NAPT announces 2011 scholarship opportunities
Bluth-Eisman Field Trip Grants
NAPT Board President Dr. Linda F. Bluth and her partner Betsy Eisman are offering two field trip grants this year. While priority will be given to students whose schools were damaged by recent tornadoes, all NAPT members are encouraged to apply. The application deadline for the grants, valued at $250 each, is Oct. 1. For more info, log on to www.napt.org.
Peter & Linda Lawrence Scholarships
Peter and Linda Lawrence have endowed four scholarships to defray the cost of conference registration. One scholarship will be offered to an individual attending the New York Association for Pupil Transportation/CYR Foundation Conference to be held July 17-20 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; and three scholarships will benefit NAPT members attending the Annual Summit on Oct. 22-27 in Cincinnati. The application deadline for the NYAPT/CYR Foundation scholarship is July 1; the application deadline for the NAPT Conference scholarship is Sept. 16. For more info, log on to www.napt.org.
We are pleased to announce Zonar Systems is graciously endowing 10 scholarships for attendance to the 2011 NAPT Annual Summit in Cincinnati. Applicants do not have to be NAPT members; Zonar will include the cost for NAPT membership. The application deadline is Sept. 15. For more info, log on to www.napt.org.
New online PDS courses now available:
303 Procurement and Budget Management
This course explores how to do more with less and how to identify and obtain traditional and non-traditional sources of funding for school transportation. Subjects covered include purchasing practices, the bid process and finding alternate sources of fuel savings. The course is designed for experienced administrators who need to broaden their budgetary expertise.
More courses are on the way!
Already available in our ONLINE Shopping Cart:
PDS 101 Student Transportation Orientation 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 501 Overseeing a Fleet Maintenance Program
PDS 502 Advanced Shop Maintenance
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
PDS 703 Personal Skills – Time Management
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.
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.
With new Web materials, Better Business Bureau joins the fight against distracted driving
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Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood writes, "I'm delighted to welcome the Better Business Bureau community to our fight against distracted driving. I have said over and over again that DOT cannot end this deadly epidemic alone, and I am grateful for the tremendous response from our many partners." More
Officials begin commercial vehicle safety blitz
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Federal and state highway safety officials recently launched an annual exercise for roadside inspection of commercial vehicles about 50 miles north of where four people were killed and more than 50 injured in an Interstate 95 passenger bus crash. Roadcheck 2011 will carry out up to 70,000 random inspections across the United States, Canada and Mexico. This year's exercise will target passenger coaches, driver fatigue and fraudulent household moving companies. More
GM's Akerson pushing for higher gas taxes
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General Motors Co. CEO Dan Akerson wants the federal gas tax boosted as much as $1 a gallon to nudge consumers toward more fuel-efficient cars, and he's confident the government soon will shed its remaining 26 percent stake in the once-bankrupt automaker. "I actually think the government will be out this year — within the next 12 months, hopefully within the next six months," Akerson said recently in a two-hour interview with The Detroit News. More
Labor, environmentalists unite to push for transportation reforms
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Just as business and labor have found a lot they agree on when it comes to infrastructure, so have environmentalists and labor. "As debate begins in Congress on reauthorization of a highway bill, which would be the single biggest job creation legislation there is, we believe the choice for elected leaders is abundantly clear," said Terry O'Sullivan, president of the Laborers' Union. "It's a no-brainer. ... We believe we've waited way too long to pass a highway bill." More
Update: Department of Labor sets policy on new school staff unemployment law
The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has nailed down a policy when it comes to a new unemployment law. The agency says as long as school bus drivers and other school staff members work for private companies they will be eligible for summer unemployment benefits. However, school staff members who work for local governments appear to be out of luck. More
NHTSA pushes drivers to disconnect from devices in vehicles
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is studying ways to encourage new drivers to disconnect from mobile devices and the Internet while operating vehicles, Administrator David Strickland said. "I'm not in the business of helping people Tweet better, I'm not in the business of helping people post to Facebook better," Strickland said at an automotive technology conference in Novi, Mich. "My job is to make sure we keep people safe behind the wheel." More
Standing up to bullies
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SuEllen Fried of Prairie Village, Kan., is co-author with Blanche Sosland of "Banishing Bullying Behavior," and she gives anti-bullying seminars in schools around the country. The following is a conversation that took place at a restaurant in midtown Kansas City, Mo., where Fried talks about bullying in schools, what the schools can do about it, and what parents can do. More
States push to convert interstate highways into toll roads
Virtually every state faces a funding crunch for roads. The federal piggy bank for highway maintenance a major funding source for states is nearly empty. More
One year later, tarmac delay rule proving to be a giant step forward for air travelers
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As millions of air travelers prepare to take to the skies this summer, they can be thankful for one less travel stress: lengthy tarmac delays. Just one year after DOT introduced a new aviation consumer rule intended to prevent long tarmac delays, it's clear that they've accomplished the goal of virtually eliminating the number of aircraft leaving passengers stranded without food, water or working lavatories for hours on end. This is a giant step forward for air travelers. More
Custom curriculum publishing on the rise
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In a new trend made possible by advancements in digital publishing, a number of K-12 schools and colleges are working with textbook publishers to create customized curriculum content that meets their own unique needs. The rise in custom curriculum publishing gives schools more flexibility as they work to prepare students for college or a career, advocates say. More
2011 National School Bus Safety Week
'Be Aware – Know The Danger Zone!'
National School Bus Safety Week Posters (illustrated above) are now available free of charge, as long as supplies last. Contact Lynn Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive them.
Note: The Poster Contest and Safety Week are two different events. The 2010 Poster theme becomes the 2011 National School Bus Safety Week theme and is an active and evolving public education program designed to promote school bus safety. ***If your students are drawing posters for the 2011 competition, they should be using the poster theme: "I See The Driver – The Driver Sees Me!"
Greening schools for the next generation
The American Institute of Architects and the U.S. Green Building Council released a five-point national action plan that mayors and local leaders can use as a framework to develop and implement green schools initiatives. The plan comes as part of the report, Sustainability: A Special Report from Sundance. More