At first glance, it appears to be a school bus that's seen its fair share of better days. But an even closer look is disturbing for some parents and students in Galveston ISD who said the visible rust is enough to be alarmed. Doesn't look very safe to me. My kids don't take the bus, not very often. But they do go on school events. Yeah, I'd like them to be a lot safer," Phil Morisset said. view article arw

If you're looking for a job, you may want to check out Katy ISD. The district is hiring more full and part-time school bus drivers to deal with a shortage. view article arw

Katy ISD leaders are expected to discuss the district’s recent transportation survey, the 2018-19 school year calendar and the future of bilingual programs at Fielder Elementary School during their Monday board of trustees work study. All three issues have received feedback from community members in recent months. The district conducted a public survey on school bus routes and start times in January, as well as a survey on school calendar options in January and early February. view article arw

The Irving Independent School District has selected a new bus provider to replace Dallas County Schools. Irving said they've signed a five-year deal with Ohio-based First Student, an international transportation company that currently carries 5 million students per day, 25,000 of whom are in Texas. “Student safety is our top priority,” said Irving ISD Superintendent of Schools of Schools Jose L. Parra, Ed.D. view article arw

The Katy Independent School District is hiring bus drivers. The starting wage is $16.66 per hour, plus benefits. Bus drivers are off during the summer and school vacations. Katy Magazine reports the position offers day care for bus drivers’ children for $2 per day, per child that are 18 months of age through elementary school age.   view article arw

At Monday night’s Lewisville ISD trustee meeting, Chief Financial Officer Mike Ball told trustees district officials are analyzing bus routes to prepare recommendations for the 2018‐19 hazardous bus routes. Per the Texas Education Code: “A hazardous condition exists where no walkway is provided and children must walk along or cross a freeway or expressway, an underpass, an overpass or a bridge, an uncontrolled major traffic artery, an industrial or commercial area, or another comparable condition.” view article arw

Interesting picture! AUSTIN (KXAN) — A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper in a highway patrol car crashed with a school bus carrying 36 children and an SUV near the intersection of East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Springdale Road.  Officers were called to the crash at 4:43 p.m. Monday. Video sent to KXAN showed an Apple Bus Company school bus in the right lane of eastbound MLK in what appeared to be a head-on collision with the trooper. view article arw

While Dallas ISD's move to build its own school bus system will be complicated by a national shortage in drivers, administrators are hopeful they can launch next year with enough drivers to get students to class. The district is building its own transportation system after voters decided to close down provider Dallas County Schools, a government agency mired in financial mismanagement and questionable business deals. view article arw

Each weekday, Sophie Enamorado shows up at Beck Junior High School around 6:30 a.m., about an hour before the first bell rings. The Houston Chronicle reports she's not there for an early-morning club meeting or tutoring. It's the only time her mother, Sarah, can drop her off before heading to work 30 miles away in Houston. Sarah Enamorado said she no longer lets her daughter ride Katy Independent School District buses because after Hurricane Harvey, the district reduced the number bus stops in her neighborhood — leaving her daughter with a longer walk on busy roads in the morning darkness. view article arw

Applicants for the new Dallas Independent School District transportation department exceed openings in most categories, and Dallas ISD will get more than enough buses from troubled bus agency Dallas County Schools.  That's the update Dallas ISD trustees heard from staff Thursday as the school district scrambles to launch its own transportation department.  Voters decided in November to close DCS after a year of NBC 5 Investigatesreports on scandals at the bus agency which serves nine North Texas school districts. view article arw

Bus safety is always a number one priority for transportation directors at any school district, and at Gilmer ISD, experienced drivers went through some of the worst scenarios imaginable. But it was all done in a virtual world. Emma Derrick Fasion drives a bus for Gilmer ISD, and so does her nephew Je’Non Derrick. The wheels on her bus have been going round and round for 19 years, his for about three. Larry Thornton, a Safety Training Specialist with the Region 6 Education Service Center out of Huntsville, is going to take them for a ride in a bus simulator. view article arw

