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Written by Ryan Gray   
Friday, 25 July 2014 16:50

expo-energizingThe 21st annual North American School Bus EXPO begins Saturday with a renewed focus on safety and security. More than 500 attendees are expected to attend the five-day event at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nev.

The STN EXPO starts at 8 a.m. Saturday with the return of the eight-hour NHTSA Child Passenger Safety on School Buses seminar, part of the federal government's 40-hour Child Passenger Safety training. That afternoon, Casey Utterback of Gray Ram Tactical LLC, will teach a four-hour seminar that provides tried-and-true practices for school bus drivers and other transportation professionals to detect and prevent violence on board the bus.

That session sets up a literally explosive event on Sunday that features Gram Ram Tactical's Bret Brooks and School Bus Training Company's Denny Coughlin working with deputies from the Washoe County Sheriff's Office to respond to simulated school bus security threats, including: road rage that can escalate to violence, angry parents or other unauthorized personnel boarding the bus and hostage situations. Attendees will learn the importance of collaborating with their local law enforcement to develop policies and procedures for responding to similar incidents, including how to co-develop training activities.

The EXPO ends Sunday with two hours of break-out sessions and continues Monday with a general session featuring representatives of Clean Cities, the Los Angeles Unified School District and school bus contractor Student Transportation Inc. discussing the current and future path toward clean energy for school bus transportation, including funding opportunities, concerns about infrastructure and lessons learned from implementing alternative fuels in fleets.

Monday also features a keynote presentation from Jason Dorsey, "The Gen-Y Guy," discussing the importance of organizations knowing how to bridge the generational divide that exists between employees as well as customers and constituents.

Peter Cookson, principal researcher at the American Institutes of Research in Washington, D.C., presents a Tuesday morning keynote on "The Yellow School Bus: Everyone Matters." Based on an op-ed piece published last December in Education Week, Cookson will discuss how the yellow school bus symbolizes fairness and equality of opportunity of education, the foundation of democracy.

The five-hour STN EXPO Trade Show featuring 110 exhibitors immediately follows Cookson's keynote at noon on Tuesday.

The STN EXPO features more than four-dozen educational workshops and sessions covering student transportation management and operations, Head Start, maintenance, safety and security, and special needs.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 July 2014 17:04