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School Transportation Nation

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For nearly 30 years, you’ve known School Transportation News magazine and STNonline.com as the premier sources of pupil transportation news and analysis. Now, join the School Transportation Nation podcast, as STN Publisher Tony Corpin and Editor-in-Chief Ryan Gray discuss the day’s pertinent issues … read more

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Fresh Perspectives: Driver Shortage, COVID-19 Pandemic, Propane Buses

January 19th, 2022

39:03

Conversations continue on how wages and the CDL process affect the driver shortage. Districts are struggling with a new wave of school closures and …

Training, Technology & Teamwork: Pennsylvania District Ready to Go in 2022

January 12th, 2022

37:43

Ryan and Tony discuss headlines bringing us into the new year: impacts of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, the status of the federal Build Back Better …

Struggles, Innovations & Community: A Look Back at Student Transportation in 2021

December 14th, 2021

28:23
Tony, Ryan and Taylor take a look back at an eventful 2021 in which districts continued to serve students in the midst of COVID-19 uncertainties, …

Conversations at STN EXPO Reno: Twin Rivers USD’s Electric School Bus Journey

December 9th, 2021

21:33
STN Editor-in-Chief Ryan Gray catches up with Tim Shannon, director of transportation at Twin Rivers Unified School District near Sacramento, …

Onsite at the TSD Conference: A Heart For Vulnerable Student Populations

November 24th, 2021

27:11
At the Transporting Students With Disabilities and Special Needs Conference and Trade show this past week, Ryan caught up with industry veterans and conference trainers Alex Robinson and Theresa Anderson from the Women …

What We Do Matters: From FBI Agent to School Bus Driver

November 17th, 2021

35:13

Mike Mason, former FBI agent and member of the marine corps, and now a school bus driver for Chesterfield County Public Schools in Virginia, joins …

Vigilance & Community: Tragic Headlines, Child Vaccines & Special Needs

November 9th, 2021

39:21
Recent illegal passing incidents, gun violence and school bus crashes have left school bus drivers and student riders injured or killed, highlighting …

A Team Like Family: Meet the 2021 STN Transportation Director of the Year

November 2nd, 2021

48:13
Big headlines include potential new money for clean fuel school buses as part of the Biden administration’s Build Back Better plan.

Kayne M. Smith, …

It’s All About People: Zeroed in on Student Safety & School Bus Driver Hiring

October 26th, 2021

34:15
This year, School Bus Safety Week focuses on the ‘Danger Zone’ around the bus. Director of Transportation Shannon Weber shares how Arizona’s Florence …

Utilize Your Tools: STN Rising Superstar Leads Texas District With Insight

October 19th, 2021

39:34

Rick Walterscheid, director of transportation and special projects at Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District in Texas, is STN’s …

Spotlight on Safety: Student Wellbeing Requires Driver Training & Public Awareness

October 12th, 2021

26:31
Conversations at the recent STN EXPO Indy showed how the school bus industry is crowdsourcing solutions to shortages in staffing as well as in …

Conversations at STN EXPO Indy 2021: Indiana District Stays on the Cutting Edge

October 6th, 2021

27:23

Onsite at the STN EXPO in Indianapolis, Tony and Ryan are joined by Director of Transportation Nathan Oliver from technologically forward Monroe …

There’s A Lot To It: Solutions Proposed to the School Bus Driver Shortage

September 29th, 2021

32:42

The school bus driver shortage is the latest pandemic sweeping the nation. Assigning National Guardsmen to driving buses, paying parents to drive …

Back to School Efforts: National Guard Drivers, Vaccine Mandates

September 22nd, 2021

33:34

Adjustments to CDL requirements are being considered to ease the burden on districts already struggling to find school bus drivers. Plus, new …

Strategic Student Transportation: Responding to the Pandemic & Driver Shortages

September 14th, 2021

49:32

Vaccine and mask requirements, natural disasters like Hurricane Ida and the rise of illegal passing complicate the return to school, but student …

Industry Buzz: Excitement for Electric School Buses & Driver Shortage Solutions

September 8th, 2021

29:44

In-person conferences return with a passion as thousands gathered to discuss the intersection of transportation and technology at the Advanced Clean …

A Complicated Start: Managing School Bus Ops Amid Confusing Mandates

August 31st, 2021

32:08

States face internal struggles over mask and vaccine mandates, all while districts struggle to stay staffed with bus drivers for the new school year.

