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.

Episodes

May 16, 2022 40 min
Recap the exciting news around clean energy and electrification, as well as discussions on federal funding, from the recent ACT Expo. Sam Richter, scheduled keynote speaker at STN EXPO Indy, highlights awareness and leverage of information in today’s digital age for a better personal and business reputation.

Kevin Smith, president of First Light Safety, discusses current trends of distraction among motorists and students, road safe...

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Reports on the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo (ACT Expo) and a State of Sustainable Fleets report show the excitement as well as the practical considerations around zero- and low-emissions school buses.

Security expert Bret Brooks, a sergeant with the Missouri Highway Patrol and a trainer at Gray Ram Tactical, discusses societal trends that affect security concerns in and around school buses and previews his de-escalation sessi...

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Safety & security is the focus for STN’s May issue and the annual NASDPTS survey is gearing up to record how bad illegal passing is still today. Also, details were released on the EPA’s Clean School Bus Program, but questions arise on the feasibility of rapid electrification.

Author and speaker Jason Hewlett, who will be presenting the entertaining, musical keynote “The Promise” at STN EXPO Indy in June, discusses what current ...

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Exciting things happening at STN! The upcoming May issue covers many exciting topics such as smart cameras that can capture actions and provide training opportunities. Be sure to check out our site stnonline.com for numerous scholarship opportunities to attend STN EXPO in Indy or Reno. 

Judith Crawford, CEO of the U.S.’s fourth-largest school bus contractor Beacon Mobility, discusses the importance of training and partnerships, mar...

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The electric buzz continues to spread as more districts, notably those in New York and Boston, embrace EV implementation. Conversations on replacing buses intensify as gas prices rise and federal clean bus funding grows.

Eric Little, transportation director for Baldwin County Schools in Georgia, discusses collaboration with his superintendent, efforts to combat the driver shortage in the district, and plans to use federal funding f...

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David Hartzell, director of transportation for Harrison School District Two in Colorado Springs and president of the Colorado Pupil Transportation, discusses the tragedy of an 11-year-old girl who was killed by her school bus as well as how student transporters are fighting through the dire driver shortage and building a team culture to keep students safe at bus stops. He also reviews the 4-day school week and electric bus plans in...

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Industry veteran Nicole Portee discusses starting as assistant superintendent of operations for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina as well as the teamwork and technology necessary to support students at the 17th largest district in the U.S. Read more about her at stnonline.com/go/nov18.

Tony Civitella, president & CEO of technology provider Transfinder, talks about fleet optimization’s overall benefits on a transpo...

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Ryan and Taylor discuss opportunities and considerations for districts as new federal funds open up for bus Wi-Fi and cleaner school buses. Stay updated at stnonline.com/green-bus and join the conversation at STN EXPO Reno’s Green Bus Summit (stnexpo.com).

Teresa Fleming, executive director of transportation at the School District of Philadelphia, discusses the value of diversity, meeting local student needs, working with vendors, ...

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Ryan and Tony talk March Madness picks, new stats from NSTA that shed light on the driver shortage, and the EPA’s comment period on new emissions standards.

School bus driver trainer Chris Rinesmith and driver Sherry Barnes discuss the impact of the Camp Fire of 2018 and then the COVID-19 pandemic on Paradise Unified School District in California, as well as how staff stepped up to help the community recover. Read about more outsta...

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Alternative fuel conversations surge as gas prices rise and the federal emissions standards are set to change. Learn more at stnonline.com/green-bus.

In celebration of women's month, we highlight Carina Noble’s leadership as president at contractor National Express and via the National School Transportation Association (NSTA). She discusses advocating for school transportation, fleet electrification, coming out of COVID-19, rec...

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Mask requirements are being relaxed by the CDC as well as state and local governments as the pandemic becomes endemic. Additionally, international events continue to affect fuel choices and the supply chain.

Wendy Moore serves as the superintendent as well as a school bus driver at Genesee Joint School District No. 282 in Idaho. She shares how involvement and support among both district staff and community members is helping improv...

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The March issue of School Transportation News magazine is out! Read about driver wages, student Medicaid reimbursement, onboard behavior, the supply chain and more at stnonline.com/go/mar22.

Amy Tiedens, transportation manager at Intermediate District 287 in Minnesota, talks about her passion for students with special needs. She discusses using vans, working with contractors and training staff to transport them with care even amid ...

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Thanks for being with us for 100 episodes of our podcast! Join us for some stats on our journey since March 2020, as well as analysis on conversations still happening two years later, such as onboard masking and the driver shortage.

Starting school bus driver pay going from $17.50/hour to $25/hour? Better believe it. Josh Rice, president for the Texas Association of Pupil Transportation, discusses taking over transportation and fle...

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Derrick Agate, retired transportation supervisor for Hopkins Public Schools, two-time past president of the Minnesota Association for Pupil Transportation and now a consultant, joins Ryan to highlight Black History Month, the struggles of being a black transportation director years ago, black representation in the industry, and the impact of connections between bus drivers and their student riders. Read more about him at stnonline....
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February 9, 2022 23 min

Our podcast guest got hit with some winter weather, so Ryan & Taylor hold down the episode and talk about February highlights like incoming snowfalls, the Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day and Love the Bus month. There are some exciting keynotes for STN EXPO Indy, STN is conducting research into school bus driver training & compensation, and a California bill proposes universal school transportation. Get all the details at stnonl...

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Tony and Taylor discuss the latest headlines: STN’s February magazine release, new online articles, the Feb. 7 ELDT deadline, federal clean transportation funding and new mask recommendations.

Matthew Stevenson, the new president & CEO of school bus manufacturer Blue Bird, talks people-focused leadership, opportunities amid COVID-19 and supply chain disruptions, future predictions, and alternative fuels.

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Schools are closing due to COVID while the federal government is distributing 400 million free N95 masks which are actually not designed for students. Meanwhile, districts will soon be able to use ESSER funds for bus cleaning and student health.

Tony speaks with Transfinder CEO Antonio Civitella on technology trends for 2022, such as increased student tracking for parent peace of mind.

“Take the situation seriously and take yoursel...

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Conversations continue on how wages and the CDL process affect the driver shortage. Districts are struggling with a new wave of school closures and reduced bus ridership because of COVID-19, but is this an endemic rather than a pandemic?

Tony and Steve Whaley, Director of Autogas Business Development for the Propane Education & Research Council, discuss propane school buses, infrastructure, implementation plans and available fu...

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Ryan and Tony discuss headlines bringing us into the new year: impacts of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, the status of the federal Build Back Better plan and school bus electrification strategies.

Transportation General Manager Jenny Robinson recaps a full year of 2021 operations at Bethlehem Area School District in Pennsylvania, including safety concerns like illegal passing and MAP-21 driver training. Her 2022 plans include data a...

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Tony, Ryan and Taylor take a look back at an eventful 2021 in which districts continued to serve students in the midst of COVID-19 uncertainties, staff shortages, supply chain delays and more.

STN resumed its three in-person conferences this year, where attendees engaged in thought-provoking conversations on everything from leadership and workplace culture to clean school bus implementation.

Read more at stnonline.com and learn mor...

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