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Max Christensen got started in the pupil transportation industry in 1987 as the transportation director for Anita Community School District in Iowa. Now, 33 years later, he is the state director for student transportation at the Iowa Department of Education.

Iowa’s Christensen Stands Up for What He Believes In: Student Safety

Max Christensen has had yellow blood running through his veins since he was born, and while he said he didn’t grow up wanting to...

Students on Iowa School Bus Celebrate Daily Greeter’s Birthday

An elderly woman was surprised on her birthday by the students who ride a school bus that passes her house every weekday, reported KHAK.com....

Preparing for School Bus Fires with Special Care

School bus fires occur daily across the U.S., according to the latest government data. Assuming a fire can ignite in even the most well-equipped...

Iowa Legislation Aims to Make Student Transportation Funding More Equitable

A new bill passed by the Iowa House and Senate adds over $7.25 million for student transportation and reduces the gap between school districts...
Burned Iowa school bus.

Family, School District Reach Settlement in Fatal Iowa School Bus Fire

The family of 16-year-old Megan Klindt, who died in a December 2017 Iowa school bus fire, has reached a $4.8 million settlement with the...

Iowa Transportation Directors Say Seatbelts are a Step in Right Direction

As student transportation directors across Iowa are purchasing school buses with lap/shoulder seatbelts to comply with a new state law, many are in favor...

Roundup: New School Bus Purchases, Power Choices and Charitable Donations

As School Transportation News wrapped up 2019, a few late-breaking business-focused news items of note have been posted below. • FORT DODGE, Iowa — The...

Thomas Built Buses Adds Truck Center Companies as New School Bus...

HIGH POINT, N.C. — Current Thomas Built Buses dealer Truck Center Companies has expanded beyond Nebraska to now sell and service Thomas Built buses...

Truck Center Companies Becomes Exclusive Dealer of Thomas Built Buses in...

OMAHA, Neb. — Truck Center Companies has signed an exclusive agreement with Thomas Built buses to be the sole dealer of their buses and...

Iowa Becomes Fifth State to Require Lap/Shoulder Seatbelts In School Buses

A new rule in Iowa will require that lap/shoulder seatbelts are installed in all new school buses ordered on or after Oct. 2, 2019....

July 2020

July 2020 Cover
This month’s issue features articles about the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on school bell times and...

Buyer’s Guide 2020

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