School Bus Fleet

September 2014

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industry news 11 S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 4 • S C H O O L B U S F L E E T GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Local school districts have decided to make a job fair geared toward school bus driv- ers an annual event. More than 175 prospective bus driv- ers and attendants took part in the frst job fair at Kent ISD on July 10. Kent ISD's transportation coordina- tor, John Savage, took the lead on put- ting the frst event together. "It's not that there's just a shortage of bus drivers in our area, but there is a statewide and national shortage of bus drivers," Savage said. Savage coordinated with 12 school districts and one school bus contrac- tor a month prior to the job fair. The districts and contractor were aiming to hire a total of nearly 100 school bus drivers and attendants for the 2014-15 school year. "The districts were very happy with the applicants that came through," Savage said. "We had a mix of retired people and some experienced bus drivers." The school districts and contractor will provide on-the-job training and certifcation. The participating operations were Caledonia Community Schools, Cedar Springs Public Schools, East Grand Rapids Public Schools, Forest Hills Public Schools, Grand Rapids Pub- lic Schools, Grandville Public Schools, Kelloggsville Public Schools, Kent- wood Public Schools, Lowell Area Schools, Sparta Area Schools, Wyo- ming Public Schools, Dean Transporta- tion and Kent ISD. Although this was the Grand Rap- ids-area operations' frst school bus driver job fair, operations in other states have held these types of recruit- ing events. Cascade Student Transpor- tation in Idaho recently put on a job fair to bring in more drivers for the upcom- ing school year. The need for drivers is also forc- ing some school districts to look for ways to make the position more ap- pealing. Earlier this year, Greenville (S.C.) County Schools proposed a pay raise in hopes of fnding more eligible drivers. NEW REGULATIONS ARE COMING! THE COUNTDOWN TO DECEMBER 2015 HAS BEGUN... STRENGTH Energy-absorbing frame, fne-adjustment teeth and new high-strength webbing come together in a self-tensioning design that is ready for the countdown. See ALL the Great Features at: qstraint.com/qrt-360 3 6 0 F E A T U R E C O U N T D O W N # 2 Meets the Requirements of WC18 and is compatible with WC19 Wheelchairs Job fair for school bus drivers will be annual event (BY BECKY MAY) CHARLESTON, S.C. — During a presentation at the National School Transporta- tion Association's (NSTA) annual meeting here in late July, an EPA offcial an- nounced that the agency will provide another $3 million in rebates for the pur- chase of new school buses. Karl Simon, director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Air Offce's Transportation and Climate Division, made the announcement. "We are looking forward to once again offering a rebate program that provides funding to replace older school buses ahead of schedule," Simon said. "This pro- gram reduces harmful emissions, improves fuel economy for the school bus feet, and improves air quality for children who ride buses every day." The funds are a part of the Diesel Emission Reduction EPA offers $3M in school bus purchase rebates More than 175 prospective bus drivers and attendants took part in the frst job fair at Kent ISD. cont. on page 14

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