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Bus driver enlists funds to send special-needs student to prom

The Virginia driver contacted a news station when she learned that the student’s family couldn’t afford to send her to prom. The station paid for the student’s prom outfit, and a local bank donated a $300 gift card to the driver for her good deed.

Siphiwe Baleka, who will speak at the NAPT Summit, is the driver health and fitness coach at transportation carrier Prime Inc.
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NAPT reveals speakers for 2015 Summit

Federal safety officials and inspirational athletes are among the key presenters on tap for the National Association for Pupil Transportation event.

At Virginia Beach City Public Schools, David Pace oversaw one of the larger district-owned school bus fleets in the nation.
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Veteran Virginia director David Pace retires

After 31 years in pupil transportation, Pace steps down from his role at Virginia Beach City Public Schools, where he oversaw one of the larger district-owned school bus fleets in the nation.

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School bus driver charged with DUI

Authorities in Tazewell, Virginia, say that no children were on the bus when the driver was arrested. However, she had just completed a route.

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Police officers train for school bus emergencies

About a dozen Roanoke, Virginia, police officers participate in tactical training on the city’s school buses to familiarize them with the vehicles in the event of a crisis such as a crash, fire or hostage situation.

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Virginia school bus drivers stage 'sick out'

Nearly 40 Portsmouth Public Schools drivers called in sick on Monday morning to protest for higher pay. School officials say they have been meeting with drivers every month and agreed to give them more money for taking on extra routes.

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Toddler fatally struck by school bus

After dropping off students, a school bus in Danville, Virginia, struck a 20-month-old boy who had made his way in front of the bus while it was stopped.

Danville Public Schools’ new conduct policy for school bus riders took seven months to develop.
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District aims to get parents on board with new bus code of conduct

Danville (Va.) Public Schools’ new conduct policy for its school bus riders seeks to better inform and involve parents. Michael Adkins, director of transportation service, explains how the policy was developed and how it was tested on four buses — which he says experienced “dramatic changes” in student behavior.

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