|Apr. 14, 2015|
Industry thought-leaders gather in Texas for inaugural School Bus Xchange
Last week school transportation professionals and industry suppliers came together for the first-ever School Bus Xchange (SBX). The two-day event, held by the National Association for Pupil Transportation and School Bus Fleet, focused on connecting public and private school bus operators and industry suppliers to discuss solutions for common challenges in the industry.
Keynote speaker Mark Aesch of TransPro Consulting set the tone by encouraging attendees to identify the outputs of success for their operations. Through a combination of general sessions, round table discussions, and one-on-one consultations, participants discussed the foundations and parameters of data driven decision-making, exchanged ideas, explored challenges and solutions, and learned from one another. Overall it was an 'informative, intense, fast-paced' event and we thank everyone involved.
For more, read the recent School Bus Fleet article and be sure to check out the June issue of their magazine.More
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Presenters: Jackie Fields, Director of Transportation, Belton ISD (Retired); Joe Hart, Director of Transportation, Killeen ISD; Steve Kalmes, Owner, JSK Transportation Consulting; Bill Tousley, Director of Transportation Farmington Public Schools (Retired)
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Troopers to board school bus with students
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District Administration Magazine
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Report: Most Americans support concepts behind Common Core
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North Carolina Senate considers school bus camera bill
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What is ESEA?
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