NAPT Dispatch
Nov. 4, 2014

NAPT prepares to celebrate 40 years of innovating
It's November, and that means NAPT's 40th Annual Summit: Driving Innovation is only days away. With over 400 full conference delegates and nearly 140 Business Partner companies traveling to Kansas City, it's sure to be an outstanding event.

For those traveling to participate, here are some important things to keep in mind:

Onsite registration is available, so if you're available last minute, please join us. We look forward to seeing you in Kansas City, MO!More

Take your leadership to a new level with NAPT's LED Program
For nearly a decade, NAPT's Leading Every Day (LED) project has been supporting and developing world-class professionals and leaders in the school transportation industry. Now, NAPT is pleased to launch an expanded LED initiative that you can access anywhere — even on your phone or tablet! Online registration is open!

NAPT's 2015 Leading Every Day Institute has been designed to help you take your career to new heights! Guest Lecturer, George Pitagorsky, PMP, will teach you his Optimal Performance Program, which is about project management & long term process initiatives that focus on improving behavioral skills. Click here for additional program details.

Join your colleagues for a comprehensive leadership program in 2015 — registration is open!More

NAPT 3D website set to launch in Kansas City!
Completes Phase 1 of NAPT's effort to help industry make more Data Driven Decisions

NAPT is pleased to announce the launch of its new website that will provide school transportation service providers with information and feedback that will encourage them to speak a common language and make more data driven decisions.

According to NAPT President Keith Henry, CDPT, "Metrics and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are becoming increasingly important in the pupil transportation industry. They help school administrators and taxpayers understand what we do and how well we do it. NAPT is committed to providing everyone with the information needed to provide the best service possible to their local communities."

Under the leadership of then President Alexandra Robinson, M.Ed., CDPT, NAPT began its Data Driven Decisions (3D) project in November of 2012. A team of volunteers, led by Peter Lawrence, Ed.D, Director of Transportation at the Fairport (NY) Central Schools and Michael Shields, Director of Transportation at the Salem-Keizer (OR) Public Schools, developed 10 metrics that have been used as the core of a dashboard that is easy to understand and will foster communication by helping people with similarities connect.

"One of our goals from the start has been to facilitate discussion and interaction among as many people as possible and give them a chance to participate in this project," Henry continued. "We analyzed a variety of information technology and ultimately decided to create our own system. It took longer than anticipated and was a lot more work, but we have total control of it and can adjust it as necessary to meet demand and expectations."

The website URL will be announced and data collection tool will be demonstrated next week in Kansas City at NAPT's 40th Annual Summit: Driving Innovation. Watch your email and check the NAPT website for more details and to register.More

NAPT planning 3D event in early spring 2015
With the launch of NAPT's 3D website, the NAPT Board is excited to announce an invitation-only event for April 2015. This event will bring industry leaders from both the public and private sector together for two days of sit down face-to-face meetings with product/service providers designed to facilitate data driven decisions.

The event format includes one-on-one meetings, boardroom presentations, meals and other activities that cultivate meaningful professional connections all aimed at sharing information needed to provide the best service possible to local communities around the country. All of this in a 48-hour period!

Additional details will be available in the coming week. Enroll in NAPT's new 3D website and continue making data driven decisions, and look for your invitation in the mail. More

Linda Bluth, Ed.D. releases 5th edition of Transporting Children with Disabilities
Latest edition to launch at NAPT Summit

With new and updated information, Dr. Bluth's Transporting Children with Disabilities, 5th Edition is now available. This popular publication includes 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 edition still includes explanation of 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.

NAPT members may purchase the 5th Edition for $19.99, plus shipping. The nonmember rate is $29.99, plus shipping.

Order your copy today! Email NAPT Member Services Specialist, Brianne Peck at! To learn more about the new Certification in Special Needs Transportation (CSNT) click here.More

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.

Featured in our "Business Partner in the Spotlight" section are: AngelTrax, GM Fleet + Commerial, InterClean Equipment, Inc. and Smart Horizons/School Training Solutions. 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.

AngelTrax ( brings a fresh and innovative approach to product design and development, customer service and overall implementation to meet the strict requirements of their customers' demands. Their goal is to exceed the expectations of every customer by offering and maintaining outstanding service, dependable products, affordable pricing and long-term partnerships.

