Can you hear me now?
I read an interesting thread in our Forum about whether bus drivers should be allowed to yell at their passengers. Most of the respondents believe it's OK, and often necessary, to yell at students. Others said department policies prohibited them from doing so.
As the father of two boys, ages 6 and 8, I can assure you that I occasionally have to, uh, speak loudly to get their attention. They get so involved in what they're doing that they don't otherwise hear me. It's only rarely that I yell i
Where there's a wheel, there's a way
I want to share an inspiring story sent to me by Jerry Cataldo, shop foreman at Trussville City Schools in Alabama.
At 4 a.m. on Friday, May 11, a custodian noticed that the tires of 28 of the system's 44 buses had been flattened. All 168 tires of the buses parked at Hewitt Trussville High School and Hewitt Trussville Middle School were either going flat or completely flat and broken loose from their rims.
Talking out of turn
I saw a news report on a local TV station over the weekend about L.A. school bus drivers caught using their cell phones while transporting students. The report had a "gotcha" quality to it, with the reporter confronting the drivers as they got off the bus. This wasn't the worst piece of TV journalism that I've seen, but it did make a point -- bus drivers are violating California law by using cell phones while driving a school bus.
Yes, in my backyard
You've heard of NIMBY, right? If not, it means "not in my backyard" and generally refers to neighborhoods that don't want certain types of local development, e.g., liquor stores, prisons (!), rail lines, etc.
Well, I've got a NIMBY situation. Just two blocks from where I live, a former elementary school that has been used for adult education classes is going to be re-activated this fall as a middle school. The kids who will be attending this school were displaced because their existing facili
First time for everything
I’ve never blogged before, as will soon become apparent. But those of you who are familiar with my articles and columns in SCHOOL BUS FLEET already know that I’ve been a part of the pupil transportation community for many years. So I feel amply qualified to publish my thoughts here, even if the medium is a bit different from ink and paper.