NAPT Dispatch
Mar. 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day from NAPT!
May the sun shine, all day long,
everything go right, and nothing wrong.
May those you love bring love back to you,
and may all the wishes you wish come true! More

Online registration open for NAPT's 41st Annual Summit: Engage. Explore. Empower.

Join your NAPT colleagues and friends this November 7-10 in Richmond, VA for our 41st Annual Summit: Engage. Explore. Empower. Register online today!

ENGAGE. The entire 2015 program is dedicated to providing you with the information and tools necessary to maintain efficient and effective operations. Professional development is key to continued success, as is connecting with colleagues from across the country. NAPT's Annual Summit is the premier place to find both.

EXPLORE. Take part in our One-Day Trade Show with more than 120 vendors providing the latest in products and services designed to help you perform your job better. Navigate your way through the show floor ready to create new business relationships, experience live demonstrations, and meet up with old friends.

EMPOWER. Take your career to the next level! You'll head back to your organization with valuable information, new and enhanced professional connections, and tools and resources designed to ensure student safety, improve efficiency, and increase savings.

Early Bird Gets the Worm
Register early and save $100! Our full conference rate is only $299 before August 1, 2015. Take advantage of this great discount and reserve your space today. You can register online at or download and fax your registration form to 518.218.0867.

Plan your travel early. Visit the website for hotel and travel options to and around Richmond, VA. More

NAPT's March webinar just around the corner
Join us for the next NAPT member webinar — next Wednesday, March 25 at 1pm ET. Register online!

During this complimentary member webinar, Fighting Complacency: Making the 401st Opening of the Bus Door Different, you'll learn:

Online registration is open!

Date & Time: Wednesday, March 25 @ 1pm ET
Title: Fighting Complacency: Making the 401st Opening of the Bus Door Different
Presenter: Keith Henry, CDPT, Lee's Summit R7 Schools (MO), NAPT President
Registration Fee: FREE for NAPT members

Reserve your space today!

Save the date! More

NAPT member completes Special Needs Transportation program
Congratulations to Fred Doelker, Safety and Training Director, Dean Transportation, Lansing, MI

Doelker recently completed the last of the 5 different components of NAPT's special needs transportation training, which consists of traditional classroom and hands-on instruction specifically designed to enhance the knowledge of those working with students that require specialized transportation. The elements of NAPT's Special Needs Training include a 4 hour introduction to the transportation of students with special needs; a 8-hour course focused on the proper installation of child passenger safety restraint systems in school buses; attendance/participation in a "roadeo" for drivers and attendants/monitors of students that require specialized transportation; a written report about products and services for the transportation of students with special needs that are exhibited and explained at a Trade Show; and 4-hours of instruction about managing behaviors of students with special needs.

Additional information about NAPT's professional development and certification programs is available on the NAPT website.More

Connect with NAPT
Let NAPT help you stay in touch with colleagues and up-to-date on industry news and interesting stories from around the nation.


Christopher Hart confirmed as NTSB chairman
School Bus Fleet
Christopher Hart has been confirmed for a two-year term as chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Hart on Thursday to take the helm of the federal accident investigation agency. Last year, Hart was nominated by President Barack Obama to succeed Deborah Hersman, who resigned from the NTSB chairman position in April to become president and CEO of the National Safety Council.More

Obama seeks more federal money for education
USA Today
President Barack Obama said the nation's schools are improving, but need more federal money to keep pace. "The challenge that we face is that this is a monumental task and it requires resources," Obama told reporters at the White House. The president spoke briefly after meeting with a group of superintendents, board members, and educators from some of the nation's largest school districts.More

Springfield, Ill., officials seek relief from $23.6 million annual school transportation budget
The Republican
Springfield, Ill., city officials are looking for some relief as they discuss the high cost of school bus transportation in Springfield and factors that are causing costs to rise. The issues were discussed during a City Council Finance Committee meeting, said Councilor Kenneth Shea, committee chairman. The annual budget for school transportation is $23.6 million, and the city is seeing significant increases related to the busing for the charter schools, for out-of-district placement of special needs students, and for transportation of homeless students, said Timothy J. Plante, the city's chief administrative and financial officer.More

Schools overcoming homeless hurdles
District Administration Magazine
A homeless student in Delaware last year spent about three hours a day riding back and forth to school in taxi cabs — at a cost to the Delmar School District of more than $10,000. The 2,000-student district did not support the arrangement, but it was settled on after school officials, the student and a social worker held "best-interest" meetings mandated by the federal McKinney-Vento Act. The law, among other requirements, gives homeless students who have been relocated outside the district the right to be transported to their home schools.More

Vermont school bus driver honored for safety efforts
It's early morning. The buses are about to roll. Parents rely on the transportation to get their children to and from school safely. Thousands of kids ride school buses each morning. While waiting for the bus to arrive, it's often dark. Enter Hunter Eddy. "He instituted a concept for safety that is very productive. It speaks to my heart having grown up in a small business, some days you do what needs to be done," said Rob Ide, Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles commissioner.More

Orange County, Fla., schools facing bus driver shortage, holding job fair
Orlando Sentinel
Orange County Public Schools in Florida, facing a shortage of school bus drivers, will hold a job fair. Bus drivers, who are paid roughly $12 to $20 an hour for what is typically part-time, split-shift work, can be hard to find. The district offers free commercial drivers license training. District officials say Orange needs 20 additional drivers.More

Schools and parents are essential partners in the education process
By: John Gratto
It's clear that both the teacher and the parent have a critical role in educating students. The roles are different with each bringing a particular influence into the process. I offer the following observations on the relationships of schools and parents from a perspective as a teacher for six years, a K-12 principal for five years, a superintendent of schools for 23 years and now as an assistant professor in an education leadership program.More

School districts see relief at pump
La Crosse Tribune
Gasoline isn't the only fuel to come down in price since last year. According to AAA's daily fuel gauge report, diesel in the La Crosse metro area is at $2.89 per gallon, down from $4.02 a year ago, and only slightly higher than in February. That's meant relief for local school districts that either pay for bus fuel directly or a proportion of higher fuel costs through an escalator clause in their busing contract. The School District of La Crosse contracts through First Student and is in the second year of a five-year contract.More

Privacy pitfalls as education apps spread haphazardly
The New York Times
At school districts across the country, the chief technology officers responsible for safeguarding student data are tearing their hair out. Scores of education technology startups, their pockets full from a rush of venture capital, are marketing new digital learning tools directly to teachers — many are even offering them free to get a foothold in schools. That has enabled educators nationwide to experiment with a host of novel "adaptive learning" products, like math and foreign language apps that record and analyze students' online activities to personalize their lessons.More