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School Transportation News Published by STN Media Group


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The Mobile Access to Careers school bus, also known as MAC, was implemented in Shenandoah County, Virginia, to teach elementary, middle and high school students about various career options. Read about the project at stnonline.com/go/9n.


Great idea! Facebook/Diana Hollander


Doug Whitehead, the chief operating officer of the National Biodiesel Board, retweeted an STN article on research indicating biodiesel and renewable diesel fuel are the largest carbon-cutting technologies currently being used by the California transportation industry. Learn more at stnonline.com/go/9q.


Better. Cleaner. Available NOW! Twitter/@BioD9


A reader submitted the following comment on LinkedIn referring to an article written by contributor Art Segal on the increased momentum electrification and digitization of school buses and the potential new challenges of the design and implementation of all-digital technology. Visit stnonline.com/go/9x to read the full article.


Great summary on the profound changes that technology has brought and will continue to bring to student transportation. LinkedIn/Tim Ammon


The following response was submitted to the STN July poll question, “Are you anticipating a mechanic shortage at your school district/bus company?”


So far, we have not. We added an additional technician this year and filled the position quickly with several applicants. However, we do not require our technicians to drive routes ever. They only work on the fleet. Facebook/Cody Cox


Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools in Georgia reported that it will not be able to transport all 25,000 students who depend on the districts’ bus system, due to the school bus driver shortage. Read the wire report at stnonline.com/go/9y.


Ridiculous. Change starting times. Double routes. Do your civic duty. Facebook/John Haynie


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President & Publisher Tony Corpin


Editor Ryan Gray


Associate Editor Taylor Hannon


Social Media Coord. Ruth Newton


Technical Editor Robert T. Pudlewski


Editorial Intern Merari Acevedo


Senior Designer Kimber Horne


Graphic Design Maria Molina


Circulation Andrea Dugmore


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


Event Manager Alice Hung Sabedra


Event Coordinators Samantha Gyerman Amy Yamakawa


Accounting Lisa Douglas


Creative Consultant Vincent Rios Creative, Inc.


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:


School Transportation News P.O. Box 789 Redondo Beach, CA 90277


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.


For permission to reuse materials in this publication, contact STN Editor Ryan Gray, at ryan@stnonline.com, or by phone at 310-792-2226 or by fax at 310-792-2231. Material in this publication may not be reproduced in any form without written permission. Printed in the U.S.A.


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