Longview ISD has fired Transportation Director Dale Bohannon, district spokeswoman Elizabeth Ross confirmed Monday, adding that she could not release further details. The district is working through transportation issues after parents had to locate two misplaced students — a 4-year-old boy and a 5-year-old boy — from East Texas Montessori Prep Academy last week.  - Paywalled  view article arw

An Austin mom, upset over her daughters’ long bus ride without air conditioning, wants the district to reconsider how it decides which routes get A/C and which don’t. Kai Bush’s two daughters are juniors at Anderson High School, but they live in east Austin and are bused to the northwest school as part of a diversity program. The first day of school, both were excited to start their classes, but it didn’t last by the time they got home that evening. “Both of them got off the bus,” Bush said. “I had a big smile, and they were drenched in sweat.” view article arw

BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - Bryan ISD officials say safety is their top priority for students, and that starts when they’re picked up at the bus stop. Bryan ISD Director of Transportation Warren Lanphier says there is still some confusion for drivers when they see the yellow school bus coming down the road. Lanphier clears that up: the bus driver will turn on red and yellow flashing lights, send out the connected stop sign on the bus, and any drivers approaching or behind the bus must stop. view article arw

The Mesquite Independent School District has fired a bus driver after he was  arrested and accused of soliciting sex from a child.  Ruben Castillo, a district bus driver for 11 years, was charged with criminal solicitation of a minor to commit sexual assault of a child, according to Mesquite police. The department didn’t release details regarding the allegations against Castillo, but Mesquite ISD said in a statement he “tried to victimize one of our students.” view article arw

Several La Vega ISD parents reached out to Central Texas News Now after their children were riding home in district buses that did not have air conditioning .  Central Texas News Now reached out to 72 Central Texas school districts to see how many of their buses did and did not have air conditioning. Out of the 72 districts contacted, 28 responded to our request. view article arw

Coppell ISD offers bus tips

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Coppell ISD has provided tips to help with bus riding for the 2019-20 year. Durham Bus Services is the district’s transportation provider.  Buses will run as close as possible to the published schedule. However, the first several weeks of a school year are a period of adjustment. Routes will not run early, but may occasionally run late, until adjustments are made. Officials ask for the community’s patience as it works through any potential transportation issues.  view article arw

Two Longview ISD 4-year-olds’ parents spent Thursday afternoon trying to locate their children after a bus mix-up. Madison Stowe called the News-Journal about 4 p.m. Thursday and said her child, Carter, and her neighbor’s child were misplaced and did not get off the bus. Stowe said she called the district and Longview police. view article arw

Police are on the scene of a wreck involving a Pine Tree ISD bus in Longview in which officials say no children were injured. There were children on the bus at the time of the wreck that happened on Suzanne Drive, according to Longview police spokeswoman Kristie Brian. view article arw

It's just the second week of school at a Cedar Park charter school, but this morning kids were left standing at the bus stop -- without a bus.  The school says it was "an oversight." There are conflicting reports of what happened Wednesday morning -- but the one thing that everyone agrees on: elementary age kids were left standing at the bus stop.  Harmony Science Academy Cedar Park students who live in Round Rock wait for the bus outside of a church in Round Rock. But Wednesday morning, some of them were left waiting for a bus that never showed. view article arw

Abilene Independent School District (AISD) now has a way to keep track of all buses and students riding them, thanks to new technology called Smart Tag. “They get on, they will scan on, and I will be able to see from my position who scanned on,” said Rhonda Webbs, Abilene ISD Bus Driver. view article arw

A spokeswoman with the San Antonio Independent School District confirmed that a man arrested Wednesday in connection with a deadly hit-and-run crash earlier this year worked as a school bus driver. view article arw

As the first day of classes for San Angelo ISD students approaches, authorities want everyone to be mindful of children (and the law) when they hit the road. Officers will be running speed enforcement in school zones over the next few weeks. Everyone must abide by the speed limit when in an active school zone. view article arw

Mesquite ISD canceled more bus routes earlier this year that originally thought. FOX 4 first reported on Monday of one canceled route that angered parents of some elementary school students. They said they were not notified and are concerned that the walking route goes across a dangerous and busy intersection. FOX 4 has now learned the district discontinued 20 routes to an outcry from parents who say they were not notified. They also say the buses are necessary to get kids to school safely. view article arw

A bus driver for Mesquite ISD was arrested Tuesday after police say he attempted to solicit a child for sex. Ruben Castillo, 63, faces one count of criminal solicitation of a minor to commit sexual assault of a child, Mesquite police said. view article arw

The first day of school started off rocky for some Mesquite ISD students and parents when the school bus never showed. It turns out the district canceled a bus route. And while a letter about that went out in June, not every family got it. view article arw

Walking with a handfull of fellow bus drivers, Addie Allen steps out into the daylight from the Round Rock ISD Transportation East Facility. Hundreds of buses sit glistening in the sun, an uncomfortable and sticky work environment up until a few years ago.  view article arw

