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John Barry, Major General (RET) to lead LED program, NAPT workshop
NAPT is pleased to announce John Barry as the keynote speaker of the NAPT LED (Leading Every Day) Initiative at the NAPT Summit on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.. He will also present at a Summit workshop on Sunday afternoon.

A former superintendent of Aurora Public Schools, Barry served in the Air Force for over 30 years as a combat veteran, fighter pilot/USAF "Top Gun" graduate and Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense. He retired in 2004 as a "2 Star", Major General, and he served his last tour on active duty as Board Member and Executive Director for the Space Shuttle Columbia Accident Investigation.

His LED presentation will focus on leadership lessons derived from his work on the Space Shuttle project, and how this information from complex organizations outside of education can be readily applied to the K-12 arena.

The NAPT LED Initiative is a unique opportunity for NAPT members to further their professional expertise. There is an additional $100 fee to attend this pre-conference event.

Barry will also participate in a workshop on Sunday, Oct. 20 in our Safety & Security track. His "Deploying a Successful Crisis Management Plan," stems from a response model that he developed — and was utilized by emergency responders during the Aurora shooting in a Colorado movie theatre July 20, 2012, while he was the Aurora Public Schools Superintendent. The APS (Aurora Public Schools) Crisis Management Plan is an integrated school and community approach. APS's five-phase Crisis and Disaster Recovery Plan has since become the gold standard for districts.

Barry is an Honor graduate of the USAF Academy with a double major in International Affairs and Political Science, received his Master's in Public Administration from Oklahoma University, was a White House Fellow in 1986-1987, attended the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard on a fellowship in 1993-1994 and is a graduate of the Broad Superintendent Academy in 2004.

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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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NAPT NEWS


Anderson and Gleaves nominated to run for NAPT Board of Directors
David C. Anderson has been nominated for re-election to the NAPT Board of Directors. He was nominated to his current Region 5 Director seat by Pam McDonald, Orange USD, Orange, Calif., and seconded by Launi Schmutz Harden, Transportation Director, Washington County SD, St. George Utah.

Dwight Gleaves, Vice President of Sales, Hydrotex, Farmers Branch, Texas, has been nominated to run for the NAPT Board of Directors as Affiliate Member Director. He was nominated by Corky Bynum, Vice President, Safety Systems and Controls, Inc., Houston, Texas, and seconded by Brandon Billingsley, President, Heavy Duty Bus Parts.

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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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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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: BITZER US, Inc., ESW Group, National Bus Sales, Inc., and School Training Solutions. 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.

BITZER US, Inc. (www.bitzerus.com) designs, manufactures and supports refrigeration and air conditioning technology.

ESW Group (www.eswgroup.com) develops, tests and obtains regulatory product approvals for leading emissions technologies.

National Bus Sales, Inc. (www.nationalbus.com) provides new and used buses for all facets of the school bus industry and beyond.

School Training Solutions (www.smarthorizons.org) offers content development, product delivery, student enrollment, support and record keeping.

