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Home   Annual Conference   Members Only   Foundation   Careers Sept. 21, 2010

October 30 — November 4

NAPT is climbing the summit in Portland, Oregon, this year and our 36th Annual Conference & Trade Show offers something for everyone. Visit us online and watch for updates on the program and see why getting to the NAPT Summit should be at the top of your "to-do list" in 2010. Make your hotel reservation.

2010 NAPT Summit Program Announcement! The NAPT Board of Directors and the NAPT Program Committee are pleased to announce the release of the tentative program and list of workshops that will be available at the 2010 NAPT Summit. View the newly released and updated tentative agenda for a list of Workshop Topics and download a copy of the Conference Registration form. For additional information visit NAPT's home page.

Join us in Portland for an exciting program jam packed with a multitude of speakers and events!

Visit "NAPT Summit—Weekly Highlights" category toward the bottom of this brief for weekly featured topics.


Video catches dad becoming school bus bully
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Police are calling a Florida dad a real bully after he jumped on his daughter's school bus and confronted some kids who had been harassing the girl. The irate father's tirade was caught on the Seminole school bus' surveillance camera and now police are investigating whether to press charges. "Now everybody sit down; sit down," the unidentified man said on the surveillance tape. The man turns to his daughter and asks her to point out some students. The girl had allegedly been getting beat up and picked on during rides to and from school, the father said. More

School bus safety priority No. 1
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A recent school bus accident near Laurel, Miss., that left four students with minor injuries has Jones County School District Transportation Director Terry Graham even more determined to implement programs to keep children safe as they ride the buses back and forth to school each day. Graham believes all 165 employees of the JCSD Transportation Department are just as concerned about the safety of the students as he is. He said everyone from the bus drivers to the mechanics want to make sure children have a safe arrival at school, as well as a safe return to their homes. More

Cook-Illinois Corporation Among Greenest in Country
Cook-Illinois Corporation was the first in Illinois to switch to biodiesel fuel, create a clean air museum for kids and purchase a hybrid school bus. Check us out at: MORE

Technology tells whether bridges are 'dead or alive'
Governing    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It is a paradox of our world today that as technology transforms so much so fast our most fundamental infrastructure — roads, bridges, rail — remains largely as it was when it was built over seventy years ago. And our methods of maintenance and condition assessment are largely unchanged as well. Absent adequate funding, risk assessment becomes central to prioritizing projects. The next few decades will require countless choices that are only now beginning to be understood. It is in this arena that technology is offering promising new ways to better understand our geriatric bridge inventory. More

Six technologies to cure bad driving
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The roads are alive with the sound of honking horns and crunching metal. While the number of traffic fatalities in the U.S. has dropped to about 34,000 annually — the lowest level since 1954 — pushing that number lower will only get tougher. Nearly 8 out of 10 seniors aged 70 years and up — the most crash-prone demographic — have drivers' licenses, more than ever before, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. More

New Jersey to consider putting ads on school buses
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School buses as billboards? In their search for new revenue streams, New Jersey officials have turned yellow. They're contemplating selling ads on the sides of school buses. A bill allowing them is now being considered by the state Assembly's Education Committee. Political ads would not be permitted on the buses, nor would ads for alcohol or tobacco products. The state education commissioner would get the final say about any potentially offensive ads. More

Child safety week begins
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Today kicks off child safety week, and so far 2010 is on track to be the deadliest year for children locked in vehicles. As of July, 23 children around the country have died as a result of being locked or trapped in hot cars. Eleven were accidentally left in a vehicle, while a dozen were playing in the cars and became trapped. While the temperatures are beginning to cool, there are other dangers parents and caregivers should always keep in mind. The most important safety tip: always make sure your child is properly restrained while in a vehicle. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an average of 4 children under the age of 14 are killed every day in motor vehicle crashes, in the U.S. More

Your Road to Success Begins with School Training Solutions

School Training Solutions comprehensive offering of online training offers tailored solutions, flexibility, availability, cost savings, with online documentation and reporting to meet your training requirements.

White House defends stimulus, highlights projects
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Rehabilitating New York's Staten Island Ferry Terminal. Cutting a new highway through Nelsonville, Ohio. Building a trio of battery factories in Michigan. In a report being released recently by Vice President Joe Biden, the White House pushes back against criticism of its $814 billion stimulus program and highlights 100 projects that it says are creating jobs and growing the economy. Republicans cite a nearly 10 percent unemployment rate in arguing that the stimulus has been a costly failure. More

NTSB to hold child safety forum
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The National Transportation Safety Board plans to hold a forum later this year on the safety of children traveling in cars and aboard airplanes. Last month the NTSB issued a recommendation that flight rules be changed to require child safety seats on planes for children less than 2 years old. "American families are on the go, and children today are frequent travelers almost from the time they are born," said NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman in a statement. "Much more should be done to reduce fatalities and injuries of our smallest travelers, whether they are in a jumbo jet or their family's car." More

Cab Warming & Engine Pre-heat without Carbon Emissions.

Espar Independent Heating Systems enable drivers to pre-heat their school buses, offering warm starts, defrosted windows and a safe and comfortable environment for students, all without engine idling.

