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Cover Story - November 2012

What to do when students act out

By: Brittany-Marie Swanson

Expanding discipline policies to cover both transportation and campus life, providing crisis intervention training to staff and sharing relevant student information with the right personnel will help minimize student violence on the bus and in the classroom.

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School bus drivers: Is trust enough?

The message should be framed not as “this monitoring device is here to make sure you don’t break the rules” but as “this device is here to protect you as well as the students.”

Central States Bus Sales is headquartered in Fenton, Mo., and serves five Midwestern states: Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Illinois and Tennessee. The company has been a dealer for Blue Bird since 1975.

Blue Bird dealer revamps training, pushes alt-fuels

Now in its 37th year of business, Central States Bus Sales recently strengthened efforts to focus on the school bus manufacturer’s green technologies and provide comprehensive instruction for customers in the process.


Aging fleets: How do we compete for resources?

If the fleet gets past a certain age, we can count on higher maintenance costs, reduced dependability, driver frustration, the need for more mechanics and maybe not meeting our school customers’ expectations.


Evacuating passengers with special needs and equipment

Pupil transportation officials must have access to medical information on the students they are transporting, especially when the students are dependent on medical equipment and others for their care. They must also have a well-developed evacuation plan for all students that they transport.

Photo of John Clements of Kings Canyon USD, shot by Shinn Photography

50 top traits of great transportation directors

What are the essential qualities for success for a school transportation leader? Here, more than 50 directors and managers explain vital traits for the job, from communication and problem-solving skills to a willingness to get down in the trenches.


VPort P06-1MP-M12 IP surveillance camera

The VPort P06-1MP-M12 IP surveillance camera features a wide -40 to 75 C operating temperature, vibration-resistant M12 connectors, EN 62262 IK8 vandal-resistant design, audio input, PoE power input, and IP66 rain and dust protection.


PH-4 in-vehicle recorder

Planet Halo’s PH-4 in-vehicle recorder allows users to track down violators' license plates with a small stop-arm camera featuring high-resolution video.


Oil Eater drum top pad

The new Oil Eater drum top pad is designed to keep slippery, dangerous chemicals off the floor by catching and absorbing oil, coolants and solvents.


Diamond Lift

The Diamond Lift is available in either a two- or three-piston configuration with a total lifting capacity of 64,000 pounds and 96,000 pounds, respectively.

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