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NAPT awards program
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The National Association for Pupil Transportation, together with support from our sponsors, is proud to offer an annual awards program to individuals and operators responsible for the safe transport of school children. Please consider nominating one of your dedicated staff, as we are accepting applications for the following awards:

IC Driver Trainer Award — Established to recognize school districts with exemplary driver training programs.

Sure-Lok Special Needs Transportation Award — Created to recognize superior special needs transportation service.

Blue Bird Heroism Award — Established to recognize heroism or acts of courage relating to school transportation.

Thomas Built Buses Continuing Education Award — Founded to encourage professional growth in the student transportation industry.

NAPT Larson Award — This comprehensive assessment tool highlights current quality standards and helps districts find areas that need improvement.

For applications and additional information, please log on to our website: www.napt.org.




Save the date for 'America's Best'
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Plans are now under way for the 8th Annual "America's Best" Competition. This year's search for "America's Best" school bus technician and school bus inspector is hosted by the Texas Association of School Bus Technicians, and will take place Sept. 27-30 in San Antonio. Twenty states were represented at the 2010 competition, and event organizers are hoping to see this number reach at least 30 states in 2011.

This contest is unique in that the competition will be integrated with a variety of workshops for both technicians and inspectors related to components and systems on school buses.

The competition and training workshop is limited to one inspector and one technician per state. All technical participants must be currently employed in a position requiring the regular/frequent maintenance and/or repair of school buses. All inspector participants must be currently employed in a position requiring the regular/frequent inspection of school buses.

NAPT's Annual America's Best Competition is co-sponsored by Hydrotex, Bus Parts Warehouse, Zonar Systems and The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. Delco Remy is offering scholarships to technicians that wish to participate. Bus Parts Warehouse and Zonar offer scholarships that enable each winner to attend the NAPT Annual Summit. This year's summit takes place Oct. 22-27 in Cincinnati.

For more summit information, log on to www.napt.org. For additional information, and to register for "America's Best," please visit the website: www.americasbesttech.org. Please contact Marshall Casey with questions at MCASEY@ed.sc.gov.


AngelTrax expands its versatile video management software suite to include FlexPlay Pro™

FlexPlay Pro™ features remote system configuration, automatic wireless downloads, live video streaming and instant system health notifications, enabling users to gain real-time insight into fleet operations. www.angeltrax.com


TRANSPORTATION DIRECTORS: Your help is needed
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If you have any incentive programs pertaining to attendance with drivers and aides, please contact Robert Streeter from Dysart USD, Surprise, Ariz., at Robert.streeter@dysart.org or call 623-876-7995. He would appreciate your support.

2 Thousand Pounds of CO2
Amount emitted by a Single School Bus
Every Year.

Espar Independent Heating Systems enable drivers to pre-heat their school buses, offering warm starts, defrosted windows and a safe and comfortable environment for students, all without engine idling. MORE




New online PDS courses now available:

703 - Personal Skills – Time Management
Excellent personal skills are needed to overcome the challenges of time and communication. Learn how to conduct effective meetings, avoid procrastination, delegate authority and more to meet the time crunches you face daily.

More courses are on the way!

Already available in our ONLINE Shopping Cart:
PDS 201 — Business Writing
PDS 202 — Presentation Skills
PDS 203 — Communications Skills for Transportation Professionals
PDS 204 — Team Communication Strategies
PDS 205 — Managing the Media
PDS 208 — Parent, Administrator, Board and Public Outreach
PDS 301 — Basic School Transportation Accounting
PDS 402 — Managing Human Resources
PDS 405 — Student Needs & Management
PDS 601 — School Bus Routing & Scheduling I
PDS 602 — School Bus Routing & Scheduling II
PDS 606 — Risk Management and Emergency Planning
PDS 702 — Personal Skills for Managers

NAPT members pay just $40 per course! You can sign up for any of these classes by clicking here. Available to non-members for $100.

Or visit our website, www.napt.org/online for more information.

To find out more about our partner in this endeavor, School Training Solutions, please visit www.schooltrainingsolutions.com.




SPECIAL NEEDS - New Driver Training Course

Transporting students with SPECIAL NEEDS requires a well trained special kind of driver. Finally, a comprehensive course aimed solely at the drivers is now available. Learn more at www.schoolbussafetyco.com and request a free demo disk.
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NAPT SUMMIT



SUMMIT REGISTRATION, ETC…


Join us Oct. 22-27 in Cincinnati for an action-packed event featuring workshops, professional growth opportunities, an unparalleled trade show and much more!

We will provide frequent updates about program content. In the meantime, feel free to register and reserve your hotel room.

For all summit-related information, please visit www.napt.org and click on the "Annual Summit" tab.

Exhibitors, please log on to www.napt.org/summit/ for exhibitor packets, business partner applications and Freeman show services information.



