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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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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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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, two as 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 President-Elect, Anderson nominated for a 3rd term as Region 5 Director
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.

David C. Anderson, CDPT, Director of Transportation & Fleet, Adams 12 Five Star Schools, Thornton, Colo., has been nominated to run for re-election as Region 5 Director. Anderson was nominated by Pam McDonald, Transportation Director, Orange USD, Orange, Calif., and seconded by Launi Schmutz Harden, Transportation Director, Washington County School District, St. George, Utah.

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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NAPT Special Needs Transportation graduates
Congratulations to the following who have recently graduated from the SNT program:

Catherine T. Staggs (#65), with Alabama State DOE, Birmingham, AL
Dale Gorham (#66), with Stafford County Public Schools, Fredericksburg, VA
Regina Hancock (#67) with Lee's Summit R-7 School District, Lee's Summit, MO

The NAPT Special Needs Transportation Training Program provides numerous opportunities for transportation personnel serving students with disabilities to access educational opportunities at both local and national conferences and to gain national recognition for their efforts.

The program has a core curriculum that consists of six special needs courses in a variety of different settings, including a school bus roadeo and a trade show of school transportation products and services. The core curriculum is supplemented by two courses of elective instruction from the NAPT Professional Development Series Program. The syllabus for the core curriculum has been specifically designed to increase an individual's specific knowledge about transporting students with disabilities.

To access more information about the NAPT SNT program, including a detailed program description, application and SNT brochure, visit here.

To see the list of current graduates visit here.

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'Stand your ground' applies to school bus fights, too
MSN News
A boy who got into a fight with a girl on a school bus can claim self-defense under Florida's "stand your ground" law, an appeals court says. Florida's "stand your ground" law can apply to students fighting on a school bus as much as it does to claims of self-defense in deadly shootings, a Florida appeals court recently ruled.
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Zero tolerance for distracted driving with bus operators
WOWT-TV
VideoBrief With school right around the corner, parents have a lot think about, that includes how their child is getting to school. Channel six spoke with Student Transportation of Nebraska about policies regarding cellphones. "Drivers are allowed to have phones but they are not allowed to use them while operating a school bus," said David Prince, Omaha General Manager STA. This means no texting, no hands free devices, nothing involving a phone is allowed. The only exception is a true emergency.
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Bus drivers work hard to keep students safe during the school year
The Times of Northwest Indiana
Twice a day children bound up the steps and scatter to find their favorite seats. Someone takes a good look down the aisle and the rows of seats, makes sure each child is properly seated, and settles into the driver's seat. The big yellow school bus is ready to roll. But it's not quite that simple. Before the school year even starts, buses and drivers are put through their paces.
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Schools can get tougher with bullies
Northwest Florida Daily News
When Florida schools resume classes later this month, they will have more power to deal with bullying. The new rules, which were adopted by the Legislature in the spring, expand situations in which educators can launch investigations into alleged bullying incidents. "It's definitely broadened the scope," said David Gunter, director of middle schools for the Santa Rosa County School District. "There's going to be more situations where the school gets involved."
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DOE invests in energy efficiency for small buildings
GreenBiz
Most efforts to upgrade buildings have focused on big ones so far, but now the Department of Energy is turning to small ones, too. Schools, churches, strip malls, restaurants and grocery stores will benefit.

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NTSB calls for wireless technology to let all vehicles 'talk' to each other
NBC News
Federal safety authorities recently called for all U.S. cars, trucks and buses to come equipped with technology that would allow them to "talk" to one another to help avoid accidents.

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Louisiana bus drivers demand change
KPLC-TV
Bus drivers for the Calcasieu Parish School System say they have had enough. At a recent school board meeting, some bus drivers expressed their concern with the lack of substitute bus drivers.

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Kansas school buses switch to a cleaner fuel
The Kansas City Star
Lee's Summit schools are driving into a bright yellow future by converting virtually the entire fleet of school buses and other vehicles from dirty diesel fuel to cleaner natural gas. No fewer than 106 brand new yellow buses will hit the streets this coming semester in what is believed to be the largest conversion of a school fleet to natural gas in the country. "It's quieter, it's cleaner and it costs less," said Linda Thompson, transportation director for the school district. "It's the perfect formula."
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Spain train crash shows importance of taking distracted driving seriously
The Huffington Post
The revelation that the driver responsible for the recent train crash in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, was on the phone with the train's on-board ticket inspector in the moments before the accident has further added to growing concerns among regulators worldwide about the pernicious consequences of phone use while operating vehicles, trains and planes.
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New test could impact number of North Carolina bus drivers hired this school year
WECT-TV
Attention school bus drivers: Before you go back to work this fall you may want to make sure you're in decent shape. There's a new state test to determine if you will keep your job. Currently, school bus drivers in North Carolina have to go through a three day course where they must pass a written test. And, they have to pass a three day driving test. Ken Nance, the director of transportation for New Hanover County Schools says since most bus drivers are part-time, there is already a high turnover rate. But a new required physical test could make it even harder to maintain drivers.
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Share your expertise with others
MultiBriefs
In an effort to enhance the overall content of the NAPT MultiView News Brief, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of NAPT, your knowledge and experience in the industry can be of great help to your fellow members. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit, and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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Indiana police issue safety tips for parents, students as school begins
WXIN-TV
Now that the official start of school is approaching, police would like to ask all citizens to review a couple safety tips to prepare for another start to a school year. Whether children walk to school, ride a bicycle or bus to school, the following tips will help everyone ensure the safety of this year's students.
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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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