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CHANGE Change is hard to digest sometimes. But


everyone should welcome innovation and preparedness in an effort to reduce threats that are both predictable and unanticipated. Years back, when I first starting gathering


information about school bus construction, many details about the 1988 Carrolton, Ky., crash that killed 27 brought perspective to why change is needed. Because of that fiery crash, changes to exits, windows, roof hatches and fuel-tank protection resulted in the years following. Still, today we are seeing more change in


the form of a proposed revision governing safety standards for school buses — this time out of the Nevada State Senate (S.B. 382) by Sens. Parks and Kihuen. Teir proposal would mandate that by July 1, 2016, “school buses have an automatic system for fire extinguishment in the engine compartment that includes a mechanism for activation by the driver.” Tis language essentially would allow school districts to once again purchase


buses, as it seeks to amend a law passed last spring that requires plastic components in the school bus engine and compartment to have a classification originally developed for kitchen appliances. Because no other states have such a law, the cost of engines manufactured solely for Nevada would have skyrocketed. Parks’ and Kihuen’s bill addresses that by allowing instead for fire-suppression systems in the engine compartment. But even then, addi- tional costs in the neighborhood of $3,500 per new bus will be in effect. In today’s reality you will see there are


constant reminders about new threats giving reason for increased security, surveillance, and communications on school buses. It was only a few months ago in Alabama that an armed, onboard trespasser fatally shot school bus driver Charles “Chuck” Poland, Jr., while he was protecting students. Te trespasser kidnapped a student and held him for days in an underground bunker. Tis resulted in the response of numerous local, state and federal resources.


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