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ONLINE Heroes & Heartbreak


Visit stnonline.com/tag/drivers to read more about these school bus drivers and others.


Heroes Student Transportation of America school bus driver Vikki Boyce Czechowicz, (left, with Manager Tonya Phillips) was recognized in August by the New York State Education Department with a Heroism Award, for safely evacuating all 19 students after her school bus filled with smoke in May. Meanwhile, three Gwinnett County (Georgia) Public School employees


were recognized for saving the life of a fellow district bus driver. The driver had suffered a seizure during a training session. Cindy Johnston, Sandy Purcell and Dee Walls administered CPR until paramedics arrived.


Heartbreak A school bus driver for Hillsborough County Public Schools


in Tampa, Florida was killed in an automobile crash on her way to work for the first day of school. Cynthia Gibson was planning on retiring at the conclusion of this school year. A Wilson County, Tennessee school bus driver was laid


to rest in a custom-made school bus casket. David Wright (pictured) dedicated more than 50 years of his life to the Wilson County School system. A school bus driver in Pennsylvania died after his bus


struck a utility pole during a practice run for a route. A fire quickly started, but when he exited the bus, Timothy Vankirk stepped on downed live wires and was electrocuted.


Send Us Your Photos! School Bus Safety Week, which is coordinated annually by


the National Association for Pupil Transportation, is scheduled for Oct. 21-25. How is your district celebrating? Send your comments and photos to taylor@stnonline.com for potential inclusion in a future article or a social media post. Visit stnonline.com/tag/back-to- school to read recent safety and legislation articles.


Back to School Prompts Wave of School Bus Safety Videos


Back-to-School Driver, Atten- dant Training Helps to Save Lives


City of Las


Vegas Envisions a ‘Google Maps’ for Student Walkers


GPS and Parent Apps are Coming to


New York City


POLL Has your district


installed stop-arm cameras?


Vote now at


stnoline.com/ polls.


NASDPTS Conference Held in D.C. The State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services is holding its annual conference this month in Washington, D.C. Read coverage and view images of the event at stnonline.com/ tag/NASDPTS19. Follow us on social media for immediate updates: @stnmagzine on Twitter and Instagram, or @stnmag on Facebook.


Visit stnonline.com/go/5y to read a Q&A with journalist Anna D.


Rau, regarding her award-wining PBS documentary “Safe Enough?” It asks if school buses without lap/shoulder seatbelts are truly safe.


14 School Transportation News • OCTOBER 2019


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