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Laural Hayes Retires from Pupil Transportation

More than half a century of changes, and quite a few shower curtains later, Laural Hayes will finally retire from the school transportation profession. In 1968, The Beatles were at the top of the charts, a postage stamp cost 6 cents, Apollo 8 orbited the moon for the first time, and Laural Voelker stepped into […]


Ronna Weber recently assumed the position of executive director of the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS). Previously, Weber served as executive director of the National School Transportation Association (NSTA), as well as a speaker and attendee at many NASDPTS Annual Conferences. School BUSRide spoke with Weber about her new role, […]

Ransomware Attacks on School Districts and the Resulting Impacts on Transportation Departments

Ransomware attacks – in which a software first maliciously steals information from an organization, and then locks that information until a ransom is paid to hackers – are on the rise against American public school districts. The nature of ransomware has evolved in recent years, lending to an increase in the severity of attacks. “Ransomware […]

When You Look in the Mirror

When you look in the professional mirror each morning, what do you see looking back at you?  Do you see a transportation professional? Or do you see an education professional responsible for the safe and efficient transportation of America’s school children? Like our school colleagues in psychology and nursing and facilities and library science, we […]

Savannah-Chatham County Public School System Deploys Kajeet for Rolling Wi-Fi Hotspots

By Richard G. Tackett When the COVID-19 pandemic struck and shutdowns stalled in-person learning at schools around the nation, the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) acted quickly to ensure all its students had Wi-Fi access and the ability to learn remotely. Teaming with partner Kajeet – a managed wireless connectivity provider – SCCPSS utilized […]

Advanced Safety Systems in Action

Immediate reduction in student injury AND long-term strategy to change motorist behavior  When we talk about the injury or death of one more child being one child too many, the key to keeping this one child safe today is proactive technology. Education, awareness, and accountability have long been part of ongoing efforts to address the […]

First Student introduces DriverScore, a new program to measure driver performance

 First Student is advancing the company’s industry-leading safety focus through a new and innovative program. DriverScore™ is a tablet-based mobile application that measures a driver’s performance to help improve the quality of transportation service for school districts and their families. DriverScore puts actionable information into the hands of location leadership. While performing daily routes, a driver […]

School bus manufacturer delivers 50th battery-electric school bus

  Thomas Built Buses (TBB), a leading manufacturer of school buses in North America, its exclusive Virginia dealer, Sonny Merryman Inc., and Proterra Inc (Proterra), a leading innovator in commercial vehicle electrification technology, celebrated the delivery of the 50th Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley battery-electric school bus. The milestone delivery went to Loudon County Public Schools in […]

U.S. Senator tours school bus plant, experiences electric school bus

Georgia U. S. Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock, witnessed Blue Bird Corporation’s industry leading zero-emission school bus technology firsthand during a ride-and-drive of an electric-powered Blue Bird school bus. In addition, the Senator toured its manufacturing facility in Fort Valley. “I grew up riding in Blue Bird school buses, and am a product of the public […]

California School District partners with EV charging solutions provider

  Stockton Unified School District in Stockton, Calif., has partnered with The Mobility House to deploy smart charging strategy and management solutions for the district’s zero-emission fleet project, which is now operational and scheduled to transport students to schools throughout the district. Completed in under one year, the electric school bus fleet project is part of a series […]