KATY, Texas (KTRK) -- Katy ISD announced Wednesday that they're inviting parents, grandparents, and guardians of district students to apply to become field trip bus drivers.  They're calling the new position a BDP, or 'Bus Driving Parent.'  Bus Driving Parents will be vetted and trained through Katy ISD and compensated for the time they drive.   After they earn their Commercial Driver's License, complete training, and earn driving hours, BDPs will be able to drive students to field trips as often as they want. view article arw

Texas Tech University is taking a step into East Texas with a new virtual school that will begin offering classes to area students this fall. The program, which is a partnership between the Lubbock-based university and Longview ISD, will offer online and print courses to students in kindergarten through 12th grade in a variety of subjects. It is known as TTU K-12. view article arw

Even with an admittedly rocky start, Dallas ISD officials are praising the district's year-old busing service, saying that it was cheaper and eventually more efficient than its predecessor, the now-shuttered Dallas County Schools. During Thursday’s board briefing, Scott Layne, Dallas ISD deputy superintendent of operations, and Stacey Hogue, the district’s transportation executive director, gave a year-end summary of creating a bus fleet from scratch. view article arw

For the seventh consecutive year, the PSJA ISD Transportation Department has been ranked among the top 100 fleets in the nation. They were the only school district in the Rio Grande Valley recognized. view article arw

A 6-year-old boy who was hit by an 18-wheeler earlier this week after stepping off a school bus on U.S. 290 was being released from the hospital Wednesday, Elgin school district officials said, as authorities continue to investigate the incident. view article arw

The Corpus Christi Independent School District is sending out a call for help saying they are in desperate need of bus drivers. The CCISD is about 50 drivers short of the number needed to cover their routes. According to officials, they are losing out on licensed drivers going to work in the oil field. view article arw

A school bus crash north of Muleshoe on Tuesday sent multiple children to the hospital, officials said. The extent of the injuries were not immediately released. Texas Department of Public Safety officials initially said two children were taken to the hospital with unknown injuries. A news release later in the day reported approximately 10 children and two vehicle drivers were taken to a Muleshoe hospital. Muleshoe school Superintendent R.L. Richards said he did not know how many were injured, but that seven children were returned to the school without injuries following the accident. view article arw

Ten Muleshoe ISD students were taken to the hospital after the school bus in which they were riding collided with an 18-wheeler Tuesday afternoon, KCBD in Lubbock reported. The accident happened at around 2:20 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of State Highway 214 and County Road 1028 north of Muleshoe. The bus and the 18-wheeler were both northbound on Highway 214 at the time of the accident, the Department of Public Safety said. view article arw

School districts nationwide are fighting a shortage that impacts the classroom before the school day even begins; a need for school bus drivers. Several East Texas districts, including Tyler Independent School District, are among those in need of qualified applicants to fill the vacancies. view article arw

An Elgin ISD student was hit by a big rig Tuesday evening while exiting a bus. It happened near the intersection of FM 696 and Hwy 290, just southeast of Elgin. According to an Elgin ISD spokesperson, the bus had pulled over at a regular stop along it route. As an elementary age student was getting out, they were struck by an 18-wheeler. view article arw

For the seventh consecutive year, the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD Transportation Department has been ranked among the Top 100 Fleets in the nation as per Government Fleet, a leading transportation industry magazine and its ranking of The 100 Best Fleets in North America. PSJA ISD was the only school district in the Rio Grande Valley recognized. read more arw

ATHENS, Texas (CBSDFW.COM)  – The man behind the wheel of an Athens ISD school bus when it crashed in January killing a middle school student on board, was arrested and indicted for criminally negligent homicide and injury to a child.  John Stevens, 78, of Mabank, was arrested Monday and released on $10,000 bond. view article arw

A student who was injured during a crash while riding in a Northside Independent School District bus was taken to the hospital with minor injuries Monday afternoon, district officials said. The district said 55 students from Rawlinson Middle School were on the bus when it crashed near I-10 and Heuerman Road. view article arw

A 17-year-old suffered incapacitating injuries after crashing her vehicle into a Marble Falls school bus Wednesday morning on RM 1431. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, she was traveling eastbound in a Mazda Tribute SUV when she left the roadway on the eastbound side on a curve. She re-entered the roadway and crossed into the westbound lane, striking the school bus. view article arw

A number of people were injured after a Marble Falls ISD bus collided with at least one other vehicle and caught fire. The Texas Department of Public Safety says it happened at 7:15 a.m. on Farm to Market Road 1431, which is east of Marble Falls. view article arw

By next fall, parents and guardians of Katy ISD students will be able to track their children’s school buses. The KISD board of trustees approved a three-year, $607,680 contract with Education Logistics Inc., or Edulog, on Feb. 25 to install GPS and diagnostic software on 425 buses. The technology will also allow the district to collect bus data to improve safety and efficiency. view article arw

Millsap ISD board of trustees approved the purchase of new buses during their meeting on Monday evening. Trustees approved purchasing two buses for $139,000 or three buses not to exceed $195,000. The 2017 buses have about 1,500 miles on them and would need to have air conditioning installed on them at an additional cost of about $10,000 per bus. MISD Superintendent Deann Lee proposed that the board purchase two buses, but the board decided to purchase all three buses in stock if they are able to get a discount. view article arw

Tyler ISD confirmed one of their buses was involved in a crash on Monday. A district spokesperson said no injuries were reported in the crash that happened near the intersection of South Broadway and Amhearst involving bus #58. view article arw

Georgetown Independent School District will buy 33 new school buses to replace more than a quarter of its aging diesel fleet with vehicles that run on propane. The district says the new buses will be cheaper to operate and maintain and will cut emissions substantially compared to the ones they're replacing. view article arw