Passion for Kids, Respect for Drivers: Tips for Safe, Smooth School Bus Ops

August 24th, 2021

36:34

Back to school adjustments for school districts include dealing with debates over mask mandates and the national school bus driver shortage, while …

Discussions Continue: Mask Mandates, COVID Precautions & A Return to School

August 17th, 2021

32:52

The return to school is anything but simple as districts navigate driver shortages, staff vaccination requirements, state mask mandates or lack …

Uncertainties Persist: School Bus Ops Cope With New COVID-19 Delta Variant and Mechanic Shortages

August 10th, 2021

25:39

With the new school year starting, school districts are deciding whether to require masks on the bus because of the COVID-19 Delta variant, as well …

All Hands on Deck: Leverage Technology & Partnerships to Prep for New School Year

August 3rd, 2021

38:03

Kimberly Raney, executive director of procurement, warehouse & transportation business operations for Oakland USD in California, discusses …

Female Initiative: Emphasizing Driver Training & Electric School Bus Use

July 27th, 2021

43:32

School bus driver trainer Donna Lopez muses on lessons learned from 30+ years of driving buses and shares her unique solution to the driver shortage …

Shiny New Tech: Using Federal Funding to Support School Bus Ops and Student Success

July 21st, 2021

34:17

Lea Bogle, president and CEO of technology provider Premier Wireless, discusses the need for school bus Wi-Fi and how the Emergency Connectivity Fund …

One Super Story: Transformational Transportation Leadership From Indiana to Vermont

July 13th, 2021

31:46
Tony and Ryan review the industry impacts of federal legislation currently being developed, as well as recent leadership changes at school bus …

Coming in Hot: Serving Students With Onboard Wi-Fi and Clean Fuel School Buses

July 7th, 2021

37:22

Coming off the Independence Day weekend and a heat wave affecting parts of the U.S., get details on the Emergency Connectivity Fund deadline for …

The Clock is Ticking: Feds Spotlight School Bus Safety, Funding & Driver Training

June 29th, 2021

26:34

Big headlines for the school bus industry and upcoming deadlines to be aware of. Tony & Taylor discuss new federal funding for onboard Wi-Fi, …

Electrifying News: New ZEV Offerings & How Student Transporters are Responding

June 22nd, 2021

40:52

Fleet Manager Raymond Manalo discusses running what is currently North America’s largest electric bus fleet at Twin Rivers USD in Sacramento, California, the importance of staff training, and how EV operation may help …

Getting Up To Speed: Prepping School Bus Ops For the 2021-2022 School Year

June 15th, 2021

35:33

Fleet optimization is crucial to student transporters for both summer school and the 2021-2022 school year. Transfinder’s President & CEO Antonio …

Can’t Go Back to the Old Ways: Post-COVID-19 Ops, Summer School & New ZEV Players

June 8th, 2021

39:55

Tony and Taylor discuss handling school bus driver/mechanic shortages in a new way, as well as market disruption caused by new players and offerings …

Getting Back to In-Person: Tracking Decisions on Student Vaccinations, School Reopening

June 2nd, 2021

24:38

Approval of COVID-19 vaccines for 12- to 17-year-olds may help student transportation get back to normal. Federal legislation targets transportation …

Be At Your Best: Prioritizing Student Learning & Staff Mental Health During COVID-19

May 25th, 2021

41:00

As districts go back to in-person classes, summer school plans and federal funding for school bus Wi-Fi hotspots target student success to make up …

The Same But Different: Student Transportation After the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 19th, 2021

35:06

Things are returning to normal with in-person classes expected nationwide for the 2021-2022 school year, but online learning, bus cleaning, …

Do This The Right Way: Electrifying New York City’s School Buses

May 11th, 2021

26:09

COVID-19 vaccination rates are increasing and there is an update on distribution of the CERTS Act funds for bus contractors. Additionally, major …

Summer Hopes: In-Person Classes Resume But Bus Contractors Await Funding

May 6th, 2021

34:22

Hope for normalcy is on the horizon as over 95% of students have returned to in-person classes. The school bus contractor industry, however, still …

Careful Consideration: Why Planning Ahead is Key for Operational Optimization

April 27th, 2021

29:59

The Biden administration’s ambitious plans for reducing carbon emissions have student transporters carefully studying available clean fuel school bus …

Green School Bus Buzz: LIVE From the Green Bus Summit

April 22nd, 2021

34:06

School buses are dominating discussions at the national level, as federal legislation seeks to provide billions of dollars in funding for fleet …

