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Please join us for The NAPT Summit, scheduled for October 19-24, in Grand Rapids, Mich.! Registration is open and the hotel is taking reservations, so don't delay!

We are delighted to announce we'll be at the elegant surroundings of the Amway Grand, once again! Please be sure to make your hotel reservation through Passkey on our website to obtain the NAPT discount.

Please visit our website for delegate and exhibitor information.

New conference format
In order to bring you more content this year, we have introduced the concept of headliners and spin-offs. The headliner session (lasting a total of 60 minutes) will introduce the speakers and topics of the morning (or afternoon) from which you may choose. At the conclusion of the headliner, attendees will then adjourn to a different room with the speaker of their choice for a 30-minute (spin-off) workshop to dig deeper in that particular topic area. We have four major topic areas — special needs, fleet maintenance, safety & security, and key performance indicators. An expert will introduce — in 15 minutes — what s/he would like to explore in a spin-off. The second speaker previews his/her topic and so on. After hearing each of the 4 speakers, you may decide which session you'd most like to explore further in the spin-off session.
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NAPT Region 1 members
Dear fellow NAPT members in Region I:
As we approach the Annual Summit in Grand Rapids, I am writing to remind you that this is a great opportunity to recognize individuals or organizations that have done something special this year or that have contributed over many years to the industry and to school transportation safety.

NAPT is blessed with numerous award programs that allow us all to recognize and thank those who have given of their time, talent and energies to keep our children safe and to advance the school transportation profession.

It's not too late to submit nominees for the several NAPT awards that include the following:
  • NAPT Distinguished Service Award
  • NAPT Continuing Education Award (sponsored by Thomas Built Buses)
  • NAPT Heroism Award (sponsored by Blue Bird Corporation)
  • NAPT School Bus Driver Training & Safety Award (sponsored by IC Corporation)
  • NAPT Special Needs Transportation Award (sponsored by Sure-Lok, Inc.)
You can find out more about each of these awards and more by going to the NAPT Awards page ( and click on "Awards") and/or you can call me directly to discuss possible candidates you are considering.

Thanks all and we hope to see you in Grand Rapids, Mich., from Oct. 19-24, 2013! This year's Annual Summit is going to include dozens of informative and cutting edge presentations and workshops. The Summit is also the home of the industry's largest and most diverse Trade Show. The NAPT Annual Summit is the October place to be!! Please plan to attend!

Thanks and regards!
Peter Mannella
Region I Director

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Idling Gets You Nowhere

But an E-Guardian Heater Gets You…
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NAPT award deadline
NAPT Distinguished Service Award
The NAPT Distinguished Service Award was established to recognize an individual who has performed exemplary service on behalf of NAPT at state and/or national levels. Candidates must be a current NAPT member; must have five years' experience in pupil transportation or a related field; must have been an NAPT for a minimum of three years; and must be actively engaged in the daily operation of pupil transportation in one of the following capacities: administration, managerial, or supervisory. The application deadline is Sept. 1.

For an application and information, please visit the website:

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2013 NAPT Awards Program — application deadline is Sept. 16
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:

Driver Trainer Award sponsored by IC Bus — Established to recognize school districts with exemplary driver training programs. Deadline: Sept. 16

Special Needs Transportation Award sponsored by Sure-Lok — Created to recognize superior special needs transportation service. Deadline: Sept. 16

Heroism Award sponsored by Blue Bird — Established to recognize heroism or acts of courage relating to school transportation. Deadline: Sept. 16

Continuing Education Award sponsored by Thomas Built Buses — Founded to encourage professional growth in the student transportation industry. Deadline: Sept. 16

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

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NAPT announces 2013 Scholarship and Grant opportunities
Peter & Linda Lawrence Scholarships
Peter and Linda Lawrence have endowed four scholarships to defray the cost of conference registration to NAPT members attending the Annual Summit on Oct. 19-24 in Grand Rapids, Mich. The application deadline for the NAPT Conference scholarship is Sept. 13. Log on to for more information.

Zonar Scholarships
Zonar Ten – We are pleased to announce Zonar Systems is graciously endowing 10 scholarships for attendance to the 2013 NAPT Annual Summit in Grand Rapids, Mich. Applicants do not have to be NAPT members - Zonar will include the cost of NAPT membership. The application deadline is Sept. 13. Log on to for more information.

