NAPT MultiView News Brief
May. 14, 2013

Whether driving down the road or driving down the field — MAKE THE RIGHT CALL!

Join us for a motivating and entertaining presentation by NFL Ref John Parry

John Parry, the 13-year NFL veteran, has officiated nine playoff games during his professional officiating career, including an NFC Championship and Super Bowls XLI and XLVI. Success is no stranger to Parry outside the gridiron.

After 18 years flying corporate jets, and hungry for a new challenge, he hung up his wings and built a successful independent financial services business from the ground up. Parry will share lessons learned across multiple fronts, based on the same philosophies and practices he implemented while preparing to referee Super Bowl XLVI in front of a record-breaking global audience, including an all-time high 111.3 million U.S. television viewers.More

NAPT member survey of safety and security measures

Dear NAPT Member:
In response to deadly violence in schools and on school buses in recent times, the NAPT Board has formed a Steering Committee for the newly-formed Safety and Security Project — comprised of Charlie Hood, State Director of Pupil Transportation in Florida; Kathleen Furneaux, Executive Director of the Pupil Transportation Safety Institute (PTSI); Gail Wilson Hyser president of Wilson's Bus Service, Inc., in Pasadena, Md., and a Director at Large of the National School Transportation Association (NSTA); Denny Coughlin, president of School Bus Training Company in Minneapolis, Minn.; and NAPT Board Liaison David Anderson, Director of Transportation for the Adams 12 Five Star School District in Colorado. The group has been tasked with making outreach to the industry and gauging feedback that will be used to develop products and/or services that will enhance the national and local conversations about improved safety and security, especially involving schools and children.

The steering committee has developed a survey that has been designed to get a sense of how different parts of the country are thinking and responding to these issues. We are 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.

We would like you to participate in the survey and we encourage you to share with us your feedback. The information you supply is for NAPT's internal use only and will be held in strict confidence. Your individual responses will be enable us to define specific initiatives. We will, of course, share with each of you the general survey results and intend thereafter to use them to help us make decisions about education, training and other initiatives that may be helpful to you and the employees and students you serve.

Thank you for your participation. Click here to enter the survey.More

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: Georef Systems Ltd. (Bus Planner), Proheat/Teleflex Canada, Redflex Student Guardian and Seats Incorporated. 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.

Georef Systems Ltd. (Bus Planner) ( is a supplier of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) products and services. These include BusPlanner® Student Transportation Management Suite, as well as system implementation, consulting and customized application development.

Proheat/Teleflex Canada ( ) provides advanced auxiliary heaters for aftermarket vehicle dealers and service organizations as well as manufacturers of transport trucks, buses, off-highway and military vehicles.

Redflex Student Guardian ( has helped to reduce crashes and save lives through an on-going development of new safety products, including speed cameras, red light cameras, school bus stop arm cameras and other photo enforcement solutions, that deter dangerous driving.

Seats Incorporated ( produces seating products for heavy duty trucks, off highway vehicles, emergency vehicles, railroad locomotives, school bus driver seats, turf equipment, forestry equipment, walk-in vans, agricultural and construction equipment, military trucks and fire apparatus.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 Association): 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

NCPTA (North Carolina Pupil Transportation Association): NCPTA 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

Pupil Transportation Association of Pennsylvania to hold conference

The Pupil Transportation Association of Pennsylvania will be holding its Annual Conference June 19-21, in State College, Pa.

Keeping children safe is the main goal as students are transported to and from school. Around the world, transporters are faced with possible violence associated with school bus transportation. Districts, intermediate units, contractors and law enforcement officials are joining again to revisit safe school policies and practices after the horrific shooting in Connecticut. As part of these discussions, we need to ensure that school buses are included in any safe school program. The shooting of an Alabama school bus driver and abduction of a student in January shows us all what “sitting ducks” our buses truly are.

Gun violence isn't the only cause for concern; so too are predators. After the Sandusky/Penn State case a new PA State law became effective on Jan. 3. Act 126, Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse, will involve training all of our school bus drivers. Like most new laws, the details of enacting it are worked out "as we go." PTAP and the PA School Bus Association have been working closely together with the PA Family Support Alliance and the Department of Public Welfare to facilitate the creation of guidelines for initial and continued training. PDE is interviewing other agencies to approve their training programs also. PTAP has heard from small districts and contractors that it will be difficult to train their drivers, especially new hires since some districts/contractors hire continually throughout the year.

