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School Bus Fleet Magazine - January 2015

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Conferences Target School Bus Security, Leadership Skills

By SBF Staff

Here, we recap highlights from the NAPT Summit and NASDPTS Conference, which were held in Kansas City, Missouri, in November. Sessions covered such pertinent topics as shooter response training, student safety and leadership, and awards recognized vital contributions to pupil transportation.

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School Bus Fleet Magazine - November 2014

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Will Ramped-up Vehicle Tech Bring Smarter, Safer School Buses?

By Nicole Schlosser

With advancements such as Google’s road-testing of self-driving cars, the notion is no longer relegated to episodes of “The Jetsons.” However, practical use is still a long way off, though automated vehicle technology and connected vehicle technology are arriving in increments. School bus manufacturers are keeping pace, as the technology stands to help enhance pupil transportation safety even further.

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School Bus Fleet Magazine - October 2014

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Owatonna Bus Co. Shares TCO Secrets

By Kelsey Nolan

Greg Lammers, Owatonna Bus Co.’s fleet manager, attributes his success to a dependable software management system and efficient procedures, which keep his total cost of ownership at a minimum.

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School Bus Fleet Magazine - September 2014

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State Funding, Fuel Savings Drive Propane Bus Adoption in Florida

By Michael Taylor

With reduced operating costs and a rebate program for propane autogas vehicles, Florida school districts are tapping the alternative fuel as an economical and environmental solution. Broward County recently added 98 propane school buses to its fleet.

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School Bus Fleet Magazine - August 2014

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Pinpointing a Successful Stop-arm Camera Program

By Kelsey Nolan

Districts that have deployed stop-arm cameras on school buses have seen success in citing violators, but they also focus on educating the public to help reduce the illegal-passing problem. Stop-arm camera system suppliers weigh in on ways to succeed in violation enforcement and prevention.

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School Bus Fleet Magazine - July 2014

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Apprentice, Intern Programs Groom Great Workers

By Nicole Schlosser

In addition to giving students work skills and experience, districts get employees who are already familiar with the shop and its practices.

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School Bus Fleet Magazine - June 2014

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Alt-fuel school bus options are growing

By Kelly Aguinaldo

Manufacturers are meeting the demand for clean-burning, money-saving yellow buses by offering more powered by propane autogas and compressed natural gas, as well as all-electric units. Here’s a look at some of the school buses in development, on the market and in service at operations.

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School Bus Fleet Magazine - April-May 2014

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Parkway launches CNG bus project with $1.5M grant

By Thomas McMahon

After securing federal highway funds, the Missouri school district buys 30 compressed natural gas buses and builds a fast-fill fueling station. Here’s a look at how Parkway won the grant and what it expects with the new buses — including savings in fuel and maintenance costs.

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School Bus Fleet Magazine - March 2014

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Mutual respect strengthens driver-technician relations

By Kelly Aguinaldo

Clear communication is also essential to a solid working relationship between these groups of employees. In-service or safety meetings provide an opportunity for growth in these areas by allowing drivers to learn about their buses and ask the techs questions. Drivers must also be proactive in reporting maintenance concerns.

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School Bus Fleet Magazine - February 2014

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Team stays proactive to maintain safe service

By Kelly Aguinaldo

From its school bus maintenance to its driver training, the transportation employees at Forest Hills Public Schools in Grand Rapids, Mich., look ahead and analyze information to identify potential problems or areas that need improvement.

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School Bus Fleet Magazine - January 2014

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5 tips for connecting with special-needs students

By Nicole Schlosser

Using visuals and short, simple statements are key changes drivers and aides can make in their communication style to better connect with students who have hearing, vision and cognitive impairments, and physical endurance issues. Meanwhile, transportation directors should build a solid communication plan between drivers and aides, teachers, nurses and parents to ensure everyone involved has the information needed to serve the students.

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School Bus Fleet Magazine - November 2013

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Gauging the safety of school bus alternatives

By Thomas McMahon

Many school districts and contractors are employing a variety of vehicles to supplement traditional yellow bus service. These alternative arrangements often cut costs and shorten ride times, but the safety implications of transporting students in taxis, vans and other non-school bus vehicles have become a contentious issue.

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