NAPT Dispatch
Feb. 3, 2015

February is 'Love the Bus' month!
Sunday NAPT kicked off their 2015 #LovetheBus #LivetheBus challenge in honor of 'Love the Bus' month, the American School Bus Council's (ASBC) ongoing campaign to raise awareness and appreciation for the hundreds of thousands of school bus drivers who safely transport children to and from school.

Take a look at the latest episode of NAPTV and examples of how we both #LoveTheBus and #LiveTheBus. Every day in the month of February — yes, all 28 — NAPT Executive Director Mike Martin will be taking a photo demonstrating his love for the bus, and we challenge you to do the same! To officially participate in the contest, submit your photos each day to And help us spread the word! Post your photos to your Facebook and/or Twitter account, use the hash tags #LoveTheBus and #LiveTheBus and share your pictures on our pages @NAPThq.More

NAPT's February member webinar tackles the Principles of Lubrication
Mark your calendar for Wednesday, February 25 at 1pm ET for the next NAPT member webinar. Register online today!

During this complimentary member webinar, Principles of Lubrication, you'll learn:

Online registration is open!

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 25 @ 1pm ET
Title: Principles of Lubrication
Presenter: Kenny Foley, Hydrotex
Registration Fee: FREE for NAPT members

Reserve your space today! More

Join Us for 2015 School Bus Xchange
NAPT and School Bus Fleet magazine are excited to bring you the School Bus Xchange (SBX) — an extraordinary event designed to connect a diverse, distinctive and influential group of public and private school transportation service providers with an equally select group of product and service suppliers for an exchange of information, ideas and solutions.

At SBX you'll spend two days working with “Expert in Residence” Mark Aesch discussing the foundations and parameters of data driven decision-making, exchanging ideas, exploring challenges and solutions, and learning from your peers in the industry. The 2015 SBX agenda explores the nexus between products and services that help you as thought leaders in the industry make more informed, and therefore better, decisions about the services you provide and the technology you use.

Apply to be one of our select Operators.

Industry Supplier participation is a critical and valuable component of this unique event. SBX provides Industry Suppliers with an unmatched opportunity to meet a select group of public and private school transportation operators and cultivate relationships in an intimate setting. Benefits include:

Apply to be one of our select Industry Suppliers.

We look forward to connecting with you this April 6-8 in the Dallas, TX area!More

Vendor Spotlight: On the spot? Come to the spotlight
Business Partners are special members of NAPT. They provide expertise, products and services to the pupil transportation industry, helping to maintain and improve the safety and efficiency of operations and processes. Knowing who to call when you're on the spot is important.

To help you find solutions, we highlight our business partners in a scrolling logo format on the NAPT homepage every two weeks. Just click on the company logo to find out more.

Featured in our "Business Partner in the Spotlight" section are: Gecko Microsolutions, Inc., SafePupil, SynTec Seating Solutions, and Trans Tech Bus. Their logos will be posted for the next few weeks, so please take a moment to become familiar with the products and services they offer.

Gecko Microsolutions. Inc. ( knows you need a bus routing software company that respects this and isn’t trying to tell you how to run your department. That's what makes Gecko different, they listen to their customers. They have been very successful for the past 23 years selling transportation and routing software and student conduct software.

SafePUPIL ( is a Division of Vertical School Partners LP. Vertical Alliance Group is an online publisher and strategic resource that offers a proprietary approach for lead generation and information delivery and management. They are a pioneer in providing customized information delivery systems – online-based solutions that allow you to deliver, track and manage virtually any type of information you choose, no matter how complex or straightforward the subject may be.

SynTec Seating Solutions ( is the largest school bus seat manufacturer in the industry, serving customers with quality seats since 2001. They are a fully integrated seat manufacturer with a dedicated staff, manufacturing quality products on time, every day. SynTec is best known for providing the standard school bus seats found in thousands of Thomas Built Buses, transporting children safely to school daily.

Trans Tech Bus ( is the manufacturer of industry-leading conventional and environmental-friendly electric Type-A school buses. They are setting the pace into the future of the Type-A bus market and redefining school transportation. From their new aerodynamic body design to their convenient versa track seating system you will find features like these and many others standard on all models.More

Join NAPT's LinkedIn Group
Your industry colleagues are only a few clicks away! Join NAPT's LinkedIn members' only group and start participating in discussions, post articles and share information with fellow leaders in the industry. Take a look, and see what fellow members are buzzing about with NAPT on LinkedIn!More

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Shaking the money tree: Sources for after-school funding
Education Week
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Privacky Law aims to make school bus lights brighter, more visible
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School bus drivers say stop sign runners endanger kids
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Study: Why school snow days are good for students
With cities and towns across Southern New England preparing for a blizzard over the next several days, they might want consider giving students an extra day off from school. That's because a 2012 study released by Harvard Kennedy School of Government found that weather-related school closures do not have a negative impact on student learning, in part because the days are often made up at the end of the year. The study, prepared by assistant professor Joshua Goodman, also found that a district's decision to keep school open during inclement weather can actually be detrimental for students because "many kids will miss school regardless either because of transportation issues or parental discretion."More

Psychological stress on schools
District Administration Magazine
In many schools, psychologists have time for little more than assessing students. That prevents them from using their range of skills in counseling, data analysis and preventing bullying, suicide and violence. As the number of psychologists shrinks in many districts, the priority becomes compliance with federal special education laws, leaning away from providing services that are not legally mandated but that help the general population of students.More

Working effectively with parents — sometimes silently
By: Thomas Van Soelen
Parents are a critical stakeholder in schools, particularly when a leader or governance group needs to make an important decision. What leaders, often times those at the central office, lack are a set of strategies to use with parents other than "let's talk about that." In Georgia, the City Schools of Decatur Board of Education started to experience a wonderful problem in recent years: too many students. After a decade of declining enrollment, multiple years of 10 percent unexpected growth put leaders on high alert. More