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School Transportation News Published by STN Media Group


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An April special report discussed pre-k safety and age-appropriate child safety restraint systems on school buses. National standardized training for transporting younger students is not required in most states. Read the report at stnonline.com/go/8t.


“Your pre-k program may have funds to buy the restraint seats. Ours bought 80 for us and we could install them prior to field trips.” Facebook/John Haynie


Washington, D.C., police responded to a call about an elementary student on the autism spectrum removing his face mask while on his school bus. Read what happened at stnonline.com/go/8y.


“This story is why I’m 90 percent sure I won’t go back to driving. Been driving special needs [students] for 10 years. I’m not upset with the child, I’m upset with the adults.” Facebook/ Wes Kosich


A reader responded to a recent sponsored Partner Update about school bus driver shortages. Discover more school transportation vendor perspectives at stnonline.com/partner-updates.


“Another area I worked in. There are always jobs in transportation which pay decent wages. Hopefully, making sure our clients have their driver licenses should be a goal.” Barbara Wilson


A school district in Missouri used its school buses to transport senior citizens and other members of the community to a COVID-19 vaccine administration site. Read the article at stnonline.com/go/8o.


“One of the largest resources available to a community and one of the least utilized.” Facebook/John Haynie


As more districts begin the transition to cleaner fuel and energy options, including electric buses, there are many factors to be considered. Read the special report at stnonline.com/go/8z.


“Range, size, weight, cost... are all factors to be considered by the manufacturer. Whether the product is marketed with a battery enabling greater range is not directly related to the technology. The manufacturer may decide on a smaller battery with equivalent range.” Facebook/Marty Connair


President & Publisher Tony Corpin


Editor Ryan Gray


Associate Editor Taylor Hannon


Social Media Coord. Ruth Newton


Technical Editor Robert T. Pudlewski


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Graphic Design Maria Molina


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CONTRIBUTORS: Carol Brzozowski Debbie Curtis Art Gissendaner Margaret Johnson Kari Lydersen Amanda Pampuro


Chairman of the Board Bill Paul


Vice President Colette Paul


Client Services/ Digital Media Coord. Claudia Newton


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Event Coordinators Samantha Gyerman Amy Yamakawa


Accounting Lisa Douglas


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James Romeo Mark Rowh Art Segal David Volz Eric Woolson


EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Marshall Casey, Consultant Denny Coughlin, Consultant Michael Dorn, Safe Havens International Ned Einstein, Transportation Alternatives Launi Harden, Consultant Pete Meslin, Consultant Alexandra Robinson, Consultant Michael Shields, Consultant


HOW TO CONTACT STN: School Transportation News welcomes expressions of all views. Letters should be brief and are subject to editing for grammar, style and space. Submissions must be legible, include a signature, job title/employer name, valid mailing and/or email address, and telephone number. Unsigned letters or letters signed only with a pseudonym or initials will not be used. Email letters to: ryan@stnmedia.com or send via U.S. mail to:


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