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Texas Education Code § 34.007 allows (but does not require) a district to operate “an economical public school transportation system.” That same section requires that all bus drivers must be certified in accordance with Texas Department of Public Safety rules. Employees who drive regular bus routes must be certified by the DPS or be currently enrolled in an approved school bus safety education course. Tex. Transp. Code § 521.022(e). Because some employees who are not regular bus route drivers, especially extra-curricular coaches, must sometimes transport students, it is important to know if they must also hold school bus driver certification. The answer to the question is found by a combination of the Texas Transportation Code and the Texas Administrative Code.

According to Tyler ISD Marty Crawford, bus 48 serving Moore Middle School and John Tyler will run late Thursday morning due to an illness in driver pool. view article arw

Athens police have released a report on the Jan. 25 fatal crash involving a school bus and a train that killed one middle school student and left the bus driver and another student injured. The Athens Daily Review obtained the Texas peace officer's crash report, which said the bus was southbound in the 700 block of North Wofford Street as it approached the Union Pacific railroad crossing. "The bus stopped in accordance with state law before pulling forward on the train tracks," according to the report. "The Union Pacific train was traveling southwest on the tracks." view article arw

In an effort to enhance the safety of motorists traveling US 69 North through the Central ISD school zones, TxDOT and TxDPS are combining efforts to raise awareness of reduced speed limits and are studying possible changes through the area. Multiple crashes have occurred recently in or near the school zones. Because of these incidents, TxDOT has begun studying the school zones and what areas could be improved, corrected or changed. TxDPS has placed troopers through the area daily to enforce reduced speed limits and help keep motorists alert. view article arw

It can be a tough job, with lots of little lives on the line. Olivia Mora did it well, driving a Lubbock ISD bus for 35 years. She passed away last week, but on Monday her family, friends and co-workers at Durham School Services gave her one last ride.  "There wasn't one student's name on her bus she didn't know," Durham employee Sherri Carlson said. "She was so wanting those kids to succeed that anytime there was an issue, she took it full heart just like if they were her own kids." view article arw

A Daingerfield-Lone Star ISD maintenance worker is now spending part of his workdays directing the transportation department in the wake of an investigation that led to former transportation director Ken Parr’s resignation. Meanwhile, Superintendent Sandra Quarles continues to defend the district’s reaction to learning that Parr allegedly failed to have district school buses and other vehicles legally inspected or that he falsified inspection reports over the past two years. view article arw

KSAT 12 is showcasing people in San Antonio who are doing great things in the black community in honor of Black History Month. A San Antonio Independent School District bus driver is creating black history in San Antonio by making it her personal mission to get the students who ride her bus excited about reading. view article arw

Getting your child onto the school bus should be easy, but some parents say it can be the most stressful part of their day. Shane Mckay is one of those parents. "I'm worried for her. I don't want her being out there by herself for that long," he said. McKay's 13-year-old daughter usually takes the bus to school. Because of nasty weather, bad traffic or other fluid obstacles, the bus can be late. She once waited 45 minutes for her ride. view article arw

Austin ISD has released in-bus video from a school bus with no students on board that collided with another vehicle Tuesday evening on a highway in southwest Austin. It happened at around 5:30 p.m.in the east bound lanes of Hwy 290 near the MoPac intersection. view article arw

A Daingerfield-Lone Star ISD employee has resigned amid allegations that annual safety inspections of the district’s school buses were falsified, possibly in instances dating back to 2017. view article arw

A Benefit for Athens ISD Bus Driver

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"I was alone, I never knew what good love could do," lyrics that could be heard throughout the parking lot of Grooms and Sons, in Athens. Messages of love seen throughout Athens. "We want to let Mr. Stevens know that we're here for him and that we're all here supporting him," says Alexis Irvin, a 6th grader. Alexis goes to school in Mabank, just 20 minutes outside of Athens, and even though she doesn't know John Stevens personally, she and her family have heard enough about their neighbor. view article arw

Crosby ISD parents have had more numbers to keep track of lately. Several announcements about bus changes have been posted on the Crosby ISD Facebook page in the past week. view article arw

A locomotive with troopers aboard traveled the tracks between Texas Highway 8 in Maud and Kings Highway in Texarkana as other officers waited at crossings in between. As the engine approached each crossing, signal lights and barrier arms were activated. Drivers who chose to maneuver around the barriers and cross the tracks were promptly pulled over and faced a fine of up to $200. view article arw

A Somerville school bus driver accused of leaving a child on their bus is facing a felony. The Burleson County Sheriff's Office confirmed Wednesday morning 53-year-old Timothy Galbreath was arrested for abandoning or endangering a child. He bonded out of the Burleson County Jail last week. view article arw

On Friday, January 25, Athen's Police were notified that an Athen's I-S-D School Bus was struck by a train. When first responders arrived on the scene, the school bus was wrapped around the front of the train. view article arw

The city of Athens is mourning the loss of one of their own after an Athens ISD school bus traveled into the path of a Union Pacific train killing a 13-year-old boy and critically injuring another child on Friday afternoon. The sound of a train moving through the community now serves as a reminder of that tragedy. One mother describes hearing the first train allowed to travel on the tracks once they were reopened. view article arw

A driver was shot before crashing into a Spring ISD school bus Tuesday morning in north Harris County, officials say. This happened on FM 1960 near Rolling Creek just before 7:30 a.m. Deputies are in the 1600 block of FM 1960, where a @SpringISD bus has crashed with another vehicle. The driver of that vehicle has a gunshot wound. No reports of injuries to students. view article arw

Officials with Somerville ISD are investigating after a child was left on a school bus sometime this week. Somerville ISD Superintendent Karla Sparks confirmed via email Saturday that an elementary student was left on the school bus after a morning drop-off. view article arw

