NAPT MultiView News Brief
Sep. 17, 2013

NAPT President Alexandra Robinson's Top 10 Reasons to Attend the 2013 NAPT Summit

In the spirit of NYC and the David Letterman "Top 10," I'd like to personally invite you to this year's NAPT Summit in Grand Rapids, Michigan ... here are the TOP 10 reasons why you should attend:

10. The average temperature in Grand Rapids from Oct. 19-24 is warmer than more than 60 percent of the U.S. and you're looking a bit pale.

9. The American Robin is the state bird of Michigan and has promised to sing both the American and Canadian National Anthem at our first business session at the NAPT Summit.

8. The Summit is NOT during Halloween this year so you can get lots of training and education and STILL get home in time to wear a costume.

7. The NAPT Summit is the only place where you can wear your pajamas to a work function and see your colleagues dressed the same way.

6. The NAPT Summit is the only place where LED-Heads, DEAD-Heads, METAL-heads, GEAR-Heads and Red-Heads all have something in common.

5. I will be turning 50 only once and this is the year (DURING THE SUMMIT!) - I need like-minded (and like-aged) people to help me eat frosting.

4. Evaluate Your Life Day, International Newspaper Carrier Day, Sweetest Day, Brandied Fruit Day, Count Your Buttons Day, National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day, National Nut Day, National Mole Day, TV Talk Show Host Day AND National Bologna Day ALL take place during the Summit - How on earth can you celebrate those events alone???

3. The NAPT Summit is the ONLY place where you can mingle with an NFL Ref, Para-Olympic Gold Medalist, Federal Official, and U.S. Major General USAF (RET) within the same venue.

2. If you were to add up the value of all the training and networking you will receive at one NAPT Summit it would equal more than one semester at most graduate schools in the North America.

1. The NAPT Summit is THE only place to have this much transportation training, industry expertise and school bus related products in one location anywhere in the world!More

Leading Every Day (LED) Program to feature Major General USAF (RET) John Barry

Now that fall has arrived, we are pleased to invite you to join us for this year's LED Initiative at the NAPT Summit in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Saturday, Oct. 19.

Helping us celebrate our 7th year of LED will be an outstanding speaker and LED mentor for the day, John Barry, U.S. Major General USAF (RET). Barry is a former Superintendent of Aurora Public Schools where he served for seven years. Before coming back to Colorado, he was in the Air Force for over 30 years as a combat veteran, fighter pilot/USAF "Top Gun" graduate and Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense. He retired in 2004 as a "2 Star", Major General, and he served his last tour on active duty as Board Member and Executive Director for the Space Shuttle Columbia Accident Investigation.

"In every organization I have been a part of," asserts Barry, "I know that everyone wants and needs to understand the big picture in order to be engaged and supportive. The first step is to make everyone — the Board of Education, students, staff, parents and the community — believe that real change is possible and to unite around a common vision and mission." Barry has been an integral part of honing in on school safety and security, has spoken on the aftermath of both the Challenger disaster and the Aurora, Colo., shootings and will provide insight on issues such as:

In addition to the management lessons and expertise provided by John Barry, the group will be led by our team of LED Instructors who will cover topics such as accountability and ownership as well as motivation for the masses.

We encourage anyone interested in becoming a LEADER in this industry to attend this year's LED program. It is a unique opportunity to sharpen your skills under the tutelage of a uniquely qualified mentor. This year's LED program and the NAPT Summit is sure to be an eye opening experience and one you won't want to miss!

Sign up today at Can't wait to see you there!More

NAPT needs your help to pilot test KPI data collection methodology

Dear Friends,

The National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) Board of Directors uses a strategic plan that guides the Board in determining the activities of the association.

Among the various strategic priorities, the Board's primary goal is to develop a methodology that enables NAPT to collect quantitative information about its members and the industry, information that will help the association develop specifically targeted programs, services and educational content for its members.

The NAPT KPI Project was launched in 2011 at the NAPT Summit in Cincinnati. Encouraged by enthusiastic feedback from the 50-plus people that volunteered on the spot to help, the Project's Steering Committee (comprised of John Fahey, Peter Lawrence, Michael Shields and Robert Streeter) focused the project on defining and collecting information that will enable NAPT to identify and share Best Practices.

The Steering Committee planned a series of informational and educational workshops about data collection, data analysis and the use of data to make intelligent decisions that took center stage at the 2012 NAPT Summit in Memphis. Again the feedback was enthusiastically positive; in fact, the number of volunteers swelled to nearly 150.

The Steering Committee (which has added Tim Calabrese, and NAPT Region 3 Director Steve Simmons in place of Robert Streeter, who retired, and John Fahey, who had to focus his time and attention on a big project for Tyler Technologies) would like to now pilot test our data collection methodology, with the intent of utilizing the data we collect to once again do workshops at the NAPT Summit in Grand Rapids next month. To do this, we need your help.

PLEASE complete the survey, which will only take about 10 minutes. To participate, please use this link:

With your support, we will continue to refine our methodology, especially on the front end. We plan to develop a user friendly interface that will enable you to easily and quickly identify issues. Ultimately, you'll possess the ability to chart your district's progress year over year, and to connect, if desired, with others NAPT members that share your interests and goals.

Again, we'd appreciate your participation in this survey. Your support and assistance will ensure we identify and share best practices that ensure the highest safety standards possible for the students we transport.

Alexandra Robinson, M. Ed, CDPT
NAPT PresidentMore

2013 NAPT Election: Seats open for Regions 1 and 5, Affiliate Member and President-Elect

Four seats on the NAPT Board of Directors are open for election this year: Region 1, Region 5, President-Elect and Affiliate Member. Any person who wishes to be a candidate for NAPT president-elect or regional director must be an active individual member of the association for at least two years; a candidate for affiliate member director must be a current business partner individual member.

