A Texas school district’s test of an extended stop arm and an Indiana district’s award of $50,000 to use for stop-arm cameras were among the most popular stories on School Bus Fleet magazine’s Facebook page in 2016.
1. Texas District Tests School Bus Stop-Arm Extension
Bus Crossing Guard, an extra stop sign that extends 6 feet from the side of the bus, was installed on 10 buses that transport McKinney Independent School District students.
2. Indiana District Awarded $50K for Stop-Arm Cameras
East Noble School Corp. received a grant from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security for windshield and exterior stop-arm cameras for all of its 55 school buses.
3. School Bus Driver Retires After 52-Year Career
Brenda Thoman, who drove a bus for the same Missouri school district for 52 years, officially retired on Nov. 18. She was accident-free her entire driving career.
4. School Bus Driver Killed, 15 Students Injured in Crash at Airport
Kari Chopper was preparing to leave the Denver International Airport when she apparently made a wrong turn, crashed into a pillar, and was killed. Fifteen students and three coaches were injured in the crash.
5. Districts Put a Dent in Bus Passing With Stop-Arm Cameras
Combined with public education efforts, the camera systems have helped enhance student safety by deterring stop-arm running. Some school districts have cut violations by 50% or more.