School Transportation Nation

School Transportation Nation

For nearly 30 years, you’ve known School Transportation News magazine and STNonline.com as the premier sources of pupil transportation news and analysis. Now, join the School Transportation Nation podcast, as STN Publisher Tony Corpin and Editor-in-Chief Ryan Gray discuss the day’s pertinent issues and talk with guests about the business of getting children safely to and from school and related activities throughout the U.S. and Canada.

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May 11, 2021 26 min

COVID-19 vaccination rates are increasing and there is an update on distribution of the CERTS Act funds for bus contractors. Additionally, major school bus manufacturers made recent headlines in taking their EV businesses forward.

Corey Muirhead, executive VP of Logan Bus Company in New York, discusses looking to the future, securing funding and planning for fleet electrification in a city that aims to electrify its school buses by...

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Hope for normalcy is on the horizon as over 95% of students have returned to in-person classes. The school bus contractor industry, however, still awaits its allocated funding from the U.S. Department of Treasury.

Eldridge Black, director of transportation at Beaufort County Schools in South Carolina, talks propane bus implementation, innovative technology use, and recovering operationally from COVID-19.

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The Biden administration’s ambitious plans for reducing carbon emissions have student transporters carefully studying available clean fuel school bus options and what works for their individual operations. Meanwhile, school bus contractors are bringing the pressure for federal CERTS Act funding that the U.S. Department of Treasury has yet to deliver.

Transfinder’s President & CEO Antonio Civitella addresses the role of route op...

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School buses are dominating discussions at the national level, as federal legislation seeks to provide billions of dollars in funding for fleet electrification. Transportation professionals and industry suppliers at the Green Bus Summit discussed clean school bus options and how to implement them to meet each operation’s unique needs.

Read more at stnonline.com/green-bus.

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A sense of normalcy is returning, with COVID-19 vaccines being distributed, schools reopening and masks not required in some districts. Recent headlines at stnonline.com include the safety of pre-K students on the bus as well as school buses being repurposed in unique ways.

Mindfulness coach, author and speaker Holly Duckworth speaks on the importance of grounding yourself amid hectic everyday transportation duties and leads a shor...

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Over 50% of schools nationwide are open for in-person learning, and vaccine trials hold promise for adolescents. Yet the Biden administration’s infrastructure and fleet electrification plans, which include school buses, face challenges in Congress.

Director of Transportation Kris Allen shares how Wasatch County School District near Salt Lake City is flexibly serving students during COVID-19 and recalls highlights of her 33-year car...

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Hundreds of transportation directors gathered virtually to network with one another and meet with industry suppliers, in pursuit of crowdsourced solutions to their operational challenges.

Keynote speakers gave research-based tips on thriving in the midst of change, seeking new opportunities via federal stimulus funding, leading teams with trust, and staying mindful to combat stress.

Read more at stnonline.com/tag/management.

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New developments spell hope for districts looking to get buses rolling back to in-person classes. School buses are mentioned in the nearly $122 billion COVID-19 federal relief package for school districts, and the CDC guidelines now recommend 3 feet of social distancing for kids.

Meridith Elliott Powell – business growth expert, author & speaker who will be presenting at the STN Transportation Director Summit – teases her talk ...

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Kevin Mest, senior vice president and general manager of passenger services at Zonar, talks the future of bus technology and shares strategies for successful implementation in light of newly available COVID-19 stimulus funding.

Casey Foster, director of transportation for Birmingham City Schools in Alabama, discusses COVID-19’s impact on his drivers and operations as well as new and innovative uses for technology during the pandemi...

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As some school districts are still eyeing a return to in-person classes, staff are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in many states. In others, mask mandates are being repealed but are still required at schools.

Charlie Hood, outgoing executive director of the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS), recalls industry shifts and opportunities through his 40-year career in student transporta...

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Some of the largest districts in the U.S. have started down the road of electric school buses, with bus manufacturers and suppliers providing support and technology advancements.

Aspen Public Schools in Colorado has noticed operational improvements related to COVID-19 procedures. Director of Transportation Reghan Mahaffey shares how ventilation and cleaning have affected student and staff health.

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While a polar vortex and rising gas prices complicate operations, the good news is that school buses are getting federal attention. Stimulus funding looks promising, and both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Education provided specific guidelines for school reopening.

Campbell County School District in Wyoming has unique struggles tied to the local coal industry but has adapted well to opera...

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Tony & Ryan discuss the Biden administration’s school reopening plans, masks and vaccines for students, and the latest federal stimulus funding bill being championed by school bus contractors.

Kelly Shahan, manager of transportation at Red Clay Consolidated Schools in Delaware, shares how technology and teamwork help with securing funding, addressing the driver shortage, and managing operations complicated by COVID-19.

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The school bus industry is discussing the Biden administration’s mask requirement on school buses as well as its electrification plans, which prove more complicated than at first glance. Join the discussion at STN’s Green Bus Summit in April (GreenBusSummit.com).

Director of Transportation Michelle Ramm shares how Mesquite ISD in Texas is handling staff vaccines, COVID-19’s impact on operations and ridership, contact tracing, and r...

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COVID-19 vaccine distribution is progressing, but school districts must consider employee protections while encouraging compliance. Transportation departments also form their budgets while the federal government discusses the next stimulus plan.

Laran Adkins, director of child nutrition and transportation for Fort Payne City Schools in Alabama, talks bus ventilation & cleaning, contact tracing, vaccine plans, and how CARES Act ...

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At the STN EXPO Virtual conference & trade show, student transporters discussed how the industry has been creatively adjusting to COVID-19 challenges and how some health and safety technology, such as onboard air filtration and hand sanitizer, is sticking around for the long haul.

Manufacturers and equipment suppliers also stand ready to support school bus operations as they adapt to current events, such as the pending obsolesc...

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New CDC guidelines call for reopening schools, underscoring STN coverage on the low transmission of COVID-19 in the education sector.

Tony, Ryan and STN Associate Editor Taylor Hannon recap day 2 of STN EXPO Virtual. Keynote Ryan Avery spoke on leadership & cultivating a positive team to adapt to challenges. Other conversations surrounded how school districts of all sizes can creatively utilize technology in their bus operation...

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Day 1 of the conference saw conversations on leading with purpose, incorporating transportation in district budget discussions, testing new bus technology strategically, and creating partnerships between vendors and districts for greater efficiency and safety.

Speakers Michael Gould (COO of Zonar) and Antonio Civitella (President & CEO of Transfinder) joined Ryan & Tony to chat about the partnership between the two companie...

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The Biden administration has ambitious plans for stimulus checks and ZEVs, both of which spell good news for the school bus industry.

Zonar COO Michael Gould previews his STN EXPO Virtual talk next week that will provide three opportunities for successful student transportation in the new year.

COVID-19 has heavily impacted staff and operations at Robertson County Schools in Tennessee. Transportation Supervisor Joshua Hinerman talk...

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Some updates on the incoming Biden administration, how the new round of federal stimulus funds will be distributed, and how the school bus industry is reacting to COVID-19 vaccine news.

Speaker, author and sports fanatic Ross Bernstein shares how the world of professional sports shows student transporters how to do the best they can with what they have.

Director of Transportation Jim Ellis fills us in on interesting budget happenin...

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