The Coppell ISD voted Tuesday to terminate their $4.4 million contract with Dallas County Schools. The district said an unexpected influx of nearly 1,500 students to its bus routes and a chronic bus driver shortage was the reason behind ending its nearly 30 year relationship with DCS."We do have a significant growing student population and we are in a very tight competitive labor makret in the DFW metroplex," said Sid Grant, CISD assistant superintendent for Business and Support Services. view article arw

A Waller ISD school bus was involved in an accident Monday afternoon. The accident happened near Business 290 and Pine Island Road in Prairie View. According to the district, two students were taken by ambulance to the hospital with minor injuries.   view article arw

Two people are dead following a late night crash involving a Mt. Pleasant ISD school bus. The accident happened around 10:45 p.m. on Highway 271, about 10 miles north of Mt. Pleasant. Mt. Pleasant ISD Superintendent Judd Marshall tells CBS19 the bus was carrying the boys track team. He says the 18-wheeler swerved and hit the bus. view article arw

Hail damaged 30 of the Little Elm Independent School District's 48 school buses Sunday night, putting most of the buses out of commission and causing a two-and-a-half hour delay in pick-up on all routes Monday morning. School will start on time, said Little Elm ISD spokeswoman Pat Robbins, but those who usually take the bus are encouraged to find other ways to get to school. view article arw

The Weatherford Independent School District Board of Trustees voted to terminate its agreement with Dallas County Schools this summer. District spokeswoman Charlotte LaGrone said the board decided at Monday's meeting to terminate the $1.3 million contract that went into effect in August 2016. The contract was scheduled to expire in 2019. It will now end in June. LaGrone added that the decision to terminate the agreement was in line with the district’s plan to bring transportation services in-house. view article arw

Two people were killed when a bus carrying a Texas high school boys track team back from a meet got into an accident with an 18-wheeler and a car Thursday night, officials say. Mount Pleasant, Texas schools Superintendent Judd Marshall says two buses from Mount Pleasant High -- one carrying the boys team and the other the girls team – were returning from a competition in Paris, Texas when the collision occurred, in Talco, east of Dallas.  According to Marshall, the18-wheeler veered into oncoming traffic toward the boys team’s bus, which was being driven by a coach. He steered the bus toward a ditch to avoid head-on collision. But, says Marshall, the rig slammed into the side of the bus, making the bus roll over. view article arw

 In most of the Rio Grande Valley, a large percentage of school bus drivers only speak Spanish or limited English. While most students know at least some Spanish, the McAllen Independent School District wants drivers to learn some English. That's the reason for these English as a Second Language classes. Starting this week, ESL classes are being offered for two hours. In the morning and in the evening. Mondays and Wednesday. view article arw

Last December, 63 year old Charles Reed was arrested on a DWI charge. Reed was given a blood test and the results came back negative. Reed believes angry parents went after him. "One particular person called in and said I smelled like alcohol," said Charles Reed, Kountze ISD bus driver. view article arw

Nearly 1,000 parents in the Austin Independent School District whose children ride the school bus received a letter this week informing them they will be part of a new pilot program. view article arw

A Teague ISD school bus carrying more than 30 children flipped over Thursday afternoon, injuring several students. According to the Texas Department of Public safety, the school bus was traveling southbound on Interstate 45 near Centerville around 3 p.m. The bus driver attempted to exit the interstate at Texas 7, but miscalculated as she exited and drove off the raised ramp onto the ground below, causing the bus to flip, authorities said.  About 35 children were on the bus. Several were taken to area hospitals and one was flown to CHI St. Joseph's in Bryan. Authorities said none of the injuries were life-threatening. (See video) view article arw

More than 30 students were on board a Teague ISD school bus when it rolled over on the I-45 feeder road near Centerville in Leon County. The bus overturned at about 2:53 p.m. Thursday as it exited southbound Interstate 45 onto the State Highway 7 ramp. Leon County Sheriff Kevin Ellis said no other vehicles are involved in the accident. view article arw

Crystal Dubose's three sons attend school in Newton ISD, ranging from elementary school to high school. Today, she met with the Newton ISD superintendent Michelle Barrow and filed a formal complaint against a bus driver for what she calls bullying students. view article arw

