Gallery: Trade Show, Sessions on Day 5 of STN EXPO Reno
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by Claudia Newton
5h ago
On its last full day, the largest STN EXPO to date concluded with a Trade Show and sessions on Wi-Fi, school bus data, management, AI, and more. 1 of 45 ..read more
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Iowa Bus Driver Fighting for Improved Wages, Benefits
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by Merari Acevedo-Vigo
2d ago
Dubuque Community School bus drivers in Iowa are heading into mediation between local Union 120 and district administrators, as they have yet to reach an agreement on a new three-year contract, reported KWWL News. According to the article, the union has twice rejected the district’s offer for the upcoming school year’s three-year contract, leading to the mediation hearing scheduled for July 18. Between 15 and 20 bus drivers picketed on busy streets on July 11 to raise awareness of a what they say is a fair contract with higher wages, improved benefits and better overall school administrator su ..read more
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Paying It Forward
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by Ryan Gray
2d ago
Two hundred and fifty-four readers, nearly 72 percent of which have the title of transportation director, said in this month’s magazine survey that they oversee employee hiring and wages. But about 40 percent of these same readers lead a union shop. The ratified contracts in these school districts can set the starting pay, escalators, benefits, guaranteed hours, and more. While these transportation directors may retain “oversight” of their staff, pay can be largely out of their control. The survey also finds that nearly 57 percent of 205 readers think pay or lack thereof is the main reason for ..read more
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STN EXPO Reno Keynote Speaker Uncovers How to Flip the Script and Stay Inspired
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by Ruth Ashmore
3d ago
RENO – Keynote speaker and author Christine Cashen addressed STN EXPO Reno attendees on being a positive force for change. Those who attended the Transportation Director Summit on Saturday had heard from Cashen as she discussed conflict resolution and how to connect as a leader with all your employees, regardless of personality differences. On Monday, Cashen took the stage to inspire attendees to be proactive in creating personal and professional success. Cashen’s first tip was regarding the dependency many people have on cell phones. She continued that people need to “wean from the screen,” a ..read more
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2024 Green Bus Fleet Awards Announced at STN EXPO
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by Taylor Ekbatani
3d ago
RENO, Nev. — The Green Fleet Award winners were announced on July 14 during the Green Bus Summit Reception at STN EXPO Reno. Four districts and two contractors were recognized for their commitment to investing in clean energy and clean fuel school buses. School Transportation News presented the awards in affiliation with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, which assisted in judging the nominations. The winner of the Large Public Fleet Category (over 250 school buses) went to Boston Public Schools in Boston, Massachusetts. The district has a total of 700 school buses in its fleet, 470 of ..read more
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Mulder Presented with Annual Gandolfo Award at STN EXPO
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by Taylor Ekbatani
3d ago
RENO, Nev. — Kenny Mulder, director of transportation for the Special School District of St. Louis in Missouri, was named the 17th recipient of the annual Peter J. Grandolfo Memorial Award of Excellence at STN EXPO Reno. The award, sponsored by Q’Straint/SureLok, was presented to Mulder on July 15, during the opening welcome announcement by Linda Grandolfo, Peter’s widow. Linda keeps Peter’s legacy alive by telling his story every year, and this year was no exception. “Even though 19 years have passed, the value of his memory and his dedication to this industry remains,” Linda said, adding tha ..read more
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Green Bus Summit Spotlights Clean School Bus Progress
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by Claudia Newton
3d ago
RENO, Nev. – The Green Bus Summit at STN EXPO Reno included a range of sessions on fleet electrification, propane usage, and technology integration, as well as an interactive Ride & Drive event to get student transporters up close and personal with the latest in clean school buses and related technology. The Green Bus Summit opened on Sunday with a panel led by STN Publisher and President Tony Corpin on the scalability of electric school buses (ESBs). It also included Craig Beaver, administrator for transportation at Beaverton School District in Oregon; Cian Fields, manager for school flee ..read more
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Top Transportation Teams Share Advice at STN EXPO Reno
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by Claudia Newton
3d ago
RENO, Nev. – Six winners of the second annual Top Transportation Team Award from Transfinder shared their advice in a Monday lunchtime session at STN EXPO Reno. The Top Transportation Teams Award Program honors the best school district transportation departments and bus contractors in North America as determined by anonymous surveys taken by team members. “We wanted to see how your employees see your organization,” explained Transfinder’s President and CEO Antonio Civitella. The winners of the first category were all districts with 100 or more team members. The winners consisted of Franklin To ..read more
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Gallery: Day 4 of STN EXPO Reno Sessions, ‘Casino Royale’ Trade Show Extravaganza
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by Claudia Newton
3d ago
The day began with the awarding of the 17th annual Gandolfo Award, after which Christine Cashen opened the day’s training by involving attendees in exercises on staying inspired while ”so darn tired.” More sessions were held on the topics of budgeting, leadership changes, incident command, manufacturing and safety trends, routing, RFPs, and more. Transfinder also hosted a panel with the winners of its Top Transportation Teams Award. The day closed out with glitz and glamour as the Trade Show “Casino Royale” Extravaganza Reception welcomed attendees and vendors to connect over the latest and gr ..read more
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The Importance of Enabling Incident Managers to Identify Key Concerns During an Incident
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by Merari Acevedo-Vigo
3d ago
RENO, Nev. – By sharing a fundamental form of management during an emergency, security expert Bret Brooks discussed the importance of creating an incident command mindset to properly respond. “Common sense is not so common during emergencies,” said Brooks, the chief operating officer and senior consultant of Gray Ram Tactical, to start off his Monday morning session. Attendees learned about the importance of taking charge during an incident in a school bus, minimizing the loss of life or damage, the need for proper training to act appropriately during emergencies, and how to create an incident ..read more
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