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|Conduct Productive Meetings, Hold Staff Accountable
Addressing issues with staff is sometimes challenging, often because we've never really had training on how to hold them. NAPT's November webinar, Productive Conversations, will provide strategies for holding productive conversations with your team. Online registration is open!
Presenter Karen Main will lead an interactive webinar outlining tips and practices for conducting conversations that hold employees accountable and address performance issues all while maintaining a productive and respectful relationship. Register today!
Date: Wednesday, November 7 @ 1pm ET
Title: Productive Conversations
Presenter: Karen Main, Innovations in Training
Fee: FREE for NAPT members!
We're regularly adding new programs, so visit our website often: www.napt.org/webinars.
Member Benefit Bonus! All NAPT webinars are recorded and available in the Members' Only Section of our website.
|An Exclusive Chat with Peter Mannella — Part 4
On September 30th, Peter Mannella retired after serving 23 years as Executive Director of the New York Association for Pupil Transportation (NYAPT). He has been a long-time member of NAPT and served as our Region 1 Director for nine years. Peter has also been actively involved on NAPT's Public Policy Committee since 2003. Suffice it to say, his insights and perspective have helped shape and fuel the growth of NAPT for a long time.
Peter has graciously agreed to reflect on his work over the last 2+ decades and share with us his thoughts about the past, present and future of the industry. Today, we bring you Part 2 of this exclusive conversation:
Q: What do you see as the greatest challenges we will face as an industry in the next 10 years?
Peter: Aside from the driver shortage which may or may not be cyclical (and is clearly serious), I think that a key challenge for the industry will be in the area of new technologies and fueling systems. Those engaged in the world of the yellow school bus are confident in the safety features that have kept children safe all these years. As a result, many are hesitant or resistant to change and new directions.
But it's important that we keep current and ensure to parents that our school buses are powered with the most efficient and energy-efficient technologies and that we are employing safety technologies that are at work in automobiles, commercial trucks, coach buses and other modes of transportation.
So, in a very real sense, our biggest challenge may be ourselves.
We'll share more of Peter's commentary in the next several issues of the NAPT Dispatch. Stay tuned!
|Zonar and NAPT Announce 2018 Don Carnahan Memorial Grant Recipients
Zonar Awards School Districts with nearly half a million dollars in Smart Fleet Management Hardware to Improve Pupil Transportation Safety in the U.S. and Canada
Zonar, the leader in smart fleet management technology, and the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT), today announced the recipients of the Don Carnahan Grant. These nine districts will receive the latest in fleet management hardware and student tracking technology to improve the safety, effectiveness and efficiency of pupil transportation.
Recipients of the grant are eligible to receive up to $50,000 in industry leading Zonar hardware including: Electronic Verified Inspection Reporting (EVIR®), Global Position System (GPS) and Real Time Engine Diagnostic Reporting (V3™), Student Tracking (Z Pass™), and Ground Traffic Control® web based software. This technology will allow school districts to:
- Brazosport Independent School District, TX
- Caroline County Public Schools, VA
- Howell Township Public Schools, NJ
- Montgomery County Public Schools, MD
- Sayreville Public Schools, NJ
- Socorro Consolidated Schools, NM
- Solano County Office of Education, CA
- Thompson School District R2-J, CO
- Whittier Union High School District, CA
According to Zonar's internal data there are an estimated 480 million school buses on the road in the U.S. — solutions like these can help prevent the over 109 bus accidents that occur annually. From 2013 to 2015 there was an estimated 328 bus related accidents, but only one involved a Zonar vehicle (0.3 percent).
- Improve safety and peace of mind: With the addition of GPS tracking on buses and the use of Z Pass, districts gain visibility into when, where and how buses are operated as well as when and where students are getting on and off the bus.
- Streamline pre- and post-trip inspection: With EVIR districts can eliminate paperwork for inspections and repairs.
- Ensure compliance with regulations: EVIR delivers digitally verifiable records of pre- and post- trip inspections which ensures schools are complying with commercial driver's license (CDL) trip inspection regulations.
- Receive real-time route optimization: With Zonar GPS and Ground Traffic Control, school transportation officials can re-route buses around accidents and traffic resulting in more efficient times of arrival and reduced fuel usage and idle times.
- Improve maintenance: Zonar's V4 delivers insights back to Ground Traffic Control for engine diagnostic and management, cutting down on repair costs.
