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Ken Hedgecock has been a mainstay at school bus manufacturer Thomas Built Buses for the better part of the past four decades. He is retiring from Thomas Bus but remaining in the school bus industry.

The Education of Ken Hedgecock

After a total of four decades spent working for Thomas Built Buses in one way or another, Ken Hedgecock is hanging up his jersey,...
Kanawha County Schools transportation staff in West Virginia practice school bus evacuation drills with students.

School Bus Safety: Do it Right the First Time

Despite an apparent delay in new federal entry-level driver training rules, student transporters can build and even exceed requirements for a compliant safety culture Safety...
Albert Samora, Denver Public Schools' executive director of transportation, points to the northeast neighborhood where the Success Express shuttle program runs.

Inefficient but Equitable: Denver Bus Routes Address Imperfect Student Choice Options

Twenty years ago, the yellow school bus was a symbol of access. Today, some stakeholders see it as a barrier that is keeping students...
students in seatbelts

Coming Soon to Your State? Navigating Seatbelt Implementation on School Buses

Listeners returned for round two of a popular webinar hosted by SafeGuard on the topic of seat belts on school buses. The webinar, available to...
Teamwork of businesspeople work together and combine pieces of gears. Partnership and integration concept

Working Together in Unison: School Bus and Student Tracking 2.0

In a world where we can track a pizza or an Uber, many parents expect information about their child’s bus to be instantly available....

Readers Report Average School Bus Driver Compensation Amid Ongoing Staffing Shortage

The most read School Transportation News magazine article of 2018 was a controversial story that was printed in the October issue. By an almost two-to-one...

Later School Start Times Debated in Ohio

Ohio lawmakers recently introduced a bill to require that all public schools start at 8:30 a.m. or later. If approved, it would make Ohio...
Photo by David George.

School Bus Driver Shortage Not as Severe in Ohio, Readers Say

For the annual industry meetings last week in Columbus, Ohio, School Transportation News asked some local transportation leaders to share how the school bus...
Elementary school kids climbing on to a school bus

Americans Favor Diverse Schools But Still Oppose ‘Busing’

The Democratic Party presidential debates have reignited national discussions on the merits of forced integration of schools based on race and the use of...
File photo of the eLion from The Lion Electric Company.

Paper Shares Successes, Lessons Learned from Early Electric School Bus Adopters

A new report provides nearly a dozen recommendations that it claims would reduce technological and economic hurdles for cities, states and school districts when...

January 2020

Our first issue of 2020 commences with articles about customer service, training, and installation for new technology,...

Buyer’s Guide 2020

Find the latest vehicle production data, state student ridership and budget reports, industry trends and contact information...