NEW YORK — Vicky Jarvis, a school bus driver with Educational Bus Transportation, has received the “Driver of the Year” award from the Nassau Chapter of the New York Association for Pupil Transportation (NYAPT). The announcement was made by NYAPT Nassau Chapter President Keyana Wright.
A new white paper published by the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS) concludes that the term “school bus driver” is insufficient in describing the profession and host of skills necessary for the job, as well as the vetting required of applicants.
The Baldwin County Board of Education near Mobile, Ala., commended a 16-year-old high school student for convincing his inebriated school bus driver to pull over to the side of the road.
Audits that were performed over an eight-year period discovered 10 school bus drivers across the Keystone State who should have been disqualified from their positions because of criminal convictions. In addition, almost five dozen school districts were found to be deficient in keeping driver records.
The National Association for Pupil Transportation announced that it is working with an Atlanta-based consulting firm to create a customized tool that allows student transportation leaders to assess school bus driver judgement and decision-making ability.
Part of a damning report on a perceived lack of oversight on school bus drivers by CBS News centered on a former school bus driver being investigated for child pornography, and a statement he apparently made to police that his former employer was still trying to get him to come back to work despite his criminal background.