NAPT MultiView News Brief
Sep. 11, 2012

As the school year begins, let's make sure students arrive safely
U.S. Department of Transportation FastLane
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

Hang up! Group wants national ban on driving with cellphones
Los Angeles Times
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
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
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
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

Officials look to curb bullying on school buses
Wayne Patch
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
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
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
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
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
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

Proposed amendments to NAPT by-laws pass

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.More

Simmons nominated to run for NAPT Board of Directors

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. More

NAPT Awards Program — application deadline is September 15

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. More

Deadline approaches for 2012 NAPT Scholarship opportunities

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.More