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NAPT and ZONAR Systems offer $50,000 equipment grant
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NAPT and Zonar Systems Inc. recently announced a $50,000 grant to provide state-of-the-art, best-practice, fleet-management technology to a school system whose transportation director is a member of NAPT. More

The NAPT Free Webinar Series

WHEN: 11 a.m. to noon EDT on July 6

WHAT: "Verbal & Non-Verbal Indicators of Violence"

Click here to sign up for the NAPT free webinar.

About the webinar: It is important to know and understand some basic signals that a person is becoming violent and may be ready to lash out. This one-hour awareness presentation will discuss what gestures a school bus driver should look for when assessing an aggressive situation. Both non-verbal and verbal indicators can be used together to predict when a person may become violent. When one knows what to look for they can take steps to de-escalate the situation before it turns violent, thereby preventing violence. This seminar will be presented by Bret E. Brooks, senior consultant of Gray Ram Tactical LLC and author of many School Bus Fleet articles, which include: "Nonverbal Indicators of Violence: What To Look For," and "Violent Students: Contributing Factors."

About the host: Bret E. Brooks is a senior consultant of Gray Ram Tactical LLC, full-time state police officer, former SWAT team sniper and former captain of the U.S. Army. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice and a Master of Arts degree in national security. He has focused numerous studies on terrorism and violence. Brooks is the creator of several school training courses, which include: School Bus Driver Prevention and Detection of Violence and Verbal De-escalation of Violent Situations. He can be reached at

Please note: You need to be an active member of NAPT to participate in this webcast

The only stipulation is that you must have a broadband Internet connection. We now are able to broadcast audio for the webinar to your computer. You also may use a phone line to dial into the conference call line.

AngelTrax's Virtual Synchronized Mapping (VSM™ ) provides absolute GPS accuracy synchronized with recorded video footage

VSM™ eliminates the guesswork on bus location during an event and monitors the precise route of the bus, providing conclusive evidence of boarding and departure.

McDonald nominated to run for NAPT affiliate member director

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Dave McDonald, director of business development and technical sales for Rosco Vision Systems Inc., has been nominated to run for NAPT affiliate member director.

The position will be available this fall when current Affiliate Member Director Mike Roscoe, Director of School Business Products for CE White, steps down after fulfilling a two-year term, at the conclusion of the 37th Annual NAPT Conference & Trade Show in Cincinnati.

McDonald was nominated by John Doswell, vice president of sales and marketing for Collins Bus Corporation, and Craig Leonard, trade show manager for Thomas Built Buses.

Elections for president-elect and director of Region 2 and director of Region 4 also will be held during the conference. Visit for additional information.

Any person who wishes to be a candidate for NAPT president-elect, regional director or director at large must be an active individual member of the association for at least two years; a candidate for affiliate member director must be current business partner individual members.

Anyone interested in running for president-elect, regional director or director at large 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. Individuals running for affiliate member director must be nominated by at least two current business partner individual members.

The president-elect and at-large directors are selected by vote of all active members. Regional directors are selected by vote of only those active members whose mailing address is within that specific region. The affiliate member director is chosen by NAPT Business Partner Individual Members only.

Call 800-989-NAPT for additional information from NAPT headquarters.

Bullying Prevention for School Bus Drivers

Brand new course. Solely aimed at training school bus drivers how to identify and deal with bullying and teasing. Already receiving rave reviews. Request free demo DVD or call 1 866 275 7272.

New online PDS courses now available:

902 — Crisis Communication
Crises — however you define them — are inevitable. It is therefore important to have a crisis plan ingrained into your organization's culture. A good crisis plan creates a process that enables quick reactions and intelligent decision-making throughout the ordeal. In this course, you will learn about the importance of pre-planning, especially information gathering and information dissemination, and how thinking about issues in advance will help you make the best of a crisis situation.

More courses are on the way!

503 - School Bus Specifications is slated for release on 7/1/11.
PDS 503 provides practical guidelines for "spec'ing," bidding and receiving school buses best suited to your specific needs.

Already available in our ONLINE Shopping Cart:
PDS 101 — Student Transportation Orientation PDS 201 — Business Writing
PDS 202 — Presentation Skills
PDS 203 — Communications Skills for Transportation Professionals
PDS 204 — Team Communication Strategies
PDS 205 — Managing the Media
PDS 208 — Parent, Administrator, Board and Public Outreach
PDS 301 — Basic School Transportation Accounting
PDS 303 — Procurement and Budget Management
PDS 402 — Managing Human Resources
PDS 405 — Student Needs & Management
PDS 501 — Overseeing a Fleet Maintenance Program
PDS 502 — Advanced Shop Maintenance
PDS 601 — School Bus Routing & Scheduling I
PDS 602 — School Bus Routing & Scheduling II
PDS 606 — Risk Management and Emergency Planning
PDS 702 — Personal Skills for Managers
PDS 703 — Personal Skills – Time Management
PDS 901 — School Transportation Security Assessment

NAPT members pay just $40 per course! You can sign up for any of these classes by clicking here. Available to non-members for $100.

