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Yes, get ready — you're about to score!

One of our NAPT keynote SUMMIT speakers, Veteran NFL Referee, John Parry, is offering to speak at NAPT State Association Member meetings for the 6-month period between March and August 2014, for a 60 percent discount! He will deliver 6 key points to each association audience.

This will put you on the receiving end of a great deal, and you won't even have to break a sweat.

John Parry, the 14-year NFL veteran, has officiated nine playoff games during his professional officiating career, including an NFC Championship and Super Bowls XLI and XLVI. Success is no stranger to Parry outside the gridiron. After 18 years flying corporate jets, and hungry for a new challenge, he hung up his wings and built a successful independent financial services business from the ground up. Parry will share lessons learned across multiple fronts, based on the same philosophies and practices he implemented while preparing to referee Super Bowl XLVI in front of a record-breaking global audience, including an all-time high 111.3 million U.S. television viewers.

To insure your NAPT State Association membership is current and to book your event, please contact Lynn Martin at or 800-989-6278. If you'd like to join NAPT as a State Association Member to take advantage of this generous offer, please contact Brianne at

OK, here's the play call again: 6 months, 60 percent off, 6 key points. Act now — and score!

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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: American Logistics Co., Gecko Microsolutions, Inc., Mobile Climate Control, Timeware, Inc., and Unity School Bus Parts. 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.

American Logistics Co. ( is a national transportation management company serving health care facilities, insurance companies, school districts and public transit agencies throughout the U.S. ALC manages and coordinates its clients' transportation needs and contracts with independent transportation providers.

Gecko Microsolutions, Inc. ( For more than 2 decades, Gecko Microsolutions has specialized in providing transportation and routing software and student conduct software. It offers full function routing, mapping and boundary analysis software products.

Mobile Climate Control ( offers custom engineered HVAC systems from single system components to complete climate systems. Their climate control systems can be found worldwide in all types of commercial vehicle from buses and coaches, to work and military vehicles.

Timeware, Inc. ( is an alternative provider of affordable workforce management solutions in the USA. Its open architecture software and Web-enabled devices manage HR administration and scheduling, attendance, payroll and more.

Unity School Bus Parts ( Unity is a leader in aftermarket school bus parts that specializes in general body parts, safety equipment and products for special need children. All of their products are in full compliance with State and Federal regulations.

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FMCSA holds proposed SMS changes webinars
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently proposed changes to the Safety Measurement System which will affect how the public will view information about your company. FMCSA is holding a couple of webinars on these proposed changes Thursday, Nov. 21, at 1:30 - 3 p.m., and Friday, Nov. 22, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. ET. For more info on the webinars, click here.
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School transport in Dubai: RTA lays down the law ... parents, principals on the spot
Roadsand Transport Authority in Dubai recently announced a set of responsibilities of school transport for stakeholders: school management, bus drivers, conductors and parents. "Various responsibilities have to be assumed by parties involved with the school transport process — school managements, parents, bus drivers and bus conductors — and they have got to discharge their respective responsibilities in an appropriate manner in order to improve the quality of school transport services up to the excellence standards," said Eisa Abdul Rahman Al Hashimi, acting director of Planning & Business Development, RTA Public Transport Agency.
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Monster brings anti-bullying message to middle school
The Poughkeepsie Journal
Highland Middle School students in New York recently attended an anti-bullying presentation called "Don't Be a Monster." The program aims to help educate students on the dangers of bullying through a short film about a Frankenstein-like character named "Frank Shelley" who is bullied physically, verbally and socially before a few people who witness the bullying get involved and decide to stand up to the bullies. In the end, Frank Shelley realizes that the bullies are the real monsters.
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Idling Gets You Nowhere

But an E-Guardian PLUS heater gets you…
  • Driver / passenger safety & comfort
  • Decreased fuel consumption & maintenance costs
  • A meaningful reduction in carbon emissions
  • Short R.O.I. and significant savings

