NAPT MultiView News Brief
Dec. 10, 2013

NAPT and STN to co-host TSD Roadeo event in Nashville

The 23rd Annual Transporting Students With Disabilities & Preschoolers National Conference will be held Feb. 28 – March 5, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. The conference will feature more than three dozen educational sessions, workshops, hands-on training opportunities, and a trade show highlighting the products and services of more than 50 manufacturers and suppliers.

In conjunction with the conference, the 2014 event includes the National Special Needs Team Roadeo co-presented by the National Association for Pupil Transportation and School Transportation News. In years past, approximately two dozen, two-person teams have competed in this event.

The NAPT Special Needs Transportation Training Program will be offered at the conference. Those interested need to pre-register with STN and NAPT in order to receive credit for these courses. To pre-register for the NAPT SNT program, please visit: NAPT SNT Registration or contact Brianne Peck, Member Services Specialist at 800-989-6278.

For any questions relating to TSD events, please visit or contact Diane O'Meara, TSD Marketing Coordinator, at 310-802-7812.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 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: 247 Security Inc., Blue Bird Corporation, Freedman Seating Company, Hydrotex and Gray Ram Tactical, LLC. 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.

247 Security Inc. ( is a provider and manufacturer of mobile digital video recording equipment, security cameras and GPS data management applications designed for pupil transportation, public transit, taxicab, law enforcement and a variety of fleet applications.

Blue Bird Corporation ( offers a complete line of Type A, C and D school buses in a variety of options and configurations. Blue Bird is committed to four driving priorities - safety, quality, durability and serviceability.

Freedman Seating Company ( manufactures seats and seating related products for small and midsize buses, heavy duty transit, Para transit, vans, commercial vehicles, rail cars, trucks, specialty vehicles and more.

Hydrotex ( manufactures and distributes high performance lubricant and fuel improver solutions to help customers maximize system reliability: save energy, limit pollution, extend fixed asset life, reduce maintenance costs and improve fuel efficiency.

Gray Ram Tactical, LLC ( educates individuals to actively prevent, detect, and respond to violence and emergencies, through practical hands-on training, thought-provoking discussions and reality based scenarios. More

NAPT's 40th Annual Summit in Kansas City, Missouri, Nov. 8-11, 2014

Friday, Nov. 7 – Pre-Con Activities
NAPT Board Meeting

Saturday, Nov. 8
Opening General Sessions, Headliners & Spinoffs
America's Best Skills Competition featuring Technicians, Inspectors, Routers/Schedulers, Dispatchers & Trainers
NAPT PDS incl. SNT 101 & 105
Peer-to-Peer Networking Event

Sunday, Nov. 9
General Sessions, Headliners & Spinoffs
Joint Industry Session
America's Best Skills Competition featuring Technicians, Inspectors, Routers/Schedulers, Dispatchers & Trainers
NAPT PDS incl. SNT 103
Issue-Focused Networking Event

Monday, Nov. 10
General Sessions, Headliners & Spinoffs
Joint Industry Session
America's Best Skills Competition - General Sessions, Round Table & Review
NAPT PDS incl. SNT 106
Geographically-Based Networking Event

Tuesday, Nov. 11
Headliners & Spinoffs
Trade Show (SNT 104)
Annual Awards & Networking Event

PLEASE NOTE NEW FORMAT CHANGES THIS YEAR: The 40th anniversary Summit features a one-day Trade Show, the America's Best Competition and specialized professional development training throughout the week. Call us at 800-989-6278 or visit our website at for more information. More

School district faces transportation issues
The Spectrum & Daily News
Dealing with unusual winter weather driving in Washington County, Utah, this past week was the least of the troubles for the Washington County School District Transportation Department. With fewer drivers and not enough buses, Transportation Department Head Launi Schmutz Harden said she is continually working to hire new drivers.More

