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Education, inspiration, motivation ... all at NAPT's 2014 Summit
NAPT's entire 40th Annual Summit: Driving Innovation program is designed to advance all professionals in the industry. Join your NAPT colleagues in Kansas City, Missouri this Nov. 8-11, and take advantage of this outstanding lineup!
  • National Speakers Association (NSA) Hall of Fame member Steve Gilliland, CSP will help you remember why you love what you do! His keynote speech will explain the subtle but important difference between accepting change and embracing it, both personally and professionally.
  • Featured speaker Mark Levin, who is both a Certified Association Executive (CAE), and a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), will explain and provide concrete examples of the personal and professional return on investment (ROI) you can expect from actively participating in non-profit and community-based organizations.
  • Veteran's Day speaker Captain Scott O’Grady will help us honor our nation's veterans while he shares his courageous story of survival in hostile territory. His tale of adaptation is sure to inspire us all to our own groundbreaking achievements.
  • Acting Chair of NTSB Chris Hart will provide key industry updates impacting our members' and their operations.
  • Experience It – LIVE! – a "real time" live action event about the vulnerabilities of your bus. Learn from experts what you can do to prepare for this type of situation, and strategies for keeping your students safe.
  • Hear industry experts speaking on the latest topics ranging from safety and technology to employee management and budgeting.
Early-bird gets the worm
Register early and save $100! Our full conference rate is only $299 before Aug. 1. Take advantage of this great discount and register online today!

Prefer paper? Download the Delegate packet and fax your form to 518-218-0867.

Hotel information
The Kansas City Marriott Downtown, approximately 20 minutes from the Kansas City International Airport (MCI) will serve as our headquarters hotel and a block of rooms has been set aside for Summit delegates. Reserve your room at the reduced NAPT rate of $134/night, plus tax (~$158.33/night), or call 800-228-9290. Individuals are encouraged to make reservations early. In order to secure the reduced rate, reservations must be made by Oct. 8, 2014.

So, mark your calendar and make plans to be in Kansas City, Missouri, Nov. 8-11 for NAPT's 40th Annual Summit: Driving Innovation. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Idling Gets You Nowhere

But an E-Guardian PLUS heater gets you…
  • Driver / passenger safety & comfort
  • Decreased fuel consumption & maintenance costs
  • A meaningful reduction in carbon emissions
  • Short R.O.I. and significant savings

One month left to register for 2014 LED Program
Join industry leaders from across the nation during NAPT's 2014 Leading Every Day (LED) program! This year's comprehensive program will include three webinars (August, September & October) and a ½ day face-to-face workshop on Friday, Nov. 7 in Kansas City, Missouri. Our Guest Lecturer, George Pitagorsky, PMP, will share his Optimal Performance Program, which covers project management and process improvement with an emphasis on behavioral skills. Register today!

At the end of the 2014 LED Program, you will:
  • enhance your ability to manage multiple projects and people simultaneously
  • learn to bring projects to healthy, successful conclusions
  • sharpen your ability to improve project performance or sustain it at a chosen level
This series will begin with a foundation session followed by sessions covering critical factors that contribute greatly to success.

Space is limited - Act quickly
The registration deadline is Tuesday, July 15* and the program is only open to the first 40 registrants, so reserve your space today!

2014 Program details
The one-time fee of $299 includes:
  • Registration to 3 live webinars (August, September, October)
  • Access to the recorded and archived webinars on at your convenience
  • Registration for the ½ day face-to-face workshop in Kansas City, Missouri on Friday, Nov. 7 (this workshop will be recorded for those who cannot travel)
  • Program notebook with presentations and handouts
  • Access to our Guest Lecturer, George Pitagorsky, throughout and following the program for additional Q&A
  • Access to fellow LED participants for ongoing communication and networking
  • Certificate of Completion
Take advantage of this unique opportunity...Register today!

Meet our guest lecturer
George Pitagorsky, PMP is a well respected author and thought leader in project, process and knowledge management. His perspective is influenced by an extensive career in process management, product development, learning and development, engagement management and project management and by decades of experience in meditation and its application in daily life.

Familiar with the world of pupil transportation, George's tailored program will be anchored in the real world practicalities of school systems and transportation.

* In order for this program to be most effective, a minimum of 25 participants registered by Tuesday, July 15 is required. If we do not reach the minimum number of participants, the NAPT Board will reassess the 2014 LED program offering.

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NAPT & Zonar Systems partner to offer members $50,000 equipment grants
Looking for new, state-of-the-art equipment for your buses? NAPT and Zonar Systems have again partnered to provide grants for $50,000 in the latest school bus security/safety/efficiency equipment. Take advantage of this member benefit and download the grant application here.

The 2014 grants will be awarded to school districts that submit proposals for utilizing Zonar's widely acclaimed Electronic Fleet Management Solutions, including their Electronic Vehicle Inspection Reporting (EVIR®) system. New for 2014, school districts applying for and receiving the grants will be notified on a rolling basis, allowing them to implement the systems in advance of the 2014-2015 school year if they so choose. Recipients will also be recognized in November at the NAPT Summit: Driving Innovation in Kansas City, Missouri.

Grants are only open to NAPT members in good standing. Please contact NAPT headquarters at 800-989-NAPT (6278) to verify or renew your membership, or join online today! Applications will be accepted in NAPT headquarters through Oct. 15, 2014. Zonar will evaluate the applications and make final decisions on an ongoing basis.

Details on the requirements and application process are at and information about Zonar products and services at

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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: 247 Security Inc., Easy Way Safety Services, Proheat and School Bus Fleet. 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.

247 Security Inc. ( is a leading provider and manufacturer of mobile digital video recording equipment, security cameras and GPS data management applications. Their mission is to provide elegantly simple solutions designed for pupil transportation, public transit, taxicab, law enforcement, and a variety of fleet applications.

