NAPT MultiView News Brief
Apr. 23, 2013

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 upon 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: Custom Radio Corp., Leece-Neville Heavy Duty Systems, National Joint Powers Alliance and TransitPro Logistics, Inc. 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.

Custom Radio Corp. (www.customradio.net) designs audio systems, video systems, observation systems along with custom designed products. Leece-Neville Heavy Duty Systems (www.prestolite.com) is a global manufacturer and supplier of alternators, starters, other electrical equipment and services to the transportation, industrial and military industry. National Joint Powers Alliance (www.njpacoop.org) is a public agency that serves over 50,000 members and offers a multitude of contracted products, equipment and service opportunities to education, government and other non-profit entities. TransitPro Logistics (www.transitprologistics.org) provides a full range of management services with a staff of leading transportation experts and education executives proficient in advanced analytics and cutting edge technology.More

NAPT PDS and SNT courses available at many upcoming conferences

For NAPT members interested in pursuing career development, certification and recertification, and/or the NAPT Special Needs Endorsement, we will be announcing dates and locations of our course offerings throughout the year.

If you wish to receive NAPT credit for PDS or SNT course offerings at upcoming events, and an official course completion certificate from NAPT, please click on the specific location you are interested in (below). You'll be taken to a registration page that details all the information you need, including a link to the conference site.

OASBO (Ontario Association of School Business Officials): OASBO Course Web Link

TAA (Transportation Administrators of Arizona): TAA Course Web link

VAPT (Virginia Association for Pupil Transportation): VAPT Course Web link

OPTA (Oregon Pupil Transportation Assn): OPTA Course Web Link

ASTSBC (Association of School Transportation Services of British Columbia): ASTSBC Course Web link

MAPT (Missouri Association for Pupil Transportation): MAPT Course Web link

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.

The NAPT Special Needs Transportation Training Program was created to encourage individuals involved in school transportation to enhance their knowledge about transporting students with disabilities and promote excellent leadership skills for the community of transportation personnel serving children of all ages with special needs.

For more information, click here: SNT Brochure. More

Bus drivers did 'the right thing' after bombings
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
A team of Shrewsbury, Mass., school bus drivers who are usually tasked with shuttling injured runners from medical checkpoints to a triage center at the Boston Marathon finish line found themselves in the midst of chaos this past Monday. The eight school bus drivers work for AA Transportation Co. Inc., which is contracted to provide the medical buses for the Boston Marathon. After the explosions, the drivers were placed on standby, some with nervous and scared passengers on board, with a few selected later to drive into the scene of blasts.More

Baker school safety measures pass House
The Brewton Standard
A bill sponsored by Alabama Rep. Alan Baker that would expand school safety drills passed the state House on April 18. The bill is part of a package of school safety measures that Alabama Republicans touted earlier this past week. The proposal would require schools to have drills for active shooters and intruders more regularly — at least once a semester.More

Distracted Driving Awareness Month guest contributor NAMIC: Preventing harm is the bottom line
U.S. Department of Transportation FastLane
Most people only think of auto insurance when they need to file a claim or shop for new coverage, but many American insurance companies have joined the Department of Transportation in the fight against distracted driving. Preventing losses is even more important than insuring them. Distracted driving advocacy and education isn’t just good for preventing losses though; it’s also part of the commitment to protecting policyholders and their loved ones from real harm. For Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the nation's auto insurance companies have been working to get the message out.More

School transportation conference in Dubai
Khaleej Times
The first International Conference for School Transportation and Exhibition 2013 in the Middle East and North Africa region started April 21 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. About 400 people, including top executives, manufacturers of school buses, bus operators, owners of schools, educational and telecommunication providers and surveillance technology manufacturers, attended the conference. About 30 speakers from 17 countries delivered speeches that will see seven panels and four training workshops. Participants in the accompanying exhibition included 30 entities and companies from six countries including Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Canada, China, the USA and the UAE.More

Motorists ignoring stop signs on school buses to be penalized
Gulf News
Motorists ignoring stop signs of school buses on roads in Dubai will be penalized, a senior Roads and Transport Authority official said on the sidelines of the first School Transportation Conference that recently opened in Dubai. The decision is part of a series of initiatives that RTA is unrolling to improve safety of children on roads.More

