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2011 NAPT Summit agenda available online! Click here to view.

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.


Our newest graduate of The NAPT Special Needs Transportation training program
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The NAPT Special Needs Transportation training program provides numerous opportunities for transportation personnel serving students with disabilities to access educational opportunities at both local and national conferences and to gain national recognition for their efforts.

The program has a core curriculum that consists of six special needs courses in a variety of different settings, including a school bus roadeo and a trade show of school transportation products and services. The core curriculum is supplemented by two courses of elective instruction from the NAPT Professional Development Series Program. The syllabus for the core curriculum has been specifically designed to increase an individual's specific knowledge about transporting students with disabilities.

Congratulations to:
Shelley Fletcher-Halls, an employee of STC Elliott Coach Lines in Guelph, Ontario, who has successfully completed the NAPT Special Needs Transportation training program. Fletcher-Halls is the first person in Canada and the ninth person overall to achieve this recognition.

For more information, please visit our website at or contact Brianne Peck at 800-989-6278.

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.

The following individuals have thus far been nominated to participate in the election:

President-elect candidate: Don Carnahan, vice president of business development, Zonar systems, Seattle.
Director-region 2 candidate (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ontario, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia): Barry Sudduth, director of transportation, Stafford County Public Schools, Va.
Director-region 4 candidate (Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Texas): Ken Mulder, director of transportation, Special School district, St. Louis, Mo.
Director-affiliate member candidates: Marisa Weisinger, specialist at Innovative Transportation Solutions, Houston; Dave McDonald, director of business development and technical sales at Rosco Vision Systems Inc.

The president-elect will serve one four-year term; two years as president-elect and two as president. The president-elect shall be selected by a vote of all active members.

Both regional director positions are three year terms. Candidates who reside in regions 2 and 4 may apply from their respective regions if they have been active NAPT members in good standing for at least two years. Regional directors shall be selected by a vote of only those active members whose mailing address is within that specific region.

The affiliate board member serves a two year term. The affiliate member position was added in 2010 to provide an opportunity for business partner representation. Only business partner members in good standing may vote on an individual for this position.

The 2011 NAPT Elections will take place Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to noon at the NAPT booth on the trade show floor during the association's 37th Annual Conference and Trade Show in Cincinnati. Visit our website at to learn more.

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 nonmembers for $100.

Or visit our website, for more information.

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


America's natural gas highway receives new 'fuel' injection
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Clean Energy Fuels Corp. hopes to "clean up" when it comes to installing liquid natural gas fueling stations. The company has secured an additional $150 million in funding from three Asian investments funds. Clean Energy has now received $300 million in the past two months to be used toward its effort to provide a low-cost, low-carbon alternative to diesel fuel. More

'Common sense' prompts US to scrap traffic-sign deadlines
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Most requirements for U.S. local governments to replace stop signs and other traffic markers by specific dates will be scrapped after hundreds of cash-strapped municipalities complained, the Transportation Department said. The Federal Highway Administration will now allow states to replace the signs when they wear out. Forty-six deadlines, including timetables for minimum reflectivity and larger lettering, will be eliminated. More

Can pay-per-mile driving programs work?
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As vehicle fuel efficiency increases and hybrids become more popular, governments are running into a problem: They're making less money from gas taxes. One solution that has been tossed around for years is the vehicle miles traveled program, which charges people fees based on how many miles they drive. It's a good way to both discourage driving and to put the tax burden of paying for roads on the people who use them most. More

Feds reject request to require seat belts on school buses
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently rejected a petition by safety advocates who sought a federal mandate to require school bus seat belts. "We care deeply about schoolchildren and feel that the steps we've taken are in the best interests of safety," said Ronald Medford, deputy administrator at NHTSA. More

US security intensifying as Sept. 11 date nears
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As the United States prepares for the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, a date al-Qaida has cited as a potential opportunity to strike again, security is intensifying at airports, train stations, nuclear plants and major sporting arenas around the country. "At this point there is no specific credible threat, but that doesn't mean we are relaxing at all in terms of our vigilance," said John Brennan, President Barack Obama's homeland security and counterterrorism adviser. More

DOT continues strengthening bus and truck safety across America
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Whether you're traveling by air, bus or rail, your safety is always DOT's top priority. DOT's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is doing a lot to improve the safety of our nation's roadways for the more than 750 million passengers who ride motorcoaches and buses. More

New law cracks down on bus driver drinking, drug use
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Recently, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn approved a bill that cracks down on bus drivers who are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in an effort to better protects students. The new law imposes a three-year suspension of a bus driver's license if the driver tests positive for alcohol or drugs or refuses a blood-alcohol test. More

Children take control of school bus
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Children in New Zealand took control of the steering wheel and gears on their out-of-control school bus when the driver apparently became ill. The 82-year-old driver reportedly told his employer he was sick but was told there was no one to replace him. 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 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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