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Question of the Month The following responses come from this month’s Trends survey,


in which we asked what is the top safety or security challenge facing readers’ operations. For more, turn to page 18.


Tough one, but I would say driver distraction with motorists


not paying attention to the road, creating additional hazards. —Pam Swanks, Director of Transportation Dripping Springs ISD in Texas


Getting the children to wear their seat belts. When you have


three middle school students to a seat, it is nearly impossible for them to wear them. —Kenneth Husband, Director of Transportation Corning Union High School & Elementary School District in California


Everyone talked about active shooter in the school. Not much training is available regarding buses. And no option to defend ourselves is offered. —Amy Rosa, Director of Transportation/School Safety Wa-Nee Community Schools in Indiana


Stop arm violations and our locations are very rural. Response time in the event of an emergency could be crucial. —Kristy Drewitz Madison-Grant United School Corporation in Indiana


Concerns with diesel emissions. We are a small district and


don’t qualify for grants, yet we have an aging fleet. —April Carroll Grant Elementary School District in Redding, California


NHTSA Training at TSD Conference A TSD Spotlight Video highlighted a National Highway Traf-


fic Safety Administration training event for properly securing students in school buses and that was hosted at the TSD Confer- ence in March. The training will also be available at the STN EXPO conference in Indianapolis next month and in Reno in July. Visit stnexpo.com for more information.


Was any of the training conducted in an actual bus? —Mort Homer Via YouTube


Editor’s Note: The training was not conducted on an actual bus.


However, the classroom had bus bench seats, car seats and child safety restraint systems available for attendees to perform hands- on securement with the help of instructors. Read more on the training at stnonline.com/go/52.


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Editor Ryan Gray


Associate Editor David George


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EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD Marshall Casey, Consultant Denny Coughlin, Consultant Michael Dorn, Safe Havens International Ned Einstein, Transportation Alternatives Launi Harden, Washington County (UT) School District Pete Meslin, Consultant Alexandra Robinson, New York City DOE Michael Shields, Salem-Kaiser (OR) Public Schools


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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The views and opinions in School Transportation News are those of the editorial staff. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the members of the Editorial Advisory Board or their organizations. Individuals serving on the board are advisors only and are not responsible for the editorial content.


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