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.
The Limestone County Schools transportation department showcased its new school buses last week. The buses include new seating features, a new bus body design and Wi-Fi capability.
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 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.
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.
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.”
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.
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 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.
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.