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REGISTER NOW FOR THE 2013 NAPT SUMMIT – in Grand Rapids, Mich.!


Please join us for The NAPT Summit, scheduled for October 19-24, in Grand Rapids, Mich.! Registration is open and the hotel is taking reservations, so don't delay!

We are delighted to announce we'll be at the elegant surroundings of the Amway Grand, once again! Please be sure to make your hotel reservation through Passkey on our website to obtain the NAPT discount.

Whether you are a delegate or an exhibitor, there is something for you. Please visit our website www.napt.org/summit for:

I. Delegate Registration – online or hard copy option
II. Exhibitor Packet
III. Hotel Link
IV. Ground Travel/Shuttle Information

See you in Grand Rapids!




New conference format
In order to bring you more content this year, we have introduced the concept of headliners and spin-offs. The headliner session (lasting a total of 60 minutes) will introduce the speakers and topics of the morning (or afternoon) from which you may choose. At the conclusion of the headliner, attendees will then adjourn to a different room with the speaker of their choice for a 30-minute (spin-off) workshop to dig deeper in that particular topic area. We have four major topic areas — special needs, fleet maintenance, safety & security, and key performance indicators. An expert will introduce — in 15 minutes — what s/he would like to explore in a spin-off. The second speaker previews his/her topic and so on. After hearing each of the 4 speakers, you may decide which session you'd most like to explore further in the spin-off session.
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The NAPT Resolutions Committee needs your help!
The NAPT Resolutions Committee is seeking your assistance and involvement in identifying issues on which NAPT could and should adopt association positions and policies. We are intent on taking steps to strengthen our already visible presence on key issues with formal, written statements that are adopted by the membership on an annual basis at our Annual Summit.
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You're invited to the 2013 NAPT Summit!
This year's NAPT Summit in Grand Rapids, Mich., is sure to please! In addition to the topics listed below, these top notch speakers are sure to leave you with inspiring messages and instructive advice that can be applied effectively and immediately to your operations.

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Vice Chairman Christopher A. Hart has been invited to speak on Sunday morning, Oct. 20, at a joint NASDPTS/NAPT session at this years' NAPT Summit. He held a previous term at the NTSB and has served at the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. He is expected to discuss recent investigation results.

Emmy-nominated writer and historian Daniel Blake Smith will present a screening of the film, "Impact: After the Crash." This reenactment of the catastrophic May 14, 1988, Carrollton, Ky., incident shares inspirational stories of survivors during this 25th anniversary year. You won't want to miss this Sunday morning opening session, co-presented with NASDPTS.

A rare virus sidelined Victoria Arlen when she was 11 years old, leaving her partially paralyzed but 100 percent determined not to be defined by disability. Now a member of the U. S. Paralympic swimming team, she has earned a gold medal, three silvers and a world-record in the women's 200 freestyle. Her presentation is brought to you by Q'Straint and NAPT.

John Parry, a 13-year NFL referee, has officiated nine playoff games, including an NFC Championship and Super Bowls XLI and XLVI. After 18 years flying corporate jets, he also built a successful financial services business. Parry will share lessons learned across multiple fronts on Tuesday morning, Oct. 22.

2013 NAPT Summit topics to be covered
*Tentative — subject to change
  • Dubai Project Update
  • NTSB Report
  • KPI Project Update
  • Student Tracking
  • Safety in School Transport in the UAE
  • Operations Manual
  • Hot Topics in Special Needs Transportation
  • Transporting Head Start Students
  • Clean Transportation Initiative
  • KPIs for Small Districts
  • Special Needs Panel: Parent & Client Perspectives
  • Safety & Security Survey Summary
  • Illegal Passing
  • Transporting Critically Ill Students
  • Threat Assessment
  • Driver Recruitment & Retention
  • NHTSA Report
  • KPI Bootcamp
  • Travel Training
  • Distracted Driving
  • Mechanic/Garage Safety –OSHA
  • Student Behavior Management
  • Operation Lifesaver
  • Shared Services

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NAPT NEWS


NAPT statement on NTSB recommendations derived from Chesterfield, NJ crash
The National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) has long sought science-based information and definitive recommendations from federal-level experts on the question of how best to make decisions that will definitively improve safety in school transportation.

Today, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) added valuable new information to the discussion about improving passenger crash protection in a school bus. We have the highest regard for the NTSB and the work it does in all its crash investigations.

We continue to believe that state and local policy-makers need information like this, information derived from fact-based analysis and testing as well as recommendations based on data and science rather than emotions, to make decisions that will improve the passenger crash protection system in large school buses.

