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Winners describe Transfinder’s Top Transportation Teams program as a morale booster, bond builder and recruitment helper

If you talk to a winner of the inaugural Top Transportation Teams awards, you’ll see a common theme: The program strengthened their already strong teams. “Being named a Top Transportation Team was truly an honor for us,” said John Fergerson, transportation director at Klein ISD in Texas. “We work hard to provide safe transportation to […]

Triad Community Unit School District #2 Works with Transfinder to Modernize Routing

Located about 20 minutes outside of St. Louis, Missouri, the Triad Community Unit School District, in Troy, Illinois, covers three local communities: Troy, Marine and St. Jacobs, providing transportation service to approximately 2,700 students within the seven school attendance centers. Triad’s transportation department is responsible for the daily operation for student transportation to and from […]

Recruiting Bus Drivers

What drives your recruiting efforts? Do you instantly engage with recruits from the moment they think about driving a yellow bus? With a generation absorbed and consumed by cell phones, we must connect with potential applicants quicker now than ever before.  A few years ago, I was riding with a friend to Atlanta, Georgia, and […]

Mitigating Risk in Alternative Student Transportation

Many districts across the country are using alternative transportation options, but there are still quite a few that are leery of the risk it could mean for them. There are things that districts can do to help mitigate the risks associated with transporting students, specifically when it comes to small-capacity vehicles. Whether the district is […]

Effective Strategies for Combating Risk in the School Bus Danger Zone

The ninth annual National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS) survey of national illegal school bus passes found more than 95,000 motorists ran school bus stop arms in one day in the 2023 school year. The previous year’s survey reported 83,944 passing incidents. That’s a shocking increase, especially when you consider the […]

NAPT Member Spotlight: Candance Harris, CSPT

We spoke with Candance Harris, CSPT, transportation area manager for Chesterfield County Public Schools in Virginia. In addition to speaking about her recently completed CSPT certification, Harris detailed the unique challenges facing her district, and how the district is working to solve them. Please introduce yourself and tell us about your district I am Candance […]

NAPT Member Spotlight: Karen Middleton, CDPT

School BUSRide spoke with Karen Middleton, CDPT, director of transportation at Woodward Academy in Atlanta, Georgia. She completed her CDPT certification in 2023, and spoke with us about that experience, as well as the unique challenges her district faces. Please introduce yourself and tell us about your district. Woodward Academy is one of the largest […]


The NAPT Public Policy Committee is conducting important work by keeping members informed of legislation and policies that affect school transportation professionals, as well as crafting the association’s official stances on these issues. With the new year in full swing, the NAPT Public Policy Committee has endorsed several issues and policies that are vital to […]

Welcome to the March Issue!

In the modern world, finding reliable and valuable information can be a real challenge. That’s why in every issue of our publication, we strive to offer our members the essential information and resources aimed to help achieve operational success. While the yellow bus remains an educational icon, in truth it is not the same today […]

Thinking About Electric School Buses?

  Know the ins and outs of charging Picture this: A school district didn’t plan ahead to provide adequate capacity for the district’s electric school bus (ESB) fleet. Now, that district is left revising an expensive new charging electrical infrastructure at its bus depot, leading to downtime, frustrated drivers, and rising costs down the road. […]