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Austin ISD doesn't go back to school until Monday, August 20, but Lake Travis, Bastrop, Lockhart, Wimberley and Liberty Hill are among the Central Texas school districts getting a jump on things and starting school Wednesday, August 15. And Lake Travis ISD might just be home to the safest school bus fleet in Texas. Lake Travis invested a lot of time and money updating their buses over the summer. The end result is all the buses in their fleet that didn't have seat belts... even the older buses... now do. view article arw

Lori Summers says her 13-year-old son Thomas loves his magnet school, Garden Oaks Montessori. "He's been going since first grade," said Summers. But getting him there each day just got tougher.   view article arw

Red Oak ISD officially became the first school district in Texas to be Energy Bus certified earlier this week. On Aug. 13, Red Oak ISD faculty celebrated during a special convocation at the conclusion of the Energy Bus seminar. Co-founder of Energy Bus Schools Leadership Journey, Niki Spears, hosted the training. As a former principal and teacher, Spears shared her vision of a positive school culture based on shared leadership. view article arw

The Northwest ISD is starting its school year with a new fleet of school buses. The buses all come with seat belts, which the district hopes will help keep students safer. The superintendent held a Facebook Live meeting on Thursday to answer questions from parents. view article arw

Thousands of students in Fort Bend County will be sweating it as the new school year begins. And they’re not worried about homework. “It got really, really, really hot, and everybody was complaining about how hot it was,” said Rachel, a high school student in the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District. view article arw

Aug. 14 is the first day back to school for students with Lake Travis Independent School District, and before the kids even step foot in their first class, they'll see changes on their way to school, starting with the moment they get on the bus. All buses, new and old, now have seat belts installed in them to provide for a more secure ride back to school. When the Texas legislature passed Senate Bill 693, it called on all Texas school districts to install seat belts on any school bus purchased after September 2017. view article arw

Many South Plains school districts will open their doors to students this week, including Lubbock ISD and Lubbock-Cooper ISD. The first day of school for Lubbock ISD and Lubbock-Cooper ISD will be Wednesday, Aug. 15. Frenship ISD will start Monday, Aug. 20. view article arw

When classes start this month, families in Pasadena ISD will see more results of previous bond packages with the opening of a rebuilt Mae Smythe Elementary School and the addition of 32 new buses equipped with seatbelts. “We live in such a great community and thank the citizens of Pasadena for supporting the Pasadena ISD bond packages which have provided our students new facilities, buses and fine arts equipment,” district board president Mariselle Quijano said in a statement that noted the opening of the new Mae Smythe school, which was rebuilt at its previous site at 2202 Pasadena Blvd. in Pasadena. “On behalf of the Board of Trustees, thank you to our community for your continued support.” view article arw

Kids and parents aren't the only ones who are busy getting ready for the first day of school. In Dallas, bus drivers are as well. With former school bus agency Dallas County Schools now defunct, it's the Dallas Independent School District's responsibility to provide bus service to more than 35,000 students in the city. view article arw

A North Texas school district will be getting a new fleet of school buses that will each have seat belts, NBCDFW said. Northwest Independent School District will receive 240 new buses that carry 77 students each. view article arw

With the 2018-19 school year approaching, Highland Park ISD can officially welcome a new busing service for students. The district will be using Durham School Services, of Lisle, Illinois, for transporting students with special needs to and from school next year. Durham buses will also be used for field trips and athletic events. Cameras will be required on each bus, officials said. The switch to Durham was prompted by voters’ decision last year to shut down Dallas County Schools, the previously-used busing service that faced allegations of financial mismanagement and late buses. view article arw

Thursday is a big day for Dallas ISD’s transportation services department, a day when the freshly minted division -- quickly assembled in 10 months after voters decided to dissolve long-time busing operator Dallas County Schools -- will go through its paces for the first time. view article arw

With just weeks until students go back to school, Northwest Independent School District is rolling out an entire fleet of brand new school buses and each will be equipped with seat belts. The 240 new buses will carry up to 77 students and transport the nearly 12,000 students who use the district's school buses. view article arw

Saddled with a massive school bus driver shortage, the Houston Independent School District has turned to Transfinder Corp., the nation’s leading school bus routing company, to implement the significant transportation changes that the district wants to roll out during the 2018-19 school year. view article arw

Many parents are trying to get their kids bused to the City of Abilene's after-school programs for the upcoming school year because not every school provides transportation to them. Abilene ISD parent Cynthia Alvidrez is bringing the issue to AISD's attention and she said that there are no buses that take Taylor Elementary School, Thomas Elementary School or Ortiz Elementary School students to the City of Abilene's after-school programs. "There are children who are in desperate need, whose families are in desperate need, of this after-school program, and they can't get there," Alvidrez said. view article arw

On some mornings when she arrived shortly after the morning bell at Energy Institute High School, a Houston ISD magnet campus just east of downtown, parent and PTO president Bendi Saindon spotted students arriving late and missing the beginning of class.  “There were many days with kids lined out the door as tardy, just because they got off a bus late,” Saindon said. For years, many of HISD’s magnet students have endured lengthy, winding bus rides that too often arrive late to their destination. It is a problem district leaders hope to address this year with a new bus route system, though it comes with a tradeoff that will further burden some HISD families. view article arw