The Cleburne ISD transportation department has been honored by the Waco Midway High School baseball team for going the extra mile. CISD Transportation Director Chad VanWinkle and Mechanic Tim Brewer were presented with a baseball signed by the team and coaches at the Panthers’ Bi-District Game 2 played in Cleburne. The CISD employees had come to the aid of the team following Game 1, which took place in Cleburne the evening before. As the Midway ISD bus drove out of a restaurant parking lot onto West Henderson, the rear engine bottomed out on the pavement, cracking the oil pan. view article arw

As he awaits his sentencing, just the mention of Robert Leonard, a central player in a scandal that rocked Dallas City Hall and killed a once-reputable school agency, continues to stir the anger from the people hurt by corruption.  "He raped it," said one former employee of Dallas County Schools.  Others who lost their jobs with the demise of DCS had these choice words for Leonard: "He destroyed it"…"He took it down" …"He was the poison." view article arw

Bus drivers in one Central Texas school district are getting a pay raise in an effort to keep and recruit more drivers. The Lake Travis Independent School District board voted to increase the starting pay for drivers to $20 an hour. view article arw

A possible assault involving several juveniles on a bus was reported to law enforcement, according to a news release from the Hallettsville Police Department. But the case was referred to the school district because of the age of the students and because it occurred on school property, the news release said. The police first received the report about the assault May 2. The bus was traveling a route through Hallettsville and Lavaca County when it occurred, according to the news release. view article arw

Nobody was injured after an Eastland Independent School District bus collided with a utility pole on County Road 165 north of Eastland on Tuesday morning. According to a Facebook post made by Eastland ISD, at around 6:45 a.m. on Tuesday, an Eastland ISD bus suffered an apparent tire blowout, slid off of the road on County Road 165 north of Eastland and struck a utility pole. view article arw

The contract for Ector County Independent School District Superintendent designee Scott Muri is up for consideration in closed session at the ECISD Board of Trustees meeting set for 6 p.m. Tuesday in the board room of the administration building, 802 N. Sam Houston Ave.  Muri, who is currently superintendent of Spring Branch ISD in Houston, is expected to start July 1. His base salary in Spring Branch is $285,000, plus a $1,000 a month car allowance, reimbursement for technological devices, for example cell phone and personal digital assistant, an annuity, and other benefits, his contract stated. view article arw

Due to personnel shortages within the district's law enforcement partners, its campuses have had "significant gaps in coverage."  ROUND ROCK, Texas — It's been a hot topic for nearly a year -- should Round Rock ISD create its own police department?  The school district has publicly considered the idea since June 2018, after both the Williamson County Sheriff's Office and the Round Rock Police Department notified the district they cannot continue to staff its campuses. view article arw

According to a release from Crosbyton ISD Superintendent Shawn Mason, on Wednesday, May 8, around 3:30 p.m., a bus carrying 25 high school students was forced to take “evasive action” to avoid a tractor on Highway 82, four miles west of Crosbyton. view article arw

In an attempt to free up some general fund money Lewisville ISD is considering purchasing its own bus fleet. During a work session Monday Mike Ball, the district's chief financial officer, outlined different payback periods LISD could experience should it buy its own buses rather than have part of its contract for bus services include the vehicles. LISD is contracted with First Student for bus services until the spring of 2020. Ball said LISD spends $15 million a year on contracted transportation services. view article arw

With high water locations in and around Houston, we're keeping track of how severe weather is impacting area school districts. Here is a list of school district, school, and community event closures.  view article arw

Sanford-Fritch ISD officials have released a statement detailing the condition of students and staff present during a bus crash in downtown Amarillo. In a statement released on Facebook, Sanford-Fritch ISD said Northwest Texas Hospital has seen and treated 46 students and 6 school employees. The school originally said around 80 students were on board when the wreck occurred and that two students received minor injuries, while one district employee received “more significant” injuries and has been taken to the hospital. view article arw

Sanford-Fritch ISD officials have released a statement detailing the condition of students and staff present during a bus crash in downtown Amarillo. In a statement released on Facebook, the school said around 80 students were on board when the wreck occurred. Two students received minor injuries, while one district employee received “more significant” injuries and has been taken to Northwest Texas Hospital. view article arw

Authorities were on the scene of a crash involving a Garland ISD bus and an 18-wheeler Thursday morning. There were no students on the bus at the time. The crash happened near N. 1st Street and N. Walnut Street and involved seven vehicles. view article arw

Perryton ISD is taking a new approach to a problem that plagues school districts all across the Texas Panhandle. The district has recently signed a three-year contract with All-Aboard School Transportation, a management company, to handle those operations. “When we have a bus that leaves with a group of kids, I want to know that bus is going to get to where it's going to go and I want to know when it’s time to come back it's going to get back,” said Perryton ISD Superintendent, Tim Little. view article arw

Perryton ISD is will be in a contract with All-Aboard School Transportation beginning this summer where they’ll take over services that had been tedious and costly for the school district before. “We had about nine buses break down this year on extra curricular trips and that was really the impetus behind this,” said Perryton ISD Superintendent Tim Little. “And when we got into why the buses were breaking down, we realized that we just weren’t getting the maintenance done that needed to be done. And then the reason that wasn’t happening is that we were understaffed and under-equipped.” view article arw

DPS has released more information on a wreck involving a Corrigan-Camden ISD bus Monday. According to DPS, they investigated the wreck involving the bus and a commercial vehicle on US 59, just south of Moscow. The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 7 a.m., a 2014 IC school bus was traveling south and slowing down with the buses yellow lights activated preparing to stop when a southbound Volvo truck tractor semi-trailer failed to control speed and struck the rear of the bus. view article arw