Richard Tackett, Author at School BUSRide

IC Bus Helps British Columbia School Districts Go Electric

In the move toward vehicle electrification, the pupil transportation industry has been one of the first to see widespread adoption. Electrification is the way of the future, and school buses will be front and center in that journey. But moving a school bus fleet to all-electric is more than just purchasing a bus. There are […]

Q&A with David Cooper of DHS / TSA

School BUSRide spoke with David Cooper, industry engagement manager for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), about the role of DHS/TSA in pupil transportation, the many programs which are specialized for pupil transportation, and how school bus professionals can be proactive in security matters. Tell us a little […]

NAPT® Staffing Announcement

ALBANY, NY, (May 19, 2022) – NAPT® President Rick Grisham and NAPT® Foundation President Steve Kalmes, CDPT, are pleased to announce that the organizations are taking steps to strengthen their capacity to support and assist the industry and their members.   The Boards of Directors adopted a strategic plan that focuses on member growth and […]

Summer Maintenance: Deep Cleaning is a Practice, Not a Project

Harsh winter conditions are in the rear-view mirror, and the spring semester is in full swing for most of the country’s districts and schools. Vehicle maintenance cycles are adjusting to the new, seasonal “normal.” Now that the weather is great for spring sports, field trips, and other activities, school buses are in higher demand than […]

FirstNet Provides a Highly Secure Network to Protect Against Cyber Attacks

The COVID-19 shutdowns that lead to at-home learning, also brought on evolutions in the nature of cybercrimes against school districts. A cyberattack can force the shutdown of critical technology systems that are necessary for the safety of students, teachers, and administrators. Most importantly, it can result in the locking down of critical systems – such […]

Exclusive Interview: Jason Yan, BYD America Corp.

School BUSRide spoke with Jason Yan, director of sales operations for BYD America Corp., about BYD’s perspective on the North American school bus industry. He discussed significant changes, electric vehicle adoption, and how BYD is poised to meet the industry’s newest challenges and opportunities. During the last five years, what have been the most significant […]

Q&A: Daniel A. Domenech, AASA Executive Director

School BUSRide spoke with Daniel A. Domenech, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA). Domenech has served in his position since 2008, and has more than 36 years of experience in public education. Domenech spoke about the AASA’s top 2022 priorities, the connections between administrators and the transportation department, and the all-new […]

Ethan Allen Transportation bus driver Kevin Ross recognized by Ulster County

  Ethan Allen Transportation school bus driver Kevin Ross has been recognized by Ulster County for his exceptional service and safety records. Ross, a driver with Ethan Allen Transportation for 13 years, was named runner up for Ulster County School Bus Driver of the Year, an annual award issued in conjunction with the Ulster County […]

ROUSH CleanTech and Blue Bird first to achieve certification to 2022 Heavy Duty Refueling Standard

All Blue Bird propane and gasoline school buses have received Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board certification for the 2022 heavy duty refueling standard, significantly reducing emissions from escaping the tank during refueling. On gasoline fuel systems, Environmental Protection Agency tests show that the new refueling emissions regulations can reduce harmful emissions by […]

Salus and PURE Bioscience Introduce Hard Surface Disinfectant for School Buses

In a post-COVID environment, cleanliness on school buses has become a paramount concern for education professionals. Disinfecting should no longer be a reactionary response due to “spikes in COVID cases,” but become part of a “daily routine.”  It is critical for school buses to be disinfected regularly, in a safe, and effective manner, to restore […]