School Bus Fleet

September 2014

A management & maintenance magazine for school transportation fleets

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contents contents 4 S C H O O L B U S F L E E T • S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 4 16 Beyond the Resume: 6 Tips for Conducting Effective Interviews Since a resume may not provide vital information, such as whether an applicant is assertive, has a posi- tive attitude and enjoys working with children, inter- viewing is a critical component of the hiring process. Pre-screening, taking a conversational tone, and pick- ing the right interview team members help fnd the right ft. By Nicole Schlosser, Managing Editor 22 Survey: Diesel Still Dominates School Bus Fleets SBF's Equipment Survey fnds that 96% of opera- tions run some or all of their buses on diesel, while propane is the most widely used alternative fuel. Our report also uncovers continued growth in stop-arm cameras. By Thomas McMahon, Executive Editor 28 State Funding, Fuel Savings Drive Propane Bus Adoption in Florida With reduced operating costs and a rebate program for propane autogas vehicles, Florida school districts are tapping the alternative fuel as an economical and environmental solution. Broward County recently added 98 propane school buses to its feet. By Michael Taylor 32 Contractor of the Year: Commitment to Customer Fuels Great Growth In 17 years, Student Transportation Inc. leader Denis Gallagher has built his company into the third-largest school bus contracting frm in North America. Along the way, he has embraced alternative fuels and new technologies, focused on recruiting good people, and maintained a 95% contract renewal rate. By Thomas McMahon, Executive Editor 36 6 Tips for School Bus Seat Cover Care and Replacement Regular cleaning and inspections of school bus seat covers can increase their life expectancy while easing tight budgets and helping to ensure children's safety. Here's guidance on how to maintain the seat covers — and when they should be replaced. By Tony Everett 38 How to Cut Costs by Mastering Time and Space, Part 2 Learn how a paratransit service absorbed 16% more passengers with no added cost. The example can be applied to pupil transportation: Optimizing the spa- tial and temporal relationships of one's service area can yield big cost savings. By Ned Einstein 42 Tire Offerings Aim to Lower Costs, Enhance Safety Early warning systems for wear-and-tear, and fea- tures that extend tire life and improve the drivability in diffcult weather conditions, help school bus oper- ators navigate tough roads and handle frequent starts and stops safely and effciently. By Nicole Schlosser, Managing Editor features September 2014 Vol. 60 No. 8 Cover photo courtesy of Blue Bird Corp. Shot by Erwin Harrison. departments Editor's Note 6 Industry News 8 $3M in school bus purchase rebates District's new bus code of conduct Industry Forum 44 Affordable Care Act update Shop Talk 46 Bus wash: soft touch or touchless? NAPT News & Views 48 Why you should love the bus Snapshots 50 Business Watch 52 People 54 Advertiser Index 58 Product Highlights 62 Classifeds 65 The Last Word 68 Protecting the fuel tax exemption 22 32 cover

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