The Leander Independent School District recently issued an apology to families because of problems caused by a shortage of bus drivers. However, in a letter sent out Oct. 16, the district discussed how it’s addressing these issues. The letter stated, “We know that a shortage of bus drivers, logistical issues and higher-than-expected enrollment presents challenges to our families and our transportation department.” view article arw

A Rio Grande Valley mother is thankful nothing happened to her 9-year-old son after she says his school bus driver dropped him off at the wrong stop nearly a mile away from home. Ruby Garza wants to know what happened and what Santa Rosa Independent School District is doing to make sure it doesn’t happen again. view article arw

Sherman ISD wants parents to know where their kids are once they board the bus, and there are programs they can be using right now to do just that. Apps like 'Here Comes the Bus' and 'infoFinder i' send notifications to parents about where the bus is on its route and alerts in case of emergency. view article arw

Santa Fe Independent School District has a plan in action to make bus stops safer for children, thanks to new cameras installed in school busses that capture drivers breaking the law. Starting Oct. 16, drivers caught on cam passing school buses stopped with a visible signal can receive citations for $300. The camera system was installed in the buses in August, and began to capture violators by Sept. 16. Violators received only warnings during this time. view article arw

An Axtell student is home from the hospital after a truck ran into the bus he was getting on Thursday morning. The crash only slightly damaged the bus, but it seriously damaged the truck. The truck’s driver was not injured, but Texas DPS Troopers cited him for failure to control speed and other violations. This comes less than 24 hours after FOX44 News reported on rising frustrations in Axtell about bus safety. view article arw

Multiple football players were hospitalized after a Huntsville ISD bus carrying the freshman football team crashed on the way to a game in Montgomery County, according to authorities. No serious injuries were reported, but 23 students were taken to Conroe Regional Hospital, authorities said. The crash occurred at FM149 and Bethel Road near Richards, in north Montgomery County, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office. view article arw

This afternoon two Huntsville ISD buses were heading to Montgomery, Texas with the Huntsville High School Freshman Football Team when one of the buses was involved in an accident.  The accident happened on FM 1791 near FM 149 in Richards, TX.  None of the injuries reported are life-threatening. Seven students and one adult were transported by EMS to Conroe Regional Hospital in Conroe, Texas to treat minor injuries while 13 other students and two adults were transported by bus to the same hospital for evaluation as a precautionary measure.  view article arw

A Hunstville ISD school bus carrying a freshman football team rolled over during a crash Thursday afternoon on their way to a game, sending players to the hospital. The crash happened around 4 p.m. on FM 1791, also known as Bethel Road, near FM 149, just west of New Waverly. view article arw

Everyday Highway 31 in Axtell is packed with drivers heading to and from work. Around the same time, students are making their way to and from school. Residents say several times a week, drivers refuse to stop for buses loading students. One student is hoping this changes. “Just stop. I mean, it’s a school bus,” says student Brian Jones. view article arw

During the Bryan school board workshop earlier this week, the district trustees approved allowing two of its older school buses to be donated to the county’s AmbuBus program. Both buses, which are 18 to 20 years old, will be used by the county as a transport vehicle and to promote education and health services in the community. The district approved a memorandum of understanding between the district and the county that donates the buses to the county for three years.  view article arw

Department of Public Safety Spokesperson is reporting a school bus crash on I-35 Southbound near mile marker 348. The Crowley ISD school bus was traveling in the right lane when a Hino Box truck crashed into the rear of the bus. Fifty-two children are reported to have been on the bus. view article arw

A 12-year-old boy in North Carolina was dragged and hit by his school bus after his backpack got caught in its doors and dropped him in the path of an oncoming tire. Zion Baker tells reporters he was getting off the West Pine Middle School bus in Taylortown last week when the doors closed around his backpack and the driver took off. view article arw

A 3-year-old boy who was found unresponsive en route to a Robinson Independent School District property Friday morning was listed in critical condition. Robinson police were called to the 600 block of East Moonlight Drive at about 7:20 a.m., when the child became unresponsive on a Robinson ISD school bus, Robinson Police Chief Phillip Prasifka said. view article arw

Several elementary school students were treated Tuesday after a kid sprayed mace on their school bus, Aldine ISD confirmed. Fifteen students from Spence Elementary School were on the bus. After they were sprayed, the bus driver drove to nearby Davis High School and called for help view article arw

Thanks to a new fleet of school buses, Pflugerville Independent School District parents can breathe a sigh of relief. This comes after some complained to the district last school year that the buses were overcrowded. Tamra Spence, a spokesperson for Pflugerville ISD, said over the past few months the district bought more than 150 buses, which is an entire fleet. The district used the nearly $15 million they got from the city's November bond package to buy them. This is the first time Pflugerville ISD has operated its own buses in at least two decades.  view article arw

A North Austin father wants to see changes to safety in his neighborhood after witnessing cars driving past stopped school buses on multiple occasions. James Seaver, a father of three boys in the Pflugerville Independent School District, showed CBS Austin videos he took along Metric Boulevard near Gracy Farms Lane. In the videos, it appears cars are passing a school bus as it's picking up and dropping off students. It is illegal for cars to pass a school bus when red lights are on and the bus has it's stop sign out. view article arw