Please join us at this year's Annual Conference as we visit these and other topics. For more information, email Jodi Pelletier, executive director at or call 717-856-2266. More

Survivors recall deadliest drunken-driving crash
USA Today
VideoBriefIt is the nation's deadliest drunken-driving crash. On May 14, 1988, a drunken motorist driving on the wrong side of a Kentucky highway slammed head-on into a school bus carrying 67 people, mostly children, headed home from a church trip to an amusement park. The horrific crash spurred major changes in the operation and equipment of school buses in Kentucky and other states and it led to stronger DUI laws in the Bluegrass State. More

Police officer's gun fired accidentally on school bus
The Northern Virginia Daily
Recently, a Winchester, Va., police officer's gun fired accidentally into the floor of a school bus after one of the juvenile passengers allegedly reached into the officer's holster with his finger, law enforcement officials said. No one was injured among the officer and four students, bus driver, and bus aide reported on board at the time of the incident. More

North Indiana company planning wheelchair-ramp bus
A northern Indiana company is looking for a big boost in business by building a new passenger bus that features a ramp for wheelchairs and those unable to climb steps. Middlebury-based Arboc Specialty Vehicles says its new Spirit of Liberty bus will have seating for 37 passengers and space for six wheelchairs.More

Young NOYS advocates step up for Global Youth Traffic Safety Month
U.S. Department of Transportation FastLane
We all share a responsibility to help keep our youngest and most inexperienced drivers safe when they get behind the wheel. That's as true here in the United States as it is around the world. And, as we enter the summer driving months, when more and more teen drivers take to the road, Global Youth Traffic Safety Month is an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of good driving habits everywhere.More

California students work together to raise awareness on bullying
Students from Centennial High School are doing their part to raise awareness about the bullying issue here in Kern County. Students recently formed an organization letting people know that bullying is a serious issue and they're using a hearse to drive that message to our community. Oksana Swen is getting a little help from her friends. "I came up with this organization to help me get through what I've been through. I've been bullied when I was in 8th grade," she said. Swen organized Student Unite Against Bullying to let victims know they're not alone.More

Florida schools seek grant for deputies
The Tampa Tribune
The Hillsborough school district will pursue a federal grant with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office that could add two dozen armed resource deputies to local elementary schools. Just how much of the cost would be federally funded and how much would be paid for by the school district remains unknown. The school district has been wrestling with the topic of school security since the December massacre in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 students and six adults dead. Since the shooting, the sheriff's office and Tampa police have staffed local elementary schools with an armed presence.More

Push to end teens' distracted driving targets parents, peers
VideoBriefThe statistics are grim: Highway crashes are the leading cause of death for young Americans. While such fatalities had declined in recent years, overall highway deaths were up last year. Deaths of 16- and 17-year-olds increased nearly 20 percent from the previous year, based on preliminary data. The government has preached a message of "don't text and drive" and has encouraged students to produce their own public service announcements. More

New study reports 1 in 6 students victim of cyberbullying
One in six U.S. high school students reported being electronically bullied within the past 12 months, according to a new study. The study also found that almost one-third of high school students spend three or more hours each day playing video games or using a computer.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

Researchers: Stop using the word 'bullying' in school
USA Today
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." More

Bus advertising gets go-ahead in New Jersey
Tri-Town News
The Jackson School District Board of Education has given the green light to a plan that will allow advertising to be placed on the side of school buses as a means of generating revenue for the district. A contract between the school district and the Educational Information and Resource Center went into effect on May 1 and will allow both entities to solicit advertising from businesses. Once a business owner expresses interest in advertising with the district, the EIRC will inform the district of the business's proposal, after which the board will have to approve the proposed advertising campaign.More

Record exports mean US summer gasoline prices won't be much lower
Los Angeles Times
Summer gasoline prices will be lower in the U.S. than they were last year. But they won't be much lower, experts say, because U.S. refineries have been exporting record amounts of fuel overseas. That's behind what would normally just be a good news story for U.S. drivers.More

New Arizona school bus law improves safety for all who ride
Arizona Capitol Times
Every day, parents and guardians in Arizona entrust the vulnerable members of their families to the drivers, operators and supervisors of school buses. School bus safety administrators work tirelessly to make sure that the family members entrusted to school bus drivers arrive at their destinations in a safe manner. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, this does not always happen.More

Crashes caused by drivers on cellphones underreported
USA Today
Motor vehicle crashes involving cellphones are "vastly underreported" in national statistics on fatal automobile crashes, according to a new study by the National Safety Council. Researchers for the Itasca, Ill., -based nonprofit organization reviewed 180 fatal crashes from 2009 to 2011 that resulted in one or more deaths. It independently confirmed that those crashes were cellphone-related through means such as the driver admitting it, a caller or texter on the other end during the crash reporting cellphone use, a passenger reporting the driver's cellphone use or police finding an unfinished message on the phone at the crash site. More

Transportation costs squeezing Ohio school districts
Akron Beacon Journal
Mogadore, Cuyahoga Falls, Akron and Barberton schools have more in common than interconnecting county highways. Each community has a school district that buses fewer than one in four students and receives only a small fraction in state money to do so. More

Long troubled by school bullying, Japan now eyes zero tolerance
The Christian Science Monitor
Japanese responded to record numbers of severe bullying cases last year, prompting a national outcry and calls for legislation. But a proposed bill doesn't address schools' intense culture of conformity, critics say.More

Baseball coach stops school bus filled with children after driver passes out
Colonia High School baseball coach Tom Hennessy is being called a hero after he stopped a school bus filled with children when the driver passed out. "I just reacted," Hennessy told "I stepped on his foot to get the bus stopped. I put the bus in park and checked his pulse."More