Across Texas, hundreds of school districts researched and either implemented or upgraded school safety measures as a result of the deadly Santa Fe High School shooting in May 2018. This year marks the second time the Texas School Safety Center hosted its School Safety Conference with a combined audience of 135 law enforcement agencies and school administrators from 176 districts. Previously, the center hosted separate conferences — one for school-based law enforcement in the summer and one for school administrators in the fall. The center merged the conferences with the approach that everyone should be working together on the topics of school safety and mental health.  view article arw

Northeast ISD starts class Monday and that means we will be seeing a lot more school buses on the roads. Ron Bailey is one of the drivers behind the wheel, and for a lot of students at NEISD, he is the first face they see in the morning to start the school day. view article arw

Houston County (WTVY)-- Houston County Superintendent David Sewell met with staff Wednesday to discuss stiffing heat on school buses.  He is encouraging drivers, when possible, to leave windows open all day so it will be a little cooler when students board in the afternoon.  “We also want to put water on board (for the students) until this heatwave passes,” Sewell said.  Jessica Granger, mother to a first grader, believes if more measures than those aren't implemented a child could die. She advocates air conditioning on all buses. view article arw

As school gets going again this week and next, one local school district is trying some new technology to keep better track of its students.  view article arw

As students in Katy ISD return to school, the district is finding new ways to keep parents informed. The district gave ABC13 an inside look at how it's using the app called Edulog. Each of the district's 620 buses is now equipped with a GPS system that allows parents to locate their child's school bus in real time. view article arw

Fort Bend ISD has the second-highest transportation cost per rider among its district peers, according to an internal audit of FBISD’s student transportation department. The district pays $4.53 per rider compared with Katy ISD’s $5.35 per rider, the highest, and $2.53 per rider paid by Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, the lowest on the list. view article arw

Students in Leander will now be able to keep cooler on the way to school this year. The Leander Independent School District implemented new and retrofitted buses on the fleet equipped with air conditioning. This comes after parents first complained about the lack of A/C to the district last year. CBS Austin first brought this story after parents signed a change.org petition expressing their concerns. view article arw

Students in Keller Independent School District go back to school Wednesday, but some parents are nervous there may be some school bus confusion. This school year, Keller ISD started using a new school bus company, Texas Central School Bus under the parent company of North America Central School Bus (NACSB). view article arw

Monday, August 19 marks the first day of school for Tyler Independent School District students. Students who plan to ride the bus must register by Tuesday, August 13 at 5 p.m. According to Tyler ISD, registration must be done online. If a student is registered after the deadline, the child will have to wait until August 26 before they can ride the bus.  view article arw

These aren't your mom and dad's school buses, and right now you could see where any of them are at any given time on your phone. These buses are using GPS tracking with the Safe Stop app so parents can track buses and see if they are running late to pick their kids up in the morning.  view article arw

National Fleet Tracking, a leading provider of GPS and RFID transportation solutions, announced that Glen Rose ISD is now using the NFT BusView and StudentView platforms. “As a school district that prides itself on exceptional services and an acute focus on student safety, Glen Rose ISD wanted to partner with a company that operated in the same manner and would assist them in improved efficiency to parents and safety for student transportation,” said David English with NFT. “GRISD launched the platform for this school year.” view article arw

Every student who rides a daily bus to Leander schools will have an air-conditioned trip this year. The change comes after parents complained to the board of trustees that their kids were getting off the bus red-faced and drenched with sweat. Parents told KXAN last year that drivers showed them thermometers on buses reading 118 degrees. view article arw

Kilgore ISD will be changing the drop-off and pick-up routes for Chandler Elementary due to construction. Beginning Monday, August 12, parents are encouraged to follow the map below and be patient as the construction is expected to be completed by January 2020. view article arw

Starting this school year, the school district will have to abide by the Texas Education Agency's transfer rules which mandate that districts including McDade can no longer transport students from outside its borders to attend its schools. That rule will be strictly enforced since the Texas Attorney General’s office got involved. view article arw

The Coppell ISD Board of Trustees named several routes as hazardous during Monday night’s board workshop. According to a staff memo, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) allows school districts to obtain supplemental state funding for transporting students who live within two miles of their school but who would be subjected to potentially hazardous conditions if they walked to school. view article arw

Hiring and keeping bus drivers with a commercial driver’s license (CDL) is the main reason why El Campo ISD doesn’t provide transportation to and from school for all of its students. “We need some bus drivers. If I can get two or three bus drivers, then it’s a no-brainer, and we can make it happen. If I don’t get some bus drivers, it’s going to hamper the process,” Superintendent Kelly Waters said. view article arw

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality announced Aug. 5 that Eanes ISD will acquire $1.1 million in federal grant money from the Texas Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Program settlement for the replacement of the district’s diesel school buses. EISD is one of four entities in the Austin area set to receive funds for more environmentally conscious buses. view article arw

School districts rely on the qualified bus drivers in their districts to take care of transporting children to school, field trips and more during the year. If a work environment with flexible guaranteed hours, exceptional wages and outstanding benefits is something that sounds appealing, the position of bus driver could be the right job. view article arw

Drivers in one central Indiana county will have to start going before a judge if they are caught passing a stopped school bus. The change in Delaware County comes as a tougher state law was adopted this year after three siblings were fatally struck in October in northern Indiana's Fulton County while crossing a highway to board their stopped school bus. view article arw