OSI Observer
Aug. 29, 2014

OSI Employee Spotlight: George Mastros

Our employee spotlight this month features an integral leader of the company. George Mastros cofounded the company 16 years ago, with a couple of others, as a way to make a difference. He sees the program as more than just software. To him, and the others that work for the company, it's a way to help districts keep costs down, it's a way to free up additional money for teachers salaries and it's a way to hopefully improve the education of our children.

George's drive stems from his first childhood job that most people do not know (Click the video to find out what it was, and you could win a prize! *Info below). His drive also comes from his family. He mentions in the video he has a 16-year-old daughter. In addition to being a father, George is a beloved husband and has three pets — two Yorkshire terriers named Bella and Nena, as well as an Eskimo Spits named Snowball. George's free time is spent programming, as well as playing golf and cooking.

To find out more about one of Orbit's co-founders please click on the above link.

*The first three companies to contact us at info@orbitsoftware.net with the answer to what was George's first job will receive 100 Rewards points!More

North Carolina school buses passed 3,153 times on a single day
On a single day in North Carolina, more than 3,000 cars passed stopped school buses, violating state laws requiring drivers to yield when a bus's stop arm is extended, according to the state Department of Public Instruction. Under North Carolina law, G.S. 20-217, drivers going either direction must stop when a school bus is stopped to let children off unless it is on a highway divided by a median or a four or more lane road with a center turning lane.More

Why key performance indicators need to be applied to a school bus operation
School Transportation News
Successful school bus district and contractor operations supervisors, safety supervisors and maintenance supervisors are heavily involved in setting specific targets for key performance indicators most closely tied to regulatory requirements, local work environment, fleet characteristics and driver performance. More

Back to school — get ready to ride
Tahoe Daily Tribune
Visiting with friends while riding the bus to school is fun, but acting courteously and safely is important. Drivers are usually the only adult on the bus and need to concentrate on their job: transporting students safely. More

The school bus is key to well-rounded education
School Bus Fleet
Nicole Schlosser writes about the conversation started from a recent photo contest: "The photo captures students on their way to their junior prom, courtesy of a 'yellow limo' from the school. Once the school started holding its prom at an off-campus location, students were required to ride school buses as a safety precaution. This photo spurred a discussion among us here at SBF about the value for students of extracurricular school transportation for activities ranging from academic and athletic competitions to field trips to school dances and other social events. In fact, we are planning a story on the topic in an upcoming issue."More

Honey chicken skewers with grilled corn salad
Real Simple
Just because school is back in session, doesn't mean you can't enjoy summer flavors while they're still around. Get some more use out of that grill before you pack it away for the year. This dish whips together a sweet, savory sauce that goes great on top of these grilled chicken skewers and corn salad. The recipe is quick to prep and easy to assemble.More

Trivia question

Question: August 2014 will include five Fridays, five Saturdays, and five Sundays, a phenomenon that occurs how often?

Answer: Only once every 800+ years.More

10 fun facts about historic dates in August

1. On August 1, 1876, Colorado, also known as the Centennial State, became the 38th state of the United States.

2. On August 2, 1909, the Lincoln penny was issued.

3. On August 3, 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail on his first voyage across the Atlantic.

4. During the Civil War on August 5, 1864, the Battle of Mobile Bay was won by the Union forces.

5. On August 6, 1926, Gertrude Ederle successfully swam the English Channel.

6. On August 6, 1945, the first atomic bomb was used in warfare on Hiroshima, Japan.

7. On August 7, 1942, the U.S. troops landed on Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands during World War II.

8. On August 9, 1974, Richard M. Nixon resigned from office, making him the first United States president to ever resign from office.

9. On August 12, 1877, the phonograph was invented by Thomas Edison.

10. On August 12, 1898, Hawaii was annexed by the United States.More

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