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An Abilene school bus was shot today with a pellet or BB gun resulting in one student on board being hit by some type of projectile. Just after 4 p.m. on Monday, January 23, 2023, The Abilene Police Department responded to a call near the 200 block of Arnold Blvd. An AISD school bus was transporting about 25 children home from school when the driver said the bus was hit by some sort of projectile, possibly from a pellet or BB gun. view article arw

Martinsville ISD will have electric-powered buses taking their students to and from school. “We’re always looking for ways to extend dollars at a small rural school,” said Martinsville ISD Assistant Superintendent Will Cauthen. Through the Environmental Protection Agency Clean School Bus Program, the school district was awarded a grant to purchase four new electric school buses. view article arw

Texas Health and Human Services are investigating a Greenspoint-area day care after a bus driver is accused of leaving a 4-year-old at his elementary school alone. "That's my child's life, his safety," Melissa Luna, the little boy's mother, said. The single mom, who works full-time, says she's been using La Petite Academy near Greenspoint Mall for the entire school year, relying on them to get her son to pre-kindergarten at Aldine ISD. view article arw

A Sulphur Springs ISD student was struck by a car while they were trying to cross the street to get onto the school bus Tuesday morning. According to the district, the student was examined by EMS after getting struck by the car. They were released with minor injuries. view article arw

By 2045, the Killeen-Temple Metropolitan Planning Organization found that within Killeen, Temple, Belton and Copperas Cove... more than 206,000 people and 105,000 jobs will be added. This in itself naturally calls for the expansion of resources like schools, bus stations and other resources. view article arw

Like many other school districts, Longview ISD is experiencing a bus driver shortage. Coming back from the holiday break, the district faced some problems pertaining to the buses. Transportation Coordinators for Longview ISD Darryl Dans and John Mathis said they started the 2022, 2023 school year five bus drivers short. When the two were hired in September, they were able to fill those spots. Now starting the spring semester, they are back down three bus drivers short. view article arw

The Argyle ISD board approved nearly $3 million for renovation work at two district locations. The board approved the funding to go toward renovating two district buildings to be used for the transportation and maintenance departments. The funding for the project comes from the 2017 bond. The project was awarded to Tegrity Contractors for almost $2.9 million, but an additional $100,000 was included in the final approval cost for contingency to cover unforeseen issues, the district’s Construction Manager Jeff Koehn said during the Dec. 12 meeting. view article arw

An investigation is underway after a crash involving an Alief ISD bus and a driver that was reportedly under the influence in southwest Houston Thursday, district officials said. It happened around 6:32 a.m. on W. Sam Houston Parkway S. and Bellaire Boulevard. According to Craig Eichhorn with Alief ISD, the driver of the at-fault vehicle ran a red light. The driver was reportedly under the influence and was driving without a license, Eichorn said. view article arw

AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) - The Amarillo chapter of the national Teamsters union said today local school bus drivers and monitors have voted to join the union.  The work for First Student, a national company that provides transportation for Amarillo ISD students.  A news release says some issues that need to be addressed include seniority, medical benefits and holiday pay.  “I’m excited that we’ll get to address things like seniority, medical benefits, holiday pay and much more,” said Driver Johnny Turner. “The message I have for other workers who are thinking about forming their union is they should engage in this fight and do all that they can - not only to help us or themselves, but to help everyone. Especially our children, the citizens of tomorrow.” view article arw

Four students are getting monitored and receiving treatment for injuries after a Tyler ISD school bus was involved in a wreck Monday afternoon. According to Tyler police, the bus was involved in a crash at the Northwest Loop 323 and Lion Lane. view article arw

A Tyler ISD bus with students onboard was involved in a crash Monday afternoon. Tyler Police Public Information Officer Andy Erbaugh confirmed police were called to the scene of Lion Lane and North Northwest Loop 323 just before 3 p.m. Monday. Fire crews were called to the scene minutes later to assist with the response. view article arw

