|NAPT MultiView News Brief|
|May. 7, 2013|
Grand Rapids food: A full menu of choices
The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
There are many dining opportunities in Grand Rapids, MI, the site of the 2013 NAPT Summit this year ─ and our host hotel, The Amway Grand, has a variety of venues, including: Ruth's Chris Steak House; GP Sports Bar; Bentham's (Bistro style); Cornucopia (deli/gourmet shop) and Starbucks. Both Bentham's and Starbucks open each day at 6:30AM, so you can grab that vital cup of coffee before heading to classes or workshops at the Convention Center!
187 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
The B.O.B. (Big Old Building)
Once you venture outside the hotel facility, the B.O.B. is another multi-venue, 70,000 square foot structure where you'll find the following restaurants, a comedy club, a brewery and more: Judson's/J Bar (steak house); Gilly's (the menu starts with dessert – need I say more?) and Bobarino's (casual, sports-bar atmosphere).
20 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
For coffee aficionados – in addition to the aforementioned spots in the hotel, there are two more in the neighborhood: both on Monroe Center, NW: Biggby Coffee at 146 Monroe and Maddcap at 98 Monroe.
In 2012, Grand Rapids tied with Asheville, North Carolina, for the title of "Beer City USA." Beer lovers will appreciate the close proximity of two breweries: The Brewery (in the B.O.B) and The Grand Rapids Brewing Company located at 1 Ionia Ave, SW.
A summary of all good things to eat and drink in Grand Rapids is found here: www.experiencegr.com/about-grand-rapids/hot-eats/
See you at the NAPT SUMMIT ─ October 19-24! More
NAPT/RTA 2013 School Transportation Conference update
Pictured (#1946): Alexandra H. Robinson, NAPT Board President; Michael J. Martin, NAPT Executive Director; Mohammad Obaid Al Mulla, Conference Organizing Committee Chair and RTA Board member; and Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman and Executive Director of RTA (Roads and Transport Authority).
In the aftermath of deadly violence at a school in Newtown, Conn., last December, NAPT President Alexandra Robinson invited Charlie Hood, state director of Pupil Transportation in Florida; Kathleen Furneaux, executive director of the Pupil Transportation Safety Institute; Gail Wilson Hyser president of Wilson's Bus Service Inc., in Pasadena, Maryland and a director at large of the National School Transportation Association; Denny Coughlin, president of School Bus Training Company in Minneapolis, Minn.; and NAPT Board member David Anderson, director of transportation for the Adams 12 Five Star School District in Colorado to serve as the Steering Committee of an initiative to develop products and/or services that will enhance the national and local conversations about enhanced safety and security, especially involving schools and children.
The committee is seeking feedback about what communities and transporters are currently doing as well as thoughts about what more we could do to increase the safety and security of school buses. They have developed and are poised to release a survey that has been designed to get a sense of how different parts of the country are thinking and responding to these issues. Additional information and a link to the survey will be included in next week's News Brief.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
PSBA (Pennsylvania School Bus Association): PSBA 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
ASBC recognizes EPA and State of Utah as 'School Bus Champions'
American School Bus Council
The American School Bus Council recently presented School Bus Champion awards to the Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Utah in a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol. The Awards are the first in a new recognition program developed by ASBC to honor individuals and entities whose leadership has produced demonstrable positive outcomes for the communities they serve, as well as the school bus industry as a whole.More
Transportation disparities put many students walking to school on dangerous path
Akron Bacon Journal
Education and transportation options are not equal in Ohio. Bus transportation is seen as essential for charter schools but cost-cutting makes it impractical for many public schoolchildren. Academically, Akron schools are rated "Continuous Improvement" or what amounts to a C grade. Strapped for funds, the district offers the state minimum for busing. That means students living within two miles of their school must walk. It's not the same for students attending charter school or wealthy suburban districts with big tax bases.More
Palm Beach County sheriff gets $1 million for violence prevention unit amid questions about civil liberties, care for mentally ill
The Palm Beach Post
