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Newly released Summit agenda!

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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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Summit announcement: New advisory panel on fleet service issues
NAPT President Alexandra Robinson and President-elect Don Carnahan have invited several notable experts to serve as an ad hoc Advisory Panel on fleet service issues for the NAPT Board of Directors. Marshall Casey from South Carolina, Mike Kenney and Robert Petersen from Washington and Brian Weisinger from Texas have agreed to work with NAPT Board members David Anderson and Dave McDonald to establish an infrastructure within NAPT that will enhance dialogue among people with a particular interest in fleet service issues including things like vehicle and parts specifications, vehicle and related equipment maintenance, inventory management, shop audits, life-cycle analysis, benchmarking, alternative fuels and green technology, to name but a few. The Advisory Panel is currently planning several sessions and broad-based group discussions for the 2012 NAPT Summit in Memphis this October and will lead a regular effort thereafter to assess and analyze issues, predict trends and make recommendations for education, training and related products that will be helpful to NAPT members in particular and the industry at large. Anyone interested in being involved in this project should send email to mike.martin@napt.org to be added to a mailing list for information and announcements.



INDUSTRY NEWS


As the school year begins, let's make sure students arrive safely
U.S. Department of Transportation FastLane    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With summer drawing to a close and students returning to school, we need to remind parents, caregivers and everyone traveling on our nation's roads to stay alert and drive responsibly so our children can arrive at their classrooms and return home safely. More

Doran Sleeping Child Check® Monitor

Avoid the traumatic experience and potentially dangerous situation from a child being left alone on a bus. If a driver fails to deactivate the Doran Sleeping Child Check® monitor and exits the bus, the horn will be activated to remind the driver to search to the rear of the bus.
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Hang up! Group wants national ban on driving with cellphones
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If you're jabbering away on a handheld phone while driving — no matter what state you're in — hang up! So says the Governors Highway Safety Assn., which is urging all states to ban drivers from using handheld cellphones in an effort to curb distracted driving. More

Is dance the anti-bullying cure?
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A young boy sees his parents fight at home. He's bullied at school, and witnesses another fight on the bus. Finally, he lashes out. Could dance stop this cycle? If you spend enough time speaking with Dance 4 Peace founder Sara Potler, you could very quickly become convinced that, while dance my not be a solution unto itself, if taught using a set of specific guidelines, it can arm young people with the tools to empathize, resolve conflict amicably and, ultimately, cope. More

High-tech buses, gadgets change the ride to school
The Forecaster    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Richard Munson can trace the rise of technology through his school bus. More specifically, the loud buses he drove for most of the last 27 years for the Cape Elizabeth School Department have become quiet in recent years — at least with the older students. Now, he said, the middle school and high school students on the bus are quiet, most of them fixed on the iPads they get free from the school, or on their cellphones. This behavior reflects a growing trend among teens whose dominant daily mode of communication is through text messages, according to a Pew Research Center study earlier this year. More

Could rise of alternative fuel vehicles change the way fuel is taxed?
The MetroWest Daily News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's a sharp pain felt rather acutely for most people at least once a week — the gas tax. That extra 39.4 cents per gallon is levied to help pay for maintenance and improvement on the roads, and was instituted with the intention of soliciting fair contributions from drivers: the more you drive, the more you pay. However, with many drivers switching to fuel-efficient vehicles like hybrids or all-electrics, and the federal government recently raising targeted average fuel economy to 54.5 miles-per-gallon by 2025, some states are looking at whether a new tax system is necessary to make sure everyone is paying their fair share. More


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Officials look to curb bullying on school buses
Wayne Patch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
School district officials in Wayne, N.J., will stress the importance of eliminating bullying on school buses this year. Bus drivers will receive additional training on how to identify and stop bullying incidents on the district's fleet of 63 buses. More

Mobile app makes texting while driving virtually impossible
Mashable    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Last year, nearly one-quarter of automobile collisions involved cellphones. And the distracted driving epidemic keeps getting worse, particularly among teens new to driving. Nearly 6,000 deaths occurred in the U.S. this year as a result of distracted driving. A new software suite called OneProtect, which includes a mobile app and Web browser, is here to curb the destructive impact our attention to our mobile phones and texting can have on our driving. More