Frisco ISD’s transportation operations consist of three stations, or transportation facilities. When Severance started, R.L Barrow, the original station, consisted of one mechanic and a transportation supervisor that were responsible for transporting 220 students. R.L. Barrow is where Severance, the current assistant director of transportation, manages the special needs transportation operations. Last month just prior to the start of the Transporting Students with Disabilities and Special Needs National Conference, she reflected with School Transportation News how much the district has grown in her over 20-year career at Frisco. STN received an in-person tour of the transportation operations at Frisco ISD. view article arw

Houston Independent School District is hopping on the city’s net-zero carbon emissions bus, so to speak, thanks to more than $6.2 million in funding from the Environmental Protection Agency. The funds are part of the EPA’s Clean School Bus Program Fiscal Year 2022 rebate competition, which will award nearly $51 million in funds from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to Texas school districts, and $965 million in total to districts around the country. view article arw

This is the first piece in a two-part series, The Texas Story, a special report from the George W. Bush Institute on paths to opportunity for young people in select Texas regions. Are young Texans on track for prosperous, self-determined lives? How do we know? And what might the outcomes mean for students and communities in other states? In a prior series last year, we explored these questions in Dallas, Houston and Austin. This fall, we visit two smaller Texas cities — Midland and Longview. This piece examines the challenges that school districts in the two cities face in preparing students for the modern workforce. Towering metropolitan populations dominate the storyline of modern Texas. The 13 largest cities in the United States include five from Texas: Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Austin and Fort Worth. The Texas Triangle, a megaregion in the middle of the state that includes those five main urban centers, is home to nearly 21 million of the state’s 28.6 million residents. The rest of the state’s 7.5 million residents — still greater than the population of 30 smaller states — live in rural areas, small towns and moderately sized cities. view article arw

A United ISD student has been arrested for assaulting another student in a school bus, according to the United ISD Police Department. Jesus Armando Guerrero, 17, was served with an arrest warrant on Nov. 28 charging him with assault. On Nov. 10, a United ISD police officer assigned to the S.T.E.P. Academy on 1600 Espejo Molina Road received information about an incident that occurred the day before. view article arw

Two Elkhart High School senior cheerleaders, Kassidy Thomas and Aly Henderson, along with cheer sponsor Pepper Thomas are recovering from their serious injuries since the rollover bus wreck on Oct. 28. view article arw

An Aldine ISD school bus was involved in a crash in northwest Harris County Friday, Precinct 4 constable deputies said. It happened on Kenswick Drive and FM 1960 West Road. Constable deputies said they received a call in reference to a crash involving an occupied school bus and a sedan. view article arw

The Coppell ISD Board held its regular meeting Monday, Nov. 14 and addressed transportation updates in the district to combat driver shortages.  Kacy Davis, the general manager in Coppell for Durham School Services, and Richard Lindell, the regional manager for Durham School Services, gave a presentation on transportation in the district and answered questions from the board.  CISD transports 6,171 students daily with 41 routes and are currently addressing bus driver shortages. In an effort to address the driver shortage, the district has been going through recruiting efforts.  Since Oct. 1, CISD has emailed 200 bus driver leads from multiple sources. If there is no response in two days, they call the candidate. Of these 200 leads, only 15 have turned into applications. Of these 15 applications, the district has had 10 candidates clear the background check and of these 10 cleared, only two so far have made it to training.  The district is also providing Z Pass Badges for all students to help Durham School Services and CISD learn more about bus operations.  Badge distribution for all participating campuses will take place Nov. 28 when the district returns from Thanksgiving break. Only a few campuses remain to assign badges to students. Once distributed, Z Pass Badges will provide information for the district including consistent loading and drop-off times per shuttle daily. view article arw