Staying Positive & Mindful: Tips for Busy Transportation Professionals

April 13th, 2021

26:44

A sense of normalcy is returning, with COVID-19 vaccines being distributed, schools reopening and masks not required in some districts. Recent …

Think Outside the Box: School Bus Challenges & Opportunities of COVID-19

April 6th, 2021

37:45

Over 50% of schools nationwide are open for in-person learning, and vaccine trials hold promise for adolescents. Yet the Biden administration’s …

Flip the Script: LIVE From the STN Transportation Director Summit

March 30th, 2021

31:26

Hundreds of transportation directors gathered virtually to network with one another and meet with industry suppliers, in pursuit of crowdsourced …

The Momentum Is Good: Funding Coming for School Buses as Classrooms Reopen

March 23rd, 2021

25:30

New developments spell hope for districts looking to get buses rolling back to in-person classes. School buses are mentioned in the nearly $122 …

An Accelerated Pace: New School Bus Technology Applications in a COVID-19 World

March 17th, 2021

35:08

Kevin Mest, senior vice president and general manager of passenger services at Zonar, talks the future of bus technology and shares strategies for …

The Future Is Bright: Eyeing School Reopening & Electric Bus Opportunities

March 10th, 2021

36:47

As some school districts are still eyeing a return to in-person classes, staff are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in many states. In others, mask …

Unexpected Improvements: COVID-19 Procedures Benefit Student Transportation Ops

March 3rd, 2021

39:03

Some of the largest districts in the U.S. have started down the road of electric school buses, with bus manufacturers and suppliers providing support …

Some Good News: Feds Support School Buses & Wyoming District Shares COVID-19 Tips

February 24th, 2021

37:54

While a polar vortex and rising gas prices complicate operations, the good news is that school buses are getting federal attention. Stimulus funding …

Advocate & Collaborate: Solving Transportation Problems in the Age of COVID-19

February 17th, 2021

32:36

Tony & Ryan discuss the Biden administration’s school reopening plans, masks and vaccines for students, and the latest federal stimulus funding …

New School Bus Rules: Nuances of Mask Mandates & Bus Electrification Plans

February 10th, 2021

31:49

The school bus industry is discussing the Biden administration’s mask requirement on school buses as well as its electrification plans, which prove …

Many Questions: COVID-19 Vaccines & New Year Budgets

February 2nd, 2021

31:18

COVID-19 vaccine distribution is progressing, but school districts must consider employee protections while encouraging compliance. Transportation …

STN EXPO Virtual LIVE Podcast #3: COVID-19 Adaptation & Lessons Learned

January 28th, 2021

28:47

At the STN EXPO Virtual conference & trade show, student transporters discussed how the industry has been creatively adjusting to COVID-19 …

STN EXPO Virtual LIVE Podcast #2: Bus Operation Leadership & Creativity

January 27th, 2021

25:11

New CDC guidelines call for reopening schools, underscoring STN coverage on the low transmission of COVID-19 in the education sector.

Tony, Ryan and …

STN EXPO Virtual LIVE Podcast #1: Industry Partnership Is Critical

January 26th, 2021

23:50

Day 1 of the conference saw conversations on leading with purpose, incorporating transportation in district budget discussions, testing new bus …

2021 Vision: New Year, New Administration, New Budgets

January 20th, 2021

35:50

The Biden administration has ambitious plans for stimulus checks and ZEVs, both of which spell good news for the school bus industry.

Zonar COO …

Pivoting in The Big Unknown: Dealing With Curveballs Thrown by COVID-19

January 13th, 2021

54:01

Some updates on the incoming Biden administration, how the new round of federal stimulus funds will be distributed, and how the school bus industry …

Facing the New Year: Personally Fulfilled & Operationally Prepared

January 6th, 2021

35:09

2021’s first episode opens with a review of the COVID-19 vaccine, school reopening plans, and the latest federal stimulus.

