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NAPT President-elect Keith Henry is on the move — literally. Keith has recently accepted an offer to be the Director of Transportation for the Lee's Summit (MO) School District, effective July 1, 2014. Lee's Summit is located about 20 miles outside of Kansas City, and the school district is adjacent to his current district in Independence.

"This is a very exciting move for me," said Henry. "Independence is a great district with great people and I hated to leave but Lee's Summit is a large school district, at least in Missouri, that has urban, suburban and rural areas. My family and I are looking forward to living in the country and perhaps even doing some farming."

Henry will remain actively involved in every aspect of NAPT and is looking forward to bringing the 2014 NAPT Summit to Kansas City this Fall.

"The Board of Education in Lee's Summit is completely supportive of my volunteer work for NAPT," said Henry. "And everyone in Missouri is excited that the Summit will be in Kansas City this year. I expect a big turn out."

The Independence School District has already begun its search for a new Director of Transportation. Anyone interested in applying should complete an application at www.isdschools.org or contact Chris Tanner, Human Resources Secretary for the Independence School District, at chris_tanner@isdschools.org, for more information.

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NAPT PDS and SNT courses available at upcoming events
For NAPT members interested in pursuing career development, certification and recertification, and/or the NAPT Special Needs Program, 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.

RATSA (Rochester Area Transportation Supervisors Association): Course Web link

SCAPT (South Carolina Association for Pupil Transportation): Course Web link

ASTAC (Alberta Student Transportation Advisory Council): 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.

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Boston may nix more school bus routes, use MBTA
WCVB-TV
New York does it. Chicago and Philadelphia do it, too. Now Boston is considering dumping school bus service in favor of paying for public transportation for certain students. The Boston Public School District is proposing to slash yellow bus service for seventh and eighth graders in order to help balance its budget. Doing this, could save the district $11 million. It's not a new idea. In fact, about 1,800 seventh and eighth grade students in the district currently use the MBTA to get to and from school.
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See related story: Study to explore replacing school buses with city buses (WXIN-TV)


Harlem Globetrotter Chris 'Handles' Franklin brings anti-bullying message to Pennsylvania school
Centre Daily Times
Harlem Globetrotter Chris "Handles" Franklin recently entered the Corl Street Elementary School gymnasium with a basketball spinning on his finger. The nearly 250 students automatically stood up and cheered before he spoke to the group about his anti-bullying campaign, which urges children of all ages to take a kind and positive attitude when interacting with their peers. "We try to use skills with basketball to convey a positive message," said Franklin. "If we can help give a positive message to kids, then hopefully it decreases this bullying epidemic."
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Utah House overwhelmingly supports bill to replace 'dirty diesel' school buses
Cache Valley Daily
Lawmakers in the Utah House of Representatives have shown overwhelming support for a bill that would replace the so-called "dirty diesel" school buses, which are cited as a contributor to air pollution. House Bill 41, a $20 million measure to replace polluting school buses, recently passed by a final vote of 73-1. Rep. Stephen Handy, R-Layton, who sponsored the bill, said it would initially replace about 170 diesel school buses with alternative-fuel vehicles. He predicted it will also save taxpayers a fortune in fuel costs.
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CDC: 9 die, 1,060 hurt each day due to distracted driving
The Washington Post
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found a new way to get people's attention to what it calls the growing problem of distracted driving: it says that every day nine people die and 1,060 people are hurt in crashes where distraction is reported as a cause. That's a death every 2.6 hours, and 44 injuries an hour. And that toll of carnage is just from crashes that police investigators link to distracted driving. Nobody knows what percentage of the other crashes were caused by distraction.
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With lower max tax levy, schools weigh admin costs
The Garden City News
At its Tuesday, Feb. 25 work session, the Garden City School Board heard an updated budget proposal due to New York State's newly computed maximum for local tax levy increases, recently dropped by the state comptroller from a limit of 1.67 percent to 1.58 percent. Superintendent of Schools Robert Feirsen spoke about non-instructional components of the upcoming budget such as administrative employee salaries, pensions, and other costs plus security upgrades, facilities and grounds, and pupil transportation.
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Eager to get seat belts on students, state senator drove a school bus
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When children ride school buses, Sen. Barbara McGuire, D-Ariz., doesn't understand why they can't wear seat belts. "We have them buckle up in our cars. It doesn't make sense not to have them buckle up elsewhere," said McGuire.

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Distracted driving: What you can do
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According to the federal Department of Transportation, 3,328 Americans were killed in 2012 because of distracted-driving crashes. Among 15- to 19-year-old drivers involved in fatal crashes, 21 percent were distracted by the use of cellphones.

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Fleet Safety Tip: Merging on busy highways
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Merging onto a busy highway is one of the most challenging tasks your drivers undertake on a regular basis. It requires paying close attention to the vehicles both ahead and behind. Drivers must adjust their speed to match the flow of traffic and yet yield to drivers already on the highway. To watch a video from DefensiveDriving.com that offers tips on merging, click here. You may want to pass this along to your drivers as a friendly reminder.
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Lawmaker seeks safer school walking routes for students
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In a move to dramatically improve safety for Florida children who walk to school, state Rep. Larry Metz recently filed legislation calling for sweeping changes in how the state identifies "hazardous" routes and mandating local governments to make fixes so children make it to class unscathed. Metz, a Yalaha Republican and former Lake County School Board member, said House Bill 1121 is a response to busing and safety concerns from Lake students with perilous walking routes after losing their bus rides.
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Bill would require drivers in serious accidents to give police cellphone information
The Baltimore Sun
Drivers suspected of causing serious accidents in Maryland while distracted by a cellphone would be required to give police certain information from that phone under a pair of bills currently filed in Annapolis. The bills also would make distracted driving resulting in a death or serious injury a misdemeanor in Maryland, punishable by up to 3 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. Advocates say the legislation would save lives by deterring distracted driving in an age when cellphone use is increasingly being linked to deadly car accidents, and when many in Maryland support harsher penalties for it.
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Davidson County Schools will soon operate a propane bus soon as an alternative to diesel fuel. The system is part of a pilot program from North Carolina. Gary Buie, transportation director for the district, said the reason behind trying the propane auto gas bus is to conduct research to see if it meets the same standards required by the diesel buses or if it is better for the environment.
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Bullying doesn't stop in the hallways
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More than half of all American teens experience it. "I was bullied as a child. I've always been overweight, and as a child, I learned every name there was to be called," said Dr. Eric Yancy, bullying prevention advocate. These hallways fill with hundreds of students daily. But bullying no longer stops here. Now, it can affect you while sitting at a desk in front of a computer screen.
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Transporting Children With Disabilities, 4th Edition, by Dr. Linda F. Bluth, is available for purchase. NAPT members may purchase the Handbook for $14.99, plus shipping. The nonmember rate is $24.99, plus shipping.

Transporting Children With Disabilities, 4th Edition contains useful definitions of transportation and related special education terms as well as characteristics of children with special needs and special considerations for transporting children with special needs. This popular publication also explains the legal basis for special needs transportation in accordance with the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 and contains information about new Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act regulations.

To order your copy, please email NAPT Member Services Specialist, Brianne Peck at Brianne.Peck@napt.org today! To learn more about the new NAPT Special Needs Training program click here.



 



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