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No easy fix for old school buses
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A few weeks ago in Springfield, Mo., school bus No. 15 was driven to a corner of the bus yard and parked. A cancerous rust was growing on the back flanks of the 28-year-old minibus and the floor under the driver's seat had rotted away. Among Springfield Public Schools' aging bus fleet, it had been tied for seniority. The other 28-year-old bus is still on the job. The average age of the 147-bus fleet is 11.31 years, significantly higher than the 7.28 average statewide. Limited funding and proposed budget cuts, at the local and state level, threaten to slow replacement of the oldest school buses. More

Company reaches out to school bus drivers
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The company which will provide transportation for the school district next year has begun reaching out to the employees of the district's current transportation provider. Ohio's Board of Education in April voted to change busing providers, stating the change would save about $500,000 per year. Petermann Ltd. will replace First Student beginning Aug. 1. The three-year contract with Petermann will be for $2.5 million a year, compared to First Student's bid of $3 million per year, District Business Manager Derek Cluse said. More

Aging school bus fleet causes concerns
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Every day parents depend on school buses to get their children to and from school. But an aging bus fleet across the Midlands poses serious concerns for those depending on the yellow ride. Officials say most school districts and states replace any bus older than 15 years, but in South Carolina that's not the case. More

Win Free Registration to TSD&P

It's a Theme Contest! Submit the winning theme for the 20th National Special Needs Transportation Conference in Kansas City and your conference registration fee will be waived. Entries must be received via email by May 20. Details are at The only national conference on special needs transportation offers workable solutions and practical answers to your pressing issues.

A few great negotiation tricks you can use
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Small business people negotiate all of the time. Whether it is getting an account to pay up or dickering over a new contract, negotiating is what we do. But not all entrepreneurs are comfortable with negotiating. It makes some people nervous, for others, it is too adversarial. More

Senate climate bill would send $6 billion-plus to cleaner transportation
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Transportation would receive more than $6 billion of the revenue generated by selling carbon emissions permits to fuel providers under a new Senate climate bill introduced today by Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn. More

Student Transportation Q3 profit up on lower fuel costs
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School bus transportation services provider Student Transportation Inc., reported a ten-fold rise in quarterly profit, helped mainly by lower fuel cost and new contract wins. Though the company experienced some revenue deferrals from fewer school calendar days, it expects to recover a majority of the revenue and sees a strong fourth quarter. More

Many Muskegon County school districts pursuing plans to privatize bus drivers
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Privatization of school bus drivers, which could cut some districts' transportation expenses in half, is being pursued by several Muskegon County school districts. Superintendents say they are actively engaged in negotiations with Michigan Education Transportation Services, which responded to a request for privatization proposals issued by the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District. More

Cook-Illinois Corporation Among Greenest in Country
Cook-Illinois Corporation was the first in Illinois to switch to biodiesel fuel, create a clean air museum for kids and purchase a hybrid school bus. Check us out at: MORE

U.N., U.S., and Russian officials launch global effort to end distracted driving
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Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and senior representatives from the United States and Russia appeared at the United Nations headquarters in New York to launch a global effort to address the growing and deadly epidemic of distracted driving. More

Utah school bus drivers compete for safety
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Michael Cavanaugh has driven a school bus for eight years, but he has never attempted an obstacle course in it - until just recently. He was among 35 bus drivers statewide who attempted the course's 12 challenges during the Utah School Bus Safety Road-E-O at Alpine School District. More

VEO for Special Education Routing Software

Looking for a product that will manage your Special Education daily changes? Want daily route schedules? Want to optimize your fleet? Try Trapeze VEO for Special Education!

Experts fear scooter boom will result in more rider deaths
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A new economy class of motor scooters made in Asia is showing up in big numbers on roads across the U.S., offering frugal and fun transportation yet also prompting concerns that increases in crashes might be around the corner. More

Three ways to mentor millennials
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How are you supposed to effectively coach young workers? It's a definite challenge for managers to juggle their own work while trying to mentor new employees. An article in the May 2010 edition of the Harvard Business Review claims "in four years, millennials — the people born between 1977 and 1997 — will account for nearly half the employees in the world." More

AngelTrax introduces FlexPlay™ - playback software that practically thinks for you

With FlexPlay™ you can review video data files in a matter of seconds. It instantly retrieves recorded video data and displays it on the player for viewing.

Traffic cameras divide nation's drivers
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Along the USA's streets and highways, one issue mirrors the nation's partisan divide: using cameras to catch drivers who speed or run red lights. Some communities embrace the devices and pass laws to allow them; others protest their presence or enact laws to abolish them. Advocates of cameras say automated traffic enforcement is going to be increasingly necessary as the nation seeks further reductions in road deaths. More

They're Simple! Effective! Convenient!

Espar Independent Heating Systems enable drivers to pre-heat their school buses offering warm starts, defrosted windows and a safe and comfortable environment for students, all without engine idling.

The end of the line for DMVs?
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At Departments of Motor Vehicles across the country, the days of waiting in line may be numbered. That's the goal of an innovative queue system that virtually eliminates the need for customers to physically stand in line. More

Worldwide road deaths reach record low
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For the first time ever, the number of people killed in road accidents has fallen below 150,000 in the 52 member countries of the International Transport Forum, excluding India. According to data released by the Paris-based organization, which is part of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, road fatalities recorded the biggest decrease since 1990 with a drop of 8.9% in 2008 compared with 2007. More


NAPT Has A New Website!

