A Kansas county sheriff’s office finds evidence that aggravated criminal sodomy, battery, and criminal restraint occurred on a school bus on Feb. 3. The final charging decision is up to the county attorney.
Great Bend (Kan.) School District 428 now requires adults to sit among students on bus trips and is adding cameras to all its buses after two students reported being sexually assaulted on the bus.
Olathe Unified School District 233 awarded the company a new five-year contract to manage and operate more than 220 school bus routes.
Under a proclamation by the governor, the state will recognize its men and women who transport nearly 230,000 students to and from school.
Troopers are checking buses statewide until the beginning of the school session to ensure the vehicles comply with safety regulations. They are inspecting the lights, emergency exits, tires, windshield wipers, fire extinguishers, first aid kits and emergency spill kits.
Holcomb Unified School District 363 plans to install security cameras that will record video and audio inside its school buses, and track the buses’ location and speed, as part of a larger plan to boost safety and accountability.
Crabtree’s efforts have included spearheading the national survey of school bus loading and unloading fatalities since the early 1980s.
Tammy Ritter, a driver in Baldwin City, Kansas, discovered that a doghouse on the porch of a house had caught fire. She threw it onto the front lawn, stomped out most of the flames, and called the fire department, preventing the fire from spreading to the house.
During a legislative forum in Wichita, contracted drivers ask legislators to support a bill that would make them eligible to collect the benefits during summer break.
Debbie Romine, who has been a fixture in pupil transportation safety training and other programs in Kansas for 26 years, will retire on Dec. 19.
Gov. Sam Brownback’s proclamation designates this Wednesday as School Bus Drivers’ Appreciation Day in Kansas. The event falls amid National School Bus Safety Week.
Troopers will check buses statewide from the middle of July until the beginning of the school session to make sure the vehicles comply with safety regulations. Some of the items troopers will check are the lights, emergency exits, tires, windshield wipers, fire extinguishers, first aid kits and emergency spill kits.
The contract with Shawnee Mission (Kan.) School District 512 is a five-year agreement that includes the operation, maintenance and management of a fleet of more than 200 vehicles. The fleet services 50 schools throughout the district.