It was then that Austin, Chloe and a third classmate, Aliya, swooped into action. “Chloe and I both have asthma ourselves, so we knew what she was going through and that we needed to help,” Austin said. The students retrieved Bailee’s inhaler from her bag, but it didn’t seem to help her symptoms. They alerted the bus driver, Ms. Nadine Turner, who contacted school officials and EMS. view article arw

Denton Police say the bus was traveling west on the neighborhood street when it struck a parked car that was forced into a parked SUV. Viewer pictures from the scene show the SUV tipped onto its side by the crash. view article arw

Two teenagers were released from the hospital Tuesday afternoon after a Denton ISD school bus crashed into a parked car on Hilcroft Avenue in a south Denton neighborhood, school district officials said.A 16-year-old and 18-year-old were taken to Medical City Denton with minor injuries and released hours later, according to Denton ISD spokesman Mario Zavala.At about 8:30 a.m., police said the 41-year-old bus driver had just picked up students from a nearby stop when the bus crashed into an unoccupied Ford Fiesta. The Fiesta then collided with a white Ford Explorer. view article arw

NBC 5 Investigates has obtained details of a new plan to shut down Dallas County Schools, the troubled government school bus agency that is in serious financial trouble. State Senator Don Huffines, R-Dallas, plans to introduce legislation Tuesday that would do away with DCS. The bill would replace the DCS board with what's called a "dissolution committee." The committee would pay off the busing agency's debts and then close the doors at DCS by September 2018. view article arw

An EMS commander said there was no trauma or injuries related to the death of a fifth-grade student on a school bus Thursday afternoon. view article arw

A Texas state lawmaker says it's time to hold Dallas County Schools accountable. State Rep. Cindy Burkett, R-Sunnyvale, filed a bill Thursday that would put the fate of DCS, the financially troubled school bus agency, back in the hands of local taxpayers.The bill is the first of two proposals expected in the legislature that could ultimately shut down the agency, which serves as the bus contractor for the Aledo, Carrollton/Farmers Branch, Cedar Hill, Coppell, DeSoto, Dallas, Highland Park, Irving, Lancaster, Richardson, Weatherford and White Settlement independent school districts. view article arw

Up to 5,000 more Spring ISD students will be eligible for bus services next academic year thanks to recent efforts by the district to attract more bus drivers in light of regional shortages for many metropolitan Houston school districts. Last Thursday, in its latest effort, the district hosted a job fair to glean interest from candidates to fill the positions to accommodate new routes. view article arw

When it comes to the quandary of the school bus seat belt question — a hot topic of national debate for decades — the road has been long and winding for the Wichita Falls ISD. view article arw

Dallas County Schools is not a traditional school district. It doesn’t operate schools, despite having an elected school board.  DCS is the largest provider for bus transportation for area school districts. With close to 3,000 employees, including bus drivers and crossing guards, DCS operates on a $180 million annual budget.  Earlier this week, trustees learned the budget is so financially fragile, the operation may not be able to pay $14 million in required payments in May. DCS currently projects at $40 million deficit for this fiscal year.  “If we do nothing, there will be problems, but we aren’t going to sit here and do nothing,” board president Larry Duncan said Wednesday.   Duncan points to bad revenue projections, including the sell off of a bus camera system, as reasons for the deficit. view article arw

At Monday’s meeting of the Stephenville ISD board of trustees, David Woods, the district’s director of transportation, was awarded a medal for displaying SISD’s core value of initiative. The reason behind the award is a later bus route program that Woods plans to kick off on March 1 to allow more students to stay for the STAAR testing tutorials that take place after school gets out. view article arw

After NBC 5 Investigates reported bus drivers with Dallas County Schools were racing through red lights and others were making kids late for class, administrators with the Dallas Independent School District are taking new steps to keep the beleaguered bus contractor on a short leash.  The Dallas ISD administration wants to give DCS just a one-year deal that would include only some bus routes while putting more than 150 other routes up for bidding open to other companies. District leaders hope the plan sends a message to the bus company that they expect better service. view article arw