Ryan Avery, THE Keynote …

Making the Best: Transportation Department Brings Community Holiday Cheer

December 16th, 2020

32:06

The last episode of 2020 sees Tony & Ryan reviewing new findings about COVID-19’s airborne spread and vaccine developments, as well as another …

Lemonade From Lemons: Pandemic Doesn’t Stop School Bus Industry Innovation

December 9th, 2020

27:08

The National School Transportation Association is calling for school bus drivers to be among the first essential works to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. …

School Bus Contractor Difficulties + Opportunities for Special Needs Students

December 2nd, 2020

37:25

Many districts are re-closing schools as COVID-19 numbers rise. Corey Muirhead, president of the New York School Bus Contractors Association, …

Insightful Leadership: Meet the 2020 STN Transportation Director of the Year

November 18th, 2020

39:51

The TSD Virtual conference that just wrapped up provided industry professionals with the chance to get advice and crowdsource solutions for providing …

TSD Virtual Live Podcast #3: It Takes A Village For Empathetic Transportation

November 12th, 2020

41:40

TSD Virtual attendees connected over the transportation of students with disabilities and special needs, which requires extra care and empathy to …

TSD Virtual Live Podcast #2: Taking Ideas Back to the Transportation Team

November 11th, 2020

30:11

The TSD Virtual conference provides attendees with ideas and solutions on transporting students with disabilities and special needs during COVID-19 …

TSD Virtual Live Podcast #1: Empathy & Real-World Preparation

November 10th, 2020

31:15

Day 1 of the TSD Virtual event began with a keynote from autism and animal husbandry expert Temple Grandin, who spoke on practical ways to help students with special needs on the bus ride, as well as prepare them for …

Not Going Back: COVID-19 Spurs School Bus Industry to Innovate

November 3rd, 2020

41:58

Transfinder’s President & CEO Antonio Civitella joins Tony & Ryan to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about changes that may be permanent in the student transportation industry.

From office …

A Crazy Year for School Busing: COVID-19 Re-closes Schools & Wildfires Rage

October 28th, 2020

38:45

Some metropolitan districts are re-closing schools, underscoring that COVID-19 infection rates are considered differently in cities across the U.S. …

Forced Innovation: Unique Solutions for School Bus Operations Amid COVID-19

October 21st, 2020

42:20

School reopenings amid fluctuating COVID-19 infection numbers require transportation directors to use unique solutions and procedures that work for …

As Seasons Turn: Coronavirus, Special Needs Students & Cold Weather

October 14th, 2020

28:05

Get the latest on federal stimulus packages, COVID-19 infection projections, and new guidelines regarding airborne transmission of the virus from the …

All Learning Together: Transporting Students in the Age of COVID-19

October 6th, 2020

34:15

The school bus industry is coming together to share expert advice and crowdsource solutions on reopening schools for in-person classes and getting …

Bus Tech Takes Off: Using Technology for Safety & Efficiency During COVID-19

September 30th, 2020

32:51

At STN’s virtual Bus Technology Summit, student transporters made connections with technology suppliers and crowdsourced solutions for running bus …

Happy Hour #4: Recognizing Innovative School Bus Technology

September 25th, 2020

30:18

Technology is continually becoming an indispensable part of the yellow bus. Attendees at the virtual Bus Technology Summit learned about the new …

Happy Hour #3: COVID-19 Inspires Technological Innovations

September 24th, 2020

30:54

Day 3 of the Bus Tech Summit brought more exciting conversations about the future of technology and its applications in the school bus industry. Some …

Happy Hour #2: Tech Disruption & Team Communication

September 23rd, 2020

28:50

A big takeaway from Day 2 of the Bus Technology Summit was the importance of communication, especially among transportation staff during COVID-19. …

Happy Hour #1: Bus Tech Summit Kicks Off

September 22nd, 2020

33:31

Day 1 of the inaugural virtual Bus Technology Summit was a success! Hundreds of student transporters attended online sessions, participated in …

How’s It Going? Two Transportation Director Updates on Busing Amid COVID-19

September 15th, 2020

37:59

In-person classes have begun at some districts. Chad Schmale, the director of transportation for Santa Fe Trail USD 434 in Kansas, and Katrina Morris, the transportation director for West Shore Educational Service …

Informed, Educated & Prepared: Iowa District Ready to Run School Buses

September 9th, 2020

27:45

The STN team discusses the ever-changing landscape that the coronavirus presents to student transporters, including the delivery of masks by the federal government, a potential COVID-19 vaccine, and bus driver layoffs …

Buses Supporting Education: Transportation Director Outlines School Year Plan

September 2nd, 2020

36:41

Student transporters are doing their best to keep up service and provide educational access amid barriers such as COVID-19, inclement weather like the recent Hurricane Laura, and even a lack of internet access for some …

Weathering the Storms: School Bus Operations Commence Amid COVID-19

August 26th, 2020

32:40

As the COVID-19 pandemic stretches on, student transportation staff struggle with uncertainty on how to safely perform their roles and express …

School Bus Industry Adapts: Transportation Director Talks COVID-19 Challenges, Opportunities