GM Fleet + Commercial's ( experienced team can guide you through the vehicle purchase process, and they regularly work with customers to provide training and support. With their help, you will get the most out of your vehicles.

InterClean Equipment, Inc. ( became Tammermatic Group when InterClean Equipment, Inc. and Tammermatic Oy, merged in 2008. Tammermatic Group is a global, high-tech company that manufactures vehicle wash systems for cars, heavy transport vehicles, buses, rail fleets and a variety of special equipment. With decades of experience, they are able to guarantee optimal results for every project.

Smart Horizons/School Training Solutions (, a division of Darwin Global, LLC., is an online education provider and software development company that is changing the face of online learning, employee performance evaluations, and dispatch emergency response on a global level. They serve organizations and individual learners around the world by meeting their education, training, and workforce competency goals through their secure, proprietary learning management system and software environments. Their cloud-based family of software solutions and education products make it easy for organizations to define and individuals to master desired outcomes.More

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School bus drivers face daily challenge
They deal with careless motorists and unruly children. Most school bus drivers are on the job just a few hours each day. But those morning and afternoon routes can be quite demanding. The biggest challenge is keeping an eye on the road and the kids. Harrison County school bus driver Diane House is responsible for the safety of some three dozen children. Staying safe means watching the road for careless drivers, while also keeping the kids in line.More

Bullying in schools still prevalent, American national report finds
Clemson University via Science Daily
Despite a dramatic increase in public awareness and anti-bullying legislation nationwide, the prevalence of bullying is still one of the most pressing issues facing our nation's youth, according to a report by researchers from Clemson University and Professional Data Analysts Inc., and published by the Hazelden Foundation.More

Balancing school bus needs a tough job
News Leader
A school bus typically has a lifespan of between 10 and 15 years, depending on how many miles it travels during that time. When you have a school division with more than 200 buses, replacements are a constant, and at almost $85,000 a pop, transporting students is a necessary, but costly expense. Augusta County Transportation Director William Schindler said the trick is to keep buses with higher mileage from traveling the longer routes, to trade them in and out so that one bus doesn't die out quicker than the decade it has.More

Driver shortage, route changes causing school bus problems
Portland Tribune
School buses running late almost every day, frequent bus breakdowns, late pick-ups for after-school sports events and last-minute route changes affecting the instructional day are among the "most significant problems" cited in a letter from Lake Oswego school officials to First Student, the company that provides bus services for the district.More

5 ways to prevent K-12 school violence
The Huffington Post
School violence, when it occurs, has a high impact on schools and communities where the incident takes place. Rare but deadly incidents of violence, such as the Columbine High School Massacre of 1999 or the more recent school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, bring the harsh realities of school violence to light. These are both extreme examples, of course, but violence in smaller doses still occurs in schools around the country. The Centers for Disease Control report that about 828,000 students each year are victims of non-fatal victimization while on school property, which is about 32 victims per 1,000 students. In schools where violence statistics are even higher, it can be difficult to focus on academics — and keep students, teachers and administrators safe.More

School bus contractors urge passage of two new safety laws
The Legislative Gazette
The New York Bus Contractors Association is using School Bus Safety Week to announce its support for two bus safety bills that would create tougher penalties for drivers who operate a bus under the influence, expand drug and alcohol testing for all drivers, and increase penalties for motorists who pass a stopped school bus.More

The gender gap is closing in schools, when will it translate to the workplace?
By: Brian Stack
Despite the fact that our country is built on a foundation whereby "all" are created equal, a significant gender gap still divides us. Our schools today are producing a generation of girls who are at least as academically successful, if not more so, than their male peers. Still, if our country is to reduce its gender gap in the workplace, then schools will need to become institutions that better support and motivate girls to pursue more rigorous and demanding career fields.More

5 ways to make progress with student data
eSchool News
Transparency is one of the first, and most important, steps in ensuring that conversations about student data use–and keeping that data secure and private–remain open and productive. Collecting and using student data is a hotly-debated topic in today's school, and a panel of education experts and stakeholders outlined a handful of steps that can help school leaders, educators, and parents better understand exactly how student data privacy and security are handled.More