Refugio ISD was among 13 school districts in Texas chosen announced as Fiscal Year 2022 recipients of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean School Bus Program rebate competition, according to an EPA news release distributed on Oct. 26. Refugio ISD was selected to receive $1,185,000 for the program, which is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save money for school districts and produce cleaner air, according to the release. A total of $50,980,000 was awarded the Texas school districts. Other school districts selected were Dallas, Socorro, North Hopkins, Wolfe City, Queen City, Kilgore, Cushing, Martinsville, Killeen, Houston, Matagorda and San Felipe-Del Rio. “President Biden’s historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is accelerating our nation’s transition to electric and low-emission school buses while ensuring a brighter, healthier future for our children,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. view article arw

Lufkin ISD is in the last phase of implementing its new SMART tag system. This system allows the district, bus drivers, and parents to know when students get on and off the bus and for the district to be able to track their buses on routes. Lufkin ISD runs 35 different routes when picking up and dropping off students. Each bus has anywhere from 50 to 60 students on board. The SMART tag system now in place helps bus drivers know who is on their bus and how many students should get off and on at each stop and allows for the district to track the bus on its route. view article arw

Conroe ISD is facing a shortage of bus drivers, in part due to enrollment growth exceeding projections, according to district officials. Assistant Superintendent of Operations Chris McCord said the district transports around 40,000 children, which is 2,400 more than were transported in October 2021. Enrollment in the district was 69,515 for the 2022-23 school year, not all of whom require busing, according to CISD. The district runs 382 bus routes—up from 371 last year—36 of which do not have a permanent driver, McCord said. view article arw

Dallas ISD will be getting 25 new electric school buses as part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean School Bus program, Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde announced Tuesday. The district, one of 13 in Texas selected for the EPA program, will receive $7.6 to fund the buses and build the necessary infrastructure. The Clean School Bus Program reduces greenhouse gas emissions, saves money for school districts and produces cleaner air, ultimately benefiting students across the country. view article arw

A student with the La Joya Independent School District is being credited with helping save 18 other students during a Thursday bus ride home. The students at Juarez Lincoln High School were on a bus driven by 60-year-old Jesus Garcia, who suffered a medical emergency behind the wheel, according to La Joya ISD Police Chief Raul Gonzalez. The bus ended up crashing through a fence on school property. RELATED: La Joya ISD police chief: School bus driver suffers medical condition, crashes into school property with students onboard Gonzalez said a female student was able to grab the wheel and hit the brakes. view article arw

Law enforcement is investigating after a student from Perryton ISD brought a gun on the school bus. According to the release, on Wednesday, Nov. 2, a Perryton ISD student brought a gun onto the bus and a student saw it. The release says, law enforcement is involved and it is a ongoing investigation. view article arw

La Joya ISD police chief: School bus driver suffers medical condition, crashes into school property with students onboard November 03, 2022 7:37 PM in News - Local Share: A school bus driver who suffered a medical condition while students were onboard crashed into school property on Thursday and was later pronounced dead at a local hospital, according to the La Joya Independent School District police chief. No students were injured in the incident. The 60-year-old bus driver was transporting students from Juarez Lincoln High School when he suffered a “medical condition” behind the wheel at 4:45 p.m. according to La Joya ISD police Chief Raul Gonzalez. The medical condition caused the bus to crash through the fence of the district’s transportation station, located on 7415 7-Mile Line and Western road north of La Joya. view article arw

The Dallas Independent School District will soon have a new and possibly quieter transportation system for students. President Joe Biden signed an infrastructure law, which gave Dallas ISD $7.6 million in funding towards the purchase of 25 electric school buses. WFAA reports that Dallas ISD was named as one of the recipients of the funding, which comes from the EPA's clean school bus program. Dallas ISD is one of 13 Texas districts that are receiving these electric school buses. A total of 144 of these buses are being given to districts across Texas. North Texas Congressman Colin Allred released a statement to WFAA saying: "This is great news for Dallas schools and shows how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law continues to deliver and how North Texas school districts can lead the nation in the adoption of this technology." Allred was one of the leaders to urge schools to apply for this funding opportunity. According to WFAA, the EPA will distribute $913 million in funding for these new electric buses to districts all across the country. The EPA said that 95% of these buses will be electric. North Texas Congresswoman Bernice Johnson told WFAA in a statement: view article arw

