First Student's Bozeman, Montana, location faces non-operational fees for allegedly not being able to provide enough drivers for some routes for a local school district.
The Montana aide is shown on video physically retaliating after a student pushes him during an argument. The school district, school bus company, and police department investigate.
At its annual conference, the Montana Association for Pupil Transportation awards school bus drivers from across the state for their professionalism and longevity.
A Montana school bus driver leaves a 16-year-old student who has to wear a three-point harness, which she cannot remove by herself, on her school bus. The girl misses about three hours of school.
A Montana man boards a school bus and claims that someone is trying to shoot him. The bus driver calls dispatch, drives for several blocks, and asks the man to get off the bus, which he does, and is arrested.
Shayne Pierre, 15, received an award from the Montana Highway Patrol for assisting the injured drunken driver of the other vehicle, then returning to the bus to get the students to exit because he had noticed gasoline leaking from the vehicles.
Under the Montana legislation, motorists would be required to stop 30 feet away from a bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing for students to board or disembark. Current law requires motorists to stop 15 feet from a bus.
The Helena School District reportedly will be the first in the state to require lap-shoulder belts on its buses. The move comes with the school board’s approval of a seven-year busing contract that specifies the three-point restraints.
Following the retirement of Maxine Mougeot, who held the position for nearly 10 years, Donell Rosenthal is chosen as state pupil transportation director. Rosenthal had been working for the Montana Office of Public Instruction as a computer support specialist and serving as the backup for Mougeot.
Maxine Mougeot came into pupil transportation as an accountant but quickly "fell in love" with the industry, she tells SBF. She has served as state director for nearly 10 years and has been heavily involved in state and national associations.