A Texas middle school student sprang into action and guided a school bus to safety last week after he noticed the driver was suffering a medical emergency. Six students from La Grange Middle School were on the yellow bus on Thursday when the driver began driving erratically. Karson Vega told FOX7 Austin that he noticed something was wrong just minutes into the ride home. “He missed a turn and went into a ditch. Then he had to back up, that's when I started thinking... Then he started making circles and stuff. He was going off into a ditch on almost every turn,” the 13-year-old said. view article arw

The number of citations written for motorist violations related to school buses rose 33.3 percent in Austin ISD from 2016 to 2017, the district reported yesterday in a press release. Although few drivers repeat the offense, the overall number of citations has increased, leading experts to believe many motorists simply do not understand the laws. “There is a low rate of recidivism, where 98 percent of those ticketed do not reoffend, indicating a lesson learned,” AISD Executive Director of Transportation Kris Hafezizadeh said. “Drivers need to be very aware of children walking to and from schools and bus stops.” view article arw

Two La Grange ISD students saved a bus driver last week. According to KVUE, around 5 p.m. Feb. 1, a school bus driver suffered a "medical emergency" on the SH 71 bypass near the Colorado River bridge. He started driving erratically until Karson Vega, a seventh-grader at La Grange Middle School, and Kyler Buzek, a sophomore at La Grange High School, figured out a plan. La Grange ISD Superintendent Bill Wagner told KVUE that Vega took the wheel of the bus and drove it to safety while Buzek called the authorities. view article arw

The Austin Independent School District’s stop-arm cameras on buses have caught approximately 33 percent more drivers running the stop signs in 2017 compared to 2016. The district installed the cameras in 2016, they record automatically every time the stop sign is deployed from the bus, issuing violators citations. The district hoped these cameras would deter drivers from passing or not stopping for school buses, but instead, they’ve found that the number of drivers they’re catching is on the rise. view article arw

Two La Grange ISD students jumped into action last Thursday when their school bus driver had a medical emergency while driving on a bridge over the Colorado River.La Grange Middle School seventh-grader Karson Vega jumped into the driver’s seat when he saw the driver could no longer control the bus and steered the students to safety, as first reported by The Fayette County Record. view article arw

A possible school bus tragedy was avoided thanks to quick thinking by a La Grange ISD middle school student and a high school student. According to La Grange ISD Superintendent Bill Wagner, around 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, a school bus driver suffered a "medical emergency" on the SH 71 bypass near the Colorado River bridge and began driving erratically. view article arw

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Pflugerville Independent School District students are safe with their parents after their school bus was involved in a crash with a pick-up truck early Saturday morning. view article arw

Fallout from the axed Dallas County Schools bus agency continues as one of the school districts it served has been forced to find a new bus provider for some of its students. The Highland Park ISD school board voted Tuesday to enter into a five-year contract with Durham School Services for the district's busing starting in the 2018-19 school year. Dallas County Schools will provide the service through the end of the current school term. view article arw

Katy Independent School District is seeking the community's input on potential transportation changes due to a shortage of bus drivers. According to the release, Katy ISD is facing transportation challenges which include recruiting and retaining drivers for its current routes as well as safety concerns with congested traffic. view article arw

Parents say long lines to drop off their children at school is leading to aggressive and dangerous driving. Elm Grove Elementary in Buda sits right in the middle of three growing subdivisions on Farm to Market 1626. With more people moving to the area and now construction, parents fear it could get worse.“It can back up over a mile, a mile and a half pretty easily,” said Hays County Commissioner Mark Jones. “Even before construction it was a huge problem.” view article arw

Attorneys representing Dallas County Schools and the city of Dallas were set to square off Thursday in a downtown courtroom over crossing guards — specifically, who should pay for them. But that court date was abruptly canceled after the parties reached an agreement that will keep the crossing guard program operating through the end of the school year. Details remain vague. Mayor Mike Rawlings' office said the mayor will not comment "until we know [the] proposed agreement is in place." view article arw