Or visit our website, for more information.

To find out more about our partner in this endeavor, School Training Solutions, please visit



Join us Oct. 22-27 in Cincinnati for an action-packed event featuring workshops, professional growth opportunities, an unparalleled trade show and much more!

We will provide frequent updates about program content. In the meantime, feel free to register and reserve your hotel room.

For all summit-related information, please visit and click on the "Annual Summit" tab.

Exhibitors, please log on to for exhibitor packets, business partner applications and Freeman show services information.


After 55 years, where are we on highways?
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June 29 marks the 55th anniversary of President Eisenhower's signing of the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956, popularly known as the National Interstate and Defense Highways Act. The statute created the Highway Trust Fund, which was designed to pay for 90 percent of highway-construction costs. Today, the surface-transportation funding system waits in limbo for a congressional reauthorization; revenue from the gas tax slowly is declining, and transportation industry participants grouse about unmet infrastructure preservation and maintenance needs. More

US House bill calls for ban on holding cellphones while driving
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Motorists couldn't hold cellphones while driving, under legislation introduced June 23 in the U.S. House. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., said the Safe Drivers Act of 2011 would direct the Department of Transportation to set a national standard prohibiting all drivers from holding mobile devices, except in certain emergencies. More

NTSB: Texting poses deadly threat for nation
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The nation risks a surge in deadly accidents unless it makes distracted driving — talking, texting and browsing the Internet while operating cars, boats and trains — as taboo as drinking and driving, members of the National Transportation and Safety Board said. "Many people continue to think it's just going to take a moment to call or text," NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman said. "How do we change that mindset? Not just the NTSB, but all of us." More

OLI advances Rail Safety Challenge
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Operation Lifesaver Inc. has unveiled the Rail Safety Challenge, a new videogame-style online experience that prepares professional drivers for situations they could face on the road. OLI says the program has been prompted by statistics showing approximately 1 out of 4 railroad crossing crashes involve vehicles that require a commercial driver license to operate. More

Korea's advanced public transportation system
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Every day, 13 million people utilize public transportation in Seoul, South Korea. This number now is rising because of the recent spike in gas prices. More

AAA: July 4 travel expected to fall 2.5 percent in US
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The nearly $1 increase in the price of gas over the past year is expected to put a crimp in travel plans for July 4, according to AAA. The automotive organization estimated that 39 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Independence Day holiday weekend, a 2.5 percent decline from the 40 million people who traveled a year ago. More

Challenges to red light cameras span US
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In more than 500 cities and towns in 25 states, silent sentries keep watch over intersections, snapping photos and shooting video of drivers who run red lights. One of the places is Los Angeles, where, if the Police Commission gets its way, the red light cameras will have to come down in a few weeks. That puts the nation's second-largest city at the leading edge of an anti-camera movement that appears to have been gaining traction across the country in recent weeks. More

NTSB unveils new 'Most Wanted List'
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The National Transportation Safety Board has revamped its list of the most critical transportation issues that need to be addressed to improve safety and save lives, moving away from a specific to-do list to federal transportation agencies. Instead, the new "Most Wanted List" highlights 10 safety issues that impact transportation nationwide. More

EPA plans to expand biofuel standard
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The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to increase the "percentage standards" for biofuels next year. The proposal would increase the allowable amount of organic-based biofuel within blended products, such as biodiesel. This move is welcomed as many see it as a way to make diesel engine technology cleaner and more environmentally friendly. More

Schools expanding bus tracking system
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Students across the east are enjoying summer vacation right now while school administrators are already busy, preparing for next school year. Duplin County Schools in North Carolina are trying to expand their $300,000 tracking and surveillance system for school buses. This bus tracking technology made headlines earlier this month when district officials tracked down a rogue bus in Duplin County and had the driver charged with driving while intoxicated. "It's all about the safety of our children," says transportation director Jeff Thigpen. More

TSA changes policy on child pat-downs
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Airport security screeners must try to avoid invasive pat-down searches of children, the head of the Transportation Security Administration said. The TSA has been criticized for intrusive pat-downs of children and elderly travelers. More

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 e-mail NAPT Marketing and Communications Specialist Lynn Martin today! To learn more about the new NAPT Special Needs Training program click here.

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