Crystal Neuman of South Dakota is sentenced to one year in prison for stealing the money from her former employer, School Bus Inc., by writing extra checks to herself for 10 years.
Bill Cook, a bus driver for Rapid City (S.D.) Area Schools, requested routes for special-needs students when he started driving school buses. Staff praised him for making students and their parents comfortable.
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issues the order to Yankton Transit of Lake Andes earlier this month in response to a complaint that the National School Transportation Association (NSTA) filed in 2011, finding that the agency’s school bus routes are not open to or meant to serve the general public. NSTA President Magda Dimmendaal says “we are glad to see violations such as this recognized and enforced by FTA.”
Under current law, members of the South Dakota Highway Patrol conduct yellow bus inspections. The legislation moving through the state Legislature would allow the highway patrol to approve other people to perform the inspections, such as personnel at school district transportation departments.
At least five fee-based bus routes will be run throughout Sioux Falls School District next year for specialized elementary and middle school students. Fees will range from $50 to $150 per semester, based on families' lunch payment qualifications.
A man looks down at his cell phone prior to rear-ending a South Dakota school bus carrying about 20 students. At least four students are taken to the hospital for treatment.