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Want to save $100 on your NAPT Summit registration? Good, because you have less than 2 weeks left before the full conference rate goes up! Our full conference rate is only $299 before August 1. Take advantage of this great discount...register online today!
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What to Expect
NAPT's Annual Conference & Trade Show is consistently recognized as the premier school transportation event in the nation. Over a course of 4 days, we offer nationally-recognized speakers ready to reignite your passion for the industry, provide concrete examples of the value of participation in non-profit organizations, inspire us all towards ground-breaking achievements, and provide the latest federal updates. Plus, you'll have the opportunity to sit in on dozens of workshops featuring industry leaders addressing the latest topics critical to your day-to-day operations. And of course there's our One-Day Trade Show, featuring more than 120 vendors showcasing new trends, innovative products, and cutting-edge technology designed to ensure student safety, improve efficiency, and increase savings. Click here to learn more about this year's Summit.
The Kansas City Marriott Downtown, approximately 20 minutes from the Kansas City International Airport (MCI) will serve as our headquarters hotel and a block of rooms has been set aside for Summit delegates. Reserve your room at the reduced NAPT rate of $134/night, plus tax (~$158.33/night), or call 800-228-9290. Individuals are encouraged to make reservations early. In order to secure the reduced rate, reservations must be made by October 8, 2014.
So, mark your calendar and make plans to be in Kansas City, MO November 8-11 for NAPT's 40th Annual Summit: Driving Innovation. We look forward to seeing you there!
Peter & Linda Lawrence offer scholarship for NAPT Annual Summit
Long-time member Peter Lawrence, Director of Transportation for the Fairport (NY) Public Schools, and his wife Linda, are again offering a scholarship that will help four school bus driver trainers attend the NAPT Annual Summit this year.
This scholarship will cover the registration fee of NAPT's 2014 Annual Summit, which takes place November 8 through November 11, 2014 in Kansas City, Kansas. Download the application today.
Peter and Linda Lawrence Training Scholarships will be awarded to school bus driver trainers or front line supervisors who work for a school district or private school bus company and train transportation staff either full or part-time. Candidates must have held an industry position for at least three years. Please note: this award defrays the cost of registration only – winners are responsible for all other associated costs.
Applicants must submit a cover letter that contains a brief statement of financial need and two letters of recommendation. The letters of recommendation must be from the applicant's immediate supervisor and/or school district or company administrator. The letter should detail how the candidate’s professional capabilities and personal integrity justify receiving the scholarship. A description of why s/he would like to receive the scholarship, what s/he hopes to achieve by attending, and how the training will further enhance the candidate's effectiveness as a trainer, is also required.
Download the application today.
The deadline to submit an application for the NAPT conference is September 12, 2014. A formal announcement declaring the winners will be made on September 19, 2014.
Skills training meets friendly competition @ NAPT's America's Best
Calling all school bus technicians, inspectors, driver trainers, and specialized transportation personnel! Join your peers this November for NAPT's annual America's Best Training and Skills Competition. Visit our website for more information, and be sure to download the registration brochure today.
For the first time, this year's America's Best will be offered during our 40th Annual Summit: Driving Innovation, November 8-11 in Kansas City, MO. The popular safety program is also expanding this year to include two pilot programs: the first ever driver trainer competition, and a specialized transportation component.
The America's Best event offers a great opportunity to show off your skills, connect with peers from around the nation, improve your knowledge, and have valuable hands-on and classroom training from industry experts. This year's program includes a full agenda that will provide a one-of-a-kind opportunity to attend national level training programs, interact with some of the industry's top talent, and learn about the latest products, technology, and techniques available to improve your operations and programs.
Visit our website to find our more, and those interested in participating should download and complete the registration form.
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NAPT & Zonar Systems partner to offer members $50,000 equipment grants
Looking for new, state-of-the-art equipment for your buses? NAPT and Zonar Systems have again partnered to provide grants for $50,000 in the latest school bus security/safety/efficiency equipment. Take advantage of this member benefit and download the grant application here.
The 2014 grants will be awarded to school districts that submit proposals for utilizing Zonar's widely acclaimed Electronic Fleet Management Solutions, including their Electronic Vehicle Inspection Reporting (EVIR®) system. New for 2014, school districts applying for and receiving the grants will be notified on a rolling basis, allowing them to implement the systems in advance of the 2014-2015 school year if they so choose. Recipients will also be recognized in November at the NAPT Summit: Driving Innovation in Kansas City, MO.
Grants are only open to NAPT members in good standing. Please contact NAPT headquarters at 800.989.NAPT (6278) to verify or renew your membership, or join online today! Applications will be accepted in NAPT headquarters through October 15, 2014. Zonar will evaluate the applications and make final decisions on an ongoing basis.
Details on the requirements and application process are at www.napt.org and information about Zonar products and services at www.zonarsystems.com.
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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: APP-GARDEN, Collins Bus Corp., Ricon Corp., and Unity School Bus Parts. 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.
APP-GARDEN (www.app-garden.com) is a suite of products developed by Cook Consulting, Inc. With 25 years' experience in technology for education and a tremendous amount of experience in the administrative processes throughout school districts, their desire for the App-Garden is to grow the efficiency of your district.