Few school districts in North Texas are immune to a current bus driver shortage in local schools. Allen ISD and Frisco ISD are hoping to remedy the shortage by raising wages from$15.25 per hour to $16.75 and $15.63 per hour to $16.63, respectively. According to an ABC News report in August 2016, the shortage is not uniquely endemic to DFW-area schools. In a nationwide survey taken by School Bus Fleet Magazine, 22 percent of private bus contractors called the problem “severe.” view article arw

More than 5,000,000 students attend public schools across the state of Texas, but school districts say getting them to class has become an issue, and that bus driver shortage has hit North Texas. The Allen Independent School District is seeking to fix a shortage of drivers. Officials say mechanics, dispatchers and transportation office personnel have all filled in as bus drivers because of the shortage. view article arw

Students returned to school this week in Bryan to a new bus route system. While students, parents and the district are getting used to those changes, some parents say there are still concerns. The new system is a direct busing plan that takes students from home to school and school to home. view article arw

 They haven’t figured out a way to pay for them yet, but city, school and Dallas County leaders say they are willing to try to find a way to keep crossing guards working through the end of the school year.  Here is Senator West’s complete statement on the matter: view article arw

The complicated winding down of the embattled Dallas schools bus-service provider moved forward Monday with the layoff of 17 police officers.  Dallas County Schools provided commissioned police officers, called school resource officers, for three area districts: Duncanville, Carrollton-Farmers Branch and Teague. But now that the agency is being disbanded, they all have to go. The state-appointed committee overseeing the shutdown of DCS does not have the legal authority to operate a police department, said acting DCS CEO Alan King.  The last day on the job for the officers will be Jan. 31. view article arw

Troopers are investigating after a crash involving a Shelbyville ISD school bus. At least one person was injured. About 3:50 p.m., Texas Department of Public Safety troopers responded to a two-vehicle crash on Highway 87. view article arw

A spokesman for the Bryan school district said the first day of new bus routes and school schedules went well, though not without a few wrinkles. Brandon Webb, executive director of communications and public affairs for the district, said the first day of the new semester went far smoother than the first day of school, when parents bombarded the district with complaints of delayed buses and other transportation issues. view article arw

The Leander ISD Board of Trustees approved a plan Thursday night to recruit and retain more bus drivers by raising their starting pay, offering bonuses and rewarding drivers with good work attendance records. The school district started the year with only 166 of 215 bus driver positions filled and there are currently 35 vacancies behind the wheel. The district averages nine absent drivers each day. The plan adopted to address the shortage is a temporary and unusual fix for the district. view article arw

Updated at 5:34 p.m. to include comments from Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. The city of Dallas is now tasked with cleaning up what City Council member Casey Thomas called "an absolute mess that we didn't create": figuring out who will take over the school crossing guard program that Dallas County Schools plans to abandon at month's end. And as the council discovered Wednesday, it won't be easy picking up the pieces. "We are grasping for solutions," Jon Fortune, assistant city manager for public safety, told the council. "We don't have a lot of answers." view article arw

Leander ISD has raised its bus driver starting salary by a dollar to $16.50 an hour, after a decision by the district’s board of trustees Thursday night. LISD currently has 35 bus driver vacancies, and the pay increase is part of a larger effort to ramp up recruitment, according to the meeting agenda packet. In November, the district began hosting job fairs on Tuesdays and Thursdays, according to meeting documents. Additionally, LISD has attended external job fairs and plans to participate at the Cedar Park Expo later this month, according to the documents. view article arw

An early morning fire damaged a Northeast ISD bus barn on Monday. The fire broke out around 4:30 a.m. and at one point, 25 fire units were called out to the location at the NEISD North Transportation Terminal view article arw

Two more students died Friday from their injuries after a regional train sliced open a school bus in southern France, bringing the overall death toll to six. Authorities in the Pyrenees-Orientales region announced the new deaths a day after the horrific crash at a crossing close to the Spanish border. French media said the dead were two 11-year-old girls. view article arw