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Family, industry mourn loss of Don Carnahan
It is with great sadness and tremendous regret that we inform you that NAPT President Don Carnahan died suddenly last Friday, October 3. We offer our deepest sympathies to his family and loved ones and ask that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Everyone Don knew in pupil transportation, especially his friends and colleagues in NAPT, is grieving with his family. Many thanks to everyone for your kind words and remembrances.

For information on funeral and related service arrangements, visit the Greenwood Memorial Park Funeral Home website.

Don was one of those rare people that in many ways was larger than life itself. May he now rest in peace.


4 weeks 'til 2014 Summit
NAPT's 40th Annual Summit: Driving Innovation is only 4 weeks away; won't you join us?! Register online today!

Prefer paper? Download the Delegate packet and fax your form to 518.218.0867.

Join us for:
  • nationally-recognized speakers ready to reignite your passion for the profession and inspire greatness
  • access to industry leaders addressing the latest topics critical to your day-to-day operations
  • additional Round Table discussions connecting you with members and Business Partners
  • entrance to the industry's largest Trade Show Tuesday, November 11
  • fun and festivities during NAPT's 40th Anniversary Networking Celebration
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NAPT launches expanded LED Program
For nearly a decade, NAPT's Leading Every Day (LED) project has been supporting and developing world-class professionals and leaders in the school transportation industry. Now, NAPT is pleased to launch an expanded LED initiative that you can access anywhere — even on your phone or tablet! Online registration is open!

NAPT's 2015 Leading Every Day Institute has been designed to help you take your career to new heights! Guest Lecturer, George Pitagorsky, PMP, will teach you his Optimal Performance Program, which is about project management & long term process initiatives that focus on improving behavioral skills. Click here for additional program details.

Join your colleagues for a comprehensive leadership program in 2015 — registration is open!

Vendor Spotlight: On the spot? Come to the spotlight
Business Partners are special members of NAPT. They provide expertise, products and services to the pupil transportation industry, helping to maintain and improve the safety and efficiency of operations and processes. Knowing who to call when you're on the spot is important.

To help you find solutions, we highlight our business partners in a scrolling logo format on the NAPT homepage every two weeks. Just click on the company logo to find out more.

Featured in our "Business Partner in the Spotlight" section are: Blue Bird Corporation, HSM Transportation Solutions, Spheros Climate System and Weldon, a Division of Akron Brass. Their logos will be posted for the next few weeks, so please take a moment to become familiar with the products and services they offer.

Blue Bird Corporation ( offers a complete line of Type A, C and D school buses in a variety of options and configurations. Since 1927, Blue Bird Corporation has continued to set industry standards with its innovative design and manufacturing capabilities. Additionally, Blue Bird provides comprehensive financial solutions through Blue Bird Capital Services. Today, Blue Bird has more than 1,500 employees, Georgia-based manufacturing facilities and an extensive network of Dealers and Parts & Service facilities throughout North America. Its global presence can be seen in more than 60 countries through sales into Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East.

HSM Transportation Solutions ( started from humble beginnings in 1944 and today nearly 2,500 HSM employees in more than 50 manufacturing plants in 17 U.S. states and China serve a vast array of customers. As a privately held company, our vision is focused on creating diverse solutions for our ongoing furniture and bedding customers, as well as for rapidly growing transportation, healthcare, packaging and government markets. From decades of experience in foam, metal, wire, converting and fiber to the latest integrated assemblies and systems, you'll find our team's performance creates solutions that give you a competitive advantage.

Spheros Climate System ( is one of the global market leaders in the development and manufacture of engine-independent heating systems, water pumps, air conditioners and roof hatches, accompanied by comprehensive service. Air management in buses has always been our core expertise — for over 60 years. Spheros satisfies the most stringent requirements in terms of quality and reliability. Applying a high level of initiative power to stay ahead of the constantly growing demands of Spheros customers is the principle of our success. Our partners all over the world receive individual and, above all, cost-effective solutions which have been optimally tailored to diverse climatic conditions.

Weldon, A Division of Akron Brass's ( has built its reputation by designing and manufacturing state-of-the-art lighting devices and customized electrical control solutions marketing to the pupil transportation, specialty vehicle, and emergency services industries. Founded in 1967, Weldon has been committed to exceeding customers' expectations through a program of engineering development, applied technology and exceptional response to market demand. We partner with customers like you to provide the best product or service solution to fit your needs for safety, performance, delivery, and value.