Thursday, September 21, 1989 - and the memory of one of the deadliest school bus accidents in Texas history - remains vivid to families, educators and local leaders who were there. 30 years ago, a Dr Pepper Truck collided with Mission Consolidated Independent School District Bus no. 6 at Bryan Rd. and 5 Mile Line, pushing the bus into an unfenced caliche pit filled with 10 feet of water. The accident resulted in the deaths of 21 junior high and high school students. The aftermath and resulting media attention came and went, but the crash’s legacy lives on. view article arw

Students busing to Pflugerville ISD schools are doing so on district-owned and -operated buses for the first time this school year. The 2019-20 school year marks the launch of the PfISD Transportation Department and its fleet of 159 school buses. Previously, the school district contracted busing and transportation services from Durham School Services, a vehicle charter company that works with school districts in 31 states, according to its website. view article arw

Sept. 21, 1989, began like any other day. Delcia Lopez was taking care of her nephew and listening to scanner chatter. Lopez, a photojournalist who now works for The Monitor, was stringing as a photographer for the Associated Press at the time. view article arw

Alton volunteer firefighter Luis Guerrero was driving home after dropping off his wife at work the morning of Sept. 21, 1989, when the call came in over the scanner: a school bus with 81 aboard had crashed near 5 Mile Line and Bryan Road. Guerrero immediately made his way to the area, but to his dismay, only a Dr Pepper truck could be seen parked along the road. The bus, he would soon find out, had plunged about 40 feet into a water-filled caliche pit, students were trapped inside, and it was quickly sinking. view article arw

City officials are refusing to pay Durham School Services more than $200,000, citing the poor conditions of city-owned buses that the company recently returned.  But the bus company that drove Shelton students last school year denies the city’s claims about the fleet conditions and is prepared to take legal action to obtain the $243,000 in owed funds.  “Yes, the city owes us money for the transportation services we provided per the terms of our agreement with Shelton public schools,” said Durham School Services’ media representative Ed Flavin. view article arw

Katy ISD is among many districts in the Greater Houston area, Texas and the U.S. experiencing a shortage of school bus drivers. “It’s a statewide problem, not unique to any district—rural, suburban or urban,” said Amy Campbell, the Texas Association of School Boards human resources services director. view article arw

Liberty Hill ISD to add 11 buses

September 2008:25 AM
 

With more than 3,000 students now hopping on the big yellow school bus before and after school every day in Liberty Hill ISD, a solution to the need for more and newer buses could not have come at a better time. The solution was a grant, known as the Texas Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Grant, that is saving the school district $738,000 on the purchase or 75 percent of the purchase price. view article arw

A Tennessee appeals court has upheld a decision to deny diversion to a former school bus driver convicted of charges including negligent homicide in a 2016 crashed that killed six children. view article arw

After a social media video posted over the weekend brought the spotlight to a Tyler school zone crossing on Paluxy Drive, the city of Tyler is making changes to improve the safety of the crossing.  Tyler city spokeswoman Jenny Wells says the city took immediate action after the video went viral. view article arw

Parents were able to breathe a sigh of relief that a school bus wreck did not seriously injure any students Tuesday morning, Marshall ISD Superintendent Jerry Gibson spoke about 7:45 a.m. Tuesday morning during a Facebook live post and said the bus wrecked but no students were seriously injured. Marshall ISD spokesman David Weaver said Bus #32 wrecked at the intersection of Pinecrest Drive and Rosborough Springs Rd. view article arw

This story has been updated to clarify contact rules for special needs parents and to add information for all parents. Bus delays continued to be an issue for KISD in the third week of school. view article arw

Students riding a school bus involved in a crash this week claim the driver was asleep or falling asleep behind the wheel when the collision happened. Around 5 p.m. Wednesday, a bus carrying 20 students was involved in a crash near the intersection of Sheridan Road and Hallmark Drive. The Everman Independent School District confirmed the bus involved was one of theirs. Significant damages to the front of the bus were visible after witnesses say the bus crashed into a tree. view article arw

An Everman ISD school bus hit a tree near the 6900 block of Sheridan Road in Fort Worth Wednesday, according to MedStar.  Four people with minor injuries were taken to a local hospital, MedStar said. Those four people were the bus driver and three children, MedStar said. Two other children were taken to a hospital by a private vehicle out of caution. view article arw

A Houston driver has been charged and arrested after he was seen speeding past a stopped school bus in West Houston. Julio Coreas, 18, was charged with reckless driving and taken into custody Tuesday after the viral video led to an investigation.  view article arw

Gold Star Transit in Navasota is finding ways to avoid the shortage by increasing pay and hiring on the spot. view article arw

Seven school districts in Michigan are receiving electric buses under a program designed to boost cleaner air and alternative energy. The buses will be on display Thursday at the state Capitol in Lansing. They were bought partly with funds from Volkswagen in a settlement for violating the Clean Air Act. view article arw

Local school districts are reminding drivers to focus on the road while driving, especially when there's a school bus around. Both Bryan and College Station ISD's have been involved in several school bus crashes already this school year. All but one of those accidents have been the fault of other drivers on the road. view article arw

A school bus driver died and eight children were injured when their bus rolled over on a northern Mississippi highway on Tuesday, authorities said. A spokesman for the Mississippi Highway Patrol said they got a call of an overturned school bus in Benton County, which is on the border with Tennessee, just before 7 a.m. view article arw

Parents in Judson ISD are frustrated with school transportation and delayed buses. "I would like to see some sort of change of action. A better method. A quicker method," said Christina Santiago, a Judson ISD parent. view article arw