INDUSTRY NEWS


Clark Barrineau chosen to coordinate ASBC
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The American School Bus Council is pleased to announce the selection of Clark Barrineau as the ASBC Coordinator. Barrineau will oversee all ASBC activities, support members in completion of tasks, and serve as a primary coordinator of all ASBC programs.

Previously, as an analyst at Nesbitt Research, a campaign consulting firm, he directed a wide-scale media monitoring and research operation for a variety of advocacy campaigns. Prior to his employ at Nesbitt, Barrineau worked for the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research and on Capitol Hill. He holds a master's degree in public administration with specialization in public policy from the University of Georgia and a bachelor's degree in politics and economics from Washington and Lee University in Virginia.

"Clark brings with him a real ability to manage projects and people. With his background, we will have the skill set in place to further our mission of increasing yellow school bus ridership across the United States. I look forward to working with Clark and increasing the impact of the ASBC and advocating for a quintessential American icon, the yellow school bus," remarked Bob Riley, ASBC member.

The American School Bus Council is a coalition of the school transportation industry — including public and private transportation providers, school bus manufacturers and state officials responsible for pupil transportation. Council members are committed to providing safe, effective, efficient and healthy transportation for the more than 26 million schoolchildren who ride more than 480,000 school buses each day.

The American School Bus Council was formed in 2006 to educate parents, school officials and lawmakers about the essential role the yellow school bus plays in the safety, health, security and readiness of America's schoolchildren.
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Operators, attendants wanted!
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Researchers at the universities of Louisville and Pittsburgh are interested in the experience of school bus operators and attendants who transport students seated in wheelchairs! They are midway in their federally funded research project, which is supported by the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research. Can you respond as a "hands-on" bus operator who drives specially equipped bus on a regular or part-time basis? More

Student, teacher safety in Chicago public schools: The roles of community context, school social organization
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School safety depends far less on the poverty and crime surrounding the campus than on the academic achievement of its students and their relationships with adults in the building, according to a new study of Chicago public schools. More

Accidents fall at Houston red-light camera intersections
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In the five months after Houston voters forced city officials to turn off a camera surveillance system that fined motorists for running red lights, traffic accidents at those 50 intersections with 70 cameras have decreased 16 percent, according to recently released data. The drop in accidents surprised Houston police administrators who say a possible explanation is the unusually dry weather during recent months has made driving conditions safer. They also wonder if years of electronic monitoring have made Houstonians better, if not more cautious drivers. More

National Youth Traffic Safety Month a reminder to teens: Safe driving doesn't take the summer off
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As the school year winds down, young people across America are looking forward to the summer. But as teens prepare for proms, graduations, vacations and road trips, it's important to keep safety in mind. More

US may require up to 7 percent annual fuel-efficiency boost for cars
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The U.S. may require annual fuel-efficiency improvements of 2 to 7 percent from 2017 to 2025 for cars and light trucks, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In a May 10 Federal Register notice the agency said it will evaluate the costs and environmental effects of boosting fuel efficiency in the proposed rule it's scheduled to publish in September. More

Simple ideas improve transportation safety
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When Washington state transportation officials looked at highway crash data seven years ago, they were struck by how many accidents could be prevented with a relatively cheap improvement to their roads. Adding center-line rumble strips — which warn drifting drivers that they are crossing over into the opposite lane — turned out to be one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce crashes. More

Bullying in schools can have long-term impact
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Our children can't learn or thrive in unsafe schools that tolerate bullying or harassing. As President Barack Obama pointed out at the White House Conference on Bullying, we must "dispel the myth that bullying is just a harmless rite of passage or an inevitable part of growing up. It's not. Bullying can have destructive consequences for our young people. And it's not something we have to accept." More

US infrastructure bank idea gets congressional boost
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President Barack Obama's vision for an infrastructure bank that attracts private investment recently got a legislative boost from two Democratic allies in the U.S. Senate. Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller and Sen. Frank Lautenberg, both transportation leaders, unveiled a bill to create a fund to finance projects outside of typical government-run mechanisms for distributing infrastructure money. More

The road to results: Measuring transportation investments
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States spent an estimated $131 billion on transportation in fiscal year 2010, but many cannot answer critical questions about what returns this investment is generating. A report, "Measuring Transportation Investments: The Road to Results," by the Pew Center on the States and the Rockefeller Foundation, found considerable differences among the 50 states and the District of Columbia. More

United Nations' Decade of Action puts global road safety center stage
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The top priority at the U.S. Department of Transportation is safety. Their commitment to helping Americans move safely from one place to another includes good laws, tough enforcement, public education and innovative infrastructure design. But road safety isn't just a local or national issue — it's a global one. More

Indiana enacts tough ban on texting while driving
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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recently praised Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels for signing a stiff new law that bans texting while driving. The law makes Indiana the 32nd state to prohibit texting behind the wheel. More


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 non-member 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 e-mail NAPT Marketing and Communications Specialist Lynn Martin lynn.martin@napt.org today! To learn more about the new NAPT Special Needs Training program click here.

 
 
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