With snowfall covering 50 percent of the United States, student transportation professionals are extra busy checking roads, warming up buses and coordinating cancelled school days. Farther north, consortium Student Transportation of Eastern Ontario (STEO) is fine-tuning the process to manage bus cancellations for the winter season — which has arrived early.
The National School Transportation Association is supporting tax extenders in the "lame duck" Congress that cover the alternative fuel and bonus depreciation credits that are set to expire by the end of the year.
Rep. Oscar Longoria introduced a bill designed to increase student safety at school bus stops, but some local school districts are worried it could drastically increase operating costs without a change to the state's transportation funding program.
You might not expect to hear teen slang like "YOLO" roll off the tongues of many state directors of pupil transportation, yet the term took on a whole new meaning on the final day of the NASDPTS Conference last Wednesday. Todd Watkins, transportation director at Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland, discussed his district’s unique safety awareness program, “YOLO: You Only Live Once.”
Leon Langley from the Maryland Department of Education officially took over as the state directors association president at the end of last week's NASDPTS Annual Meeting in Kansas City, as Iowa's Max Christensen's term concluded.