A group of East Texas bus drivers receive free virtual training on some real life scenarios. The goal is to make them the safest drivers possible. School districts and parents want drivers who can get kids to and from school safely, and the "School Bus 101" program equips drivers with the skills and knowledge to do that everyday. Thirty school bus drivers from the Atlanta School District are being updated January 15th - 17th on the latest state laws and safety training. view article arw

A student was injured and transported to Lufkin hospital for possible treatment following a crash Wednesday morning involving a Hudson ISD school bus, according to a report from Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. David Hendry. While the Hudson school bus stopped to allow a student to board about 7 a.m., it was struck from behind by a 1995 Ford pickup, the release states.The truck’s driver, David Snyder, 57, of Lufkin, and the school bus driver, Richard Reeves, 60, of Pollok, were reportedly uninjured in the crash, according to the release. view article arw

No one was injured when several vehicles crashed with a Klein ISD school bus Monday afternoon in northwest Harris County. view article arw

A recent school bus wreck has driven some East Texas parents into a frenzy on social media. “It was placed on Facebook and it had been talked about because people had driven through there, and I was like, ‘oh my goodness, this pothole is so big it almost looks like a sinkhole, like the beginning of a sinkhole,’” concerned citizen Kimberly Hutchinson says. view article arw

With the new year, comes new opportunities. Killeen ISD is looking to hire new school bus drivers. A growing shortage of bus drivers is impacting districts nationwide, including right here in Central Texas. view article arw

Cy-Fair ISD transports more students daily than any other school district in the state. Director of Transportation Kayne Smith said the $44 million operation uses a neighborhood school concept to minimize travel. view article arw

Dallas school district officials promised a better busing system if voters shut down a beleaguered agency mired with corruption. But as Dallas ISD wraps up its first semester in the transportation business, growing pains continue. view article arw

Dallas school district officials promised a better busing system if voters shut down a beleaguered agency mired with corruption. But as Dallas ISD wraps up its first semester in the transportation business, growing pains continue.  The new department remains without a director. Better software is needed. And parents continue to be frustrated over missed buses, long commutes and poor communication.  District leaders acknowledge that the launch has been bumpy but said most major issues — such as late buses — are subsiding.  "It was a challenge in six months to start a $50 million operation and hire 1,000 people to perform that," said Scott Layne, deputy superintendent of operations. "I'm not making excuses. We should have done a better job. I realize that. But I do feel like we've turned a corner. We're definitely making progress." view article arw

The parents of a Trinity ISD student who was killed on a bus that had allegedly not been modified to meet safety standards have reached a settlement with the district. Though the terms of the settlement are confidential, the parents told us recently that the main reason they decided to go to court was to save other parents' children in the future. view article arw

Thanks to state grants, students at Leander Independent School District (ISD) – located in a suburb of Austin, Texas – will be riding to school in new Blue Bird Vision Propane buses this month. The 24 new buses are equipped with Ford’s 6.8L V10 engine and ROUSH CleanTech’s propane autogas fuel system, certified by both the California Air Resources Board and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). According to ROUSH CleanTech, these buses produce low nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions at 0.05g NOx, which is 75% cleaner than the EPA emissions standard. “The impact of our school bus fleet on the environment is a big concern because many of our community members live in an environmentally sensitive area,” says Ann Hatton, director of transportation for Leander ISD. view article arw

Two dozen brand new school buses in the Leander Independent School District are better for the environment and cheaper to run. And while it's not needed this time of year, parents should be happy to hear they came equipped with air conditioning. Many families put up a fight when classes started in the fall after learning their children were riding home from school in 100-plus degree temperatures with no a/c. A few weeks later the district vowed to have a/c on all buses by the summer of 2019 using bond money and a state grant. view article arw

Should Round Rock school district staff keep kindergartners from exiting a school bus unless a parent or guardian is there to meet them? One parent said that should be the case after an incident she and her son went through this school year. Karen Pawson-Smith, who lives in the western portion of the district in Northwest Austin, is calling for additional precautions for younger students taking a bus home after her 5-year-old son was dropped off and left alone at the wrong stop. The incident occurred Sept. 5, when Smith’s son took a school bus home for the first time. She said her son inadvertently exited the bus at a stop before his, thinking he was doing the correct thing when he saw a group of other students exit. When the bus left, Smith said her son stood at the intersection for 16 minutes until the bus came back. view article arw

All passengers inside of a Bridgeport ISD school bus suffered minor injuries and a car passenger suffered critical injuries Saturday night after the Bridgeport Sissies high school basketball team bus was involved in a crash in Parker County. view article arw

A Bridgeport High School bus carrying the girls basketball team home from a tournament crashed Saturday night, sending eight people to the hospital.  A coach was driving five players north on Highway 51 from Granbury to Bridgeport when a southbound car crossed the dividing line and hit the bus head-on around 9:45 p.m., Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Ricky Hunter said.  The bus rolled, sending the 30-year-old coach, four 14-year-old players and one 15-year old to a Fort Worth hospital with minor injures. view article arw

One child is dead and at least 40 others -- mostly children -- were injured after a youth football team bus traveling from Texas to Memphis, Tenn., crashed in Arkansas early Monday morning, police said. view article arw

It's a dangerous trend across the nation; drivers illegally passing school buses and it's happening here Southeast Texas. That’s what 12News found as kids in Beaumont were being dropped off from school. It’s putting your kids in danger. We wanted to see what an average day looked like for a Beaumont Independent School District bus driver. Our cameras were rolling as bus drivers picked up students from two schools. view article arw

50 students onboard a Tyler ISD school bus was involved in a crash. It happened around 2:30 pm on Wednesday afternoon near Loop 323 and Town Park Dr. view article arw