Boston Public Schools plans to consolidate numerous school bus routes this fall, which will result in the layoff of dozens of drivers. The move is expected to save the district up to $5 million.
Police arrest Ali Mahfuz of Massachusetts for allegedly being under the influence of marijuana before transporting students on a field trip. Students smelled an odor on the bus and reported it to a teacher.
A 9-year-old Massachusetts girl is not fully clear from the bus when the door closes. She gets caught in the door as the bus drives away, is dragged a short distance, and then is struck by the bus, police say.
The Massachusetts-based contractor has also equipped its entire fleet with Zonar telematics and Seon Trooper TL-4 DVR camera systems.
The contractor is replacing Freetown-Lakeville's current school buses with a new fleet equipped with GPS, crossing gates, and the Child Check-Mate System.
The districts get grants of up to $350,000 for electric Type C school buses and chargers for a pilot program in Massachusetts.
A transportation provider for a Massachusetts school that serves special-needs students sends an Uber to pick up a student instead of a school bus without the school’s knowledge, due to a lack of available drivers.
The student, who may have been pricked by the needle, is taken to the hospital as a precaution. Boston Public Schools is investigating the incident, and bus drivers are conducting additional bus checks.
Fights, bullying, and other inappropriate behavior have prompted a proposed bill from a grandparent that would require monitors and seat belts on every school bus.
Bailey Hisert of Massachusetts allegedly shot at two school buses with a BB gun. No one was injured, but one child was covered in glass from a shattered window.
Scott Poirier of Massachusetts crashed his bus into a telephone pole and was arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated. He told police he didn’t drink any alcohol, but did take DayQuil and NyQuil.
The Massachusetts motorist didn’t see the boy walking down the road, the school bus or its flashing red lights because he had not scraped the frost and ice from his windshield. The boy is recovering from a concussion and minor injuries.
The appropriation covers some of the $18 million that was cut from regional school transportation funding last year by the previous governor.