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Categories: Management, Safety
NASDPTS Marks Half a Century of Leadership in Pupil Transportation Policy

The association, which turns 50 in November, connects state directors with federal regulators, school bus manufacturers, suppliers, and other industry groups.
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management, Safety, Special Needs Transportation
NAPT Reveals 2018 Conference Agenda

Workshops will cover such topics as school choice, employee retention, and school shootings. A live-action event will demonstrate school bus fires and...
Categories: Management, Safety
Iowa District Expands Evacuation Training to All Students

As a teen, Teresa Hartley had to take action after a school bus crash. Now as a transportation director, she’s working to ensure every student is on...
Categories: Management, Safety
School Bus Fire Demo Highlights Need for Preparedness

A training event at Stafford County (Va.) Public Schools shows drivers the importance of school bus evacuation training. The concept will come to the NAPT...
Categories: Safety
Industry Responds to NTSB Crash Findings, Recommendations

Operators and associations offer a range of reactions to Tuesday’s school bus meeting of the National Transportation Safety Board.
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Management
Operators, Suppliers Share Solutions at School Bus eXchange

School bus driver shortage, alternative fuels, and student behavior are key topics of discussion at the 2018 edition of the event.
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management
Colorado Fleet Leader David Anderson to Retire

Anderson, a 37-year veteran in pupil transportation, has been recognized for his expertise in school bus fleet maintenance and efficiency practices.
Categories: Management
5 Questions: Barry Sudduth on Professional Development, Driver Shortage

Barry Sudduth discusses his goals as president of NAPT and his work at Virginia's Stafford County Public Schools.
Categories: Management
NAPT Keynote Speaker: Jia Jiang on Facing Fear of Rejection

The entrepreneur and TED speaker explains his 100 Days of Rejection project, which he says helps in overcoming fears and pursuing success.
Categories: Management, Special Needs Transportation
NAPT Keynote Speaker: Stacey Bess on Working With Homeless Students

The educator and author says that pupil transportation professionals are in a good position to have a positive impact on homeless students who ride their buses.
Categories: Management, Special Needs Transportation
NAPT Keynote Speaker: Roger Crawford on Overcoming Challenges, Impacting Students

The athlete and author shares how he became an accomplished tennis player despite having four impaired limbs.
Categories: Management, Safety
Conference Presentations Gaze Into the Future

NAPT sessions show that vehicle technology is advancing rapidly, and the school bus industry needs to keep pace or be left behind.
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management
Thomas Built Reveals New Electric School Bus

At the NAPT conference, the manufacturer surprises attendees with a Saf-T-Liner C2 electric bus, which has a range of about 100 miles.
Categories: Maintenance, Management
John Franklin Named <I>School Bus Fleet</i>’s Administrator of the Year

At Atlanta Public Schools, Franklin has led a transportation turnaround that has bolstered bus reliability while boosting staff and public relations.
Categories: Management
4th Keynote Speaker Added to NAPT Conference Lineup

Jack Shaw, executive director of the American Blockchain Council, will discuss the use of technology in student transportation.
Categories: Management
NAPT Launches New Survey on School Bus Driver Shortage

Following a survey conducted last year, the association is again gauging the severity of driver shortage for school bus operations.
Categories: Management, Safety
NHTSA Seeks Info on Districts’ Decisions About School Bus Seat Belts

The agency launches a project to learn more about the decision-making process on whether to implement two-point or three-point belts.
Categories: Management
NAPT Unveils New Conference Website, Speaker Details

This year's conference will include three keynote speakers, new “NextPloratory Sessions,” workshops on a wide range of topics, and a one-day...
Categories: Management, Safety
Texas Transportation Director Carl Cater to Retire

Cater, the director of transportation for Allen Independent School District, has been recognized for school bus driver training programs and security efforts.
Categories: Management, Safety
Bluth: Transportation Input Needed in School Reform

At SBX, special-needs transportation expert Linda Bluth discusses the policies of new Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and stresses that “safe...
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Maintenance, Management, Safety
SBX Attendees Weigh Pros and Cons of Alt-Fuels, Diesel

Fuel choices, school reform, and the ongoing driver shortage are hot topics at School Bus eXchange 2017.
Categories: Management
5 Questions: Keith Henry on Driver Shortage, Safety Priorities

In the first of a new series, SBF poses five pertinent questions to Keith Henry, NAPT president and director of transportation for Lee’s...
Categories: Management, Safety
Last Call: Apply for School Bus eXchange

Jan. 31 is the deadline for school transportation officials to apply for the third edition of the educational networking event.
Categories: Management, Special Needs Transportation
15 NAPT Members Earn Certifications

The achievements tie in to one of the association’s goals: to increase the number of pupil transportation professionals who are certified by NAPT. One...
Categories: Management, Safety
3 Siblings Honored for School Bus Safety Posters

Anita Krasteva and her brothers Petar and Angel were top entrants in the 2016 North Carolina poster contest. Anita went on to win a national title.
Categories: Management, Safety
Call for National Stop-Arm Campaign in NHTSA Meeting

