Authorities say a man has been arrested after a video showed him speeding through a yard and around a school bus that had its stop-sign arm extended as children boarded the bus near a suburban St. Louis elementary school. KSDK-TV reports that police say the 52-year-old man blamed a mechanical failure for swerving around a car that was stopped for the bus Wednesday morning in Ballwin. The car is seen going up on a sidewalk and around the bus on video that the Parkway Schools posted on Facebook . view article arw

EMS personnel checked one student out after a Corrigan-Camden ISD school bus was involved in a two-vehicle wreck on U.S. Highway 59 Wednesday afternoon. Three people in the transport van that struck the bus were injured. Sherry Hughes, the Corrigan-Camden ISD superintendent, said that a CCISD school bus was dropping off students Wednesday afternoon when it was struck from behind by a transport van after its driver failed to stop for the bus. view article arw

One week, two buses rear ended

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Navasota ISD school bus #6 was involved in an accident Wednesday afternoon along the State Highway 6 northbound feeder road in Navasota. According to authorities, the bus was rear ended by a truck and sustained damage. There was one elementary student on the bus and the driver. Neither occupant was identified, but the student was taken to the hospital for observation due to an underlying medical condition. view article arw

Sealy ISD is mourning the loss of a bus driver who died from a heart attack. School officials say Gerald Gardner had just picked up Sealy Junior High riders and was exiting the school drive onto Highway 90 when he suddenly became unconscious. Due to quick actions taken by three Sealy students, the bus was safely parked and evacuated, officials said. view article arw

Students and staff in Sealy ISD are mourning the loss of a school bus driver who died suddenly while driving kids home Thursday. Some Sealy ISD students jumped into action when Gerald Gardner suddenly collapsed behind the wheel. Gardner had just picked up his Sealy Junior High riders and was exiting the school drive onto Highway 90 when he lost consciousness. view article arw

Sealy ISD is mourning a bus driver who collapsed and died in the middle of his duties on Thursday. Driver Gerald Gardner had just picked up his riders last week at Sealy Junior High when he suddenly lost consciousness, according to KTRK-TV/13. He was leaving the campus and getting onto Highway 90. The man had gone into cardiac arrest and later died despite attempts by three good Samaritans and the Sealy Fire Department to revive him. Three Sealy students had managed to safely park and evacuate the vehicle. view article arw

Three teenage students in Southeast Texas steered a crowded school bus to safety after the driver was stricken with a heart attack. Gerald Gardner, 73, was leaving Sealy Junior High School Thursday after picking up students when he lost consciousness, KHOU-TV reported. view article arw

Dallas ISD is currently doing a lot of things right. But the district is having a difficult time trying to run a bus system. Dallas County Schools operated the bus system until voters decided to do away with that organization because of corruption view article arw

Students riding the bus within the Dallas Independent School District are feeling the effects of a bus driver shortage that the district is working overtime to manage and resolve. Dallas County Schools used to operate buses for the district, but no longer after voters decided to close its doors last year amid a corruption scandal that took down Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway. view article arw

A father upset that his 7-year-old daughter has to be up before 5 a.m. to catch a bus, then ride 2 hours to school, claims Aldine ISD officials told him, “tough luck.” Sydnee Jones, 7, dreams big. “I want to be like Simone Biles,” she said. view article arw

Several Longview-area school districts still are adjusting bus routes to accommodate their growing student populations. White Oak ISD transportation director Scott Stagner said he keeps an eye on enrollment numbers to amend the district’s nine regular routes and three special-needs routes as needed. “Because of people moving into different homes and accessing transportation that is at the school, we have a large number (of students) on one bus,” Stagner said. “So twice, we have had to call a relief bus that takes a few of the children off and runs down the street. We drop them off, and that way the other bus can get on its way and run its normal route.” view article arw

There’s been an early shakeup in Dallas ISD’s effort to run its own bus system, as the district’s recently-hired transportation chief resigned to take a similar job near Houston. The announcement of Kayne Smith’s departure comes as the district acknowledges a very shaky start. view article arw

Dallas Independent School District’s bus service has a new issue to deal with: it needs someone in charge. Kayne Smith, the new executive director of student transportation, has resigned after less than one year on the job. He said he is returning home to the Houston area. DISD Superintendent Mike Hinojosa says in addition to struggling with a bus driver shortage, the district also had some flawed bus routes which made buses late picking up students. He's working to make changes. view article arw

Del Valle High School students are being evaluated after a bus crash that happened while they were being driven to school Wednesday morning. The spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety says they first got a call to respond to the intersection of State Highway 71 and Ross Road around 8:19 a.m. view article arw

At the start of the school year, Dallas ISD's transportation chief Kayne Smith asked parents to be patient with the district's new bus service.  In any system, especially a fledgling one like DISD's, the general rule of thumb is that it takes two to three weeks for wrinkles to be ironed out, he said. As it turns out, Smith won't be around to see that happen. He issued his resignation at the start of the week, and will leave for the Houston area's Cypress Fairbanks ISD on Friday, where he will become its new transportation chief. view article arw

After four days of frustration over Houston ISD’s new transportation system, which parents widely have derided, Amanda Marshall wanted to know exactly how her 10-year-old son, Henry, was getting to his magnet school. view article arw

Students forced to walk more than two-miles to school promised bus rides no later than Tuesday were stranded again in northeast Houston. Houston ISD’s Chief Operations Officer Brian Busby said the district is working to fix the problem but did not give a specific date. “You fix it in this area but then there’s an issue over here because we’re so large,” Busby said. view article arw

Houston ISD announced changes to its bus services Friday, including new pick-up and drop-off times for an unspecified number of students, after families across the district complained about delays and disorganization during the first week of school. view article arw

