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Tentative SUMMIT agenda just released! Click here to view.

2011 Election Dates & Deadlines

NAPT Elections Committee Chair Peter F. Mannella has announced the following dates and deadlines for the 2011 NAPT election:

ABSENTEE BALLOT REQUESTS — Any NAPT member seeking to vote by absentee ballot must send a written request for a ballot to NAPT headquarters. All requests must be received no later than the close of business Sept. 8.

ABSENTEE BALLOTS MAILED TO VOTERS — Official absentee ballots will be mailed to all eligible voters no later than Sept. 23.

ABSENTEE BALLOT RETURN — All absentee ballots must be received at NAPT headquarters no later than Oct. 12.

Election Day is Wednesday, Oct. 26. Elections will be held in Cincinnati on the trade show floor from 10 a.m.–noon.

Questions about the election should be directed to

NAPT announces 2011 scholarship opportunities
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Bluth-Eisman Field Trip Grants
NAPT Board 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 were damaged by recent tornadoes, all NAPT members are encouraged to apply. The application deadline for the grants, valued at $250 each, is Oct. 1. Log on to for more information.

Peter & Linda Lawrence Scholarships
Peter and Linda Lawrence have endowed three scholarships to defray the cost of conference registration for NAPT members attending the Annual Summit on Oct. 22-27 in Cincinnati. The application deadline is Sept. 16. Log on to for more information.

Zonar Scholarships
We are pleased to announce Zonar Systems is graciously endowing 10 scholarships for attendance to the 2011 NAPT Annual Summit in Cincinnati. Applicants do not have to be NAPT members; Zonar will include the cost for NAPT membership. The application deadline is Sept. 15. Log on to for more information.

NAPT awards program
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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. 1.

Sure-Lok Special Needs Transportation Award — Created to recognize superior special needs transportation service. Deadline: Sept. 1.

Blue Bird Heroism Award — Established to recognize heroism or acts of courage relating to school transportation. Deadline: Sept. 1.

Thomas Built Buses Continuing Education Award — Founded to encourage professional growth in the student transportation industry. Deadline: Sept. 1.

Please log on to our website for applications and additional information:

Currently 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 302 — Budget Development
PDS 303 — Procurement and Budget Management
PDS 402 — Managing Human Resources
PDS 403 — Labor Contract Negotiations and Management
PDS 405 — Student Needs & Management
PDS 501 — Overseeing a Fleet Maintenance Program
PDS 502 — Advanced Shop Maintenance
PDS 503 — School Bus Specifications
PDS 601 — School Bus Routing & Scheduling I
PDS 602 — School Bus Routing & Scheduling II
PDS 605 — School Transportation Contract Management
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
PDS 902 — Crisis Communication

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.


Deborah Hersman sworn in for second term as NTSB chairman
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Deborah Hersman was officially sworn in Aug 4 for a second two-year term as NTSB chairman. "I am deeply honored to continue serving as chairman of the NTSB," Hersman said. More

4,000 extra cars to flood roads amid bus fee flap
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More than 4,000 Franklin Township, Ind., students will forgo the school bus amid a fight over transportation fees. According to figures from the Central Indiana Educational Service Center, the nonprofit now handling busing for the district, 1,600 students have signed up to ride buses. In previous years, 6,000 Franklin Township students rode the bus to school, leaving about 4,400 more children riding in cars this year. More

Jacksonville Transportation Authority offers rides for magnet students
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School is slated to start in just more than two weeks, but many families are still scrambling trying to figure out how they'll get their children to class. That's because the Duval County School Board cut bus routes for more than 5,000 magnet school students. More

Pittsburgh-area transit agency loses appeal on ads
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The Port Authority of Allegheny County's refusal to run ads on its buses telling convicted felons of their voting rights likely will end up costing the agency more than $500,000. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld a Pittsburgh judge's ruling that the authority violated the First Amendment rights of the Pittsburgh League of Young Voters and the American Civil Liberties Union when it refused to run the ads. More

James Temple: BART needs to get on board the Wi-Fi express
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BART is the largest regional transit system in the undisputed center of the technology universe, but good luck getting online if you're a commuter. Nearly 2 1/2 years after BART struck a deal with an Internet provider — and at least seven months after the service was supposed to be available systemwide — it's still difficult to secure a Wi-Fi signal long enough to log on. More

Congress takes summer recess without acting on transportation legislation
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The House of Representatives and the Senate both recently recessed until after Labor Day, leaving only 24 days when lawmakers return to the Capitol on Sept. 6 to introduce and clear legislation reauthorizing federal highway and transit programs, which are set to expire Sept. 30 at the end of this federal fiscal year. More

Bully-proof your child for academic success
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Did you know that 30 percent of students in grades 6-10 are affected by bullying and as a result, won't score as well as they should this coming school year? "Bullying can lead students to feel so anxious and terrorized by their tormentors that school becomes near-impossible to handle and studies too difficult to concentrate on," says Caryn Sabes Hacker, ACSW, DCSW, a psychotherapist who specializes in bullying and authored A Bully Grows Up: Erik Meets the Wizard. More

Transit grants set to improve mobility for residents of rural tribal lands
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The Obama administration is firmly committed to improving tribal transportation resources. The Recovery Act, for example, included a $310 million boost for the Indian Reservation Roads Program, and the annual amount of that program was increased from $275 to $450 million. The Department of Transportation also is working to make it easier for Native American communities to access resources through discretionary programs like Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery. More

Hybrids to rule the alternative power world by 2020
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A new study by global research firm Frost & Sullivan indicates that hybrid propulsion technology is far and away going to be the leading alternative power choice in the world's medium-heavy commercial truck and bus market by 2020. 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.