Florida House and Senate budget leaders have awarded Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw $1 million for a new violence prevention unit aimed at preventing tragedies like those in Newtown, Conn., and Aurora, Colo., from occurring on his turf. Bradshaw plans to use the extra $1 million to launch "prevention intervention" units featuring specially trained deputies, mental health professionals and caseworkers. The teams will respond to citizen phone calls to a 24-hour hotline with a knock on the door and a referral to services, if needed. The goal will be avoiding crime — and making sure law enforcement knows about potential powder kegs before tragedies occur, Bradshaw said.More
School bus breath test locks for drivers could cost $100 million
New York legislators are proposing that school buses be equipped with ignition interlocks. Similar to a Breathalyzer, an interlock installed in a vehicle requires the operator to breathe into it to prove that he or she is not intoxicated before the ignition will work. The bill was prompted by several accidents involving allegedly impaired bus drivers. There have been at least four since October on Long Island alone — including one in which a bus ran into a house.More
Poor parenting styles linked to bullying
HealthDay News via WebMD
Parents may think they can keep their children safe by hovering over them, but a new study finds that children of overprotective parents are more likely to be bullied.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.More
Rising star Anthony Foxx gets nod to replace Ray LaHood
Anthony Foxx, the fast-rising young mayor of Charlotte, N.C., will fill one of the last remaining slots in President Barack Obama's second-term Cabinet when the president taps him to replace Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. More
Looking to share your expertise?
In an effort to enhance the overall content of the NAPT MultiView News Brief, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of NAPT, your knowledge and experience in the industry can be of great help to your fellow members. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit, and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.More
Exercise tests response to deadly school bus crash
The Wetumpka Herald
Elmore Country's first responders recently practiced for an event they hope never to see in real life: A deadly collision involving a school bus packed with students. Driving up to the live mass casualty exercise organized by the Elmore County Emergency Management Agency in Wetumpka, Ala., the scene was every parent and school employee's nightmare. Emergency Management Director Eric Jones said the exercise is valuable "to help our local responding agencies be more prepared if something like this, God forbid, did happen."More
Smartphones a standard for majority of students by high school
A new nationwide survey reveals the extent to which mobile devices have become an inextricable part of students' and families' lives — while also indicating that parents see potential benefits, and drawbacks, to those technology tools. By the time they enter high school, 51 percent of all students are carrying a smartphone to school with them every day, the survey of parents shows. Nearly a quarter of all students in K-12, overall, are doing so, while 8 percent of students in grades 3-5 are bringing a smartphone to school. It's unclear, however, whether that tech usage results in benefits for students during the school day.More
Thousands don't stop for school bus stop arms
Thousands of vehicles are failing to stop for school buses that have their lights flashing and stop sign out, putting children in danger.More
Researchers: Stop using the word 'bullying' in school
Schools that want to do a better job fighting bullying ought to start with one key step, a group of researchers recently said: Stop using the term "bullying." Because it's "being used for everything from rolling eyes to 'not wanting to be your friend' to sexual assault, the word 'bullying' has really obscured our ability to focus on what's happening" to children, said Dorothy Espelage of the University of Illinois.More
Dist. 300 in Illinois to fight transportation funding cuts
Members of the Community Unit District 300 legislative committee recently met with eight out of their nine state senators and representatives to consider their next steps in regards to proposed transportation funding cuts. The discussion about transportation funding comes as the state budget deadline looms. A proposal by Gov. Pat Quinn would cut District 300's share of state dollars to $60,000 from $1.8 million, which would push the total loss in transportation funding over the last four years to $5.3 million, according to Chief Financial Officer Susan Harkin. That's half of what the district spends each year getting its students to school.More
Flaw in distracted driving study: No evaluation of Apple's 'Eyes Free' Siri mode
A widely publicized study that reported that voice assistants like Apple's Siri aren't any safer than manually texting while driving failed to test Siri as it was actually designed to be used in its distracted driving experiment.More
Safety first: Mechanics keep school district buses rolling in Michigan
Observer & Eccentric
Safety is number one when it comes to transporting Garden City Garden City Public Schools students. Bernie Rice, director of operations, and his crew recently received a good report from the state bus inspectors.More