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10 operations and related Fleet Services workshops will be offered at the Summit
The following 10 Fleet Services workshop sessions will be offered at the NAPT Summit in Grand Rapids, Mich., this year. We have a cadre of special guest speakers who will delve into a variety of topics that can help enhance your district operation immediately.

Continuous Improvement and Quality Improvement Within GE
General Electric has been ranked among the top companies in the world for many, many years. In 2012, the company was listed the 3rd-largest in the world among the Forbes Global 2000. They were ranked No. 7 for developing for leaders (Fortune), No. 5 among the "Best Global Brands" (Interbrand), No. 63 among "green" companies (Newsweek), No. 15 among the most admired companies (Fortune), and No. 19 most innovative company (Fast Company). Learn why and how one of the world's largest and most respected company's utilizes performance measurement for continuous and quality improvement.

School Bus Inspections
We frequently talk about the importance of school bus inspections to ensure the safety of our fleets. Now it's time to work toward more uniformity and frequency in how and when inspections are being performed. The 2010 NCST nudged us forward in this area to assemble a comprehensive program that can strengthen the industry. This session will be a discussion on how to gather the standards and criteria used across the country and to compile this information into a comprehensive training and certification program.

Shop Management
This hour-long session will provide training on personnel management for maintenance facility supervisors.

Operations Manual: Questions Answered
This workshop will document why every school transportation operation must have an operations manual and review in detail the subject matter that should be included. Many of the questions and answers addressed in the manual will be discussed as well as the content of a typical manual appendix. The manual presented will include a recommended pay plan structure. Attendees will have an opportunity to recommend additional issues that the manual should cover.

Distracted Driving: A Case Study
All stakeholders in student transportation need to be more aware of the hazards of distracted driving. This workshop will focus on the triple threat of distracted driving (manual, visual and cognitive impairments); the necessity of continued education for staff, students and parents and a summary of available resources.

School Bus Body/Chassis Specifications
Every 5 years, the National Congress on School Transportation (NCST) reviews, revises and re-issues its recommended specifications for school buses and service vehicles. In preparation for the 2015 Congress, leaders of NAPT's Body/Chassis writing Committee will explain and discuss new developments in school bus body and chassis design and gather your feedback on how these changes may affect specifications.

N.C. Solar Center of N.C. State University: Clean Transportation Options and Case Studies
This session presents an overview of alternative fuel options and vendors in the school bus arena, with a more detailed discussion of case study examples and results from school bus fleets that have gone to an alternative fuel vehicle.

Workplace Safety
The session will highlight OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) regulations that come into play on a daily basis in school bus maintenance facilities. Learn how these regulations apply to YOU and why they are important.

Preparation for the New America's Best: Where We Started — Where We Are Going
This discussion will highlight the first decade of AmBest, and how it will be integrated into the 2014 NAPT Summit. Emphasis will center on the goal of AmBest — to strengthen the training curriculum for technicians and inspectors and grow participation in the areas of training and the skills challenge. In addition, a higher level of certification for this industry segment will be explored. Audience participation is necessary to address questions such as "How do we schedule training sessions during the school year and avoid pulling all your employees at once out of the shop?"

Operation Lifesaver: New Safety Training for Road and Rail Intersections
Operation Lifesaver President and CEO Joyce Rose will announce and review brand new training OLI has developed for road and rail intersections. Join the discussion and receive a FREE copy to take home.

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Congratulations to the new 'America's Best'!
The National Association for Pupil Transportation named the winners of its America's Best Tech/Inspect competition held in Seattle, Wash., on Sept. 24-27. The first place Inspector is Casey Middleton from Tulsa, Oklahoma and the winning Technician is Patrick Maloney of Castle Rock, Colorado.

The 10th Annual NAPT event included inspectors and technicians from across the country and was hosted by the Washington Association for Pupil Transportation, Kenworth — a PACCAR company and Federal Way Public Schools.

This contest is unique in that the competition is integrated with a variety of workshops for both Technician's and Inspectors related to components and systems on school buses.

The competition and training workshop is limited to one Inspector and one Technician per state. All technical participants must be currently employed in a position requiring the regular/frequent maintenance and/or repair of school buses. All inspector participants must be currently employed in a position requiring the regular/frequent inspection of school buses.

Here is the list of first, second and third place winners:

1st Place: Casey Middleton, Tulsa Public Schools, Tulsa, OK
2nd Place: Bryce Ivie, Utah Highway Patrol, Salt Lake City, UT
3rd Place: Ryan Texer, Fountain Fort Carson, Fountain, CO

1st Place: Patrick Maloney, Castle Rock Schools, Castle Rock, CO
2nd Place: Jon Sturdivant, Ozark Public Schools, Ozark, AR
3rd Place: Bill Alsko, Hopewell Schools, Hopewell, VA

NAPT's Annual America's Best Competition is co-sponsored by Hydrotex, Zonar Systems, Delco Remy and The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. Additionally both Hydrotex and Zonar Systems provide a scholarship that enables the winners of the "Americas' Best" competition to attend the Annual NAPT Summit & Trade Show, where America's Best Technician and America's Best Inspector will be honored during an awards ceremony.

Information about the summit is available online at or by contacting NAPT at 1-800-989-NAPT.

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    School bus driver suspended after cellphone video shows her texting (ABC News)
FMCSA will address sleep apnea through rulemaking (Truckinginfo)
School traffic safety is everyone's responsibility (The Daily Journal)
Students may be charged with cyberbullying after Florida girl's suicide (The Associated Press via The Washington Post)

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October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month
The Health Resources and Services Administration and the federal government's bullying prevention initiative invite you to join us in honoring those who lead local prevention efforts and promoting new resources to raise awareness of best practices.

