School Bus Fleet

August 2014

A management & maintenance magazine for school transportation fleets

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Do you know an exemplary school transportation director who deserves recognition for his or her efforts? If so, SCHOOL BUS FLEET wants to hear from you. We're getting ready to select a recipient for our annual Adminis- trator of the Year award, and we're accepting nominations. Both dis- trict- and state-level directors are eligible. Each year, we look for candi- dates who have made signifcant contributions to pupil transporta- tion through their own depart- ments as well as through state and national associations. Send your nomination to us at by Friday, Aug. 29. Tell us about the person's efforts, and give us con- tact information for him or her. industry news 14 S C H O O L B U S F L E E T • A U G U S T 2 0 1 4 Nominate a great transportation director Associations asked union not to misuse school bus in campaign The three national pupil transportation groups wrote to the Laborers' International Union of North America, request- ing that the union not negatively represent the yellow bus in its highway bill reauthorization campaign. But in June, the union launched a tour featuring a school bus that appears to have been smashed by a fallen piece of bridge. WEB Exclusive News School bus driver award brings crowd to tears Don Puetz was among fve recipients of the Minnesota School Bus Operators As- sociation's 2014 Transportation Specialist Awards. His dedication to his students, even amid personal sorrow — he lost both his wife and his daughter in the past year — made for an emotional ceremony. District decals buses to honor fallen alumni soldiers Grand Ledge (Mich.) Public Schools held a cer- emony for two former students who died in the war in Afghanistan, unveiling memorial decals on two of the district's buses that honor the students and presenting framed versions to their mothers. New York transportation director Al Karam switches districts After 14 years at Bethlehem Central School Dis- trict, Al Karam has moved to a different — and bigger — district. In his new position as director of trans- portation for Shenendehowa Central Schools, he will oversee a signifcantly larger feet and about twice as many employees. Trucker gets prison term for crash that killed bus driver In the July 2012 incident in New York, authorities said that Raymond Ragen crashed his cement truck into an overpass and then collided head-on with a small school bus. The bus driver was killed, and an attendant and four children were injured. Get the SBF Newsline! • Safety issues • New legislation • Success stories • Industry insight Sign up at Keep up with breaking news

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