NAPT MultiView News Brief
Feb. 5, 2013

NAPT, RTA conference big news in Dubai
NAPT and RTA
Representatives from the National Association for Pupil Transportation and Roads and Transport Authority of the Emirate of Dubai held a press event this past weekend to make official their partnership to improve student transportation in the Middle East and Northern Africa. The organizations are co-hosting an international pupil transportation conference and exhibition focused on "Shaping Sustainable School Transportation with Policy, Attitude and Action," that will be held April 21-23, in Dubai. NAPT members are entitled to a 20 percent discount on the registration fee; the first 25 to register will receive a 50 percent discount on the registration fee.

Click here to view the event's website.

Click here to see the Khaleej Times article.

Click here to see NAPT Board President Alexandra Robinson's remarks.More

NAPT offers SNT Training Program at 2013 TSD Conference
NAPT
The 22nd annual Transporting Students with Disabilities & Preschoolers National Conference will be held March 8-13, in Frisco, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.

The conference will offer attendees a wide variety of opportunities for learning, including educational sessions, workshops, a trade show and a competitive roadeo for bus drivers and attendants. In addition, the complete NAPT Special Needs Transportation Training Program will be offered on-site. Please check the detailed schedule here and make plans to attend the courses you need. Those interested in receiving NAPT Special Needs Transportation Endorsement credits may register for the course offerings by visiting, www.naptonline.org/files/SNT-TSDregistrationForm.pdf, to download the "2013 TSD SNT Registration Form." Any questions regarding the NAPT SNT registration can be directed to NAPT at 800-989-6278 or via email brianne.peck@napt.org.

For more information about the conference please visit the website: www.tsdconference.com/.More

NAPT PDS courses to be offered at TAA Summer Conference
NAPT
For NAPT members living in the Grand Canyon State, we're pleased to announce that planning has begun for the 2013 Transportation Administrators of Arizona Summer Conference! The event, scheduled for June 17-20, will take place at the North Country Conference Center in Flagstaff again this year.

The NAPT Professional Development Series courses will be offered during the conference. For anyone that wants to receive NAPT PDS credit for the 2013 TAA Conference course offerings and an official course completion certificate from NAPT, please click here.

The NAPT Professional Development Series is the industry's only comprehensive training program designed exclusively for school transportation professionals; offering nearly 40 different courses for the classroom and many are now available online. Visit our website: NAPT PDS page.

Detailed information about the 2013 TAA conference can be found at their website: www.taa-online.org/.More

Looking to share your expertise?
MultiBriefs
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In Ohio, ex-mechanic keeps school buses in gear
Education Week
In 2010, the 51,000-student Columbus, Ohio, school district considered cutting busing of high school students as a money-saving measure, just as most of the other large districts in the state had done. But the state's biggest district managed to come up with a creative solution: Instead of doing away with busing for older students altogether, Columbus eliminated most neighborhood bus stops and used neighborhood schools as centralized stops for older students. "Doing away with the service is doing a disservice to our students," said Steve A. Simmons III, who came up with the idea.More

Legislator seeks school bus safety on private roads
Phoenix News
Requiring school buses to flash lights and display stop signs while picking up or letting off children on private roads would help prevent accidents like one that claimed the life of an eastern Arizona girl in 2008, a state lawmaker said. Current law only covers public roadways. HB 2170, authored by Rep. Karen Fann, R-Prescott, would expand the requirement to all roads.More

EPA proposes higher renewable fuel standards
Environmental Leader
The EPA is proposing a 62 percent increase in the amount of cellulosic biofuels that refiners must blend into their gasoline and diesel, despite a federal court's recent decision to strike down its 2012 standard for the fuel. In all, the agency proposed refiners blend more than 20.5 billion gallons of renewable fuels into gasoline and diesel this year, 1.35 billion gallons over the 2012 mandated amount.More

Driven to distress: Bullying on buses challenges North Dakota schools
INFORUM
For some students, bullying on buses might feel worse because buses are small, confined areas, said Dan Bacon, Moorhead Area Public School's director of property services and transportation. "It's a closed container. People are in close proximity," said Bacon. "You can't walk on the other side of the hall on a school bus." Moorhead Area Public Schools, along with Fargo and West Fargo public schools, are working to lessen and eliminate bullying on buses, according to officials from each district.More

Bill proposed to help prevent school bus dangers
WBRC-TV
Legislation aimed at preventing dangers on school buses is in position to move through the State House in Alabama after a bus driver was killed and a 5-year-old was taken hostage by a man in Midland City. Senator Cam Ward is sponsoring a bill to make trespassing on a school bus a criminal offense. Alabama's current law only applies to property and buildings; it does not specifically address school buses.More

Teen-created PSAs combat distracted driving
Autoweek
VideoBriefTwo widely held assumptions about 21st-century American teenagers is that they're too busy with their smartphones to have any interest in cars and that any who manage to find their way behind the wheel are too distracted to drive safely anyway. These generalizations are broad, unfair and perhaps even counterproductive — yet they're reinforced every time distracted driving leads to a preventable tragedy. That's why it's encouraging to see young drivers take action by creating a series of anti-distracted-driving public safety announcements for the Teens Drive Smart Video Contest. More

Schools to create bus-safety videos
Winston-Salem Journal
Soon, students at Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools in North Carolina will all be on the same when it comes to school bus safety. The district is in the process of creating a series of videos that will provide one standard curriculum for safety in and around school buses. Three videos, made for different age groups, will ensure all students are getting the same message when it comes to bus safety, said Darrell Walker, assistant superintendent of operations.More

Natural gas conversion kit receives EPA approval
Fleet Owner Magazine
Omnitek Engineering announced it has received approval from the Environmental Protection Agency for its diesel-to-natural gas conversion technology. The approval concerns Omnitek's technology for the line of heavy-duty Navistar DT466E and DT530E engines under specific and rigorous criteria related to the agency's Outside Useful Life definition. The Navistar DT466E and DT530E engines were produced in 130 different configurations from 1996 through 2003. "Approval of our technology by the EPA represents a significant milestone for the company and we anticipate tremendous domestic demand to convert diesel truck and bus engines to operate on liquefied natural gas, compressed natural gas or renewable biogas," said Werner Funk, president and CEO.More

Sinton ISD hires armed security guards, plans for increased safety measures
Corpus Christi Caller-Times
The December shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., spurred Sinton ISD Superintendent Steve VanMatre and his staff into action. Sinton ISD officials hired armed security guards, closed off the high school and middle school tracks during instructional hours and discussed revamping their camera systems as well as installing fingerprinting devices on district buses. "Newtown was such a game-changer for me," VanMatre said. "And it was such a tragedy that we've redoubled our efforts." He said he can't look parents in the eye and guarantee students' safety. "But I can guarantee them that we are doing everything we can do to increase that percentage," he said.More

School safety expert educates educators about bullying
The Bakersfield Californian
Bullying in school has been around for as long as school itself, but the modern era has opened up all sorts of new challenges that educators must safeguard against, a school safety expert said at a recent workshop for administrators, teachers and counselors in California. "Outside of special education, bullying is the most heavily litigated piece of the school day," said Dennis Lewis of Springfield, Mo.-based Edu-Safe, a school safety consulting firm. The event in Bakersfield was designed to give campus leaders the tools to return to their campuses and train others.More

Bus driver donates $34,000 to special needs school
Catholic Online
A special needs school in Denver, Colo., has received a substantial donation from a former bus driver. Darel Landers, who passed away in Sept. 2011, was a bus driver for the school during the 1980s. Landers left the generous donation to the school in his estate.More