Here are a few ways you can get involved:
  • Talk to your family, friends and professional networks.
    With Bullying Prevention Month just one day away, we need your help getting the word out, both in-person and online. (Please see the sample content below for ideas on how to promote through social media, and please use the hashtag #StopBullying13 in your tweets.)
  • Learn about the role you play in bullying prevention.
    Visit for the latest research and recommendations on bullying prevention. You will find tips on how to talk about bullying with kids; organize prevention efforts at school; develop community-wide strategies for local stakeholders; and lead bullying prevention trainings and events.
  • Share our infographic.
    Now available in the image gallery, the infographic includes information and statistics on the many forms of bullying; boys, girls and bullying; age as a factor; why kids bully, the impact of bullying; and why many kids keep silent.
  • Host a community event.
    Raise awareness of the issues surrounding bullying through a town hall event, training or webinar. Ensure that a variety of relevant stakeholders are involved, using our Training Modules and Community Action Toolkit to help you get started.
  • Stay connected.
    Throughout the month, we will post new resources, data, images and stories from the field. All will be found on, the Facebook page, the Twitter handle and Tumblr. Feel free to share them.
The following are a few ways to promote Bullying Prevention awareness Month through social media:

Sample tweets: Sample Facebook posts:
  • October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month! Learn about the role you play in helping to stop bullying before it starts: #StopBullying13
  • Interested in organizing an activity or event during National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month? It's not too late! Visit for ideas on how to get started:

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  Climate Control for School & Commercial Buses

Design • Manufacture • Install • Parts • Service

Trans/Air Manufacturing Corporation is an ISO 9001 registered firm, manufacturing a full line of climate control systems for the school, commercial and electric/hybrid vehicle markets. Units, parts, service, training, warranty, and new or aftermarket installations are available through factory-owned operations or a network of distributors throughout North America.

High school football coach suspended his entire team for character concerns
Bleacher Report
Matt Labrum, the head football coach at Union High School in Roosevelt, Utah, has taken the concept of character-building to a whole new level. Amid reports of cyberbullying and other off-the-field problems plaguing his team, Labrum suspended his entire football team — 80 players in total — after a recent loss to Judge Memorial Catholic High School.
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Good News For Your District

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County schools rev up bus safety training
The Daily Tribune News
To better explain the importance of bus safety to young students in the Bartow County School System of Georgia, the district's transportation department is teaming up with elementary schools to provide comprehensive bus safety practice for the system's newest riders. "They're going to do safe riding practices as well as safe loading, safe unloading practices and those types of things. We're going to go to all the elementary schools and do it with the pre-K and kindergarten students, specifically targeting the youngest students," said Director of Transportation Jody Elrod.
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Schools need help with technology
eSchool News
Technology is many things: Exciting. Innovative. Interesting. A time-killer. Students are drawn to it. Without question, technology is the greatest learning tool since pen and paper. There is very little to criticize when it comes to the technological advancements we've all experienced in the last 15 years. But with everything, there is usually a downside. For technology, the truth is, it's expensive — very expensive.
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'Singing bus driver' visits Bohemia school to teach safety, civility
VideoBrief Joe Guida is the "singing bus driver." Guida recently visited John Pearl Elementary School in Bohemia, N.Y., to teach the children about bus safety and how to be a nice neighbor. A former bus driver himself, he realized the importance of school bus safety after retiring, so he developed the school bus safety program that he brings to schools.
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Guide to teen driver safety
AAA realizes that teaching your teenager to drive means teaching the single most dangerous skill they may ever learn. Although it may sound scary, AAA can offer teens and their parents some great advice and educational resources to give a greater peace of mind.

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Boy asks Santa to make children stop bullying his sister
A financially struggling single mother of fraternal twins recently asked her 8-year-olds to write down a list of things they would like from Santa. Her son, Ryan's, letter to Santa started off normally.

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School bus driver suspended after cellphone video shows her texting
ABC News
A Florida school bus driver has been suspended after she was caught on cellphone video allegedly texting while driving a bus packed with middle school students.

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Musician brings message on how to fight bullying
The Spokesman-Review
At Pasadena Park Elementary School in Washington, students are learning ways to defuse bullying. Counseling assistant Sue Shipton said involving students early in the school year helps prevent bullying at Pasadena Park Elementary School throughout the year. One of the ways Shipton is spreading the message about bullying is inviting musician Joel Brantley, a man with a message for children about what to do when they are being bullied or see it on the playground. Shipton said Brantley came to Pasadena last fall and about three-fourths of students still remembered his visit in June.
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Grove crafts bill to improve school bus safety
York Dispatch
Several years ago, school buses came equipped with large lights that flashed when they reached a stop. Those lights were to indicate that opposing traffic should stop so children could exit safely. But that signal apparently fell short of reaching some motorists, so legislators took action. Now several years later, the modern Pennsylvania school bus extends a flashing arm carrying a fairly clear message: "STOP."
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Massachusetts police hone ways to catch drivers texting behind the wheel
The Boston Globe
State police have launched an aggressive new attempt to ticket drivers who text, the second wave of an experiment seeking the most effective way to detect illicit behind-the-wheel cellphone activity. The troopers are hoping to deter distracted driving by ticketing as many people as possible.
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Savings and safety: Can NC's new school bus plan have both?
WUNC 91.5
Consider the school bus. It's big and yellow, a loud diesel engine spewing black smoke into the air. Lots of old gum under the seats. Maybe a surly but lovable driver. And plenty of spirited kids climbing on at the end of another long school day. Eight hundred-thousand children make this climb up and down the school bus stairs every day across North Carolina. And the buses they get into are getting older. Last year, the General Assembly provided no money for new buses; this year, it's a new plan.
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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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