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Bus driver accused of tying autistic student to seat

Guardians of the 3-year-old boy claim the Denver Public Schools driver tied the boy to his seat because he learned how to unbuckle his harness. A district spokesperson confirmed that the driver “was using an unapproved seat belt-like device," and the district is investigating the incident.

Kimberly Venable (second from left) of Englewood Schools won the CSPTA Operations Person of the Year award. Also pictured, from left, is CSPTA President Nicole Portee, President-Elect Lance Yoxsimer and Englewood Director of Operations David Henderson.
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Top pupil transporters, bus techs honored in Colorado

The Colorado State Pupil Transportation Association holds school bus roadeo and technician contests at its annual conference. Also awarded, posthumously, is a Colorado school bus driver who was fatally struck by a pickup truck last winter.

Douglas County (Colo.) School District sponsored a competition between its bus terminals to see which group could turn in the lowest amount of idling time. Photo by John Horton
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Anti-idling contest saves about $15,000 in fuel

Douglas County (Colo.) School District’s transportation department sponsored a competition between its west, east and north terminals to see which group could turn in the lowest amount of school bus engine idling time. The winning terminal cut its idling time by 50% — and won a catered lunch.

In a snowstorm near Aspen Park, Colo., the driver of a bus with other bus drivers on board had pulled over to put on snow chains. John "Jack" Garland, one of the bus drivers who had gotten out to help, was fatally struck by a pickup truck that lost control. Photo by Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District
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Pickup truck loses control, kills school bus driver

In a snowstorm near Aspen Park, Colo., last week, the driver of a bus with other bus drivers on board had pulled over to put on snow chains. A Colorado State Patrol trooper tells SBF that a pickup truck attempted to slow down and lost control, crashing into the bus and fatally striking John "Jack" Garland, one of the bus drivers who had gotten out to help.

Photo by Lionel Pinn
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Frigid temperatures cancel bus routes, delay school

From coast to coast in the U.S. and in some Canadian provinces, this week’s cold snap has impacted pupil transportation operations. Issues such as thickened fuel and oil and frozen air lines cause districts to cancel bus service and close schools or delay school start times.

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Special-needs driver fired after DUI

A citizen reportedly witnesses Rodolfo Luna discard empty vodka bottles from his bus and contacts officials for the school district where he worked, who track him down, and he undergoes a drug/alcohol test. He then takes a field sobriety test, which he fails, and he admits to sheriff’s deputies that he consumed vodka and cold medicine prior to starting his shift, which involved transporting special-needs students for a field trip.

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.

Dick Fischer started his pupil transportation career in 1952 at the age of 17. He drove a school bus for the first time while in the U.S. Air Force.
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Industry veteran Dick Fischer to retire

Fischer, owner and president of Trans-Consult, will spend this summer on the road conducting his "Train-the-Trainer" program, and he'll then hang up his keys to spend more time with his family. He reflects with SBF on his nearly 61 years in the industry.

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