Anyone interested in running for president-elect or regional director must be nominated by a minimum of two active individual members of the association; candidates for regional director must be nominated by individuals from that particular region. Individuals running for affiliate member director must be nominated by at least two current business partner individual members.

The president-elect is selected by vote of all active members. Regional directors are selected by vote of only those active members whose mailing address is within that specific region. The affiliate member director is chosen by NAPT Business Partner Individual Members only. The President Elect serves a 4-year term (two as President-Elect, two as President); the Regional Director serves for three years and the Affiliate Member serves for two years.

Absentee Ballot Return — All absentee ballots must be received at NAPT headquarters no later than Wednesday, Oct. 9.

Election Day is Wednesday, Oct. 23. Elections will be held in Grand Rapids, Mich., on the Trade Show floor from 10 a.m. – noon. For information about the candidates, please visit the website at

The wheels on the bus: Safety in school transportation
By Denise A. Valenti
It is an event that parents fear with the start of each school year — a serious accident involving their child's bus. It happened Aug. 21 outside of Kansas City, Mo., as a school bus overturned on the way to a school event. As frightening as a school bus accident can be, the greater risk for a child is when approaching or leaving a school bus, based on reports by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It is important that children, parents, transportation personnel and the driving public become more aware of the safety issues regarding school buses and the transportation of students.More

Students may be charged with cyberbullying after Florida girl's suicide
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
After a year of receiving online messages such as "You should die" and "Why don't you go kill yourself," Rebecca Ann Sedwick couldn't take it anymore. The 12-year-old girl recently took her life, and now authorities have seized computers and cellphones from some of the girls who sent the messages as they decide whether to bring charges in what appeared to be the nation's latest deadly cyberbullying case.More

New technology helps schools to communicate with their community
The Huffington Post
As technology changes how we work and live, school districts find themselves in the position of choosing what, if any, new technology will help their students learn more easily, and help them communicate more effectively with their public. It is very difficult now to find a school district anywhere in the U.S. that hasn't made technology an integral part of their strategy for classroom learning and communicating to their public. Districts are asking themselves, is an iPad a luxury item or is it a tool that can help students of all skills sets learn?More

Wisconsin senator pushing for seat belts on new school buses
Sen. Tim Cullen is circulating legislation to make seat belts mandatory on all newly purchased school buses. The bill is similar to a policy he ushered in while a member of the Janesville School Board. Today, Janesville is the only school district in Wisconsin that requires the use of a seat belt on school buses. "The fact that we are required to wear seat belts in cars, yet allow our children to roll down the road at 55 mph without them is completely outrageous to me" said Cullen.More

Study: Anti-bullying programs may have opposite effect
U.S. News & World Report
Anti-bullying programs that are now commonplace in schools may be having the opposite of their intended effect, according to new research from the University of Texas, Arlington. In a study recently published in the Journal of Criminology, a team of researchers found that students at schools with anti-bullying initiatives are actually more likely to be victims of bullying than students who attend schools without such programs. More

Experts say teen drivers need more practice
USA Today
Inexperience behind the wheel, immaturity and not enough parental involvement contribute to a higher risk of deadly vehicle accidents among teenage drivers, experts say. Some 3,000 teenagers are killed each year in car crashes nationwide, making it the leading cause of death for 13- to 19-year-olds, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The biggest mistake parents make is underestimating how much practice teens need, said John Ulczycki, a teen-driving expert with the National Safety Council. More

Schools rev up distracted driving campaigns
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Schools and universities across a few counties in Florida are revving up their distracted driving campaigns to coincide with a state law effective in October that bans texting while driving. Car crashes are the primary cause of death for teens aged 16-19. Though teens make up only 6 percent of the driving population, they're involved in 14 percent of fatal crashes, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. More

Bumps in the road: Taller school buses vs. low bridges
Fairfield Citizen
The new academic year is underway, but getting to classes is proving more challenging than school officials anticipated, the Board of Education was recently told. Some bridges in town are too low for new school buses to travel under, and that school officials are dealing with 150 requests from parents to change bus stops because they feel the stops are not in safe locations. More

NCSR encourages school districts to improve school bus safety
As millions of children board buses throughout the 2013 school year, the National Coalition for Safer Roads encourages school districts across the country to consider student safety not only in the classroom but as they travel to and from campus as well.More

Picture of crowded school bus raises questions of safety
A West Michigan parent is outraged after her son and other students were allegedly forced to sit in the aisle of their school bus because, she claims, it was overloaded.More

Children are back to school — let's keep them safe
U.S. Department of Transportation FastLane
It's "Back to School" time — the season when the daylight hours grow shorter and our roads grow busier. It's also time to get street smart.More

New York firm aims to end school bus bullying
A borough transit company is participating in a national campaign to tackle bullying at one of its many sources: the school bus. Whitestone-based Vallo Transportation is hoping to create a positive experience for students traveling to and from many of the area's schools on the company's school buses. More

Per-mile tolling seen as best way to go
Fleet Owner Magazine
A new research study contends that toll revenues could cover "almost entirely" the roughly $1 trillion it will cost to reconstruct most of the deteriorating Interstate highway system over the next 20 years. Determining what to do about the crumbing Interstate must start with how it will all be funded.More

Town in Tennessee to receive $126,000 Safe Routes to School grant
Dyersburg State Gazette
The state of Tennessee will provide the town of Trimble with Safe Routes to School funds totaling $126,478. The Safe Routes to School program is an initiative designed to make bicycling and walking to school a safer, more appealing and healthier alternative for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. More