The driver of a tour bus that crashed into an Alabama ravine, killing him and injuring Channelview ISD band students on their way home, died from blunt force trauma, according to a preliminary autopsy report. The finding does not rule out that the driver experienced a medical emergency before the crash, Baldwin County Coroner Stan Vinson said. view article arw

The Latest on the crash of a charter bus carrying members of a high school band (all times local): view article arw

People across the country are sending their thoughts and prayers to everyone involved in the bus crash carrying Channelview High School band members. The bus driver died, and many students are in the hospital with injuries from the crash that happened Tuesday morning in Baldwin County, Alabama. view article arw

The driver died and passengers were injured when a bus carrying band members from a Texas school crashed Tuesday in Alabama, authorities said.Robyn Bradley Bryan, a spokeswoman for the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, said in an email that there were “multiple injuries” in the early morning crash. The injured were taken to hospitals in Alabama and Florida. At a Tuesday morning news conference, Capt. John Malone of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, told reporters the driver of the bus died in the single-vehicle crash. view article arw

Aliza Delgado was fast asleep in the early morning hours of  Tuesday on a charter bus carrying her and bandmates from Channelview High School back home from a Spring Break trip to Disney World. The voice of  her band director, who was yelling something, awoke her. That's when she realized she'd been in a crash that sent the bus plunging 50 feet down into an Alabama ravine. "She was crying a storm," said her father, Joe Delgado, who spoke to his daughter shortly after the crash that killed the bus driver and injured dozens of her classmates. view article arw

Bus drivers employed by Killeen Independent School District get paid less on average than comparable districts around the state, with several having less than a year of experience driving buses. Director of Transportation Services Edward Thomas said in a Feb. 27 workshop that ex-bus drivers, in exit interviews, say higher pay for more hours elsewhere convince them to leave the district. There were 50 bus driver vacancies as of the Feb. 27 workshop, according to Chief Human Resources Officer Steve Cook. view article arw

A woman was injured after being hit by a Spring Branch ISD school bus Friday morning, according to authorities. view article arw

If you add up their years of service, the three names now affixed to the Katy Independent School District's transportation centers devoted nearly a century to students in the district. "These namesakes are not only known as bus drivers who transported thousands of children to and from school every day, they were mentors, teachers, leaders and friends," Bill Wood, executive director of Katy ISD's transportation department said during Sunday's dedication ceremony of the district's West, South and East Transportation Centers. view article arw

If you add up their years of service, the three names now affixed to the Katy Independent School District's transportation centers devoted nearly a century to students in the district. "These namesakes are not only known as bus drivers who transported thousands of children to and from school every day, they were mentors, teachers, leaders and friends," Bill Wood, executive director of Katy ISD's transportation department said during Sunday's dedication ceremony of the district's West, South and East Transportation Centers. view article arw

Dallas Independent School District looks to take a page or two from how nearby Cypress-Fairbanks ISD conducts its school transportation operations, reports NBC-DFW. As school bus service provider Dallas County Schools was being investigated and closed down for internal corruption last year, Dallas ISD decided to institute its own school bus operation. Officials say they plan to use the money-saving and technologically forward strategies employed by Cy-Fair ISD. view article arw

First responders and DPS were called to the scene of a multi-vehicle crash involving a school bus, south of Tyler, Monday morning. According to authorities, around 7:15 a.m. a Whitehouse ISD bus was struck from behind on Farm-to-Market Road 346 at County Road 15. view article arw

Groesbeck and Marlin school districts are butting heads over whether Groesbeck can continue to bus in transfer students from Marlin. Marlin Independent School District officials have said they will no longer allow other districts to bus transfer students out. A ruling by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in October prohibits the practice without a formal agreement between both districts, Marlin officials have said. They have no plans to allow other districts to operate regular bus service in the district. view article arw