Zonar $50,000 Equipment Grant
NAPT and Zonar are jointly sponsoring a $50,000 grant competition, for state of the art, fleet management technology that will enhance a school district's safety security and efficiency. NAPT will accept and evaluate applications from NAPT members for a single award or multiple awards of $50,000 worth of equipment/hardware provided by Zonar Systems, Inc. The filing deadline is Sept. 13 to NAPT. Log on to for more information or consult your Zonar Account Manager at

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Paralyzed US swimmer banned from Paralympics
Yahoo News
VideoBriefVictoria Arlen the wheelchair-bound 18-year-old from Exeter, N.H., went on to find strength in the swimming pool after a 3-year coma that left her paralyzed at 11 years old. But her family, coaches and even her governor and two senators were outraged this week by a decision by the International Paralympic Committee to disqualify the teen from the Paralympic Swimming World Championships in Montreal after ruling that her condition is not permanent.
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Back-to-school week means increased vigilance for drivers
Sioux City Journal
It's back-to-school week in Sioux City, Iowa, and elsewhere. As students return to classes, let's all be cognizant of the increased potential for accidents produced by more vehicles and pedestrians near schools and apply increased caution to our driving. Let's all slow down, exercise care and do our part to keep our children safe.
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Is it safe to post school bus stop locations online?
Central Florida News
School districts around Central Florida have different policies regarding the online posting of bus stop information. Most Central Florida school districts post the bus stop routes and locations online. In Volusia County, bus stop locations can only be accessed online through a private portal for parents who need a password to find the bus stop locations. As another precaution, some districts require you to enter a street address to find the closest bus stop.
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AAA Fuel Gauge Report: Motorists enjoying savings at the pump
Convenience Store News
The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline fell again this week, dropping 7 cents to $3.55 per gallon, which still stands as the fourth-highest price on record for the calendar date of Aug. 12. The national average has now declined for 22 of the past 24 days, including an 11-day streak. During those 24 days, the national average fell 12 cents, somewhat offsetting the 20-cent increase that took place July 7-19, according to the latest AAA Fuel Gauge Report.
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Organization donates kits to help stop bullying
The Pantagraph
A Twin City, Ill., organization that promotes teaching social skills to children is providing a new resource to reduce bullying.

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'Stand your ground' applies to school bus fights, too
MSN News
A boy who got into a fight with a girl on a school bus can claim self-defense under Florida's "stand your ground" law, an appeals court says.

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Alabama parents beg school officials to reverse school bus cuts at forum
More than 500 people recently filled the theater at Spain Park High School in Hoover for a forum on the Hoover school board's decision to eliminate school bus service in the 2014-2015 school year.

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Keeping children healthy with new idle-free policy
VideoBriefMount Vernon, Iowa, school leaders are asking that parents and bus drivers no longer wait with their engines running or idling. Linn County Public Health conducted an assessment to get a bigger picture of the district. It discovered vehicles emitted an average of 945 pounds of pollution per year. That's after parents and visitors idled 1,075 hours across the Mount Vernon schools.
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Drivers 'generally don't dispute' texting
USA Today
Undercover patrols in New York to catch drivers caught texting are part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's new campaign to crack down on distracted drivers across the state. In addition to more troopers on the road, the effort includes stiffer penalties for drivers convicted of using portable electronic devices or talking on the phone behind the wheel.
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New national survey highlights problem of school bus stop arm running
A new survey, just released by the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services, found that more than 108,000 school bus drivers reported that 85,279 private vehicle drivers passed their buses illegally in one day during their annual survey. These staggering numbers highlight the dangers school children face every day from drivers who illegally pass school buses with their stop arm deployed. In releasing the report, NASDPTS stresses the need for a comprehensive approach to solving this traffic danger, including education, engineering and enforcement.
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Study evaluates distracted driving among adolescents with ADHD
Claims Journal
A study using a driving simulator suggests that adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder who were distracted while driving demonstrated more variability in speed and lane position than adolescents without ADHD, according to a study published by JAMA Pediatrics. While adolescents as a group are at increased risk for motor vehicle crashes, those diagnosed with ADHD have an even greater risk.
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Arizona tightens school-bus safety belt
The Republic
On a sizzling April afternoon, mechanic Luis Piña climbed aboard a school bus to install seats and did a double take. A preschool-age boy was sitting on the bus. It was 12:45 p.m. A district report shows he was picked up at 11:25 a.m. that day. No one — not the aide who unbuckled his safety seat nor the bus driver who drove the bus from the school to the transportation yard — noticed the boy had fallen asleep and was left behind, according to a district report about the incident. This episode underscored the importance of an effort already under way to make school buses safer, said Karen Menge, communications coordinator for Laveen Elementary School District.
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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 Marketing and Communications Specialist Lynn Martin today! To learn more about the new NAPT Special Needs Training program click here.


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