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%.
Chris and Carol Detje of Iowa have driven over 1 million miles and acquired friendships and stories along the way.
Des Moines Public Schools will run two buses equipped with lap-shoulder belts to gauge potential benefits and to assess student usage.
The first Leadership with Propane Autogas Awards go to school districts in Iowa, Texas, and Alabama.
Des Moines Public Schools’ seat belt study will involve two Thomas Built C2 buses equipped with SynTec’s S3C seats.
Johnston Community School District’s transportation system, currently owned and operated by the district, will be converted to Student Transportation of America.
The school bus operator’s pact with two Nebraska districts now extends to 2019. David Prince, STA’s general manager of the contract, now takes on broader responsibility.
Just seconds after an Iowa state trooper pulled over to help a broken-down school bus, a semi sideswiped it and barely missed hitting him. None of the 40 students aboard the bus were hurt.
Setting stop-arm fine amounts that drivers will take seriously is important. But if the penalties become too steep, do they become ineffective? For example, Iowa has seen more violations pleaded down or dismissed since increasing fines.
Iowa’s Charlene Beaderstadt drove school buses for 30 years before retiring. Four months later, she was back on a yellow bus, this time attending to special-needs students.
School bus drivers must learn how to judge other traffic and blend their stop arms into the traffic flow.