Kids in a Central Texas school district may be a little more relaxed on their way to school Tuesday morning thanks to potentially less crowded buses. School leaders in Hays County said they've made changes to deal with overcrowded buses by adjusting their routes to neighborhoods and then to their schools. Hays Consolidated Independent School District posted on Facebook Sunday night, asking parents to check their email or the transportation tab on the parent portal website for changes to their child's route. view article arw

Houston ISD administrators apologized after leaving kids as young as 5 years old stranded with no ride to or from school. The district’s chief operating officer Brian Busby said a computer glitch affected bus routes for students at seven schools in northeast Houston. “We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused our students and their families,” Busby said in a statement. “Transporting students safely to and from school is our number one priority and we are working hard to address the challenges.” view article arw

San Antonio drivers will soon be fined for speeding around some stopped school buses. San Antonio Independent School District installed a dozen new cameras on each of their 200 buses. view article arw

Centerville ISD is investigating after a child was left on a school bus on Monday for the entire school day. Centerville ISD Superintendent Jason Jeitz says the second grader was left on the bus in the morning, and was found later at the end of the school day. Jeitz says the bus driver responsible for that shift has been terminated from the district. The reason why the child was left on the bus is still under investigation. view article arw

With outdoor temperatures rising above 100 degrees this month, temperatures aboard some Leander ISD school buses have also swelled, with some reporting temperatures above 115 degrees.  “It was 117 degrees inside a bus where there were 5-year-olds," Carmen Paz, a mother of three, told the LISD board of trustees last week. Currently, Leander ISD operates 180 buses that do not have air conditioning.  view article arw

Three days into the new school year, parents of Houston Independent School District magnet students who ride the bus say a new hub system isn't working. Complaints include long waits for pickups from the hub locations, causing missed classroom time and late drop-offs after school.  "They said the hub was supposed to improve an already struggling transportation system but it only made it worse," said parent Travis McGee, who drops his twins off at the Bastian Elementary School hub.  view article arw

A chase ended Wednesday after the driver crashed into a Spring Branch ISD school bus, police said. Police said the car was believed to be stolen. The incident was reported around 3:20 p.m. in front of Northbrook High School, prompting a school lock-in, according to Spring Branch ISD police.  view article arw

A bus driver shortage in Pearland is creating extra work for some employees and opening new opportunities to the public. Pearland Independent School District is short 18 bus drivers. Where the district is lacking in drivers, it makes up with character. “That’s why I do it, for the kids,” said Transportation Director, Raul Cruz. view article arw

A Comal Independent School District bus stop is worrying some parents within one neighborhood. “Just pull it off the highway,” said Sarah McDaniel. “Get it away from the heavy traffic.” view article arw

A man was killed Tuesday morning after crashing into a Whitesboro ISD school bus. Troopers tell us the bus had stopped for pick up around 7:15 a.m. with red lights activated when a Chevrolet Impala crashed into the back of the bus on East US Highway 82 near County Road 179 west of Whitesboro near the Grayson/Cooke county line. "There were 32 passengers and the driver on the bus. No one on the bus suffered serious injuries," Lonny Haschel, Staff Lieutenant for the Texas Department of Public Safety said. "The driver of the Chevrolet died at the scene." view article arw

The superintendent of Northwest Community Schools sent a letter to parents on Sunday as a result of an investigation in a substitute bus driver and the "situation" that happened on Thursday. In the letter, Geoff Bontrager said the district has finished its review of video of the on-bus cameras. Bontrager said the bus, number 23, left the elementary complex approximately 10 to 15 minutes late. He added, that's not unusual for the first few days of school, while students, teachers, and drivers are learning new bus routes. view article arw

Decatur ISD trustees designated hazardous transportation routes on U.S. 81/287 and U.S. 380 Monday, opening bus service to students living within two miles of a school if they have to cross one of the roadways to get to campus. Assistant Superintendent for Operations Steve White recommended the designation that will affect students at Carson and Rann elementary, Decatur Intermediate and McCarroll Middle School campuses. He also recommended that Carson and Decatur High School students living across the BNSF Railroad in Decatur Acres be eligible for bus service. view article arw

The Northwest Independent School District begins the 2018-19 school year on Monday with new school buses equipped with seat belts. In a school district video, NISD Superintendent Ryder Warren and a bunch of NISD students introduced 240 new buses for the 2018-19 school year, each equipped with new safety features, such as seat belts, back-up cameras and GPS monitoring systems. view article arw

After the Houston Independent School District spent millions on fancy charter buses last year, the district spent the summer overhauling its transportation program, to erase what some critics call a waste of taxpayer money. HISD had spent more than $8 million on the fancy charter fleet to get students to and from school on more than two dozen daily routes. What normally cost around $234 a day for a regular school bus, was instead costing $400-$450 for a one-way trip on a contracted charter bus. view article arw

Three days into the new school year, the Dallas Independent School District is short as many as 100 bus drivers to take students to and from school. The district was asking current employees to consider picking up extra shifts driving a route until more drivers could be hired over the weekend. view article arw

School buses back on the road are symbolic of the new school year, but their return can be heart-wrenching for some, especially a group of Houston-area moms. “I start reliving it all over again,” Sheanine Chatman said. In September 2015, Chatman lost her daughter, Janiecia, when the Houston Independent School District bus she was traveling in tumbled off an overpass along the 610 South Loop. view article arw

Dallas ISD responded to concerns Wednesday over bus problems during the first week back to school under its new program. Until now, the program was operated under the now dissolved Dallas County Schools. “It’s a new process for us as it is for eight other school districts in the area, so we’re doing everything we can to work through the issues and deal with the driver shortage. We’re seeing incremental improvement every day, and we think by next week we should be in a better situation,” said Deputy Superintendent for Operations Scott Layne. view article arw