Association officials ask NHTSA to raise public awareness on the dangers of illegal passing of school buses.
Categories: Management, Safety
Associations Mourn Losses in Chattanooga School Bus Crash

National and state pupil transportation groups offer their condolences to the families and others impacted by the fatal crash.
Categories: Management, Safety, Special Needs Transportation
Mother Gives Insights on Transporting Students With Service Animals

Kimberly Bish, whose daughter Danielle has a seizure assistance dog, discusses her training efforts with Ohio school bus drivers.
Categories: Management, Safety
Speaker Shares Impact of Boston Marathon Bombing

Jeff Bauman tells NAPT Summit attendees about how he lost both legs in the 2013 bombing but was able to give investigators a description of the suspect he...
Categories: Management, Safety
Ingrid Reitano Named <I>SBF</i>’s Administrator of the Year

Whether it’s solving school bus challenges, confronting a state association crisis, or fighting cancer (twice), New Jersey’s Reitano has...
Categories: Alternative Fuels, Management, Safety
NAPT Reveals Full Schedule for Summit

Sessions at the upcoming Summit in Kansas City will cover such topics as school bus technology, budgets, safety, and security.
Categories: Management
NAPT Summit to Offer Security Event with TSA

The 2016 Summit lineup also includes NTSB chief Christopher Hart, consultant Mark Aesch, and a Boston Marathon bombing survivor who helped identify one of...
Categories: Management, Safety
School Bus Operators Selected for School Bus eXchange

The second edition of the event will bring together 30 pupil transportation officials for roundtable discussions, one-on-one consultations with suppliers...
Categories: Management, Safety
NHTSA to gather states’ input on school bus seat belts

Representatives from the six states that have passed school bus seat belt legislation will share their experiences with NHTSA officials in a meeting next month.
Categories: Management
Texas transportation veteran earns director certification

Anna Hamrick of Allen Independent School District has become a Certified Director of Pupil Transportation through NAPT.
Categories: Management, Safety
NAPT, NSTA respond to NHTSA seat belt statement

The two school transportation associations jointly write to NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind to express their concerns about his agency’s new stance on...
Missed NAPT? Read our recaps

More than any other time in recent memory, this year's National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) Summit proved to be the place for the biggest...
Categories: Management, Safety
Nissan pulls controversial ‘school bus race’ ad

After NAPT leads an outcry over the Nissan commercial, which shows a father and son racing a yellow bus to school, the automaker takes it off the air.
Categories: Management, Safety, Special Needs Transportation
NAPT awards highlight heroism, training efforts

Honorees include special-needs transportation expert Kala Henkensiefken and school bus driver Alice Bradley, who was credited with thwarting a potential...
Categories: Management
NAPT heads back to Kansas City in 2016

The association’s 42nd Summit will return to Kansas City, Missouri, which was the site of the 2014 event.
Categories: Management, Safety
NHTSA chief: ‘School buses should have seat belts. Period’

Before a large crowd of pupil transportation officials, Administrator Mark Rosekind revealed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s new...
Categories: Management
Pam McDonald named <I>SBF</i>'s Administrator of the Year

Whether it's saving money on fuel or keeping an important event afloat, Pam McDonald knows how to make it happen: partnerships. The longtime pupil...
Categories: Management, Safety
Q&A: Trucker-turned-triathlete on staying fit for driving

After experiencing the decline in fitness that often accompanies truck driving, Siphiwe Baleka set out to develop a realistic routine for truckers to get in...
Categories: Management, Safety
Seat belts, student behavior discussed at NHTSA meeting

The agency's public meeting looks at the barriers and benefits of seat belts on large school buses, as well as other approaches aimed at increasing safety.
Categories: Management, Safety
School buses exempt from electronic stability control mandate

NHTSA has finalized a rule that requires electronic stability control systems on heavy trucks and some large buses, but not school buses.
Categories: Management
Assistant transportation director earns NAPT certification

Penny Fleming of the Transportation Joint Agreement in Crystal Lake, Illinois, becomes one of 152 certified directors of pupil transportation in the U.S....
Categories: Management
School Bus eXchange Drills Down on Keys for Success

At the inaugural SBX event, school transportation officials share ideas on such topics as efficiency, technology and identifying the outputs of a successful...
Categories: Management
Data expert Mark Aesch to speak at NAPT

The consultant and former transit agency head will discuss data-driven decision-making in the opening session of the NAPT Summit.
Categories: Management
Industry groups denounce Nissan’s ‘school bus race’ ad

A Nissan commercial that shows a father and son racing a yellow bus to school has sparked a backlash from NAPT and others involved in pupil transportation.
Categories: Maintenance, Management, Safety
School Bus eXchange attendees discuss keys for success

At the inaugural SBX event, school transportation officials share ideas on such topics as efficiency, technology and identifying the outputs of a successful...

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