Proposed rule restricting cell phone use by truckers sent to White House
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A proposed rule that would restrict the use of cell phones while operating a commercial motor vehicle was sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget Sept. 16 by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. According to the abstract of the rule, which is all that is available until it is published after an OK by the budget office, the rulemaking is in response to FMCSA-sponsored studies that analyzed safety incidents and distracted drivers. The rule would also address the National Transportation Safety Board's "Most Wanted List" of safety recommendations. More

Smoke & Flame Resistant Rubber Products

SAS Rubber has been manufacturing smoke & flame resistant rubber products to make your school bus fleet safer. Learn more at

Gasoline trumps electricity in fuel-efficient auto contest
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The cars of the future have shown themselves, but it's not clear whether Americans will like them. contest organizers crowned the winners of the first Progressive Automotive X Prize, a one-year race to design an ultra-efficient car that's "safe, affordable and desirable." Among the final contestants were cars getting 80, 120, even 180 miles per gallon equivalent. They assumed strange shapes, some sprawling on the ground like stingrays, others compact as books. They ran on batteries, ethanol and gasoline. In the end, it was a gasoline engine that triumphed. More

Thomas Built delivers hybrid buses to Kentucky
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High Point, N.C., based Thomas Built Buses has begun deliveries of 20 Saf-T-Liner C2e hybrid school buses to 13 Kentucky school districts, with the potential for additional hybrid orders in the near future. The purchase was made possible by a $12.9 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant to the state of Kentucky, allowing the state to replace up to 200 of its oldest buses with hybrid buses through the next school year. More


Special Guest Speaker - Mack Dryden

Mack Dryden
Mack Dryden — Sunday awards banquet emcee, Oct. 31, 2010
Mack is back — by popular demand! Join us for a late night style evening featuring emcee Mack Dryden, who has entertained thousands of corporate clients, performed stand-up comedy on the Tonight Show with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno and numerous other TV shows, acted in movies with such stars as Karl Malden and Keith Carradine, and was hand-selected by Bill Mahar for the writing staff of ABC's Politically Incorrect. Mack will insure that everyone, especially the recipients of NAPT's highest honors, enjoys a night to remember. (Delegates and guests registered for Full Conference or Sunday-only events are invited to attend.)

Preventing sexual harassment
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Presented by Nancy Hungerford, Esq.

This course will help you understand a supervisor's obligations and responsibilities to create and maintain a harassment-free work environment; provide examples of the approaches and techniques that can be used to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace; and review appropriate responses to allegations of sexual harassment. Monday, Nov. 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Ms. Hungerford is a founding member of the Hungerford Law Firm — the only Oregon law firm specializing exclusively in school law and public sector labor law. The firm has provided services to over 100 school districts and community colleges for nearly 30 years. Ms. Hungerford represents clients in labor arbitration, ERB and FDAB cases and IDEA/504 due process cases. She earned a BA in Journalism and English from the University of Nebraska and an MA in English Literature from the University of Oregon and is a graduate of the Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Ore.

Portland info
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Portland named in a coin toss

In 1843 a drifter named William Overton and an attorney named Asa Lovejoy ran their canoe aground on the banks of the Willamette River. Surrounded by the beauty of the region, Overton wanted to invest in the land; but didn't have the 25 cents needed to file a claim. So, he contracted with Lovejoy and in return for a quarter, Overton would split the claim to the 640-acres known then as "The Clearing."

Overton quickly grew tired of clearing trees and building roads, so he moved on, selling his half of the claim to Francis W. Pettygrove. Lovejoy and Pettygrove couldn't decide on a name for their "clearing." Lovejoy was adamant the site be named after his hometown of Boston, Mass., while Pettygrove was equally determined about his native Portland, Maine. They decided to flip a coin, now known as the "Portland Penny," to settle the argument. Pettygrove won two of three tosses.

The penny is now on display at the Oregon Historical Society Museum in downtown Portland.

NAPT Summit events will be presented in the Oregon Convention Center (OCC) which is located at the west end of the Lloyd District. The recently expanded facility includes a 255,000 square foot exhibit hall, two ballrooms and 50 meeting rooms. The Convention Center's modern twin glass spires are one of Portland's distinct landmarks. The 17-acre campus is the largest in the Pacific Northwest and, as a salute to Portland's eco-friendliness, the first convention center in America to receive the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED certification as an existing building.

One of Oregon's largest malls, the Lloyd Center, is located in the Lloyd District. The mall boasts over 200 stores, a large food court, and movie theaters, all surrounding a central ice rink. A covered parking garage is conveniently included.

Click here to locate restaurants in the Portland area.


National School Bus Safety Week proclomation
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Unites States Congressman Baron Hill (D-IN) is preparing to introduce a proclamation that would permanently designate the third full week in October every year as National School Bus Safety Week. If passed out of the House, the proclamation would go to the White House for President Obama's review and likely approval.

Dick Fischer, a long-time pupil transportation consultant and member of the NAPT Hall of Fame who effectively began School Bus Safety Week in the 1960s, has formed a National School Bus Safety Committee that is seeking letters of support for the proclamation. Fischer and his team have been working with staffers in Rep. Hill's office to draft the proclamation.

Although this effort is not unprecedented (previous presidential proclamations were signed by President Nixon in 1973, when School Bus Safety Week was held in April, and President Reagan in October of 1981) neither of the previous proclamations made School Bus Safety Week an official national event. National School Bus Safety Week is and always has been an industry sponsored celebration, managed and financially supported entirely by NAPT, NASDPTS and NSTA. The fact that the feds might permanently acknowledge the importance of School Bus Safety Week is a significant political landmark that would help elevate school transportation with politicians in Washington, D.C. and around the nation.

NAPT members are therefore strongly encouraged to download a customizable letter and send it to your Congressperson. Just copy and paste the sample letter into your email and send it to your Congressperson. You can find the name of and contact information for your Congressperson by entering your nine number zip code at (Find your Zip code at:

After you contact your representative, it would also be helpful — and polite — if you wrote a note to Congressman Hill, thanking him for his support and hard work on behalf of our industry. His contact information is:

Hon. Baron Hill
223 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Tel: 202-225-5315
Fax: 202-226-6866

If you have questions about this effort, please feel free to contact Richard Fischer at

Thank you for your help and support.
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