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Like many districts nationwide, Brewster Central School District in New York state requires safety vests for all transportation staff in the school bus yard. After hearing her coworkers complain about the “fashion faux pas,” Irene Farias decided to decorate their vests. Visit to read the full story.

I love this! In my previous district, I took to my circuit [machine] and personalized my safety vest. They’re so much cooler with a few extra touches. —Facebook/Cassidy Miller

STN’s first profile of school bus industry transporters who have at least one decade of experience focused on the transportation director at Harrison School District Two in Colorado. David Hartzell speaks up for his people and enjoys every aspect of his job. Read more at

I love that my boss was highlighted. It’s nice to work for someone who consistently has your back, day in and day out. —Facebook/Tammy Caldron

I have learned much from this man also! Great article, Dave Hartzell. As always, you represent this profession so well! Thank you for all you do for all of school transportation everywhere. —Facebook/Jodene Clarke Monroe

Mike Martucci, former owner and president of Quality Bus Service, Inc., and a past-president of the New York School Bus Contractor’s Association, announced his candidacy for the New York state senate. Read more about Martucci’s campaign at

The safety of our children was always my highest priority as a member of the school transportation industry. That will not change as your next state senator. —Twitter/@MikeMartucciNY

Weslaco ISD, located near the Texas border with Mexico, recently started a new literacy program. “Anytime, Anywhere, Reading” uses new technology on school buses that allows student riders to be able to continue learning during their daily commutes. Visit to learn how the project turned out.

Put down the “personal device” and talk to your seatmate, look at the passing scenery, take note of your surroundings. Enjoy your bus ride. #Unplug. —Facebook/Jody Johnson

Alyssa Shepherd is appealing her Indiana conviction and prison sentence for illegally passing a stopped school bus, killing three siblings and injuring a fourth student. Visit

No shame, no conscience. Three dead children, and another injured, and she’s appealing a four-year sentence. “It was an accident” is her lawyer’s response? Gah! —Facebook/Donna Marvel

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