NAPT MultiView News Brief
Jan. 14, 2014

NAPT staff member leaving

Lynn Martin, who served as Marketing and Communication Specialist with the National Association for Pupil Transportation for eight years, has taken a position closer to home.

Martin's last day with NAPT is January 24. In her position with the association, she oversaw its marketing and communications efforts. She was also involved in event planning and execution.

"It's been a privilege and an honor to serve an organization and an industry comprised of individuals so dedicated to student safety. I may be leaving the transportation industry; but it will always be close to my heart." Martin said of her time with NAPT. More

NAPT and STN to co-host TSD Roadeo event in Nashville

The 23rd Annual Transporting Students With Disabilities & Preschoolers National Conference will be held Feb. 28 – March 5, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. The conference will feature more than three dozen educational sessions, workshops, hands-on training opportunities, and a trade show highlighting the products and services of more than 50 manufacturers and suppliers.

In conjunction with the conference, the 2014 event includes the National Special Needs Team Roadeo co-presented by the National Association for Pupil Transportation and School Transportation News. In years past, approximately two dozen, two-person teams have competed in this event.

The NAPT Special Needs Transportation Training Program will be offered at the conference. Those interested need to pre-register with STN and NAPT in order to receive credit for these courses. To pre-register for the NAPT SNT program, please visit: NAPT SNT Registration or contact Brianne Peck, Member Services Specialist at 800-989-6278.

For any questions relating to TSD events, please visit www.tsdconference.com or contact Diane O'Meara, TSD Marketing Coordinator, at 310-802-7812. More

Meet Dwight Gleaves, NAPT's incoming Affiliate Member Director

Dwight Gleaves is Vice President of Sales at Hydrotex, in Farmer's Branch, Texas. Hydrotex is a manufacturer and distributor of high performance lubricant and fuel improver solutions.

Gleaves has been in the pupil transportation industry for more than 25 years and a NAPT member for the past 18. Among his many contributions, he was a founding member and a continuing supporter of America's Best, underwrote the project "37 Ways to Improve Morale in your Transportation Department," has presented several training seminars and works closely in his home state with the Texas Association for Pupil Transportation.

As a way to introduce Dwight to NAPT members, we recently caught up with him and asked him to weigh in on some important topics. Please see his answers below.
If you ruled the world, what is the first thing you would change?
Change the weather in Dallas to be much like San Diego. Cold hurts my arthritis.
If you had a super power, what would it be? Stop aging.
If you had to describe yourself in three words, which ones would you choose?
Passionate about business.
If you could only listen to one album for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Ray Price – For the Good Times.
If you had a time machine, where would you go? Back to my youth.
If you could relive one moment over and over again, what would it be? When I got married - Spending time, riding horses, with my hero Ronald Reagan, like I did in my late teens.

All kidding aside, Gleaves is committed to the industry. "I have been dedicated to serving the pupil transportation industry for over 25 years. It will be a privilege to serve as a board member in this capacity. I look forward to being your voice for our interests, concerns and new ideas." If you have any questions for Dwight, you can reach him at dgleaves@hydrotexlube.com.More

FMCSA announces 1-year extension of paper medical certificate requirement for commercial bus, truck drivers
Federal Motor Carrier Administration
The Federal Motor Carrier Administration recently announced that it is extending by one year, until Jan. 30, 2015, a requirement that interstate commercial driver's license holders retain paper copies of their medical examiner's certificate and continue to make the document available for review upon request at the roadside by federal and state commercial motor vehicle inspectors.More

Maryland district adopts new tip text conversation service
THE Journal
A Maryland school district has voted to implement a $9,995 tip text service for a year after testing a 60-day pilot program in two high schools that generated three reports of students contemplating suicide, two reports of students passing nude pictures of other students on Instagram, as well as five bullying reports, three reports of students smoking e-cigarettes, and one report of a student dealing drugs. "Mobile phones and texting are very comfortable ways for our students to communicate," said Superintendent Carol Williamson. "We have been looking for a way that students would be able to communicate concerns to their school administrators. Our highest priority is the safety of our children." More

Keeping students on their way to class safe in the winter
KTIV-TV
VideoBriefWe often talk about school bus safety at the beginning of the year when students go back to class. But that can be even more important now that the holiday break is over, and across the U.S. children are boarding the bus in snowy, icy, dark conditions, especially on the highway.More

School mental health screening plagued by controversy
The Associated Press via ABC News
School violence stories are increasingly dominating headlines these days, and experts say many teens are struggling with untreated mental illness. At the same time, school officials around the country are also trying to find the best way to offer mental health services in a patchwork, underfunded system. Federal health officials recommended universal mental health screenings for students nearly a decade ago, but it's still not required.More

School iPads: Not a bust — but not yet a boon
eSchool News
"D" is the letter of the day in Maria Martinez's kindergarten class at Maywood Elementary. On a recent weekday, Martinez drew a capital and lower case "d" on the whiteboard. Her students used their fingers to form a "D" on the wide writing lines that appeared on their iPads. The 5- and 6-year-olds in this largely poor and Hispanic school in southeast Los Angeles County already know how to navigate many educational apps loaded onto tablets, some 10 million of which are in classrooms across the U.S., according to Apple Inc.More

School buses safer today than ever
The Porterville Recorder
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 42,000 people are killed in traffic crashes on U.S. roads every year. Every year, approximately 450,000 public school buses travel about 4.3 billion miles to transport 23.5 million children to and from school and school-related activities. Yet, on average, every year, six school age children (throughout the U.S.) die in school bus crashes as passengers.More

New-car average fuel economy rose to 24.8 mpg in 2013
Green Car Reports
The numbers are in, and it turns out that 2013 was another record year for the average fuel economy of new vehicles. Researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute say the sales-weighted average fuel economy of all new vehicles sold in the United States last year was 24.8 mpg, fully 1 mpg higher than the 23.8 mpg for 2012. In fact, 2013's record performance is typical: Fuel economy has been improving year-to-year since UMTRI began collecting data in 2007.More

Fast answers about 1099 forms for independent workers
Small Business Trends
As a business owner, if you hire independent contractors and service providers, you probably will have to issue a 1099. Keep in mind that there are several variations of the 1099 form.More

Nevada school bus drivers get active shooter training
KRNV-TV
Nevada school bus drivers recently spent the first part of their morning in the classroom, acting out different scenarios. All of the scenarios were based around an active shooter.More

Eye on school safety
Coeur d'Alene Press
Students attending Coeur d'Alene public schools in Idaho recently returned from holiday break to buildings and buses that have new security features in place. More

School committee praises emergency bus efforts
Pittsfield Correspondent
In the wake of recent storms and frigid temperatures, members of the Pittsfield, Mass., newly inaugurated School Committee began its term on a positive note, by praising the school department's recent handling of inclement weather. Committee members lauded efforts by the administration and many staff and faculty who rallied this week to organize additional school bus service for children walking to school during the recent icy winds. In a rapidly mobilized implementation of a new idea, numerous students ordinarily ineligible for bus transportation were picked up en route to the seven most heavily walked-to schools over two days.More

Alternative fuels gaining traction
Convenience Store Decisions
Vehicle efficiency gains will continue amid a sharply higher CAFÉ standard, while younger drivers are more conservation-minded than in the past, steering the Millennial class to higher mpg vehicles. There are also a host of federal and state tax subsidies available for those seeking out an alternative fuel vehicle as government looks to a greener economy that emits fewer harmful emissions into the atmosphere. More