Building a bully-free school
The Advertiser    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Teenagers can choose to behave properly and have respect for others, despite negative influences, motivational speaker Bernie Barras recently told Northside High School students in Lafayete, La. During her presentation, Barras emphasized that nobody can control other people's actions, but people can control their own behavior and responses. More

School bus driver clocks 40 years on road
Louisburg Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Throughout Linda Adams' 40 years of driving a school bus, she's learned to travel through ice storms, maneuver through small, car-lined streets and dodged chickens on rural roads. Adams drives a school bus in Louisburg, Mo., for students in kindergarten through high school, and many of those students' parents also rode her bus at one time. "I've had three generations on my bus," said Adams. More

Chicago unveils 1st pedestrian safety plan
Chicago Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Chicago Department of Transportation's new pedestrian plan has more than 250 recommendations for long-term and short-term improvements, some of which were installed during this year's road construction season. The priorities, as defined by CDOT with input from the public, include improving safety for children and seniors around schools and parks, improving access to transit, safer crossings at intersections and increasing space for pedestrians. More

Alarming video depicts dangers of distracted driving
CBS DC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
VideoBriefDistracted driving is a growing national problem, and hospital and government leaders in Maryland are turning to shock video to help spread the message. In the video, "Get the Message," a group of teenagers are involved in a major accident after the young woman behind the wheel crashes into a fence while texting. The images are disturbing, but John Kuo, with the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, says that's the point. More

NAPT NEWS


Proposed amendments to NAPT by-laws pass
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Members voting in a recent membership-wide mail ballot approved eight proposed amendments to the NAPT by-laws overwhelmingly. The amendments passed by a vote of 237 to 12; the changes go into effect on Oct. 25, at the conclusion of the NAPT Annual Conference.

Article IV, Section 4.20 was amended to reduce from 10 to eight, the number of seats on the NAPT Board by eliminating the two director-at-large positions. In a related move, voters agreed not to fill the at-large seat that will become vacant when long-time Director at-large Launi Schmutz leaves office on Oct. 25, and that Article IV, Section 4.33 (which specifies the term of office for an at-large director) will be repealed in its entirety on Oct. 25, 2013, when the other Director-at-large Keith Henry's term ends. The remaining amendments either eliminated references to the director-at-large positions or renumbered related sections of Article IV.


Simmons nominated to run for NAPT Board of Directors
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Stephen A. Simmons, III, director of transportation at Columbus City Schools, has been nominated to run for the NAPT Board of Directors as Region 3 director. Simmons was nominated by Brian J. Whitta, transportation director of Bowling Green City School District, Bowling Green, Ohio, and seconded by Pete Japikse, state director of Pupil Transportation, Ohio Department of Education, Columbus, Ohio.

Elections for this position will be held this fall during the 38th Annual NAPT Conference & Trade Show in Memphis, Tenn. Visit www.napt.org for additional information.

Any person who wishes to be a candidate for regional director must be an active individual member of the association for at least two years.

Anyone interested in running for 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. Regional directors are selected by vote of only those active members whose mailing address is within that specific region.

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


NAPT Awards Program — application deadline is September 15
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The National Association for Pupil Transportation, together with support from our sponsors, is proud to offer an annual awards program to individuals and operators responsible for the safe transport of school children. Please consider nominating one of your dedicated staff, as we are accepting applications for the following awards:

IC Driver Trainer Award — Established to recognize school districts with exemplary driver training programs. Deadline: Sept. 15

Sure-Lok Special Needs Transportation Award — Created to recognize superior special needs transportation service. Deadline: Sept. 15

Blue Bird Heroism Award — Established to recognize heroism or acts of courage relating to school transportation. Deadline: Sept. 15

Thomas Built Buses Continuing Education Award — Founded to encourage professional growth in the student transportation industry. Deadline: Sept .15

Please log on to our website for applications and additional information: www.napt.org.


Deadline approaches for 2012 NAPT 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, 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.orgfor more information.

Zonar Scholarships
Zonar Ten — 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.orgfor 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.orgfor more information or consult your Zonar Account Manager at naptgrant@zonarsystems.com.




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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