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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!

Please register soon to take advantage of the "early-bird" registration rate — it ends on Sept. 15. Don't forget to 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.


Delco Remy endows NAPT's 'America's Best' Scholarship Program
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NAPT is delighted to announce that Delco Remy has endowed $5,000 for the 2011 "America's Best" Scholarship Program. The "America's Best" Scholarship Program is a means to provide financial assistance for qualifying technicians and inspectors to attend the 2011 national competition.

"America's Best" is North America's only annual premier skills competition exclusively for the professional school bus technician and inspector. Contestants come from all segments of the school bus maintenance industry and from many states and provinces. This year, the eighth annual competition will be hosted by the Texas Association of School Bus Technicians in San Antonio on Sept. 27-30. This years' scholarship winners are: Jack Defibaugh (Lewisburg, W.Va.); Jason Sharpe (Glen Allen, Va.); Dean Councilor (Traverse City, Mich.); and Joe Gushlaw (Adams, N.Y.).

For more information, please visit the America's Best website at For information on Delco Remy, visit their website at

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.

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.

Peter & Linda Lawrence Scholarships
Peter and Linda Lawrence have endowed three scholarships to defray the cost of 2011 NAPT Summit conference registration. The scholarships will benefit NAPT members attending the Annual Summit on Oct. 22-27 in Cincinnati. The application deadline is Sept. 16. Log on to for more 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:
Michele Drorbaugh, an employee of Seattle Public Schools in Seattle, has successfully completed the NAPT Special Needs Transportation Training Program. Drorbaugh is the 10th person in the nation 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 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


US Senate panel proposes airline ticket tax hike
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A Democratic-led Senate panel has approved an increase in airline ticket taxes of up to $6 for a round trip in order to cover increased security costs at airports. More

NOYS National Distracted Driving Summit an opportunity for youth to make a difference
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In DOT's campaign for driving safety, one of their strongest partners is the National Organizations for Youth Safety. The exceptional young people who make up NOYS are tireless safety advocates who have been enthusiastic participants in the fight to end distracted driving. To train and empower even more youth leaders to help address this important safety issue, NOYS will host its 2011 Distracted Driving Summit in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 17, and they are looking for young people who want to participate. More

Get tougher against school time bullying
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While we encounter diverse communities in our daily lives, the truth remains that school yards aren't always a safe place for each and every student. School yard bullying has increasingly become the norm in many schools across the country — affecting students who are gay and transgender as well as those who are not. More

School buses do more than keep children safe
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Did you ever take a moment to think that the very first contact a child will have with her local school will be in the form of a yellow school bus driven by a dedicated school bus driver? Before the school principal welcomes your child to the front doors of the school building, his school bus driver will have welcomed him through the swinging door of the yellow school bus. Before her teacher hands out the assignments for the day, a school bus driver will have instructed her on the ground rules for riding safely on the yellow school bus. More

Obama's infrastructure spending plan gains support
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President Barack Obama's proposal to spend as much as $140 billion on highways, transit, air traffic control and other infrastructure projects has strong backing from business and labor groups, governors and mayors and even a qualified embrace from House Republican leaders. More

School bullies beware! New Connecticut law puts YOU in the hot seat
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Recently, state Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney, D-New Haven, Sen. Joseph Crisco, Jr., D-Woodbridge, along with Superintendent of Amity Schools John Brady, held a press conference to highlight the features of a new state law that went into effect July 1 that clamps down on cyberbullying. The new law brings two very important changes to the fight against bullying; in addition to including cyberbullying as an offense, it expands the role and responsibility of the schools. More

President blocks EPA from changing ozone rules this year
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State transportation departments recently learned the Obama administration pulled back on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's work drafting updates to the Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards. President Barack Obama said EPA will reconsider ozone standards in 2013. More

Air travel shoes-off rule to be eased in future
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Air travelers won't have to take their shoes off during security screenings in the future, said U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. "One of the first things you will see over time is the ability to keep your shoes on," Napolitano said. She didn't specify when the change would take place. More

IBM commuter 'pain index' shows worst cities for driving
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A new survey on commuting released today by International Business Machines Corp. found that for many people in metropolitan areas around the world, getting to work is more painful endeavor than ever. In some cases, people's negative feelings about driving may have more to do with their emotional states than actual driving conditions. More

Bullying linked to lower school achievement
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Bullying in high school is not just a problem of individual torment: It is linked to lower academic achievement across the school. So concludes research that investigated student behavior in nearly 300 high schools in Virginia, including most of those in the Washington suburbs. 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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