 It looks like the school district will receive a state-of-the-art ambulance simulator and two new greenhouses. Without hesitation, the school board approved the purchases of all three projects for the Career and Technology Program. The two greenhouse projects, which have already been budgeted for will cost the district approximately $62,000. view article arw

School trustee arrested in bribery inquiry Prosecutors say a San Antonio school board member has been indicted in a public corruption investigation involving alleged bribes from insurers seeking district contracts. FBI agents on Thursday arrested Olga Hernandez in San Antonio. The 66-year-old San Antonio Independent School District trustee faces one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and honest services wire fraud. view article arw

Weslaco ISD students will have the opportunity on Thursday to speak to a NASA astronaut aboard the International Space Station. Arminda “Mindy” Muñoz, public information officer for the district, said on Monday that students will be making the “earth-to-space” call at around 11 a.m. for a 20-minute conversation scheduled to air live on NASA Television and on the agency’s website. According to a school district press release, Expedition 50 Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson will answer students’ questions from the Weslaco ISD Performing Arts Center at Central Middle School. view article arw

In the effort to improve bus and student safety, McAllen ISD is adding new video cameras to its school buses. The district is upgrading the camera systems on their buses. Nearly 1/3 of all their buses have been equipped with a new camera system that can record from more angles than the older model and transmit wirelessly. Jacob Martinez – McAllen ISD Transportation Director says, "We have this new camera system that is wirelessly connected and to our office and it enables us to pull video from the buses without having to remove any of the components and it enables us to access this information a lot quicker when we're requested for video documentation. view article arw

When Spring ISD voters approved a $330 million bond referendum in November 2016, they sanctioned the purchase of 60 new buses, and now the district must hire 60 more drivers to operate the vehicles before the start of the next school year.  “We need to start recruiting and hiring now so that we can address training needs,” SISD Transportation Director Keith Kaup said.  Kaup said it will be challenging to fill 60 positions, but by starting the hiring process early the district will be ready for the 2017-18 school year. view article arw

COPPERAS COVE, TX (KXXV) - Copperas Cove ISD said that a maintenance employee prevented a house fire last Thursday.  The employee, Raymond Riddle, extinguished a growing fire around noon before it reached a house.  The district said Riddle was on a noon bus route with students on the way to Mae Stevens Learning Academy when he saw a fire spreading due to winds in a yard at 2103/2105 Scott Dr. view article arw

After NBC 5 Investigates reported bus drivers with Dallas County Schools were racing through red lights and others were making kids late for class, administrators with the Dallas Independent School District are taking new steps to keep the beleaguered bus contractor on a short leash. view article arw

One Whitehouse ISD student was taken to the hospital Monday morning after the school bus they were riding in hit an unoccupied vehicle. At approximately 7:30 am, Whitehouse ISD bus No. 22 clipped an unoccupied, stationary vehicle in Forest Hollow Estates while the driver attempted to turn the bus around, according to a statement from Whitehouse ISD. view article arw

The Louisiana State Police is investigating a crash that sent 38 children to the hospital.  view article arw

An Austin ISD school bus driver taking 60 elementary school students home was pulled over by police officers Friday afternoon following reports of erratic driving. view article arw

A Copperas Cove Independent School District employee will be honored tonight for extinguishing a yard fire, stopping it before it spread to the home.  CCISD maintenance employee Raymond Riddle was on a noon bus route with students Thursday, going to Mae Stevens Early Learning Academy, when he saw a fire spreading due to winds in a yard in the 2100 block of Scott Drive, according to Wendy Sledd, public information officer for the school district. view article arw

SPRING, TX -- The Spring Independent School District Board of Trustees approved increasing the hourly wage for licensed bus drivers to $16.50 starting in February along with additional benefits in an effort to recruit bus drivers for the 2017-18 school year. In November, voters approved a bond referendum that will allow the district to purchase 60 new buses needed to provide transportation services to 5,000 more students who live within a one-mile radius. “We made a commitment to our community that we would move quickly to implement the transportation piece of the bond referendum in time for the next school year," said Mark Miranda, Spring ISD chief operations officer. view article arw