Northwest ISD switches bus services

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After 17 years with Durham School Services, Northwest ISD is changing transportation providers for next school year. The district’s trustees earlier this month approved a switch to Reliant Transportation to provide bus service for the more than 13,000 students who ride the bus daily. The administration recommended the change to Reliant after receiving bids from five vendors. Northwest ISD Executive Director of Communications Emily Conklin said the district is working to negotiate a contract with Reliant. The district’s purchasing department requested awarding a five-year contract through June 30, 2023. view article arw

A day in the life of a bus driver. In addition to regular morning and evening routes, Leander ISD bus drivers have opportunities to work for field trips on evenings, weekends and between daily routes.  view article arw

At first glance, it appears to be a school bus that's seen its fair share of better days. But an even closer look is disturbing for some parents and students in Galveston ISD who said the visible rust is enough to be alarmed. Doesn't look very safe to me. My kids don't take the bus, not very often. But they do go on school events. Yeah, I'd like them to be a lot safer," Phil Morisset said. view article arw

If you're looking for a job, you may want to check out Katy ISD. The district is hiring more full and part-time school bus drivers to deal with a shortage. view article arw

Katy ISD leaders are expected to discuss the district’s recent transportation survey, the 2018-19 school year calendar and the future of bilingual programs at Fielder Elementary School during their Monday board of trustees work study. All three issues have received feedback from community members in recent months. The district conducted a public survey on school bus routes and start times in January, as well as a survey on school calendar options in January and early February. view article arw

The Irving Independent School District has selected a new bus provider to replace Dallas County Schools. Irving said they've signed a five-year deal with Ohio-based First Student, an international transportation company that currently carries 5 million students per day, 25,000 of whom are in Texas. “Student safety is our top priority,” said Irving ISD Superintendent of Schools of Schools Jose L. Parra, Ed.D. view article arw

The Katy Independent School District is hiring bus drivers. The starting wage is $16.66 per hour, plus benefits. Bus drivers are off during the summer and school vacations. Katy Magazine reports the position offers day care for bus drivers’ children for $2 per day, per child that are 18 months of age through elementary school age.   view article arw

At Monday night’s Lewisville ISD trustee meeting, Chief Financial Officer Mike Ball told trustees district officials are analyzing bus routes to prepare recommendations for the 2018‐19 hazardous bus routes. Per the Texas Education Code: “A hazardous condition exists where no walkway is provided and children must walk along or cross a freeway or expressway, an underpass, an overpass or a bridge, an uncontrolled major traffic artery, an industrial or commercial area, or another comparable condition.” view article arw

Interesting picture! AUSTIN (KXAN) — A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper in a highway patrol car crashed with a school bus carrying 36 children and an SUV near the intersection of East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Springdale Road.  Officers were called to the crash at 4:43 p.m. Monday. Video sent to KXAN showed an Apple Bus Company school bus in the right lane of eastbound MLK in what appeared to be a head-on collision with the trooper. view article arw

While Dallas ISD's move to build its own school bus system will be complicated by a national shortage in drivers, administrators are hopeful they can launch next year with enough drivers to get students to class. The district is building its own transportation system after voters decided to close down provider Dallas County Schools, a government agency mired in financial mismanagement and questionable business deals. view article arw

Each weekday, Sophie Enamorado shows up at Beck Junior High School around 6:30 a.m., about an hour before the first bell rings. The Houston Chronicle reports she's not there for an early-morning club meeting or tutoring. It's the only time her mother, Sarah, can drop her off before heading to work 30 miles away in Houston. Sarah Enamorado said she no longer lets her daughter ride Katy Independent School District buses because after Hurricane Harvey, the district reduced the number bus stops in her neighborhood — leaving her daughter with a longer walk on busy roads in the morning darkness. view article arw

Applicants for the new Dallas Independent School District transportation department exceed openings in most categories, and Dallas ISD will get more than enough buses from troubled bus agency Dallas County Schools.  That's the update Dallas ISD trustees heard from staff Thursday as the school district scrambles to launch its own transportation department.  Voters decided in November to close DCS after a year of NBC 5 Investigatesreports on scandals at the bus agency which serves nine North Texas school districts. view article arw

