Conference Overview

The annual North American School Bus EXPO Conference & Trade Show — known as the STN EXPO and presented by School Transportation News magazine — welcomes transportation professionals nationwide who want to learn the latest trends in training, products and services as well as how to produce better, more quantifiable results from their transportation team and operations.

Who can attend STN EXPO Indy?

  • Transportation Directors/Supervisors
  • Purchasing Agents
  • School Board Members
  • Superintendents
  • Fleet Managers
  • Mechanics/Technicians
  • Safety Trainers
  • Administrators
  • Special Education Professionals
  • Private Fleet Operators
  • Head Start/Childcare Professionals
  • Executives/CEOs
  • School Bus Dealers
  • Driver Trainers

EXPO Tracks:

  • Maintenance & Technology
  • Management & Operations
  • Safety & Security
  • Special Needs & Head Start


Keynote Speakers


Unique Experiences  (Additional fees may be required. Limited class sizes.)

NHTSA Child Passenger Safety Restraint Training

Instructors: Sue Shutrump, Eric Smith, Kathy Anneken, Dave Murphy, Charlie Vits & Denise Donaldson This eight-hour training seminar on Saturday, June 8 approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration teaches the proper securement of pre-school aged children in appropriate child safety restraint systems (CSRS) on school bus seats. It provides the basic rules of proper CSRS usage and illustrates the most common mistakes made when installing CSRS in school buses. Continuing education units (5.5 CEUs) are approved by Safe Kids Worldwide for all registered attendees who complete the course work. (Maximum of 75 participants.)

National School Bus Inspection Training Program

Instructors: Marshall Casey with Mike Bullman, Joe Scesny & Bobby Williams STN EXPO launches a program developed by school bus maintenance and inspection expert Marshall Casey to fully train technicians on how to conduct regular vehicle inspections, above and beyond state or federal Department of Transportation guidance. The eight-hour program held on Saturday, June 8 is derived from best practices Casey used in overseeing the maintenance of school buses in South Carolina, the only completely owned and operated state fleet in the nation. Attendees will learn how to discover more defects prior to failure, which allows for expedited repairs, increased vehicle uptime and a more efficient maintenance program. The program includes eight hours of classroom instruction, as well as a written exam. (Maximum of 50 participants.)

Allison Transmission Experience

Get to know the unmatched Allison reliability during the STN EXPO on June 10 with a plant tour and ride & drive at the Global Allison Transmission Headquarters in Indianapolis. (Maximum of 150 participants.)

Cummins Service Training School

Exclusive to STN EXPO Indianapolis, Cummins Engine provides attendees with two opportunities, on June 9 and again on June 10, to receive hands-on training that covers basic electronic theory and troubleshooting, cooled EGR and air handling familiarization, exhaust after-treatment overview (including dash lamps and switches), and additional product specific information. The training includes an introduction on using INSITE engine diagnostics software and the QuickServe Online parts and service portal. All attendees who complete the training receive certification from Cummins. (Maximum of 50 participants per class.)

Wheelchair Securement Training

This interactive workshop is designed by Q’Straint as a comprehensive, advanced training on the best practices of securing passengers with special needs and their wheelchairs. Participants will master the essential principles needed for proper securement, receive ample supervised hands-on securement practice, and learn troubleshooting practices for safely transporting difficult to secure mobility devices. This course is ideal for safety trainers, transportation managers, and drivers. Topics covered include: safety and liability; securement equipment operation; securing the wheelchair; hands-on practice; difficult-to-transport wheelchairs; and more. Participants will receive a certificate of completion for their records. (Maximum of 35 participants.)

STN EXPO + Transportation Director Summit Schedule Overview

(As of 11/1/18. Subject to change.)

Friday, June 7

  • Live School Bus Crash Demo
    (Presented by IMMI/SafeGuard. Held at company’s
    Center for Advanced Product Evaluation.)
  • Transportation Director Summit, Day 1
    (Held at JW Marriott)

Saturday, June 8

  • Transportation Director Summit, Day 2
    (Held at Indianapolis Zoo)
  • NHTSA Child Passenger Safety on School Buses
    (Held at Indianapolis Convention Center. Room TBD.)
  • Wheelchair Securement Training
    (Held at JW Marriott. Presented by Q’Straint/Sure-Lok)
  • National School Bus Inspector Training
    (Held at JW Marriott. Eight-hour program.
    Includes written exam.)
  • Orientation Workshops

Sunday, June 9

  • Opening General Session/Keynote: Ryan Avery
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Cummins Service Training School
    (Held at JW Marriott. Presented by Cummins.)
  • Welcome Party

Monday, June 10

  • Keynote: Chris Dorn, Safe Havens Intl.
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Cummins Service Training School
    (Held at JW Marriott. Presented by Cummins.)
  • Allison Transmission Experience
    (Held offsite at Allison Transmission Global Headquarters.)
  • STN Social Event

Tuesday, June 11

  • Keynote: David Horsager
  • Trade Show
    (Held in Exhibit Hall A, Indianapolis Convention Center)
  • Closing Networking Event

Wednesday, June 12

  • Closing General Session