"With 24 million students riding a school bus each day we want to provide school districts with the technology to give parents peace of mind when their child steps on a bus," said H. Kevin Mest, senior vice president & general manager of passenger services at Zonar. "This grant allows school districts to reduce the upfront cost of acquiring and implementing leading-edge technology systems, and start realizing the benefits of reducing costs and improving student safety."
"The NAPT is excited to partner with Zonar on this grant for the eighth year," said Mike Martin, executive director, NAPT. "Both the NAPT and Zonar are committed to supporting safety initiatives in student transportation and through this joint sponsorship, we have been able to award hundreds of technology grants since 2011."
Recipients of this year's grant will be recognized at the NAPT's Annual Conference & Trade Show in Kansas City, MO on October 27th - 30th.
In addition to the Don Carnahan Memorial Grant, Zonar recognized the value of NAPT's annual Conference and Trade Show, and in an effort encourage its customers to attend, Zonar awards eligible Zonar customers with a scholarship to offset the cost of registration. For information on next year's scholarship opportunity visit www.napt.org when the 2019 NAPT Conference registration opens.
For more information on the Don Carnahan Memorial Grant, visit www.zonarsystems.com/grant-program.
|2018 DERA School Bus Rebate Program is now open
Acting EPA Administrator Wheeler announced the opening of the program at EPA headquarters last week. Eligibility information, a timeline, and application materials can be found online: www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-rebates. Some notable changes from last year's rebate program include:
- Approximately $9 million will be available for rebates. This is the largest amount EPA has offered to date in the rebate program.
- The rebate program will only fund bus replacements (we are not including retrofits this year)
- The selection process will still use a lottery, but the single highest ranked applicant in the lottery for each state and territory will automatically be selected for funding. After that, additional applicants will be selected from the top of the list produced by the lottery process. For example, if we receive 3 eligible applications from Nevada, the highest of those three applicants on the lottery list will be selected. The other two may be selected depending on their placement in the lottery list and the amount of funds available.
|Update your NAPT member profile
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Log in today! Please contact headquarters at 800.989.6278 if you need assistance logging in to the system.
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- Provide a brief professional biography in the space provided so we can learn a little more about you.
- Select your Directory Category by clicking on "My Directory Options" and selecting the appropriate organization type.
|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.
American Traffic Solutions is a leading provider of smart transportation solutions that provide our customers with the highest level of convenience, safety and value.
AMF-Bruns of America has been a global market leader in wheelchair and occupant securements for over 60 years. They manufacture wheelchair securement products, occupant restraint systems and associated equipment for the safe transportation of people in wheelchairs. In the 1970’s they developed the first 4-point system for wheelchairs and occupants. They invented a wheelchair retractor system that is self-locking and self-tensioning to secure the wheelchair. It wasn't until 20 years later that others followed the AMF-Bruns idea. Today they service customers in over 50 countries throughout North & South America, Australia, Asia, Middle East and Africa.
ORAFOL Americas, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of a full range of premium reflective products, graphic films, digital media, laminating films, and industrial tapes used in signage, high visibility safety apparel, vehicle identification, traffic control, graphics, digital printing and screen printing applications. Their distribution network spans the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean.
School Bus Parts Co. is a manufacturer and distributor of parts for all school buses throughout USA, & Canada. They manufacture 14 gauge Aluminized and Stainless Steel Heavy Duty Exhaust Systems, BMR Stop Arms & Crossing Gates, SBP Transportation Vests & Seat Covers and HomeBound Child Alert Systems. Continuing hands on management is still provided by the original owners since 1965. They pride ourselves for our personalized service and very competitive pricing.
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NBC 7 San Diego
Riding the school bus is the safest way for students to get to and from school, the California Highway Patrol said during National School Bus Safety Week. "For kids traveling to school, it's very safe for them in those school buses and it's safe because people follow the rules and do what they're supposed to do," said CHP Officer Jake Sanchez. Students are about 70 times more likely to get to school safely when taking a bus instead of traveling by car, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced over $9 million available nationwide in rebates to replace older diesel school buses through the agency's Diesel Emissions Reduction Act funding. Applicants can apply for rebates between $15,000 and $20,000 per bus to replace buses with engine model years of 2006 and older with new buses powered by 2017 or newer model year engines. Eligible replacement school buses may operate on diesel, gasoline, battery or alternative fuels such as natural gas or propane.