Pennsylvania teen takes on bullying with music video
The Morning Call
In Helena Albert's new anti-bullying music video, we see her struggling to make a decision. Her friend is starting to go down a dark path and Albert doesn't know whether she should try to help or push her away. Unfortunately, the lyrics to "Pushed Away" are based on real events in the 14-year-old's life. Albert is a Scranton Prepatory School freshman who has become an up-and-coming spokesperson for the prevention of bullying, addiction and self-harm.More

New buses for Texas school district
The Brownsville Herald
Those taller school buses with the big front windshields showing up on Brownsville streets are the leading edge of the wave of the future for the Brownsville Independent School District Transportation Department. "It's important for parents to know, and for the community to know, that the district has taken a very serious position to purchase these new buses," said Transportation Director Art Rendon. The district also is implementing an automatic bus replacement schedule to ensure the fleet's continual upgrade.More

Class aims to refocus distracted drivers
UT San Diego
Can a class on distracted driving make the road a safer place? That's what UC San Diego believes. Starting next month, the university will offer free one-hour classes to San Diego businesses educating them about the dangers of distracted driving. It's part of an education project called Just Drive — Take Action Against Distraction. The initiative is sponsored by UC San Diego's Training, Research and Education for Driving Safety program, known as TREDS, and the California Highway Patrol.More

Broadband in schools gets boost from tech gurus
eSchool News
The effort to get broadband access in every school is getting a boost from the philanthropy of two technology gurus: Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. Zuckerberg’s Startup: Education and Gates' foundation have contributed a combined $9 million to the nonprofit EducationSuperHighway. The San Francisco-based organization is working to improve connectivity in schools.More

Hawaii DOE is saving thousands with new school bus plan
Honolulu Civil Beat
The new student transportation system that the Hawaii Department of Education is testing out at about 30 schools in the Pearl City and Aiea areas has the potential to significantly slash costs within a few years, preliminary results from the pilot program suggest. The department is engaging in a complete overhaul of its school bus operations, from procurement procedures to new technology.More

NJ report shows drop in school bullying incidents
CBS New York News
A new report indicates the number of bullying incidents in New Jersey public schools has declined over the past year. The report, released by New Jersey's Department of Education, found the number of school bullying investigations declined by nearly 40 percent in the 2012-2013 school year. Overall, reported incidents of bullying dropped nearly 20 percent in 2012-2013 compared with 2011-2012. More

Keeping children safe and engaged on school buses
When a school bus crashes, parents begin wondering how safe school buses really are, and whether they should be required to have seat belts. More

Distracted drivers cause pedestrian deaths to rise 50 percent
Medical Daily
Now that digital devices have become more pervasive in our daily lives, they pose a serious threat as a distraction — not only at our jobs, but also in our cars.More

Teen with half a face stands up to her bullies
ABC News
Sarah Atwell always listened to her beloved grandmother, who taught her to love herself. "My nanny always told us when we were sad to cheer us up, 'Be strong, no matter what happens,'" said Atwell.More

'Driver's dry eye' can cause distracted driving
"Driver's dry eye" is surprisingly common among both non-professional and professional drivers, and it can be deadly. After driving for hours or days, with the air-conditioner or heater blasting, eyes may begin to itch and burn and eventually, eyelids can feel so heavy that the driver is forced to pull off the road. According to eye and water researcher Sharon Kleyne, the cause may not be lack of sleep but "driver's dry eye." This may be an even greater source of distracted driving accidents than cell phone use because it can make people fall asleep at the wheel even if they aren't tired.More

Oklahoma schools install equipment to improve student safety
Tulsa World
A year after the Sandy Hook massacre, schools nationwide have embraced "controlled access" as a vital safety measure, with doors staying locked and visitors having to be buzzed in. By the end of December, all Tulsa Public Schools will have security cameras and buzzers at the entrances, adding a layer of security for students. More

Following deadly crash, a look at school bus seat belts and 2-way stops
There are still unanswered questions about how several students were injured and one boy was killed in a school bus crash this past week. It is still unknown exactly how the children were injured or if seat belts would have made any difference. The question of seat belts in school buses is a controversial topic: Some say seat belts would be safer, some say belting children in could be more dangerous, and others say installing them wouldn't make much of a difference in decreasing injuries or deaths.More