Keys bring message about school bus safety
The Picayune Item
The parents of Nathan Key, the 5-year-old child killed in 2009 when a motorist passed a stopped school bus, recently brought their message on school bus safety to the Poplarville School District. Bus drivers at the Middle School of Poplarville listened intently as the Keys told their tragic story of Nathan's death and subsequent efforts to increase school bus safety and awareness. The pain of that tragedy led Lori and Andy Key of Scott County to begin a campaign to tighten school bus safety laws and increase penalties. The result was Nathan's Law, which went into effect July 1, 2011. They didn't stop there. Lori Key said they have been all over the state meeting students and school bus drivers.
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Drivers still Web surfing while driving
USA Today
Americans are still surfing while driving. The number of drivers who report using their cellphones to access the Internet while behind the wheel continues to rise, to a point where nearly 1 of 4 drivers are going online while driving, according to a national survey that has tracked the potentially deadly practice over the past five years.
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Students in 5 states brace for longer school days
The Associated Press via ABC News
In Connecticut, Colorado, Massachusetts and New York there are more than 9,000 students in high-poverty areas going to schools where expanded school schedules were developed to help with instruction and enrichment. Recently, another group of schools in these states and Tennessee announced they would plan a redesign of their schedules for the 2014-2015 year. In many cases, they would be using an extra 300 hours a year for things there isn't enough time for during a regular school day.
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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.
Stronger WC18 Wheelchair Securements Needed!

The revised standard dictates that wheelchair tie-downs must be stronger. WC19 wheelchairs feature lap belts that are integrally mounted onto the wheelchair frame. During a collision, this new dynamic produces higher loading on the WTORS as much as 60%. The QRT-360 is the first retractor to meet these new requirements.

New QRT-360 Retractor
Their safety is our priority

CrossingGuard monitors and enforces traffic around a stopped school bus, helping school districts to safeguard children traveling to and from school. Unlike other systems CrossingGuard requires no driver intervention allowing bus drivers to focus their attention on what’s most important. For more information visit

Helping children with trauma succeed at school
Those early school years, when children ages 6 to 12 are transitioning from a caregiving environment to an educational environment, are challenging from a child development standpoint. For children who have undergone some sort of trauma in their lives, the transition is a nightmare.
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Government of Quebec awards $657,000 for electric school bus project
Inside EVs
The government of Quebec's plan to become an EV manufacturing center has begun. The Premier announced that the government will be contributing $657,000 toward a project to develop an electric school bus. The idea is to develop a 100 percent electric bus based on their current C model, with a range of about 90 km (about 56 miles). This translates into a practical range of 180 km (about 112 miles), assuming that the buses recharge during the day. The electrified school bus is expected to displace 8,000 liters (or about 2,000 gallons) of diesel annually.
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Good News For Your District

CSN Safe Bus provides free GPS, route guidance, advanced driver training courses, and a bus alert system to inform parents about their student’s arrival or delays. Learn more
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Working together, investing in American transportation
U.S. Department of Transportation FastLane
In 2012, drivers in this country's cities spent an average of 42 hours stuck in traffic. That's more than a full-time week of work. The problems we're witnessing in our cities are in large part problems of congestion. And those are problems that we know won't go away on their own — in fact, population pressures will make them worse.
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Finding alternative fueling stations? DoE has an app for that
Green Car Reports
Apparently there's an app for everything — including finding a place to fill up or recharge your alternative-fuel vehicle. The U.S. Department of Energy's Alternative Fueling Station Locator is now available as a free iPhone app.

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Scarce subs: Wages, training key issues for school bus drivers
The Marietta Times
For more than 30 years, Cheryl Thomas has been a licensed school bus driver in the Frontier Local school district, sometimes doing the job full-time, sometimes substituting while working as a librarian or teacher's aide.

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Report: Idling buses, cars outside schools dangerous
USA Today
A recent study by a researcher at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and three other community organizations not only proves this is the case, it points the way to reduce the exposure.

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Buses may get GPS tracking
The Tennessean
The Robertson County Board of Education has agreed to enter into a contract with a company that will provide GPS software for the county's fleet of school buses. "This is a very sophisticated software," said Robertson County Schools Director Mike Davis. "It will be able to tell us where every bus is in real time on the streets, whether it is stopped on a particular place, what time it stopped – right down to the millisecond." Davis said the software on each bus will also reveal the speed of the bus driver.
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America's hidden fuel: How does the US stack up on energy efficiency?
By Lucy Wallwork
The rapid ramping up of oil and gas production is only half the story in North America's transformed energy security outlook. The other half is energy efficiency, dubbed the "hidden fuel" by industry watchers. In the past, the "gas-guzzling" U.S. was criticized by its European counterparts for its addiction to SUVs and a poor record on energy efficiency, but recent years have seen something of a turnaround. Concerns still remain that the realities of lobby politics and downward pressure on domestic gas prices could set this impressive progress into reverse.
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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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