Collins Bus Corp. (www.collinsbus.com) makes sure every type a bus is a TYPE A+. Their businesses are all about reaching destinations. It's about moving students safely from one location to another, day after day. Not long ago, Collins Bus made a move of their own. They set out to make a Type A bus that would be more than acceptable - it would be exceptional. A true A plus.
Ricon Corp. – (www.riconcorp.com) innovation has lead the industry in the design, manufacture and installation of wheelchair lifts and ramps for commercial, paratransit, transit, motorcoach and passenger rail vehicles. Ricon A Wabtec Subsidiary has also become a leading supplier of graffiti-fighting transit windows. Operating from a modern facility in Los Angeles, Ricon Corp. is the largest manufacturer of its kind in the world.
Unity School Bus Parts (www.unityparts.com) is a leader in aftermarket school bus parts that specializes in general body parts, safety equipment and products for special need children. All of their products are in full compliance with State and Federal regulations. As a Nationwide Distributor, their goal is to make sure all of their customers receive consistent service through fast dependable delivery and competitive pricing each and every time an order is placed.
Protect your students with the safety alarm from Transportation Safety Products, Inc. Our Child Safety Alarm System™ is an advanced voice alarm that alerts children with three distinct, clear, and loud voice messages. You tailor the message.
Coming soon is our panic button, which alerts students outside to drivers illegally passing the bus.
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City getting 78 new school buses
Richmond Public Schools is going to replace more than a third of its school buses, beginning the modernization of a fleet that in recent years has grown old, unreliable and expensive to maintain. The School Board this week approved a seven-year, $7 million plan to buy 60 regular education and 18 special education buses from Blue Bird. "I think this is going to have two big impacts," said Chief Operations Officer Tommy Kranz. "It's going to cut down on fuel expenses and it's going to cut down on maintenance expenses." It's the first large-scale school bus replacement in years.
Stopping the bully in your classroom
While bullying has long existed, it has only recently been recognized as a pervasive problem in schools across the nation. According to recent studies, up to 30 percent of U.S. students in 6th through 10th grade are involved in moderate to frequent bullying either as bullies, victims, or witnesses/bystanders. This means that nearly one in three children will be involved in bullying at some point in their education journey. With an ever-increasing emphasis on academic outcomes, the link between student behavior and academic achievement can no longer be denied. If students are acting out, disturbing others, interrupting lessons, or suffering under fear, the learning environment is compromised.
Background checks now mandatory for Montana school bus drivers
Montana school bus drivers are now required by law to undergo criminal background checks, due to a recent state Board of Public Education rule change. The Board passed the new rule on Thursday, on the heels of an audit that revealed 64 of Montana's roughly 1,500 drivers had a criminal history during the 2011-2012 school year. The rules now dictate that divers have a good driving record, meaning the drivers can't have more than one moving violation for each of the last three years, or license suspensions within the last five years.
Connecting school spending and student achievement
The Washington Post
In the roiling national debate about the best ways to improve public education, one aspect gets scant attention: the relationship between the tax dollars school systems spend and academic results. In a report, the left-leaning Center for American Progress looks at how much "bang for the buck" taxpayers are getting from public schools. Ulrich Boser, who wrote the report, analyzed budgets of 7,000 school districts across about 40 states — which enroll about 80 percent of U.S. public school students — and found some surprising results.
Data is key to improving outcomes for students with special needs
The Huffington Post
For far too long, we as a nation have set unnecessarily low education expectations for students with special needs, limiting their choices and opportunities for success. But thanks to a new U.S. Department of Education directive, things are changing for the better. The department is shifting to a new approach for the nation's 6.5 million children and youth with special needs by focusing on student outcomes instead of simply on how well states comply with procedural requirements.
New Jersey intersection, site of fatal school bus crash, converted to traffic circle
Times of Trenton
The intersection where an 11-year-old girl was killed when her school bus collided with a dump truck in 2012, which was previously controlled by a two-way stop sign, has been reconstructed into a traffic circle. "County Route 528 was the east/west major street on which traffic was not required to stop passing through the intersection," said Joseph Brickey, county director of public works and county engineer. "(Old York Road) was the north/south minor intersecting street controlled by stop signs."
Fuel prices are spiking 2 simple changes could bring them back down
The current spike cycle in oil prices, driven by recent events in Iraq, may take a long while to run its course. With so many unknowns, the prospect of ever higher oil prices is likely. With the western countries weariness over the newest, latest chapter in the region, all too many are simply shrugging their shoulders, hunkering down, ready to endure whatever comes their way regarding oil prices and supply insecurity.
School district interested in student use of CoMo Connect
With the impending rollout of the city's new bus system, Columbia Public Schools officials are considering what options and benefits might be available to their students. Potential exists to market CoMo Connect, the city's new and expansive bus system, to high school and even middle school students, officials say. CPS Superintendent Peter Stiepleman said the district is "extremely interested" in how the public transportation system could support getting students from school to home and back again safely.
Keeping the US Highway Trust Fund from flat lining
President Barack Obama will spend much of this week talking about the need to replenish the U.S. Highway Trust Fund. But he won't propose the simplest and best solution to the problem – an increase in the federal gas tax. The Trust Fund, which has paid for the interstate highway system since its creation in 1956, will go broke by the end of this summer, or soon thereafter. The House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee have both passed short-term fixes to keep highway repair funded through next spring, but they can't agree on funding mechanisms.
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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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