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It’s that time of the year again …

When I worked in school districts, the period between spring break and the end of the school year was my least favorite time. It always seemed as if people, from parents to our professional colleagues and staff, took on new attitudes. Unfortunately, they were not good attitudes! I began to describe this behavior as a […]

Connectivity Drives Uptime, Reduces Costs

IC Bus® says its OnCommand® Connection remote diagnostics tool is a game-changer for pupil transportation As people, vehicles, and transportation systems become more “connected,” school bus manufacturers are keeping pace with technology to help supervisors increase oversight and reduce unplanned downtime. For its part, IC Bus has introduced Navistar’s OnCommand Connection (OCC) remote diagnostics for […]

NAPT Member Spotlight: David Shaw, Palliser School Division

School BUSRide spoke with David Shaw, transportation services supervisor for Palliser School Division in Canada. He discussed his district’s biggest challenges and creative solutions, his experience as an NAPT members, and his thoughts on the organization’s recent live events. Please introduce yourself and tell us about your district. I am the transportation supervisor for Palliser […]

The Management Tightrope…

As a transportation director or executive, you’re used to multitasking and likely have a daily calendar packed with multiple projects. You may even feel like you’re walking a tightrope. But this is an unusual tightrope. It involves the routine business of your job, “plus” – the power is in the plus.  The pluses are the […]

Official School BUSRide Road Test: Blue Bird Vision Electric Bus

Although Blue Bird’s all-electric Type C school bus launched in 2019, the manufacturer is no stranger to electric vehicles (EVs). The company rolled out its first electric bus nearly 30 years and has closely monitored and developed the technology since then. With the latest iteration of the Vision Electric, Blue Bird said it has struck […]

The Right People…

Our members have shared the dilemmas and challenges they face in the recruitment, training and retention of transportation personnel with us. While it is hard to find experienced directors, routers, trainers and mechanics, the most elusive and difficult positions to fill across the country are school bus drivers. This shortage impacts urban, suburban and rural […]

Hannibal Public School District #60 Awarded Funds for Clean Buses

Missouri district adds nine propane school buses Hannibal Public School District #60 has utilized funding from incentive programs like the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean School Bus Program and the Missouri Propane Education & Research Council to double down on its commitment to substantially reduce its carbon footprint with propane school buses. Plans for a fully […]


School BUSRide spoke with Todd Silverthorn, president of the Ohio Association for Pupil Transportation (OAPT) and transportation director for Kettering School District in Ohio. Please introduce yourself and give an executive overview of your time in the industry I have been with Kettering City Schools since July of 2015. I am the transportation supervisor for […]

MSD Wayne and Transfinder Bring Transportation “to the Table”

More buses on the road means more need for route oversight. With approximately 153 buses running on more than 120 routes, the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township (MSD Wayne) has strived to stay on the cutting-edge of transportation management and planning technology. As one of 11 public school districts in Marion County, Indiana, MSD […]

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Michel Reynolds, Jackson County Public Schools

School BUSRide spoke with Michel Reynolds, special education routing supervisor at Jackson County Public Schools in Georgia, on the most pressing issues facing her department, possible solutions, and what NAPT membership means for professionals like her. Introduce yourself and tell us about your district. My name is Michel Reynolds, and I am the Special Education […]