We look forward to working with NTSB and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to evaluate the practicability of implementing the recommendations that have been offered today.

In the meantime, parents should be reassured that school buses remain safe for their children and are, in fact, the safest way for them to get to and home from school. We encourage NTSB and NHTSA to reinforce and reiterate that message whenever possible.

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2013 NAPT Election: Seats open for Regions 1 and 5, Affiliate Member, President-Elect
Four seats on the NAPT Board of Directors are open for election this year: Region 1, Region 5, President-Elect and Affiliate Member. Any person who wishes to be a candidate for NAPT president-elect or regional director must be an active individual member of the association for at least two years; a candidate for affiliate member director must be a current business partner individual member.

Anyone interested in running for president-elect or regional director must be nominated by a minimum of two active individual members of the association; candidates for regional director must be nominated by individuals from that particular region. Individuals running for affiliate member director must be nominated by at least two current business partner individual members.

The president-elect is selected by vote of all active members. Regional directors are selected by vote of only those active members whose mailing address is within that specific region. The affiliate member director is chosen by NAPT Business Partner Individual Members only. The President Elect serves a 4-year term (two as President-Elect, 2twoas President); the Regional Director serves for three years and the Affiliate Member serves for two years.

Call 800-989-NAPT for additional information from NAPT headquarters.

2013 election dates and deadlines

NAPT Elections Committee Chair Peter F. Mannella has announced the following dates and deadlines for the 2013 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 no later than the close of business on Wednesday, Sept. 4.

ABSENTEE BALLOTS MAILED TO VOTERS — Official absentee ballots will be mailed to all eligible voters no later than Thursday, Sept. 19.

ABSENTEE BALLOT RETURN — All absentee ballots must be received at NAPT headquarters no later than Wednesday, Oct. 9.

Election Day is Wednesday, Oct. 23. Elections will be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan on the Trade Show floor from 10 a.m. - noon.

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

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Henry nominated to run for NAPT Board of Directors
Keith P. Henry, CDPT, Pupil Transportation Director at Independence School District, Independence, Missouri, has been nominated to run for the NAPT Board of Directors as president-elect. Henry was nominated by Steve Kalmes, President, JSK Consulting, Eagle River, Alaska and seconded by Denny Coughlin, President, School Bus Training Company, Rosemount, Minn.

Elections for president-elect, Region 1 director, Region 5 director and NAPT affiliate member director, will be held this fall during the 39th Annual NAPT Conference & Trade Show in Grand Rapids, Mich. Visit www.napt.org for additional information.

Any person who wishes to be a candidate for NAPT president-elect or regional director must be an active individual member of the association for at least two years; a candidate for affiliate member director must be current business partner individual members.

Anyone interested in running for president-elect or regional director must be nominated by a minimum of two active individual members of the association; candidates for regional director must be nominated by individuals from that particular region. Individuals running for affiliate member director must be nominated by at least two current business partner individual members.

The president-elect is selected by a vote of all active members. Regional directors are selected by vote of only those active members whose mailing address is within that specific region. The affiliate member director is chosen by NAPT business partner individual members only.

Call 800-989-NAPT for additional information from NAPT headquarters.

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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: American Cooling Technology, Easy Bus, Inc., Lion Bus, and Timeware, Inc. 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.

American Cooling Technology (www.actusa.us.com) designs, manufactures and supports a line of advanced bus air conditioning systems for school bus, commercial, shuttle and transit buses. They also offer specification support, product testing, service parts and training services.

Easy Bus, Inc. (www.easybus.com) manufactures software that addresses the many challenges facing each field trip or charter that departs from a bus garage: driver training, vehicle maintenance, scheduling, online trip/charter requests, approval processes, budgeting, driver selection, invoicing, and reporting.

Lion Bus (www.lionbuses.com) manufactures MFSAB and Type C buses for the Canadian and U. S. markets. Vehicle design features anti-corrosion materials that reduce rust; the wider body increases both driver visibility and enhances seating capacity.

Timeware, Inc. (www.timewareinc.com) is a provider of cost-effective workforce management solutions for the U.S. market. The powerful, easy-to-use and Web-enabled devices manage everything from HR administration and scheduling, to attendance and payroll.

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NAPT PDS and SNT courses available at many upcoming conferences
For NAPT members interested in pursuing career development, certification and recertification, and/or the NAPT Special Needs Endorsement, 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, including a link to the conference site.

