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Cover Story - April 2019

New Low-Floor School Bus Delivers Independence, Smoother Ride

By: Nicole Schlosser

Collins Bus Corp.’s Low-Floor Bus features a ramp that enables faster, lift-free boarding for students in wheelchairs. Customers report increased comfort and empowerment through the ability to board with and sit near other students.

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File photo courtesy John Horton
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Keeping an Extra Eye on School Bus Safety

Although school buses are the safest form of transportation for students, it is heartening to see more attention being paid to keeping an extra eye on safety — for both students and drivers.

File photo courtesy Thomas McMahon
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Mechanic or Technician: Which are You?

The benefits of becoming certified are pride, higher pay, respect, confidence, increased knowledge and skills, employment opportunities, legal backing by your employer, and less liability for your employer.

Florence (Ariz.) Unified School District #1 honors drivers during an annual recognition luncheon and includes students and other transportation staff members. Photo courtesy Florence (Ariz.) Unified School District
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10 Tips for Boosting School Bus Driver Morale

Enhancing driver satisfaction is key to developing a more cohesive and supportive workplace. Here, we share 10 tips for promoting positive driver engagement, from team-building activities to training resources that can help drivers do their job more effectively.

Pam McDonald, director of transportation for Orange (Calif.) Unified School District, shown second row wearing purple, is in the midst of succession planning. She expects all staff members to mentor promising employees.
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Districts Help School Bus Drivers Climb the Career Ladder

As Baby Boomers leave the workforce, other pupil transportation staff will have more opportunities to advance. Many school districts provide education, training, and mentorship — investments that pay off in employee retention and satisfaction.

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