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INDUSTRY NEWS


Researchers: Hands-free infotainment isn't the solution to distracted driving
The Huffington Post
Automakers are touting voice-activated infotainment systems as a responsible, safety-conscious response to the demands of the modern consumer: In a time of near-ubiquitous connectivity, drivers want access to their phones, their music, their emails and their apps on the go, and hands-free technologies should eliminate the need to look away from the road. Yet safety advocates accuse the automakers of misrepresenting safety concerns when peddling new products. Far from making driving safer, they say, these infotainment systems simply enable car makers to pack their models with high-priced devices that still create cognitive distractions for drivers — with potentially fatal consequences.
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Alabama parents beg school officials to reverse school bus cuts at forum
AL.com
More than 500 people recently filled the theater at Spain Park High School in Hoover for a forum on the Hoover school board's decision to eliminate school bus service in the 2014-2015 school year. Parents, grandparents, students, business people and other community members listened to school officials spend about 45 minutes explaining the school system's financial struggles and "unsustainable" path of deficit spending. Then, they gave school officials a piece of their mind.
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A happy school life lost to unseen tormentors
The Boston Globe
Isabella "Belle" Hankey says she had no enemies, no feuds. She was happy, popular, played softball. She had athletic rivals, but no one, she thought, who would ever do this. For a year and a half, she said, she was tortured by bullies at Concord-Carlisle High School. "I hated walking in the halls, thinking that you could be walking by the person that hates you," Hankey, 18, said in an interview. Hankey recently filed a $2 million federal civil rights lawsuit against the towns of Concord and Carlisle, the Concord-Carlisle school district, and three school administrators, alleging that the school did nothing to stop the bullying, which included death threats. Instead, the suit says, there were efforts to scrub graffiti before it could be photographed, and one of the administrators allegedly destroyed evidence.
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As Arkansas students return, school bus safety is top priority
The Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle
Classes start across Arkansas this month, and the Education Department will soon be implementing a new program called "Flashing Red, Kids Ahead." The program will last three weeks, and help educate those driving around schools that it is illegal and dangerous to pass buses when their lights are flashing.
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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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Everyone is a pedestrian
U.S. Department of Transportation FastLane
Whether you live in a city or a small town, and whether you drive a car, take the bus or ride a train, at some point in the day, everyone is a pedestrian. Unfortunately, in 2011, pedestrians in the U.S. were one of the very few groups of road users to experience an increase in fatalities. So as part of the campaign to combat that increase, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is making available $2 million in pedestrian safety grants. NHTSA has also joined with the Federal Highway Administration to launch a one-stop shop of safety tips and resources at www.nhtsa.gov/everyoneisapedestrian.
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Moonlighting Texas teachers ordered to stop driving school buses
KENS-TV
VideoBrief A group of veteran Dallas Independent School District teachers who drive school buses for extra income say they have been given a shocking ultimatum: Either keep driving a bus, or teach for DISD; you can no longer do both. They are employees of Dallas County Schools, hired by DISD to drive children to and from school. Thirty-seven of them are full-time employees of DISD. Driving a bus provides teachers with a critical second income. Some have been doing both jobs for decades. Until now, that is. DISD Superintendent Mike Miles has adopted a new policy, saying drivers and teachers can no longer do both.
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Hollywood director takes on texting while driving
The New York Times
As a toddler, Xzavier Davis-Bilbo loved to scramble around the house and yard. Nicknamed "X," the boy imitated plays from his hometown Green Bay Packers. Then tragedy struck. Walking across the street with his older sister, he was struck by an oncoming car and is now is paralyzed, living in a wheelchair, breathing through a ventilator. He was hit by a driver who was texting, her face so buried in her phone that she didn't stop at the Stop sign, and was speeding, in a school zone. His story, and his mother's reflections, are included in a new documentary by Werner Herzog called "From One Second to the Next."
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'Buses and burgers': Consolidating school support services has unclear benefits
MLive
Michigan's education chief says letting the state's more than 550 public school districts focus on teaching while intermediate school districts handle the administrative functions will improve classroom finances and help reduce the number of local districts facing budget deficits. The logistics of implementing such a plan, and the savings districts and the state might see from the change, however, are not entirely clear. What is clear is that intermediate school districts are anxious to give the plan a chance to work.
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How a digital 'bullying button' can help social workers tackle cyber-bullying
The Guardian
Bullying is not a new phenomenon, but in this digital age there are so many more channels for bullying to take place. Where previously a young person might have had a few hours of peace after leaving the school gates, now they can experience abuse any time of day or night, in their most private of surroundings through their mobile phone or laptop computer. When young people are being bullied at school, we tell them to report it to professionals or parents when they get home. When they're being bullied in their own bedroom, it is often a lot harder for them to reach out for help.
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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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