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.
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.
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.
With the acquisition of Allied Bus Sales from FirstGroup America, Midwest Transit Equipment expands its bus sales, service and parts business to include all of Missouri and Kansas.
From coast to coast in the U.S. and in some Canadian provinces, this week’s cold snap has impacted pupil transportation operations. Issues such as thickened fuel and oil and frozen air lines cause districts to cancel bus service and close schools or delay school start times.
The Kansas Highway Patrol is investigating the events surrounding the accident, but a sheriff says that roads in the area were still covered with water from a recent rain, and the bus had driven into a submerged stretch of road. After falling into two and a half feet of water, the 10 students on board use the escape hatch and windows to climb to safety on top of the bus until first responders arrive.
Gov. Sam Brownback proclaimed last Wednesday School Bus Drivers' Appreciation Day in the state. Rannie and Diana Schmidt were among those in the spotlight. The driving duo came across an accident last year and provided critical aid to a mother and daughter.