Many of the buses in the Socorro Independent School District have cameras on the outside that work like the red-light cameras on traffic lights. The district said the cameras on the school buses give an extra level of security for the children. The buses have stop-arm cameras to make sure no driver is going around the school bus when they shouldn't be. view article arw

The school system in Dallas County, Texas regrets ever getting involved in photo enforcement. Last year, disgusted voters dissolved Dallas County Schools (DCS) after learning of the massive bribery scandal surrounding the school bus camera programs. Now the trustees responsible for winding down the organization are seeking millions in compensation from the school bus camera provider, Force Multiplier Solutions (now operating with largely the same staff and in the same building under the name BusPatrol). The trustees filed a lawsuit Friday to recover the funds lost as a result of corruption from everyone who advanced the scheme.   view article arw

Tuesday is the last day that Dallas County Schools will exist. Voters acted to hit the brakes on the 172-year-old bus agency last fall after NBC 5 Investigates reports uncovered internal safety and financial problems. The agency served nine independent school districts here in North Texas, impacting transportation for thousands of students. Highland Park, Aledo,  Irving, Carrolton-Farmers Branch, Lancaster, Richardson, Cedar Hill, DeSoto, and Dallas independent school districts all previously had contracts with DCS. The agency’s fallout left each district with a driver shortage. view article arw

The Houston Independent School District Thursday released a list of new bus hub locations for magnet program students. Magnet school students will be assigned to hub locations at designated HISD campuses to be picked up by their bus at the start of the school day and dropped off at the same location at the end of school. According to an HISD blog post, the magnet school bus hub program will improve the on-time arrival of students and decrease commute time. view article arw

Two months after a one percent pay increase for all their employees, the Sharyland school district is looking into another pay increase for their bus drivers. Members of the district school board of trustees met Monday at a workshop and discussed increasing the starting pay for school bus drivers by one dollar. According to the district’s Human Resource Director Deborah Garza, the district recently increased the starting pay for their bus drivers from $12.50 to $12.80 per hour. view article arw

Just over a month before the start of the launch of its first school bus service, the Dallas Independent School District still needed 150 more drivers as a two day hiring fair began Thursday. The new service is the result of voters deciding to close troubled bus agency Dallas County Schools last year after NBC 5 Investigates reports on safety problems and management scandals. view article arw

Fort Worth schools are trying to edge out the competition for school bus drivers with a $500 bonus for new hires and incentive pay for drivers with perfect or "almost-perfect" attendance. The details of the district's plan were described in a website announcement titled: "Fort Worth ISD offers financial incentives to new and veteran school bus drivers." view article arw

About 40 of the 120 schools in the Northside Independent School District will be affected by changing bus routes in the coming school year, according to school district officials. Every summer the district reassesses its bus routes by adding and eliminating some.  This year's decision is making some parents angry. The walk to the school bus stop is only about two blocks for Meghan Frindley and her 7-year-old daughter, Ambrosia. view article arw

The Bryan Independent School District is set to roll out a new school bus tracking system this fall. It’ll allow parents and the school district officials to know where all buses are at all times. This comes after the district overhauled its bus route plan last year because of constant delays and confusion. "The bus situation last year was a joke," said Malory Espitia, a mother of two Bryan ISD students. view article arw

Austin ISD is holding a job fair for those interested in a career in transportation, food service or maintenance. The upcoming job fair will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon on June 19 at the Baker Center -- 3908 Avenue B. view article arw

George W. Jones, director of visual and performing arts for Garland ISD, presented the Board of Trustees with a proposal as to why the purchasing of trailers for each of their seven high school marching bands would be beneficial for the district. The trailers would be utilized to transport marching band instruments and equipment to and from events. view article arw

Chopper 11 is over the scene of a crash between a Bland ISD school bus and an 18 wheeler on HWY 80 near the Collin County line. Triage was set up there and several ambulances responded along with Highway Patrol troopers. view article arw

A Bland ISD school bus carrying 14 students was involved in a crash with an 18-wheeler on U.S. Highway 380 between the Collin and Hunt county line, KXAS reports. The crash happened around 12:50 p.m., the station reports. Several ambulances were called to the scene. view article arw

Authorities say that there are no serious injuries following a collision between a Bland ISD school bus and a tractor-trailer in Hunt County on Thursday afternoon. A spokesman with the Texas Department of Public Safety said that the bus was stopped at an apartment complex on U.S. Highway 380 near the Collin County line when it was rear ended by a tractor-trailer. About 14 people were on the bus. view article arw

Seven Justin Elementary students were transported to local hospitals from the scene of a school bus rollover on Farm Road 407 near Bill Cook Road Tuesday afternoon. All seven were treated and released by Tuesday evening. The single-vehicle accident occurred around 3:15 with the bus leaving the roadway and landing on its right side on the north side of FM 407, approximately six miles west of Justin in Denton County. view article arw

District officials say four to five buses were involved in the accident on Beltway 8 South near Blackhawk. They say nine students are being treated for minor injuries. view article arw

Students on the Northwest ISD school bus that crashed on Tuesday were helped by an EMT just moments after the accident. She was just two cars away. Amanda Turner says she watched this bus filled with children from Justin Elementary School flip over in Denton County. view article arw

The seven Northwest ISD elementary students who were taken to a hospital Tuesday after a school bus crashed with 18 students on board have all been released, the district said. The bus, which was carrying students from Justin Elementary School, crashed in the 12600 block of FM407 in Denton County about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. view article arw