On Tuesday morning, the Wharton County Sheriff’s Office reported a minor accident involving an El Campo school bus. The accident occurred at County Road 405 and 406, southeast of El Campo. Six students occupied the school bus at the time of the accident but were not injured, according to authorities. view article arw

Students in the Dallas Independent School District will soon be seeing a new (and possibly quieter) way of getting to school. As part of the infrastructure law signed by President Joe Biden nearly a year ago, Dallas ISD will be receiving $7.6 million in funding toward 25 new electric school buses. Last week, Dallas ISD was named as one of recipients for the funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's clean school bus program, which is giving $50 million to school districts in Texas. view article arw

WASHINGTON – Historic investment from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law headed to all 50 states in effort to transform America’s school bus fleet. The Biden-Harris Administration announced the Fiscal Year 2022 recipients of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean School Bus Program rebate competition, awarding $50,980,000 from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to Texas school districts. The grants will help 13 school districts purchase 144 clean school buses that will accelerate the transition to zero-emissions vehicles and produce cleaner air in and around schools and communities. “This is great news for Dallas schools and shows how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law continues to deliver and how North Texas school districts can lead the nation in the adoption of this technology,” said Congressman Colin Allred, a member of the Transporation and Infrastructure Committee. “I am a graduate of Dallas public schools, and I took the bus when I was growing up, so I know how important this service is for families. I was glad to join the EPA this summer in urging our schools to apply for this funding and I am proud that Dallas ISD will receive 25 clean, pollution-free electric school buses.” view article arw

Elkhart students involved in a bus wreck Friday have all been released from the hospital. Fifteen people, including 12 students, suffered injuries when an Elkhart ISD bus was involved in a rollover wreck Friday afternoon. The road had standing water, and it was raining at the time of the crash. The bus driver has also been cited for driving at an unsafe speed. view article arw

The Biden-Harris Administration announced the Fiscal Year 2022 recipients of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean School Bus Program rebate competition, awarding $50,980,000 from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to Texas school districts including $790,000 to Matagorda ISD. The grants will help 13 school districts purchase 144 clean school buses that will accelerate the transition to zero emissions vehicles and produce cleaner air in and around schools and communities. view article arw

School leaders are offering more money and paid training for potential bus drivers. Some routes still go unserved. - NACOGDOCHES — East Texas towns come to life on fall Friday nights when fans decked out in school colors fill stadiums to cheer on their high school football team. Marching bands, cheerleaders and drill teams ignite competitive spirits when decades-old rivalries kick off. So when a shortage of bus drivers prevented Nacogdoches High School from transporting those student groups to an away football game in Titus County this month, the town was disheartened. “The atmosphere is really not the same without the band and drill team there, playing and making noise for the team,” said Adrian Belista, a junior at Nacogdoches High and drum major for the band. “It was kind of like a missing piece.” view article arw

Killeen ISD has been chosen as one of 12 districts in the state to receive an Environmental Protection Agency Clean School Bus Program grant. According to a KISD news release, the grant includes 25 electric buses and almost $9 million “to improve air quality for our students and community.” view article arw

Round Rock ISD Transportation Department was notified late this week that beginning Monday, October 31st, the Williamson County Great Oaks Drive Bridge at Brushy Creek project will have a change in traffic pattern that is anticipated to last at least three to four months. view article arw

Houston schools are taking a step alongside other districts across the United States to reduce bus emissions. Houston Independent School District will replace some heavy polluting buses with new, cleaner ones. Texas school districts were recently awarded $50.98 million to shift away from diesel buses and of that money, $6,224,000 is headed to HISD.  More kids to ride in 'clean' school buses, mostly electric Of the 1,033 district buses — transporting 15,000 students annually — 25 will be replaced with cleaner vehicles. The additions are expected to hit the ground in 2024. Diesel buses, the ones targeted for replacement in this initiative, are linked to asthma and other harmful health conditions. view article arw