School bus driver admits slapping special-needs student

School bus video footage shows the driver and a school aide holding down a 15-year-old boy with cerebral palsy and epilepsy, who was in a restraint at the time, and the driver slapping him. The driver has resigned. 


9 Arizona school buses burned in fire

The burnt vehicles make up nearly one-third of Piñon Unified School District’s fleet, and seven were destroyed. Quick-thinking school employees prevented further losses by driving the unburned buses out of harm’s way.

Police and fire officials recently donated car seats to Mesa Public Schools (MPS). From left: Douglas Darbyshire of MPS, Mesa police officer Mike Ybarra, new MPS Director of Transportation Jeanne Vandemark, Jean DeStories of Mesa Fire Department, and David Woods of MPS.

New director takes helm at Arizona’s biggest district fleet

Jeanne Vandemark has taken over the role of director of transportation at Mesa Public Schools from Ron Latko, who retired in May. Vandemark’s career in transportation at Mesa stretches back 23 years and covers numerous positions, starting as a special-education bus driver.

J.O. Combs Unified School District held a drill called "The Amazing Race" which required groups of drivers to work as teams to complete day-to-day practice tasks, such as student drop-offs and pickups, and pre-trip inspections, as well as bus evacuation drills.

District’s back to school safety drills engage, inspire drivers

Activities styled on the television reality show “The Amazing Race” and a court trial got school bus drivers for J.O. Combs Unified School District #44 in San Tan Valley, Arizona, thinking about the theme for the new school year, “Safety by Choice, Not by Chance.”

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