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First Student wins award from National Safety Council

The school bus contractor is recognized with an Occupational Excellence Achievement Award. The honor is for companies that have reported injuries and illnesses that involved days away from work equal to or less than 50% of the Bureau of Labor Statistics rate for their national industry classification and have had no fatalities during the previous calendar year.

FirstGroup America donates $112K to nonprofit

Officials for the parent company of pupil transportation provider First Student Inc. say that employees raised the money for Children's Miracle Network through direct-deposit donations, company contributions and employee fundraisers. In other news, First Student Charter Bus Rental provided shuttle service for the Super Bowl held in New Orleans last Sunday.

FirstGroup America names human resources exec

Tim Young joins the company as senior vice president of human resources and labor relations, where he will oversee the human resources, labor relations and benefits function of First Student and First Transit. Young will also supervise the payroll division for all of FirstGroup America.

First Student wins 2 Mich. contracts

The contractor will serve Flint Community Schools in a three-year agreement, adding 45 new buses to the fleet, and Saginaw Public Schools under a five-year agreement, adding 20 new buses to the fleet. In other news, parent company FirstGroup America hosts a delegation from the Arab state Oman to discuss best practices, including road safety, management and hiring.

FirstGroup appoints director of real estate

In his new role, David Farrar supports FirstGroup America by handling routine property management responsibilities, such as sales and acquisitions of real estate within the First Student and First Transit divisions.

Carey Paster joins National Express Corp.

The school bus contracting veteran has been appointed to the newly created role of vice president of mergers and acquisitions, where he will be responsible for furthering National Express’ presence in the passenger transportation market. Paster previously held roles with FirstGroup America and First Student.

Gary Catapano receives NSC safety award

The National Safety Council honors FirstGroup America's senior vice president of safety with the 2011 Distinguished Service to Safety Award. The award recognizes outstanding service to the field of safety and health, and officials say Catapano was selected because of his work in the area of improving transportation on a national basis.