School Transportation Nation

School Transportation Nation

For nearly 30 years, you’ve known School Transportation News magazine and 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.


June 6, 2023 24 mins

Brittany Barrett, senior manager of e-mobility for the World Resources Institute, joined STN Editor-in-Chief Ryan Gray onsite at the STN EXPO in Indianapolis to discuss round two of the EPA’s Clean School Bus Program as well as challenges facing school districts and things they should know about electric school bus training, infrastructure, batteries, future planning and more. 


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The topics up for discussion and training at STN EXPO in Indianapolis and Reno are ones you’re dealing with today: clean fuels, student safety, technology, training and more. 

Transfinder President & CEO Antonio Civitella joins us to talk about potential AI uses in pupil transportation and measurement of organizational health through the currently ongoing Top Teams surveys. 

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Industry suppliers share leadership changes and financial results. Meanwhile, the NTSB is investigating a Wisconsin school bus stop death. 

Industry veteran and consultant Tim Ammon shares the questions transportation leaders should be asking as they consider electrifying district bus fleets. He also shares insight on his new role as vice president and general manager of passenger services ...

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Support from bus manufacturers increases for greener bus options, including renewable fuel. 

Director of Transportation Kimberly Ellis talks technology, training and techniques in use at Georgia‘s innovative Marietta City Schools to fight illegal passing, retain bus drivers and track student ridership.


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Ryan and Tony delve into the latest trends and green technology shared at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Southern California last week, where industry leaders shared thoughts on the continued use of diesel and introduced new electric buses. 

Gregg Prettyman, vice president of alternative transportation for First Student, shares how the new FirstAlt division is providing ser...

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Tony & Ryan analyze the second funding round from the EPA’s Clean School Bus Program, as well as the 2023 State of Sustainability Report from Gladstein Neandross & Associates (GNA), clean transportation & energy consultants and host of the large annual Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo. 

We’re also joined by GNA’s Vice President of Programs & Policy Brianna Lawrence, who breaks down ...

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In the spirit of Earth Day last weekend, we’re talking about the continued greening of yellow fleets and how STN’s Green Bus Summit held at both STN EXPO Indy and STN EXPO Reno this summer can help. 

Director of Student Transportation & Fleet Services Karim Johnson discusses how technology integration helps Bethlehem Central School District in New York more knowledgeably and efficiently run...

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Review some electric updates and upcoming deadlines to nominate your peers for recognition based on their operations. Nominations are open for Garage Stars and Innovator of the Year

Persuasion expert Sylvie di Giusto previews her training at STN EXPO Indy on how student transporters can make a good first impression and build trust with the students and parents they serve. 

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Ryan & Taylor break down a viral video of a school bus driver who went on a tirade to several reportedly misbehaving student riders and the wider conversation around handling student behavior on the bus. 

Get tips to use in your professional and personal life from Patrick Mulick, board-certified behavior analyst and the assistant director of autism and student independence for the Auburn Sc...

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Sad news of a school shooting in Nashville and the questions it raises about school bus security. 

Taylor talks with Dr. Kevin McGowan, superintendent for Brighton Central Schools in New York – and the Superintendent of the Year announced in partnership with AASA: The School Superintendents Association. He discusses using teamwork both among his staff and with vendor partners to support suc...

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Commentary on the new “48 Hours” documentary on the 1976 Chowchilla kidnapping of 26 students and their bus driver by three gunmen. 

In recognition of Women’s History Month, Taylor interviews Kimberly DeHaven, supervisor of transportation for Englewood Schools in Colorado and president of the Colorado State Pupil Transportation Association. She talks driver recruitment, illegal passing, fem...

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Latest headlines on developments making EV more accessible to the school transportation industry.

Gerald “Stretch” Blackard, owner of Tok Transportation in Alaska, gives his experience with running an electric bus in cold weather and why it may not be best for his operation. 

Additionally, Steven Whaley of the Propane Education & Research Council shares how propane is a...

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Check out for heartwarming stories, including the Cy-Fair ISD transportation department in Texas making a young cancer patient’s yellow bus dream come true and a call for support of an Oklahoma school bus driver who lost his home to a tornado. There’s also an exciting electrification announcement from Cummins. 

Williamsfield Schools Superintendent Tim Farquer talks bringing el...

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Ryan and Tony examine the conversations around school bus fuel and the move to greener options, as well as Nebraska Sen. Deb Fischer’s objections to the new EPA Clean Trucks Plan for emissions, which would also affect the school bus industry. 

Additionally, Transfinder President & CEO Antonio Civitella shares how the new Servicefinder can help with bus maintenance and fleet decisions. 

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Read our all-new March issue, including thoughts on the future of diesel in school transportation and student ridership tech. Taylor talks visiting San Antonio to see the Superintendent of the Year crowned, experience San Antonio ISD‘s tech-laden propane bus, and eat tacos. 

Alfred Karam, director of transportation for Shenendehowa Central Schools in New York, discusses celebrating transpor...

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Get updates on the new Superintendent of the Year and school bus contractor developments. 

Dr. Kerry Duskin, who serves as transportation director for Roosevelt Elementary School #66 in Arizona and is a pastor, discusses bringing hope to both students and staff, as well as progress to the district.

Also, Kevin Matthews and Leslie Norgren from First Student share how the...

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News headline discussions center on EV integration and infrastructure, as well as transportation’s role in school safety & security.

Coordinator of Transportation Nick Meyerrose discusses the various ways that Brownsburg Community School Corporation near Indianapolis is growing and modernizing, including seatbelt implementation, technology use and energy options.

Additionally, Nuvve’s VP of Partnerships Lynn Ames shares the electri...

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There is abundant funding for electric school buses, but is the infrastructure there? Ryan and Tony discuss this, as well as onboard behavioral incidents and Love the Bus month.

It’s raining electric school buses for the “Grant Queen.” Director of Transportation Katie Delano discusses leveraging multiple grants and utilizing partnerships to electrify the bus fleet at rural Coalinga-Huron USD in California.


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February kicks off Black History Month, which celebrates the accomplishments of black Americans yet also serves as a reminder of the nation’s past—and current—transgressions.

Most black people can share stories of prejudice if not full-out violence because of race, and the same goes with Nicole Portee, the assistant superintendent of operations for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina and a former executive director of t...

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Ryan & Tony explore complications of fleet electrification, like timeline constraints and battery manufacturing.

Patrick Dean, president of Michigan contractor Dean Transportation, discusses supporting all types of students including ones with special needs, providing a high level of service as student transportation professionals, coping with the driver shortage and moving into fleet electrification.

Dean Transportation was named ...

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