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Editor Ryan Gray

Associate Editor, Digital Claudia Newton

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Bree Allen, president of the New York School Bus Contractors Association, shared some encouraging thoughts and expectations for the evolution of 2018 and be- yond, in response to a recent Publisher’s Corner column by Tony Corpin:

“Just wanted to send a quick note of thanks to you and STN for the stories published this year for NYSBCA. It has been a busy 2018 already, and we have high hopes for the passage of at least one or two safety based bills this year. As NYSBCA’s new president, I appreciate the support and the promotion of our association goals and the industry-wide initiatives.” —Bree Allen, Regional Manager Ethan Allen Transportation

We shared last month’s STN Web Poll via Facebook to gauge the perspecive of our followers on the job of driving the school bus and if the responsbility has become more complicated. Te question elicited more than two dozen responses within hours of its posting:

“Te (driver) certificate testing is a nightmare now and the DMV is awful, as always, and now they want more paper work to prove who you are.” —Julie Hunley, School Bus Driver First Student

“Yes, especially with a lack of administration support when it comes to

problem students, when the administration is more concerned with the money the school district gets from the state for each student in school.” —Michael Cox, Jr., Motor Coach Operator Awesome Charter & Tours

“Yes. Split tank brake test, pupil management, traffic...the list goes on.”

—Kelly Malloch La Ponsey, Driver Instructor Desert Sands Unified School District in La Quinta, California

“Absolutely! I love every crazy minute of it.” —Sandra Fialkowski, School Bus Driver/Trainer Student Transportation of America in Cowlesville, New York

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Creative Consultant Vincent Rios

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