NAPT MultiView News Brief
Jan. 29, 2013

NAPT Special Needs Transportation Training Program: New graduates

Congratulations to the following individuals for completing the NAPT SNT training program:

Robert Hare — Lexington/Richland District #5, Irmo, SC
William Salaz — Adams School District 14, Commerce City, CO
Leonard Woofter — Adams 12 Five Star Schools, Thornton, CO
Bob Spratte — Adams 12 Five Star Schools, Thornton, CO
Anjie Williams — Adams 12 Five Star Schools, Thornton, CO
Velma Henderson — Adams 12 Five Star Schools, Thornton, CO

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. For more information visit our website at

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 upon 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. You never know, you may find just the right answer to a vexing problem.

Featured in our "Business Partner in the Spotlight" section are: Delco Remy, Freedman Seating Company, Gatekeeper Systems, Inc., Quality Drive-Away, Inc., School Bus Safety Company and Trapeze Software Group. 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.

Delco — is a global manufacturer and remanufacturer of automotive parts, including starters, alternators and hybrid motors.
Freedman Seating manufactures seats and seating related products for: 1) bus seating, 2) rail seating and 3) truck, specialty and commercial vehicle seating.
Gatekeeper Systems, — specializes in design, manufacturing and marketing of total video security solutions for mobile and extreme environments.
Quality Drive-Away, — provides delivery service of towable, motorized or flatbed freight.
School Bus Safety — designs award-winning driver safety training programs for school bus drivers with the help of experts in the fields of fleet operations and safety, industrial psychology, instructional design and media production.
Trapeze Software Trapeze Group school transportation software enables tracking of real-time vehicle locations, keeps parents and staff informed, manages school bus fleets and staff and reports on key indicators.More

LaHood on board for Love the Bus 2013
American School Bus Council
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Cameras show motorists endanger kids by zipping past idle school buses
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Severe flu season prompts school closures
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Multitasking and distracted driving: You are not the exception
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Eastern Iowa school buses have their eye on you
Smile, you're on stop-arm camera. That's the reality for Iowa drivers within the Monticello, Mid-Prairie and Washington community school districts, three of the 20 school systems in the state using the monitoring devices to catch motorists who aren't obeying the rules of the road.More

Melissa Drozdowski petitions for stronger school bus laws
We've all seen one: A big, yellow school bus with flashing lights and a stop arm extended. They're hard to miss but yet, in North Carolina alone, more than 3,000 drivers pass them in just one day. Four children have been hit by those passing cars.More

Extra security added in advance of gun control hearing
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Why no seat belt use in school buses?
Duluth News Tribune
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