The National Association for Pupil Transportation is pleased to announce the launch of its re-designed website. The new homepage provides uncluttered, one-click access to a wide variety of information, including all of NAPT's communication, leadership, education, advocacy and resource projects. The new site also features enhanced registration tools for NAPT events, including the 2010 NAPT Summit, the association's 36th Annual Conference & Trade Show set for October 30 through November 4 in Portland, Ore.

"This is the most comprehensive communication system we have ever had," said NAPT President Linda F. Bluth, Ed.D. "It provides the connection we need to keep members informed and involved in the current activities of the association."

Current NAPT Members receive exclusive and unrestricted access to the entire site via the Members Only portal. Log-in is easy - go to and enter your primary email address (the address where you currently receive email from us) as your user name and the password "napt3614". You will be required change your password upon log-in so please remember to store it in a safe, easy to remember place.

To facilitate a smooth transition, the old website will remain in use until July 1. You will be able to log in and get information from both sources, but only will be updated. After that date and will be identical and you will be able to use either to access our new website.

Questions and feedback should be directed to Brianne Peck, NAPT Member Services Specialist, at, Josh Bresett, NAPT Education and IT Specialist at, or Lynn Martin, NAPT Marketing and Communication Specialist at

September 28 - October 1

NAPT's 7th annual nationwide search to find America's Best School Bus Technician and School Bus Inspector will be hosted by Jasper Engines and Transmissions, September 28 - October 1 in Jasper, Imd.

The America's Best Competition will provide the latest in School Bus training and determine America's Best School Bus Technician and Inspector.

This contest is unique in that the competition will be integrated with a variety of workshops for both Technicians and Inspectors related to components and systems on school buses.

The competition and training workshop is limited to one Inspector and one Technician per state. All technical participants must be currently employed in a position requiring the regular/frequent maintenance and/or repair of school buses. All inspector participants must be currently employed in a position requiring the regular/frequent inspection of school buses.

NAPT's Annual America's Best Competition is co-sponsored by Hydrotex, Bus Parts Warehouse, Zonar Systems and The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. In addition both Bus Parts Warehouse and Zonar Systems provide a scholarship that enables the winners of the "Americas' Best" competition to attend the Annual NAPT Conference & Trade Show, where America's Best Technician and America's Best Inspector will be honored during an awards ceremony. Information about the conference will be available online at as well as by calling NAPT Headquarters at 800-989-6278.

For more information regarding the competition and training you may visit the America's Best website.

You can contact any of the America's Best committee members listed.

You may also contact Marshall Casey at (803) 734 – 8250 or email him at

NAPT Free Webinar Series

Kevin Jennings
Webinar Wrap Up: NAPT, NASDPTS and the Public School Risk Institute teamed up on May 19 to sponsor a special webinar entitled, "Creating An Environment Where Everyone Can Learn: Addressing Bullying and Harassment in Our Schools." The webinar featured Kevin Jennings, Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education, who discussed the Obama administration's plans to address the ubiquitous challenge that bullying poses across the broad spectrum in American education today.

Jennings was appointed by United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in July 2009 to run the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools. He is the first career educator to hold this position and has 25 years of experience as a teacher, a writer and a leader in the fields of K-12 education and civil rights.

Feedback has been very positive – 90 percent of respondents to a follow-up survey said the webinar was "excellent;" 75 percent said the information would "definitely help them on the job;" and 100 percent would "definitely" like Kevin Jennings to do another webinar in the future.

A link to the archived webinar may be available shortly. Visit our website for more information.

Our next webinar, held on June 15, 2010, will feature John Musso, Executive Director for ASBO International (Association of School Business Officials) in a presentation entitled, "Leading from Behind - It's not About Me." The webinar will be held from 1:00-2:00 p.m., EST. Registration information will be announced soon.


October 30 - November 4

NAPT is climbing the summit in Portland, Oregon, this year and our 36th Annual Conference & Trade Show offers something for everyone. Visit us online and watch for updates on the program and see why getting to the NAPT Summit should be at the top of your "to-do list" in 2010. Make your hotel reservation.

2010 NAPT Summit Program Announcement! The NAPT Board of Directors and the NAPT Program Committee are pleased to announce the release of the tentative program and list of workshops that will be available at the 2010 NAPT Summit. View the tentative program for a list of Workshop Topics and download a copy of the Conference Registration form. For additional information visit NAPT's home page.

We look forward to seeing you in Portland!


Transporting Children With Disabilities, 4th Edition , by Dr. Linda F. Bluth, is available for purchase. NAPT members may purchase the Handbook for $14.99, plus shipping. The non-member rate is $24.99, plus shipping.

Transporting Children With Disabilities, 4th Edition contains 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.

To order your copy, please email NAPT Marketing and Communications Specialist Lynn Martin today! To learn more about the new NAPT Special Needs Training program click here.
Zonar's new K12™
Industry leading Zonar Systems now offers its professional grade GPS/Vehicle Telematics platform at an attractive new price point. Zonar's new K12™ was built specifically for the pupil transportation market and is available to NAPT members for $135.00.To get real Ground Traffic Control™ visit or call 1.877.843.3847.
Synovia's Time and Attendance capabilities will help you eliminate wasteful spending and increase the accountability from your drivers. Our software integrates seamlessly with many payroll systems, helping you save money on payroll and administrative time and helping streamline an otherwise manual process. For high value and unbeatable ROI, visit us online at or call 1.877.SYNOVIA.
BusBoss™ Express
BusBoss™ Express is a complete routing and scheduling, student transportation software program designed specifically for customers transporting less than 1000 students. School districts with smaller budgets benefit from a lower cost, yet highly functional routing and scheduling application. To find out more on how BusBoss™ Express can save your operation time and money visit us online at or call (866) 740-8994 for a FREE internet or onsite software demonstration.

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