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Students develop formula, algorithm for school bus routes
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Transportation continues to be a growing cost for area school districts facing annual budget cuts. University of Missouri–St. Louis doctoral candidates Jeremy North and William Ellegood may have just discovered a way to save thousands of dollars on busing and routing for districts. The pair recently won first place at the Graduate School Research Fair for their project "Applying Business Logistic Optimization Modeling to School Bus Routing." More

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MADD applauds highway bill for including money for alcohol detection in cars
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The Mothers Against Drunk Driving group recently said the approval of a $105 billion transportation funding bill was a "good day for highway safety." The group was celebrating because the bill contains incentives for states to spend transportation money on programs to detect drunk drivers, like ignition interlocks. More

Incident on school bus, at stop leads to lawsuit against school district
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A high school student who was assaulted after standing up to bullies is now suing the School District of Palm Beach County, Fla., for not upholding its own anti-bullying policy. A bus driver's negligence led to Louis Toth's being beat up at his bus stop west of West Palm Beach, according to a recent lawsuit filed in Palm Beach County civil court. The incident occurred on Jan. 23, 2009, when Toth was an 11th-grader at Royal Palm Beach Community High School. More

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Getting there, with precious cargo
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It's the largest transportation system in our region. It carries more riders than the Virginia Railway Express does each day and the system's annual mileage is the equivalent of two round trips to the moon. Still wondering what it is? It's that icon of American school days — the school bus. More

Amid GPS boom, paper maps hang on
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VideoBriefUsed to be, Dad would stuff a half-dozen maps in the glove box before setting out with the family on a road trip to see the waterfalls at Yosemite or the granite faces of Mount Rushmore. Colorful maps bearing the logos of the oil companies that printed them — names like Texaco, Gulf, Esso — once brimmed from displays at filling stations, free for the taking. But today, a good chunk of American's on the road will probably reach for technology before they're tempted to unfold — and in a tradition that used to bind Americans as tightly as a highway cloverleaf, try to refold — a paper road map. More


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Better crash data a big step in the fight against distracted driving
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At the U.S. Department of Transportation, their safety efforts — including their work to end distracted driving — are based on good data and sound science. Collecting accurate and consistent information about crashes is essential to that mission. More

Your beverage may soon be TSA tested at an airport near you
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While many in the public are just becoming aware of random drink testing at airport gates, some of which happen way after passengers clear security entrances, the Transportation and Security Administration is reminding passengers the policy is not new. More

Technology driving widespread shift in teaching models
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Over the last two years, nearly half of faculty have moved away from a traditional lecture model and adopted a range of technology-driven teaching practices, according to new research. The increase of technology in the classroom has led to an increase in the use of non-lecture-based instructional delivery methods during class time, such as hands-on learning, group projects, guided independent study, distance learning and one-on-one instruction. But overall, according to the report, there's something of a disconnect between the way instruction is delivered and how students want it to be delivered. More

President Barack Obama signs transportation, student loan bill
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President Barack Obama signed HR 4348, the bill passed by Congress on the last day before the 4th of July recess, which includes the transportation and student loan interest rate bills. The White House held a signing ceremony that included construction workers and college students who will be affected by the bill. The bill allocates $105 billion in transportation spending over the next 27 months. This money includes critical infrastructure improvements and was cited by both parties as crucial to job creation. More

NAPT NEWS


NAPT Election Announcement

Two seats on the NAPT Board of Directors are open for election this year: Director — Region 3; and a Director at Large. The positions have a three-year term that begins this October and ends on the same date in 2015.

Any person who wishes to be a candidate for NAPT Director must be an active individual member of the association for at least two years. Anyone interested in running for office must be nominated by a minimum of two active individual members of the association; candidates for regional director must be nominated by individuals whose address is in that particular region.

At large directors are selected by a vote of all active members. Regional directors are selected by a vote of only those active members whose mailing address is within that specific region.