Study: Bullying more violent in school with gangs nearby
Health Canal
The presence of gangs in the vicinity of schools creates a pervasive climate of fear and victimization among students, teachers and administrators that escalates the level of aggression in bullying incidents and paralyzes prevention efforts, suggests a new study in the journal Psychology of Violence.More

Texas school district eyes bus security cameras
Lake Travis View
The Lake Travis school board is considering installing a security system on the district's 72 school buses that would have the ability to issue traffic citations to drivers who don't stop when children are leaving the bus. The system would also monitor questionable activity inside the bus.More

Researchers: 'Real world' social media helps students bond
Education Week
As technology becomes ever more ubiquitous in children's social lives, new research suggests fundamental skills still apply, particularly in environments that mirror real life. Children's online social lives recently were a big topic at the annual Society for Research in Child Development conference in Seattle.More

Obama uses executive power to move gun control agenda forward
The Hill
President Barack Obama is quietly moving forward on gun control. The president has used his executive powers to bolster the national background check system, jump start government research on the causes of gun violence and create a million-dollar ad campaign aimed at safe gun ownership.More

Shortage of bus drivers may be on horizon for Indiana schools
Dyer News
Indiana school districts may soon face a shortage of bus drivers because of new licensing rules, the Lake Central School Board learned at a recent meeting. The type of license needed to drive a school bus has changed over the last 10 years, said Al Gandolfi, Lake Central School Corp. assistant superintendent.More

Teen's last text released to demonstrate distracted driving dangers
Gotta Be Mobile
The city of Greeley, Colo., along with the family of Alexander Heit released an image of the last words texted by Alexander on his iPhone before he was fatally killed in a motor vehicle accident. He was texting while driving, and didn't realize that he had drifted into the on-coming lane. Luckily nobody else was injured or killed in the accident, and Heit's family want to make sure that someone like this does not happen to anyone else. They have published a picture of Heit's phone, and the message he was about to send before he lost control of the vehicle. The point of releasing the image is to show that that conversation was not more important than his own life.More

Bus mileage restriction costly for Tennessee schools
The Tullahoma News
Coffee County Schools transportation director Tim Morris appeared at a recent Budget and Finance Committee meeting to request $300,000 for new buses this year due to what he says is "overly strict" age and mileage limitations imposed by the Tennessee state legislature. "Here in Tennessee, the maximum age for a school bus is 17 years, and after that it has to be retired," said Morris. "On top of that, once a bus reaches 15 years of age, it cannot exceed 200,000 miles, or else it also has to be retired."More

Florida offering compressed natural gas vehicle incentives to school fleets
NGT News
Earlier this month, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced a grant program that will provide funds to school districts that are interested in deploying compressed natural gas school buses. Right now, the CNG School Bus Conversion Program is pegged at $1.2 million, but the FDACS could adjust that amount upward or downward, depending on demand and other factors. Buses purchased or converted through the program must be in service for the 2013-2014 school year.More

What schools can and cannot do when it comes to bullying
Herald and News
In a world where bullying extends to 24 hours a day, and can happen anywhere as long as there's an Internet connection or a smartphone, schools cannot address all the bullying problems. Schools can only address what happens at school, or issues that may interrupt the learning environment. More

'Operation Safe Stop Day' reminds drivers about school bus laws
WWNY-TV
VideoBrief The big, red stop sign on the side of the school bus is clear enough. But every day, roughly 50,000 drivers in New York ignore that sign and pass a stopped school bus. "What's at stake here is the fact that we do have children that have the possibility of being injured or killed loading or unloading a school bus. We're trained the students if they cross correctly, it's going to be safe," said South Lewis Central School District Transportation Supervisor Mike Hanno.More

Pennsylvania school district considers tracking system for buses
The Morning Call
Bethlehem Area students who have been skipping school and using the line that the bus never came had better start thinking of some new excuses. The district wants to install an electronic tracking and inspection system in its fleet of buses, allowing officials to follow every move, starting with the turn of the ignition in the morning. The system would cost no more than $150,000, according to a proposal recently approved by the school board Finance Committee. Superintendent Joseph Roy said the Zonar Electronic Fleet Management System is similar to a black box on airplanes and would have a series of benefits to the district.More