August 19th, 2020

49:59

COVID-19 necessitates continual adjustments as students returning to school contract the virus and decreasing state budgets leave less funding for …

Transportation During COVID-19: Getting South Carolina School Buses Ready to Roll

August 12th, 2020

33:38

Conditions for reopening schools, leveraging technology for student safety and education, hand sanitizer on the bus––get the latest on these topics …

COVID-19 & School Bus Driver Retention: Getting Back to School & Work Requires Care

August 5th, 2020

25:02

As the discussion on whether schools should reopen to in-person instruction continues, learn about what the Republican proposal for COVID-19 federal …

Local Solutions to a National Problem: Student Transporters Focus on Health & Safety

July 29th, 2020

45:02

As federal, state and local guidance varies on reopening schools amid the coronavirus, two school districts—one in central Florida and one in …

Transporting With Care: Guidance on School Re-opening & Student Mental Health

July 22nd, 2020

32:45

As some medical experts urge a return to in-person classes this fall, the STARTS Task Force released guidance to drive student transportation …

Ready to Transport: Indiana Transportation Director Shares Approved Back-to-School Plan

July 14th, 2020

30:45

Efforts at the federal and state government levels are encouraging a return to school, but what does that mean for student transporters?

Katrina …

Are You Ready? Fall School Transportation Plans Being Finalized

July 8th, 2020

28:45

School administration and transportation departments are cooperating to finalize guidelines and processes for when schools reopen and yellow buses …

Leading in Uncertainty: Transportation Director Shares Post-Coronavirus Plan & Encouragement

June 30th, 2020

35:43

With operational costs rising due to COVID-19 precautions and with budget dollars dropping, school district transportation departments are facing …

Adapting to COVID-19: Students Wearing Masks & Physically Distancing on the Bus?

June 24th, 2020

42:15

Transportation directors must balance many concerns—including state guidelines, health expert advice, district administration decisions, and parental …

Tool of Equity: Educational Access for all Students Amid COVID-19

June 17th, 2020

28:46

As states release plans on school reopening after coronavirus closures, student transporters must ensure they can stay funded and compliant with …

Prep & Budget Smart: A Contractor Perspective on Post-Coronavirus School Startup

June 10th, 2020

37:07

The June 15 school budget deadline is approaching. States are releasing guidance on what needs to happen to safely reopen schools after coronavirus. …

Moving Forward: Transportation Directors Share 2020-2021 School Bus Plans

June 2nd, 2020

32:58

School districts are getting creative with new bus technology and bell-time schedules for the upcoming school year. Hear from a rural Wisconsin …

Inspiring Your Team: Building a Positive Team Culture Amid COVID-19

May 28th, 2020

31:44

COVID-19 has brought significant anxiety to student transporters and the families they serve. This has not reduced since the CDC released guidelines …

Back on the Road: Managing Student Transportation After COVID-19

May 19th, 2020

45:21

Kids and their parents are eager for schools to reopen. However, school busing is going to look different due to COVID-19. Transportation staff is …

When the COVID-19 Dust Settles: Maintaining Trust with Communities & Employees

May 12th, 2020

31:30

Data from School Transportation News readers shines a spotlight on the challenges student transporters face as they prepare for the 2020-2021 school …

A Place at the Table: Include Transportation in Post-COVID-19 School Reopening

May 5th, 2020

31:59

Waiting clustered around a bus stop. Boarding with a high five to the driver. Chatting with friends across an 18-inch aisle. That was the normal, …

Here’s the Plan: A New Normal for Schools and Busing, Post-Coronavirus

April 24th, 2020

41:08

Student transporters are now considering what daily operations will look like when schools reopen from mandated COVID-19 closures.

How will social …

Business as Unusual: COVID-19’s Permanent Impact on Student Transportation

April 17th, 2020

35:09

As districts begin to settle in to the new normal of providing service to students in support of their education, they must also adjust their …

Make Noise: Supporting School Transportation as it Supports Students During COVID-19

April 10th, 2020

35:54

The challenges facing the school transportation industry continue the longer schools are closed. The school bus driver pay crisis deepens, but the …

COVID-19: Delivering Hope & Handling Challenges of School Transportation Staff Pay and Wellness

April 3rd, 2020

35:17

School buses performing meal deliveries ease concerns for families as schools are closed due to COVID-19. At the same time, reduced student …

New Missions: Student Transportation Industry Responds to COVID-19 Crisis

March 23rd, 2020

32:58

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unique challenges to the school bus industry and student transporters across the nation. School Transportation News

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