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School district cites progress as state seeks anti-bullying data
Rome Sentinel
As the Rome, N.Y., school district compiles data for a new state survey on anti-bullying efforts, Superintendent Jeffrey P. Simons says "we certainly believe the district has made a lot of strides." Simons expressed confidence that the district can demonstrate its progress in implementing the anti-bullying Dignity for all Students Act. Simons noted "a lot of of work in the last two years" in the district, adding that its survey response will cite "a lot of evidence of this work." Among the steps are staff training, code of conduct revisions, programs for students, and additional means for filing complaints.
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Security cameras to be placed on Durham, NC, school buses
News & Observer
Every North Carolina Durham Public School bus will get at least one security camera if it does not already have one, superintendent Bert L'Homme announced. L'Homme said the district will also be reviewing bus procedures to ensure the safety of all children, in the wake of allegations of sexual abuse on a Durham school bus. "Multiple" parents have complained about a Sept. 11 incident on a W.G. Pearson Elementary School bus, according to school officials. Police are investigating a reported sexual assault with two possible victims.
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School spending decisions: Are you getting the best value for dollars spent?
District Administration Magazine
Student achievement, teacher quality, school safety, 21st century teaching and learning—these are but a glimpse into the areas of need each administrator must consider when making school spending decisions. Add to each of these spending decisions the impact of student productivity, and your efficiency and financial anxiety might increase. As the 2014-2015 school year heads into full swing, are you left wondering how to spend your tight budget on the right things?
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Protect your students with the safety alarm from Transportation Safety Products, Inc. Our Child Safety Alarm System™ is an advanced voice alarm that alerts children with three distinct, clear, and loud voice messages. You tailor the message.

Coming soon is our panic button, which alerts students outside to drivers illegally passing the bus.

Is it bullying, or ordinary meanness?
Psychology Today (commentary)
Eileen Kennedy-Moore, Ph.D., a contributor for Psychology Today, writes: "If you say the word 'bullying' in a classroom full of elementary school kids, here's what happens: Hands shoot up. Everyone has a story about how someone bullied him or her. Bullying is a serious problem that can have devastating effects. As a clinician, I've seen more than a few adult clients brought to tears by memories of horrifying peer abuse. I've seen kids who feel frightened or wounded by their peers' cruel words or actions, and parents who feel angry or helpless in the face of their child's victimization by other kids."
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'Bad data' caused district's bus problems, Penn Hills, Pa., school administrators say
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Last summer, when the Penn Hills School District in suburban Pittsburgh fired its transportation provider, administrators hoped it was the end of late buses, missed routes and a shortage of drivers. Through the winter, school board meetings had become the forum for parents’ stories of leaving work to pick up their children or waiting for a bus that didn't come. On the first school day in August, the transportation system failed again. Buses were late, routes were missed and transportation director Allen Ayers resigned. The frustration of the school board and administration was obvious at the school board meeting that night.
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School district cites progress as state seeks anti-bullying data
Rome Sentinel
As the Rome, N.Y., school district compiles data for a new state survey on anti-bullying efforts, superintendent Jeffrey P. Simons says "we certainly believe the district has made a lot of strides."

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Boston school bus drivers hurt themselves and alienate others
The Boston Globe
United Steelworkers Local 8751, which represents about 700 Boston school bus drivers, is a throwback. Labor leaders in Boston are trying to keep the union from becoming extinct.

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City getting 78 new school buses
Richmond Times-Dispatch
Richmond Public Schools is going to replace more than a third of its school buses, beginning the modernization of a fleet that in recent years has grown old, unreliable and expensive to maintain.

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'Walking school bus' powered by kids' feet
The Washington Post
Fifth-grader Dominic Feder Di Toro bounds to the curb on Connecticut Avenue on a busy morning, his backpack bouncing to the rhythm of his pounding feet. He glimpses the bright white walk sign beckoning from the other side of the six-lane road. He looks back at his friends. "We got it," he tells them in an authoritative tone. The fifth-graders bunch up, step into the crosswalk and hustle across the street. The volume of their chatter rises above the rumble of a trash truck turning the corner, a convoy of impatient tour buses caught at the red light and the distant siren of an emergency vehicle.
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Drilling down on education data
District Administration Magazine
A new bounty of academic data is guiding teachers as they adjust instruction in the hopes of boosting student achievement. Some districts are connecting "data coaches" with the teachers' own professional learning communities to ensure this bounty of information fulfills its pedagogical promise. Using portions of the $4 billion Race to the Top initiative, educators in Delaware, Rhode Island, Hawaii and other states have been working with data coaches — many of whom are former teachers — to learn how to parse data to plan lessons and reach end-of-year academic benchmarks, among other short- and long-term goals.
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UHP troopers conduct safety inspections on school buses
Daily Herald
Armed with hammers, tape measures and a pair of mechanic's creepers, a group of troopers from the Utah Highway Patrol's vehicle safety section arrived at the Provo School District's bus depot to conduct inspections on each bus in the fleet. Sgt. Jason Kelsey explained that the UHP is legislatively mandated to inspect every one of the nearly 3,000 school buses in use in the state. In the fall, they inspect every single bus during a scheduled visit and in the spring they conduct surprise inspections of 20 percent of buses.
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New federal guidelines aim to rid schools of racial inequality
The New York Times
With racial minorities still less likely than white students to have access to rigorous academic classes or experienced and qualified teachers, the Obama administration will announce guidelines to ensure that strong teachers, high-level math and science courses, quality extracurricular programs, and equivalent technology and school facilities are available for all public school students.
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Columbia County, Ga., plans to fix bus overcrowding
Columbia County, Ga., schools have been back for nearly two months and bus problems still haven't gone away. When Carman Sharp's 4th grade daughter comes home from school, he asks about her day, but when he hears about her bus ride home he is not happy. "When she came home and said they left the school and they had to sit on the floor of the bus because all of the seats were already three to a seat. I was like no more double bus load stuff," Carman Sharp said.
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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 Member Services Specialist, Brianne Peck at today! To learn more about the new NAPT Special Needs Training program click here.


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