Thomas Ruchotzke faces multiple charges after allegedly stealing a school bus from a residence.
Let’s hope that NTSB will eventually be able to shed light on what caused the Iowa school bus fire and what kept the driver and student from escaping. The latter question is extremely troubling.
Authorities in Forest City, Iowa, say that a pellet gun shattered a window on the bus while it was transporting students. A suspect has been charged.
Feature articles that drew the most traffic on the School Bus Fleet website in 2017 included tips on buying a used school bus and an immigrant’s journey from cab driver to running a school bus company.
The state medical examiner finds that the driver and the student on board both died from “smoke and soot inhalation and thermal injuries” in the Dec. 12 school bus fire.
The school bus driver and one student were the only occupants. Authorities say it appears that the driver had backed into a ditch when the fire broke out.
Ottumwa, Iowa, Mayor Tom X. Lazio says that the company “has a very strong focus on safely transporting the students” of the city.
Dubuque Community Schools orders 100 “drivers wanted” signs and posts them at schools and around town.
A Durham tour in Iowa and a Calhoun County open house in Alabama are great examples of public awareness initiatives that promote the value of pupil transportation.
Waterloo Mayor Quentin Hart says that the visit “enlightened me about all the work that goes into getting our students to school safely.”
Betty Anderson retires for the second time after transporting special-needs students for over a decade, and driving a school bus for a total of 45 years.
Ruby Taylor of Iowa is reinstated by an arbitrator after her firing for allegedly abusing a special-needs student in 2015. The district wants the decision thrown out, citing evidence of abuse and neglect.
Five Iowa districts that tested supplemental warning lights on school buses have seen stop-arm violations drop by at least 50%.