The Alabama School Bus Safety Act lets school systems place the cameras on their buses and penalizes motorists who illegally pass the buses with a fine of $300. It went into effect on July 1.
The school bus contractor gives the bus and a $2,500 check to Huntsville (Ala.) City Schools to help provide free meals for children during the summer.
A pickup truck driven by a 16-year-old student in Altoona, Alabama, collides with a school bus. The teen is killed, and the bus driver and aide are injured.
Baldwin County Public Schools’ May 27 event will train drivers on emergency evacuation procedures and will recognize them with a lunch and raffle.
Officials from Elmore County (Ala.) Public Schools will discuss their implementation of digital two-way radios integrated with GPS and the WAVE smartphone app.
The Charles “Chuck” Poland Jr. Act allows school districts to prosecute trespassers as a misdemeanor. It has also helped boost school transportation security training.
The program involves training to eliminate waste from business practices by reducing vehicle downtime and lowering life-cycle costs.
Transportation South holds a Love the Bus celebration to recognize the state’s best school bus drivers. A 23-year school bus veteran is named Driver of the Year.
A 5-year-old student in Alabama dropped his backpack in front of the bus. The bus driver started to pull away when she didn’t see him come out of his house.
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.
An Alabama bus driver and aide noticed something was wrong when a special-needs student’s father did not show up at her bus stop. They found him in his home suffering a stroke and got him help in time to save his life.
Hoover (Ala.) City Schools would likely have seen afternoon pickup times almost double at about one-quarter of its schools if it had moved forward with a plan to eliminate school bus service.
Lightsey retires from the state position but takes on a new role at school bus dealership Transportation South. Kevin Snowden succeeds Lightsey as state director.