was supposed to be dropped off at a day care center, but was found later that evening asleep on the bus.

Strong winds knocked a tree down on top of the bus, shown here. The roof was damaged and the emergency hatch in the rear of the bus was blown off.
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Tree falls on bus in storm, no one hurt

Ray Johnson, a bus driver for Longview (Wash.) School District #122, was driving on a rural road with four students on board when strong winds knocked a tree on top of the bus. He was able to call for help in time and students were safely transferred to another bus.

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District staff removes graffiti from 25 buses

Employees of Peninsula School District in Washington arrived on Monday morning to find the vandalized buses. They scrambled to clean the buses and were able to get them in service fast enough to stay on schedule.

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District asks voters to fund school bus replacement

Arlington (Wash.) Public Schools leaders are looking for support for a two-year levy on the Nov. 4 general election ballot expected to generate $1.5 million each year to replace old school buses. Nearly half the district’s fleet is at least 13 years old and fully depreciated.

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First Student names area general manager for Washington

Bill Noftz will be responsible for the overall performance of the school bus contractor’s Washington state locations, including financial results, operational performance, safety, fleet and maintenance. Noftz has more than 25 years of experience in the school transportation industry.

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