School Bus Fleet

October 2014

A management & maintenance magazine for school transportation fleets

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18 S C H O O L B U S F L E E T • O C T O B E R 2 0 1 4 w w w. c h i l d c h e c k m at e. c o m 1 - 8 7 7 - 494 - 8 2 2 2 This Halloween, dress up your fleet with a Child Check-Mate System! with the kids, so that's helpful from a safety standpoint," Weber says. Equal treatment Mark Buddle, transportation su- pervisor for Richfeld Springs (N.Y.) Central School, says that the dis- trict's tradition of providing school buses for prom transportation goes back longer than he can remember, and makes the event not only safer but a more equitable experience for all students. "We had [some] kids renting lim- ousines, and some couldn't afford that," he explains. Now, all the students are treated equally when they go to the prom, arriving at the prom courtesy of a "yellow limo" from the school. "There's no 'You got to ride in a fancy limousine and I had to ride in Mom's whatever.' It puts the kids on a level playing feld," Buddle says. Once the school started hold- ing its prom at an off-campus loca- tion, students were required to ride school buses as a safety precau- tion, suggested by Project Prom, a group that organizes prom and oth- er school dances. "It keeps them all under control," Buddle says. kids," he says. Weber says her district transports student athletes for about 275 offsite practices and contests per year. For instance, since the district doesn't have a pool, school buses bring the swim team to and from practice, but the football and baseball teams can practice on campus, so typically parents take them home. The district has a white feet with three 14-passenger activity buses, which coaches of small teams, such as the volleyball and badminton teams, sometimes drive to out-of- district competitions that aren't too far away. All the coaches are CDL certifed and get school bus driver training and emergency and evacu- ation training from the transporta- tion department. "Anytime we can [transport] our kids with those [drivers] at the wheel, it's much safer because they have special training, and it helps us to be effcient with the use of the feet," Weber says. For contests that take students away from the district by an hour or two, bus drivers take the wheel and give the coach an opportunity to meet with their team so they're not driving and trying to talk plays and strategy. "They're riding along EXTRACURRICULAR SERVICE William S. Hart Union High School District in Santa Clarita, California, is using school buses con- verted to activity buses to save money on feld trip transportation.

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