Easy Way Safety Services ( specializes in seat covers, foams, and child safety restraint systems including the Safeguard STAR Seat, BESI Pro-Tech, E-Z-On Vests, Cam Harnesses, Wheel Chair Tie Downs and School Bus Seats.

Proheat ( is a global leader in advanced auxiliary heaters. Their customers include aftermarket vehicle dealers and service organizations as well as manufacturers of transport trucks, buses, off-highway, and military vehicles.

School Bus Fleet ( magazine is a trade publication serving more than 24,000 school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada. The magazine is published 11 times a year and is a Western Publishing Association Maggie Award winner. Founded in 1956, School Bus Fleet provides a wealth of information on the management and maintenance of school bus fleets operated by public school districts, private schools, Head Start agencies and child care centers.

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Report: Teacher absenteeism can hurt student achievement
U.S. News & World Report
Teachers nationwide are in the classroom 94 percent of the school year, but students may still be getting shortchanged by the more than 1 in 10 teachers deemed to be chronically absent, according to a new report released by the National Council on Teacher Quality.

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Knife threat on Maine school bus offers lessons for all schools
Portland Press Herald
Bullying is commonly associated with hallway fistfights or stairwell confrontations, but for some students, the risk isn't confined to the school building. These youngsters face the possibility of physical and verbal aggression as soon as they step on the bus.

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Dr. Cal LeMon to join NAPT @ Annual Summit: Driving Innovation
Join your colleagues in Kansas City, Missouri, this November 8-11 for education, motivation, and networking. Back by popular demand, we're excited to have Dr. Cal LeMon join us for two sessions on Saturday, Nov. 8. Register today, and be sure to catch up with Dr. LeMon!

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A curriculum to strengthen students against cyberbullying
The New York Times
VideoBriefThe Facing History School in New York City takes a unique approach to cyberbullying, based in part on its partnership with Facing History and Ourselves, a professional development organization that integrates the concepts of identity, community, responsibility, decision-making and participation into all aspects of its curriculum. By looking at case studies about social injustices, students try to understand the circumstances and decisions surrounding these events and then relate that back to their own experience and communities.
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New law allows school districts to record student conversations on buses
The Republic
The days of hearsay "he said, she said" reports on school bus incidents might be over, at least in Pennsylvania. Gov. Tom Corbett signed legislation in February allowing the use of audio recording devices on school buses, and many districts are taking advantage of the law. The recordings can be used for "disciplinary and security purposes," the bill states. Video surveillance already was permitted. Almost a decade after bus company Laidlaw Transit was found to be collecting audio recordings of students from West Mifflin Area School District without their consent, the district now has authorized audio surveillance on buses. Pittsburgh, McKeesport Area, Gateway and Seneca Valley also have adopted policies allowing the taping.
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Bus driver shortage could curtail rides
The Hutchinson News
A school bus driver shortage in Buhler USD 313 has officials contemplating ending rides for children living within Buhler, Kansas, city limits and attending a school in Buhler, and possibly for other children living within a mile or so of their USD 313 school. It also has spurred talk about drivers running two routes, which would require a 30-minute difference between the starting time for some Buhler USD schools. Increasing the $9.50 starting hourly pay for a bus driver is another option.
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Study examines the conflicting findings on effects of more school time
Education Week
Does more school time improve student academic performance? It's a simple question, but researchers have not been able to agree on an answer. Some studies have found that more instructional time does not increase academic achievement in developed countries; other studies that have examined school experiments with time have found that it does.
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Parent heated over school bus temperature
VideoBriefThe heat is on and children in school over the summer are feeling it. A parent from the Fairfax School District in California recently complained her 3-year-old son was dehydrated and lethargic after riding the school bus home this past Tuesday. School districts are not legally required to provide air conditioning on buses unless a special education student has specific requirements. However, many school districts throughout country that operate in hotter climates are gradually replacing older school buses with ones that are equipped with air conditioning.
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Teens plan to create mural to combat bullying
Meriden Record-Journal
Thirty Meriden, Connecticut, teenagers have banded to form the Anti-Bullying Coalition, a coordinated effort between the Meriden Boys & Girls Club and Girls Inc. The coalition has received two grants totaling $6,500 from the Kiwanis Club to combat bullying in schools and form a support system for victims. The group met this past Monday to share their research and pitch their plans to erect a community mural.
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School district hopes to grow new 'Meals on the Bus' program
Waco Tribune-Herald
Local families said the Waco Independent School District's new Meals on the Bus program has made it simpler to access free summer meals for their children. Janvan Robinson walks his two children, Ja'mesiya Howard, 6, and Jertavion Betters, 8, to SJ Guthrie Park for lunch each day, greeting a Waco ISD bus carrying free hot meals. The family normally takes the trays of food back to their home a block away on North 33rd Street to eat. Robinson said he would normally take the family to Crestview Elementary School, which also serves free breakfasts and lunches in the summer but is nine blocks away. He has a car, but said being able to walk to a nearby food site is more appealing.
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A closer look: How many Newtown-like school shootings since Sandy Hook?
VideoBriefAfter the recent shooting at an Oregon high school, many media outlets reported that there have been 74 school shootings in the past 18 months. That's the time period since the December 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 children and six adults were shot to death. The statistic came from a group called Everytown for Gun Safety, an umbrella group started by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a passionate and public advocate of gun control. Without a doubt, that number is startling.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Bill authorizing school bus drivers to use epipens passes in Pennsylvania House
(The Express-Times)
Vergara v. California: The most important court case you've never heard of
(The Daily Beast)

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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 nonmember 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 Member Services Specialist, Brianne Peck at today! To learn more about the new NAPT Special Needs Training program click here.


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