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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.


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.
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


Parents speak out on bullying after son's death
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VideoBrief The Obama administration is holding its third summit on bullying this week in Washington, D.C. It's a huge problem for American children. By one estimate, as many as 160,000 students stay home on any given day because they're afraid of bullies. In January in Monroe, N.Y., a 14-year-old victim took his own life. And now his parents are fighting back. More

TSA rolling out new screening procedures to avoid child pat downs
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When it comes to screening children, the TSA is getting out of the frisking business. Responding to backlash over its pat-down policy, the TSA is rolling out new procedures aimed at lowering the number of physical searches of children. More

Engaging students with Twitter
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On any given school day you can find Enrique Legaspi's eighth-grade history and leadership class at Hollenbeck Middle School in Los Angeles using Twitter to learn more about the events of World War I, collect and share information about the women's suffrage movement, and round up information about university-level programs. It's all in a day's teaching for Legaspi, who has been using Twitter actively in his classroom since learning of the micro-blogging platform's educational applicability from other educators. More

Airlines plan to reduce flying next year
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Airlines are putting next year's growth plans on hold, with high fuel prices and a sluggish economy forcing them to reconsider which flights make money and cut the ones that won't. The recently announced plans suggested that airlines will match the supply of seats to the number that passengers are willing to buy. More

Study: Graduated driver license laws don't protect older teens
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Do stringent driver's license laws help keep teen motorists safe? A nationwide study shows that so-called "graduated" driver license laws do seem to curb fewer fatal crashes among 16-year-olds but not among 18-year-olds. Many states now require young drivers to get experience behind the wheel, including driving with an adult, before getting a license with full privileges. But those laws typically apply only to those under age 18. The new study suggests teens simply put off getting a license until they turn 18 — meaning they have little experience and higher odds for a deadly crash. More

TxDOT urges Texans to 'buckle them right' during Child Passenger Safety Week — Sept. 18-24
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According to figures from the National Center for Health Statistics, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children 14 years old and younger. The National Highway Safety Administration estimates that roughly 3 out of 4 child safety seats are not used correctly. Correctly installed child safety seats and booster seats save lives — offering the best protection for children in the event of a crash. The Texas Department of Transportation, along with SafeKids, will be offering free safety seat check-ups and advice throughout Texas during Child Passenger Safety Week, Sept. 18-24. More

Board urges cellphone ban for all commercial drivers
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After a Kentucky truck crash that killed 11 people, top federal safety investigators vastly broadened their recommendations on cellphones on Tuesday and said all commercial drivers should be forbidden to use them, whether hand-held or not, except in emergencies. The Department of Transportation is already considering a rule to ban the nation's 3.7 million commercial drivers from talking on cellphones; last year it banned them from texting. "It's just too dangerous," said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who described himself as being "on a rampage" on the subject. More

Bus driver sings praises of safety
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A singing bus driver set the tone for a student assembly, offering ballads as a way to educate the youngsters about school bus safety. David Winfree, a five-year driving veteran with the Roxana School District in Illinois, sang about the importance of following safety rules and being respectful. He asked the students to sign a safety pledge. More

Solo drivers of low-emission autos fume over fees to use carpool lanes
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Drivers of electric and other alternative-fuel vehicles enjoy a special perk: They can drive solo in California's carpool lanes. But under a controversial plan proposed by local traffic agencies, those drivers will have to pay to use two heavily used carpool lanes that are being converted to toll roads. More

Inspection program puts school bus safety to the test
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Recently, a group of second-graders from the H.R. Swift Elementary School in Egg Harbor Township, N.J., spent the morning dishing out grades rather than receiving them. Armed with clipboards and safety checklists, the children climbed aboard Egg Harbor Township Public Schools bus No. 2610 to make sure it was up to par, creating their own report cards for the bus as they checked to see if it was fit to transport the township's most precious cargo. 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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