Operations Archives - School BUSRide


A.C.E.: NOT THE WINNING KIND

  By Peter Mannella Several years ago, at an annual conference I was planning in New York, I invited a guest speaker who specialized in child and family social trends and conditions. My intention was for her to share information with the pupil transportation professionals in the room about the children who get our attention […]

What to Ask When Choosing an Alternative School Transportation Solution

Today “safety” has taken on a new meaning and school transportation safety standards are evolving in response to COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines. If you are just looking, seriously considering, or comparing alternative school transportation solutions, there are key product and service features that make all the difference. We share the ways in which we […]

Q&A: Elisa Hanley, Kentucky Department of Education

School BUSRide spoke with Elisa Hanley, branch manager with the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), about the most pressing issues in her state; how the Kentucky Department of Education responded to 2020’s challenges, and her thoughts regarding the best path forward. What are the most pressing issues facing student transportation in Kentucky? The number one […]

East Irondequoit CSD manages trips effectively with busHive

As the director of transportation for East Irondequoit Central School District, Kathleen Callon is responsible for a school district transportation department running approximately 100 buses and servicing three different school districts in the Rochester, New York area: East Irondequoit, West Irondequoit, and East Rochester. Between the three districts, Callon’s department transports approximately 4,000 students, running […]

Shelby Eastern Schools implements best routing processes with Transfinder

Thirty miles east of Indianapolis, with 1,150 students split between two elementary schools and two combination junior high schools, Shelby Eastern Schools provides transportation to approximately 950 students each day across 18 bus routes. When Katrina Falk, director of transportation, arrived at Shelby Eastern Schools, she was not a stranger to implementing best routing practices.  […]

Meeting Tomorrow’s Challenges With Yesterday’s Funding

By Tim Ammon Congratulations: you are making it through the pandemic. Now you get the opportunity to begin thinking about how the pandemic-related economic disruption will start impacting your budget. You will be doing this in the context of school re-starts, expanding service expectations, and pent-up frustrations with lockdowns, shutdowns, and schedule changes. Faced with […]

New York Association Steps Up Advocacy

As professionals, we sometimes need to take things into our own hands and work together to make things happen.  Often that’s how things actually get done in our world. Many of our state associations are engaged in advocacy for school bus legislation and funding.  One of the states that has been active in advocating for […]

Lessons Learned as NASDPTS President

Michael LaRocco reflects on his tenure I recently finished my two-year tenure as president of the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS), an organization comprised of state and national leaders which provides leadership, assistance and motivation to the nation’s school transportation community with the goal of providing safe, secure, efficient, economical, […]

New York School Districts Optimize Routing During Pandemic

School officials in New York are singing the praises of new routing technology powered by Artificial Intelligence Optimization (AIO). Transfinder, since 1988 a developer in routing, scheduling, and fleet maintenance solutions, released the first major overhaul of its flagship routing software in Spring. Transfinder President and CEO Antonio Civitella said that Routefinder PLUS – Transfinder’s […]

Embracing Change in Pupil Transportation

I remember my first school bus run in 1989; my heart beating from the anticipation of transporting students for the first ti me while double clutching and shifting my way to second gear. I remember approaching the bus stop on Gerber Road in Elk Grove, California. I opened the door, loaded students, watched their smiles, […]