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Alabama district will not charge school bus fees

Hoover City Schools board rescinds an April 2014 vote that would have created a mandatory fee to ride the school bus. The vote on the proposed fee was contingent upon approval from the U.S. District Court, which never came.

Autauga County School System drivers signed up for the free Yellow Dot program as part of a back-to-school event at the Autauga County Extension Office on Tuesday.
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School bus drivers provide vital info for 1st responders

In Autauga County, Alabama, 150 school bus drivers sign up for Yellow Dot, a free program that officials say provides potentially life-saving information to first responders in the event of a crash. The drivers get their photos taken and complete a personal form with emergency contact and medical info.

Hoover City Schools' plan outlines a school bus fee structure that ranges from $0.43 to $2.26 per student per day.
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Alabama district delays school bus fee plan by 1 year

Hoover City Schools' plan to charge fees for student transportation is now being targeted for the 2015-16 school year instead of 2014-15. The plan outlines a fee structure that ranges from $0.43 to $2.26 per day, depending on how many student riders a family has and whether they qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.

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Motorist charged with DUI after hitting special-needs bus

James Joshua Warren rounds a curve in his car and strikes the bus, then keeps driving until he reaches his home, where he parks his car and goes inside his home. He is later arrested and charged with the offense. No students are injured.

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District board approves bus fees, pending court approval

Hoover (Ala.) City Schools' board votes to implement school bus ridership fees for the 2014-15 school year, pending approval by the U.S. District Court. In a memorandum proposing the fees, Superintendent Andy Craig says a fee-based system would help the district “address the financial challenges we are facing.”

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Bill would allow stop-arm cameras on Alabama buses

Under the legislation, local school boards would be permitted to authorize the use of the technology to capture motorists who illegally pass buses. The fine for a stop-arm violation under the legislation would be a maximum of $300 for the first offense, $750 for a second offense and $1,000 for each subsequent offense in a five-year period.

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Navistar expects $22M annual savings in engine production move

The IC Bus parent company will move mid-range engine production at its Huntsville, Ala., plant to Melrose Park, Ill. Chief Operating Officer Jack Allen says that Navistar has “too much excess engine manufacturing capacity in North America, and we must take action to reduce our costs and improve the business.”

On the anniversary of the slaying of Alabama bus driver Charles Poland Jr., the New York Association for Pupil Transportation paid tribute to Poland and cited steps it is taking to increase school bus security. Pictured is an FBI agent near the bunker where a boy from Poland's bus was held hostage. Photo from FBI
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NYAPT works to bolster school bus security

On Wednesday, the one-year anniversary of the slaying of Alabama school bus driver Charles Poland Jr., the New York Association for Pupil Transportation paid tribute to Poland and announced steps it is taking to increase school bus security. For example, the association is supporting legislation that would make it a crime of criminal trespass to board a school bus without permission.

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District cracks down on bus drivers parking at home

An audit finds that of Jefferson County (Ala.) School District’s 400 buses, drivers are taking 61 of them home each day to places farther than their bus route, adding nearly $172,000 in fuel costs. The deputy superintendent is talking with drivers about finding a more cost-efficient place to park their buses.

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