Family-Owned School Bus Contractor Receives Health Award

The Cigna Well-Being Award recognizes companies that “actively and positively impact the overall health and well-being of their population.” This year, one of the award recipients was Chicago-based school bus company Cook-Illinois Corporation.

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The 'Ripple Effect' of Medicaid Cuts on Student Transportation

I wrote last month that the Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Fund could prove to be the second coming of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in terms of new school bus purchase and repowers. But if doomsday scenarios play out in terms of proposed federal cuts to entitlements, take Medicaid as an example, and with many convinced that the Individuals with Disabilities Act is in the crosshairs of the new administration, how many fewer student riders might there eventually be for all these new buses? It’s a question that begs exploration.

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Houston ISD Manager Saves School Bus Driver's Life

Houston ISD officials are crediting Northwest Motor Pool Area Manager Terriel Price with saving a school bus driver's life by performing the CPR techniques the district ensures employees receive each year.

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EXPO Session Discusses Employee Drug Use

RENO, Nev. — A Saturday session at the STN EXPO covered reasonable suspicion drug testing. Presenter Tonica Lathrop, president of Sinnett Consulting Services, reiterated that drug testing should only be done based on evidence, never on hunches or “gut feelings.”

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Roundup: Mobile Food Program Delivers Food and Smiles, A Tax Rate for Transportation and More

A dozen smiling youngsters boarded a school bus, but they weren't going to school. They were sitting down to eat lunch. The repurposed bus is one of two mobile cafeterias that visit children where they live and play. Every weekday this summer, the buses bearing "KIDS EAT FREE" signs on the windows and modified to have cafe-style benches and tables inside, travel across the county delivering lunches to children who might otherwise go without. The program began June 8, and so far the district has been serving an average of 275 children in the north community and an average of 225 children in the south community, with numbers increasing daily. "It puts a smile on our faces seeing them running up to the bus," said an Oslo Middle School cafeteria manager. "They're waiting on us to get here, so it makes us feel good when we make that turn."

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