Connecticut district may cut school bus aides

The superintendent for Westport Public Schools is looking to save $125,000, and says that monitors are no longer necessary due to technology that improves bus safety. Parents and board members argue against the proposal, citing greater demands on school bus drivers and more distracted motorists.


School bus driver loses job over prank

The Connecticut driver joked with students about taking a nap behind the wheel, and a student told her mother. The district removed him from its list of approved drivers and police are investigating the incident.

Shown here with one of All-Star Transportation's propane buses, from left to right: John Dufour, president, All-Star Transportation; Leslie Sheldon, operations manager, All-Star Transportation; Connecticut State Rep. John Case; and Ryan Bingham, former Torrington mayor. Photo courtesy of All-Star Transportation.

Connecticut district saves $200K with propane school buses

Contractor All-Star Transportation acquired 51 Blue Bird Propane Vision Type C school buses to service Torrington Public Schools about two years ago when the district was looking to replace some of its older diesel school buses.


2 school bus drivers charged with selling heroin

Police arrested Jorge "Wapito" Aviles and Ashley Byrdsong, both of whom work for DATTCO in Connecticut, after authorities searched their homes and allegedly found a .45-caliber gun and 270 bags of heroin last week. Both are facing several drug charges and are suspended without pay during the investigation.


District's stop-arm camera pilot finds few violations

Last fall, Simsbury (Conn.) Public Schools launched a stop-arm camera pilot program that district officials say returned "some very surprising results." The findings: With 3,100 school bus stops, there were only two potential violations.


Crash averted when school bus stalls on train tracks

In Norwalk, Conn., a school bus reportedly experiences a mechanical malfunction as it is crossing railroad tracks, leaving it stranded. The bus driver evacuates the 40 elementary students on board, and the operator of an approaching commuter train is able to stop 10 feet before the bus.


All-Star Transportation driver helps family during fire

Heidi Ouellette spots the house fire while on her morning route, secures her bus and approaches the house, where she coaches a woman who had climbed through a window on the second floor of the house and onto the roof to come down. She also helps an elderly woman safely exit the house.

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