Bus safety is always a number one priority for transportation directors at any school district, and at Gilmer ISD, experienced drivers went through some of the worst scenarios imaginable. But it was all done in a virtual world. Emma Derrick Fasion drives a bus for Gilmer ISD, and so does her nephew Je’Non Derrick. The wheels on her bus have been going round and round for 19 years, his for about three. Larry Thornton, a Safety Training Specialist with the Region 6 Education Service Center out of Huntsville, is going to take them for a ride in a bus simulator. view article arw

A Texas middle school student sprang into action and guided a school bus to safety last week after he noticed the driver was suffering a medical emergency. Six students from La Grange Middle School were on the yellow bus on Thursday when the driver began driving erratically. Karson Vega told FOX7 Austin that he noticed something was wrong just minutes into the ride home. “He missed a turn and went into a ditch. Then he had to back up, that's when I started thinking... Then he started making circles and stuff. He was going off into a ditch on almost every turn,” the 13-year-old said. view article arw

The number of citations written for motorist violations related to school buses rose 33.3 percent in Austin ISD from 2016 to 2017, the district reported yesterday in a press release. Although few drivers repeat the offense, the overall number of citations has increased, leading experts to believe many motorists simply do not understand the laws. “There is a low rate of recidivism, where 98 percent of those ticketed do not reoffend, indicating a lesson learned,” AISD Executive Director of Transportation Kris Hafezizadeh said. “Drivers need to be very aware of children walking to and from schools and bus stops.” view article arw

Two La Grange ISD students saved a bus driver last week. According to KVUE, around 5 p.m. Feb. 1, a school bus driver suffered a "medical emergency" on the SH 71 bypass near the Colorado River bridge. He started driving erratically until Karson Vega, a seventh-grader at La Grange Middle School, and Kyler Buzek, a sophomore at La Grange High School, figured out a plan. La Grange ISD Superintendent Bill Wagner told KVUE that Vega took the wheel of the bus and drove it to safety while Buzek called the authorities. view article arw

The Austin Independent School District’s stop-arm cameras on buses have caught approximately 33 percent more drivers running the stop signs in 2017 compared to 2016. The district installed the cameras in 2016, they record automatically every time the stop sign is deployed from the bus, issuing violators citations. The district hoped these cameras would deter drivers from passing or not stopping for school buses, but instead, they’ve found that the number of drivers they’re catching is on the rise. view article arw

Two La Grange ISD students jumped into action last Thursday when their school bus driver had a medical emergency while driving on a bridge over the Colorado River.La Grange Middle School seventh-grader Karson Vega jumped into the driver’s seat when he saw the driver could no longer control the bus and steered the students to safety, as first reported by The Fayette County Record. view article arw

A possible school bus tragedy was avoided thanks to quick thinking by a La Grange ISD middle school student and a high school student. According to La Grange ISD Superintendent Bill Wagner, around 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, a school bus driver suffered a "medical emergency" on the SH 71 bypass near the Colorado River bridge and began driving erratically. view article arw

The deadline to register to vote in the March 6th Texas primary elections is Monday, February 5th. Completed voter registration applications must be postmarked byFebruary 5th in order to be accepted. DO IT TODAY! read more arw

Pflugerville Independent School District students are safe with their parents after their school bus was involved in a crash with a pick-up truck early Saturday morning. view article arw

Fallout from the axed Dallas County Schools bus agency continues as one of the school districts it served has been forced to find a new bus provider for some of its students. The Highland Park ISD school board voted Tuesday to enter into a five-year contract with Durham School Services for the district's busing starting in the 2018-19 school year. Dallas County Schools will provide the service through the end of the current school term. view article arw

Katy Independent School District is seeking the community's input on potential transportation changes due to a shortage of bus drivers. According to the release, Katy ISD is facing transportation challenges which include recruiting and retaining drivers for its current routes as well as safety concerns with congested traffic. view article arw