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Oklahoma district awarded $60K grant for CNG compressor

The Bellmon Awards, a collaboration between Sustainable Tulsa and Southside Rotary Club of Tulsa, awards Tulsa Public Schools for its commitment to CNG school buses. District representatives will be presented with the new compressor at a dedication held on Thursday.

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Students help younger passengers during bus fire

Four students who attend a middle school within Tulsa Public Schools assist younger students by getting them to the rear emergency exit and out of the bus and keeping them safely away from the bus after smoke began billowing from the engine. Monroe Demonstration School Principal Tom Padalino tells a news outlet that the older students created "a teachable moment, and that's what we're here to do."

In observance of Child Abuse Awareness Month in April, the transportation department at Woodward Public Schools has decorated its buses with blue ribbons.
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Oklahoma district supports Child Abuse Awareness Month

The transportation department at Woodward Public Schools observes the cause in April by decorating its buses with blue ribbons, an international symbol for child abuse prevention. Transportation Director Rosetta Loomis tells a local newspaper that, “It is a wonderful teaching and learning opportunity.”

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School bus thefts reported in 3 states

Investigations are underway and an arrest was made in unrelated school bus thefts in Oklahoma, Michigan and Louisiana in recent weeks. In at least two of the incidents, the keys were reportedly in the ignition when the buses were stolen.

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Wind energy company delivers new buses to district

TradeWind Energy arranges for the lease of and delivers two new buses to Shidler (Okla.) School District after company officials learn about the district’s aging fleet and the district's difficulties in maintaining it. TradeWind Energy also commits to paying all costs associated with the lease of the buses for three years.

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Online option offered for Oklahoma recertification requirement

School Training Solutions has released an online curriculum to help Oklahoma school bus drivers meet a new recertification requirement that the State Department of Education instituted. Drivers whose certification has expired for more than a year can purchase and take these online courses through the Oklahoma Association for Pupil Transportation.

Norman, Okla., police officers have partnered with Norman Public Schools for the “Badges on Buses” initiative to catch motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses.
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District catches stop-arm runners with ‘Badges on Buses’

Norman (Okla.) Public Schools partners with a group of police officers for the initiative, in which one officer rides a school bus while other officers follow the bus in unmarked units. The officer on the bus radios the accompanying officers upon spotting a bus-passing violation, and enforcement action is taken.

Casey Middleton of Oklahoma placed first in the school bus inspector category.
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America's Best winners hail from Oklahoma, Colorado

Casey Middleton of Tulsa (Okla.) Public Schools places first in the school bus inspector category, while Patrick Maloney of Douglas County (Colo.) School District takes the top spot in the technician category. Read more about the event and check out our photo gallery.

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NSTA honors contractors for service excellence

Members convene in Tulsa, Okla., this week for the association’s 49th Annual Meeting and Convention, and they are honored during an awards ceremony in such areas as environmentally friendly efforts, and safe and longtime service.

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Blue Bird contributes to Moore tornado recovery

The school bus manufacturer presents a check for $10,000 to the six Moore (Okla.) Public Schools bus drivers who lost their homes during the May 20 tornado. Blue Bird’s Oklahoma dealer, Ross Transportation Inc., contributes $2,500 to Moore tornado victims through the American Red Cross.

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