MAPT (Maine Association for Pupil Transportation): 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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INDUSTRY NEWS


Alabama cuts school bus service in 2014-2015 school year to save $2.5 million
AL.com
Hoover city schools recently voted to cut school bus service to all but special education students in the 2014-2015 school year. In that memo, superintendent Andy Craig argues the move is needed because of rising costs and shrinking revenue. "This was a tough choice to make. However, we want to remain focused on our number one goal: providing a top-notch classroom experience for all of our students. Most of our funding streams remain in a state of volatility. We will realize significant savings by making these changes to transportation and will continue to look for other areas in which to save taxpayer money and simultaneously protect the classroom," system spokesman Jason Gaston wrote in an email to AL.com.
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Officers train for dangerous situations
The Clanton Advertiser
Jefferson State Community College in Alabama is in the business of educating people, but passers-by might not have known what exactly the men in body armor with big guns charging onto a school bus were learning this past week. The recent exercises were part of a "high-risk" law enforcement training being taught by Mark Bailey, Jeff State's chief of campus police, at the Clanton Conference and Performing Arts Center adjacent to Jeff State's Chilton-Clanton center. The training focused on serving warrants, officer rescues, narcotics investigation, bus assaults and active shooters—basically the most dangerous aspects of being a police officer.
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Louisiana bus drivers demand change
KPLC-TV
VideoBrief Bus drivers for the Calcasieu Parish School System say they have had enough. At Tuesday night's school board meeting, some bus drivers expressed their concern with the lack of substitute bus drivers. For bus drivers in Calcasieu, it's not easy to take a day off of work for sickness or emergency.
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Florida schools get wider reach against bullies
Hernando Today
Careful, bullies: Harassing another student outside of school could land you in-school suspension, according to a new state law that went into effect this month. An amendment to the state's anti-bullying law, or the "Jeffrey Johnson Stand Up For All Students Act," now allows public K-12 school districts to bring disciplinary action for harassment or "cyberbullying" from personal computers, cellphones and other devices, especially when they're used from home. The amendment also mandates school boards across the state revise anti-bullying policy.
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Safer schools with the push of a button?
CBS News
Carroll ISD in Southlake, Texas, will try to make school campuses safer this fall with just the push of a button. It is the latest effort to try to protect students, this one coming in the form of a small black box, no bigger than what you use to unlock your car.

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In the name of security
Wicked Local
It turns out surveillance cameras at stop signs, traffic lights and on school buses are the least of our worries. Soon after writing a column at the end of May titled, "Smile, you could be on camera," two separate news stories broke revealing a bigger concern regarding privacy issues.

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No more bus service, parents riled up about stopped bus rides in Texas
WOIA-TV
Instead of enjoying the summer, Rebecca Garza is hard at work thinking about the upcoming school year and the worries it will bring. Northside Independent School District is ending school bus service for many in her northwest side neighborhood.

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States ramp up efforts to battle distracted driving
Forbes
The threat posed by distracted driving has been steadily growing as more and more people use cell phones and other electronic devices behind the wheel. But there is some good news. A new report finds that states are stepping up efforts to combat distracted driving.
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School bus crash in New York prompts new driver training
WSBT-TV
VideoBriefWawasee Community Schools' superintendent says before school starts, there will be two training sessions for bus drivers. 80 students were hurt in May when four of the district's buses were involved in a chain-reaction accident. Police said one of the drivers was following the other buses too closely. So, this summer's training session will go over what to do in the event of an accident.
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Georgia schools try to stop bullying before it starts
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
Public school students and parents are seeing some changes this year in the way their schools handle bullying. That's because of a law passed by the state Legislature last year that schools are now starting to put into practice.
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Schools to track bus children via GPS
The Santa Fe New Mexican
When school starts Aug. 14, students who ride the bus will be carrying radio frequency identification device cards — known as RFIDs. The cards will allow district officials, and parents, to find out if a student is on the right bus — or on the bus at all. The cards can be monitored through the district transportation department's GPS system.
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'Mean Kids': Classroom innovations, insights on curbing bullying
CBS DC
Can you teach a child to be nice? If you're a parent, chances are your child has either been the victim of a bully, or perhaps been accused of being one themselves. Just as students are given lessons in social studies and arithmetic, Chevy Chase-based teacher Linda Ryden firmly believes that kindness and thoughtfulness can also be taught in the classroom. Ryden leads a unique "peace class" at Lafayette Elementary School in Washington, D.C., where she often assigns children a "kindness pal."
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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 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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