Pennsylvania Auditor General's Office audits found more than $8.4 million in incorrect payments for school transportation in 42 school districts, including three Erie County school districts, in the past three years. The funding errors were found in audits of the 42 school school districts completed since July 1, 2015. State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced his office's findings. Audits found that the Millcreek Township School District received $1.08 million in overpayments, while the Erie School District was underpaid by $272,965 and the Harborcreek Township School District was underpaid by $49,210.
With flu season imminent, U.S. health officials urge everyone 6 months and older to get a flu shot. Already, one unvaccinated child in Florida has died from flu, the officials warned. Not many cases have been reported so far, so it's too soon to know if this year's strains will be as severe as last season's, said Lynnette Brammer, of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Succeeding is so difficult for many people because life can be frustrating. Frustration can provoke many to give up too soon. Each challenge we face offers us the opportunity to grow, to improve upon our skillset, to test our edges and to learn new ways to solve problems. Those who are disciplined make their lives easier as their skill sets increase. To follow are the markers of discipline.
Your morning can dictate the rest of your workday. It's no wonder that so many successful business people follow strict morning routines. What do they do exactly? Ask them how they begin their day, and you will see a consistent pattern. This is not just personal preferences either, as science has backed up most of these behaviors. Of course, it's not realistic to expect to mimic their ritual every day without fail, but if you want to do your best work and be a more productive person, try to follow these four common morning habits.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has called a self-driving school bus project in Florida "unlawful," and the trial has been put on pause. It's one of the most forceful interventions by the Department of Transportation in the early days of autonomous vehicles. The news was first reported by Jalopnik.
Getting back to normal after a devastating hurricane is long, arduous and expensive for schools. In Florida's Panhandle, education leaders have started the strenuous work of cleaning up and repairing schools ravaged by Hurricane Michael earlier this month, but they are also running into a longer-term problem: steep cost estimates that could lead to mounting piles of bills.
By: Lisa Mulcahy (commentary)
As a manager, you understand the critical importance of each member of your team working harmoniously toward a common goal. Yet sometimes, an individual staff member's personal agenda can interfere with your group working together seamlessly – and your projects can suffer. Here's what you need to do: identify foolproof ways to foster cooperation, and get your group dynamic in sync. Follow this clear, research-proven advice to ensure excellent team collaboration, day after day.
A lack of funding for public transportation in communities across the state has left many people who aren't able to drive cut off from important destinations. A study found many people, including seniors, people with disabilities and low-to-middle-income residents, are frequently unable to get to school, work or other critical locations if they don't have access to a car. "Our transportation system is failing us," said Elizabeth Ward, conservation programs coordinator for the Wisconsin branch of the Sierra Club, which was one of the authors of the study.
The Washington Post
At the end of a narrow road, beyond single-story homes and a mobile home park in this mountain town, the pavement opens onto the gravel parking lot of Raven Elementary School. It has sat there since the 1950s, built at a time when the nearest elementary school was a nearly two-mile slog away. Donna Whittington's mother and other parents pressured school system leaders to establish a school for Raven, and over the decades, the modest building became the backdrop for fall festivals and plays, a place where neighborhood children would shoot hoops.
It's dangerous to evaluate others and affirm yourself. Self-affirmation — apart from self-evaluation — is the beginning of self-deception and the end of self-development. It's perverse to give yourself a hand and give others the shoe.
Being a manager is largely a balancing act, constantly weighing the wants, needs and priorities of different people against each other. One of the most difficult aspects of management, then, is keeping everyone around you satisfied–both the executives above you making demands and the employees on the ground floor carrying them out. Your superiors care about results, returns and productivity. They need to know that jobs are being done and goals are being met. They likely don't even know your team members outside of the tasks they complete and details in performance reviews they're emailed but may not read.
The Wall Street Journal
As schools beef up security in an age of fear of campus shootings, a New Jersey center for the extremely disabled goes to extra lengths to practice for the unthinkable. At the Phoenix Center in Nutley, just west of New York City, many students are terrified by loud alarms for security drills, changes in their routine or even something as simple as using a different doorway than usual. Many of its 143 students, ages 6 to 21 years old, have autism, Down syndrome, severe behavioral challenges and other problems.
Transporting Children with Disabilities, 5th Edition,
by Dr. Linda F. Bluth, is available for purchase. NAPT members may purchase the Handbook for $19.99, plus shipping. The nonmember rate is $29.99, plus shipping.
To order your copy, please email NAPT Member Services Specialist, Brianne Peck at Brianne.Peck@napt.org today! To learn more about the new Certification in Special Needs Transportation (CSNT) click here.
Transporting Children with Disabilities, 5th Edition contains new and updated information, including 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.
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