Election dates and deadlines:

Please note the following deadlines for the 2012 NAPT Election:

ABSENTEE BALLOT REQUESTS — Any NAPT member seeking to vote by absentee ballot must send a written request for a ballot to NAPT headquarters. All requests must be received 45 days prior to the start of the annual conference, which is no later than the close of business on Sept. 6.

ABSENTEE BALLOTS MAILED TO VOTERS — Official absentee ballots will be mailed to all eligible voters 30 days prior to the start of the annual conference, which is no later than Sept. 21.

ABSENTEE BALLOT RETURN — All absentee ballots must be received at NAPT headquarters 10 days prior to the start of the annual conference, which is no later than Oct. 11.

Election Day is Wednesday, Oct. 24. Elections will be held in Memphis, Tenn., on the Trade Show floor from 10 a.m. - noon.

Individuals interested in learning more about NAPT elections are encouraged to visit our website at www.napt.org or call 800-989-6278.

Questions about the election should be directed to mike.martin@napt.org.




Vendor spotlight: On the spot? Come to the spotlight
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Business Partners are special members of NAPT. They provide expertise, products and services to the pupil transportation industry, helping to maintain and improve upon 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 three of 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. You never know, you may find just the solution you are looking for.

Featured in our "Business Partner in the Spotlight" section are: Gecko Microsolutions Inc., InterClean Equipment Inc. and SafeGuard/IMMI. 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.

Gecko Microsolutions Inc.www.geckoms.com — produces transportation and routing software and student conduct software.
InterClean Equipment Inc.www.interclean.com — provides a touchless washing option for school buses.
SafeGuard/IMMIwww.safeguardseat.com — supplies restraint and adaptive seating solutions for school and transit buses.


NAPT announces 2012 scholarship opportunities
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Bluth-Eisman Field Trip Grants
NAPT Board Past-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 reside in the core Appalachian states of Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, all NAPT members are encouraged to apply. The application deadline for the grants, valued at $250 each, is Oct. 1. Log on to www.napt.org for more information.

Peter & Linda Lawrence Scholarships
Peter and Linda Lawrence have endowed four scholarships to defray the cost of conference registration to NAPT members attending the Annual Summit on Oct. 20-25 in Memphis, Tenn. The application deadline for the NAPT Conference scholarship is Sept. 14. Log on to www.napt.org for more information.

Zonar Scholarships
Zonar 10 — We are pleased to announce Zonar Systems is graciously endowing 10 scholarships for attendance to the 2012 NAPT Annual Summit in Memphis, Tenn. Applicants do not have to be NAPT members — Zonar will include the cost of NAPT membership. The application deadline is Sept. 14. Log on to www.napt.org for more information.

Zonar $50,000 Equipment Grant
NAPT and Zonar are jointly sponsoring a $50,000 grant competition, for state of the art, fleet management technology that will enhance a school district's safety security and efficiency. NAPT will accept and evaluate applications from NAPT members for a single award or multiple awards of $50,000 worth of equipment/hardware provided by Zonar Systems Inc. The filing deadline is Sept. 14 to NAPT. Log on to www.napt.org for more information or consult your Zonar Account Manager at naptgrant@zonarsystems.com.


NAPT SUMMIT




Meet us in the Land of Blues & BBQ!

Click here for registration form!

Save the dates for our 38th NAPT Annual Conference & Trade Show, which will be held in Memphis, Tenn., from Oct. 20-25, 2012.

This year's Summit will feature 50 different workshops, live action special events, a 100,000-square-foot trade show with 150 vendors and top notch speakers.

Visit us online (www.napt.org) and watch for updates on the program and see why getting to the NAPT Summit should be at the top of your "to-do list" in 2012.

Join us — we'll have something for everyone! Watch our Memphis infomercial.

HOTEL INFORMATION
Hotel reservations for the Memphis Marriott Downtown can be accessed here for the $135 NAPT rate.

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EXHIBITOR PACKET — Click here for exhibitor information.

MEMPHIS MAP & TOURIST GUIDE: To flip the pages, click the corners of the booklet and plan where you'd like to go!

See you in Memphis!




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 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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