Carroll ISD bus passes for both individual students and families will be increased for the 2022-23 school year. Bus passes for Carroll ISD students currently cost $250 a year for an individual student and $500 a year for families, according to district documents. Prior to the start of the pandemic in 2020, bus prices were stable from 2017-2020 at $275 for an individual and $550 for families, according to a presentation given to the board of trustees at a May 18 meeting. During the 2020-21 school year, the district saw half of its typical ridership, at 2,029 riders for the year. Prices were lowered to $225 annually for an individual and $450 for families, Matt Miller, assistant superintendent of operations, said during the presentation. view article arw

BRIDGE CITY — Some of our area’s best bus drivers are headed to state.  Bridge City ISD hosted the Regional School Bus Safety Road-e-o May 14.  The Southeast Texas Association competition for pupil transportation showcases bus driving skills and knowledge through written exams and an obstacle course.  Going to state are: view article arw

Highway Patrol Troopers are investigating a crash just outside Kemp involving a school bus carrying children, officials say. Just after 5 p.m. Monday, officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety say a Kemp ISD school bus was traveling east on FM 3396 near County Road 4045A and had stopped to let off two children, when a Chevy Silverado pick-up truck collided into it from behind. view article arw

According to officials at Winnsboro ISD, a bus was involved in a wreck Monday afternoon. The wreck happened at 3:45 p.m. It was a single-vehicle wreck involving bus number seven. All parents or guardians of students were notified and were able to pick up the students at the city auditorium, the district said. The did not elaborate on any injuries to anyone involved. view article arw

BRIDGE CITY — Bridge City Independent School District released the following statement regarding a BCISD student found in possession of marijuana: This morning, a Bridge City ISD student was found to be in possession of marijuana on a school bus. While district police investigated and responded to the incident, students on the school bus involved were moved to a different bus and transported to school. Due to FERPA law, we are unable to provide additional details regarding this incident at this time. view article arw

GLEN ROSE — National Fleet Tracking, a provider in GPS and RFID transportation solutions in the school bus transportation market based in Glen Rose, has added another Texas school district as a client. NFT General Manager Patrick Locke recently announced that Gatesville ISD will begin using such programs as BusView, StudentView, ParentView, RouteView, MaintenanceView and SubDriverView as a way to monitor its transportation services. Glen Rose ISD along with Gatesville ISD, Lake Worth ISD, Pilot Point ISD, Brock ISD, El Campo ISD, Glen Rose ISD, Rio Hondo ISD, Petrolia CISD and Ferris ISD are also partnered with National Fleet Tracking. view article arw

AMARILLO, Texas (KVII) — Hiring bus drivers who meet and pass all requirements is becoming more challenging for school districts across the state and country. As a new federal mandate begins to take effect, districts here in the Texas Panhandle are getting creative at filling the driver’s seat. “The reason I enjoy being a bus driver is because I love helping kids,” said Chris Moon, bus driver/employee at Maverick Boys & Girls Club. view article arw

A frustrated mother has sounded an alarm about the issues her child with disabilities has faced while riding the school bus. “Who will be reliable and held accountable for that,” asked Thea McGee-Jackson. McGee-Jackson said her daughter, Tyairah, 3, was diagnosed with autism, asthma, and has another medical condition that makes her prone to seizures when overheated. Despite that, McGee-Jackson said her daughter has ridden buses without working air conditioning multiple times. She also said her daughter, who attends Blackshear Elementary, has waited 45 minutes or longer for a bus that didn’t show up. view article arw

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WPDE) — A crash involving a school bus Wednesday morning could have 18 people possibly hurt, MEDIC confirmed to WSOC.  The crash happened on Sharon Road West at Sharonbrook Drive at about 6:30 a.m. The whole scene was east of South Boulevard. view article arw

Several Austin ISD bus drivers called into the district’s May 10 board meeting to recommend that trustees keep a planned pay raise for bus drivers, without taking away drivers’ holiday pay.   AISD’s budget proposals for the 2022-23 school year include a $1 million investment towards bus driver pay, which would increase drivers’ minimum hourly wage from $17 to $21 per hour.   A new AISD bus driver making $17 per hour would see a net increase of over $2,500 making $21 an hour even without holiday pay, according to the district’s website. Keeping holiday pay along with the wage increase would cost AISD an additional $2.5 million.  “Why are drivers specifically being targeted with the holiday pay?” an anonymous person who identified themselves as AISD bus driver said in a phone call played at the May 10 meeting. “Why not all classified employees, or all of transportation? Those of us that are staying—the drivers who are staying—should we prepare for this administration to delete or omit our health benefits, our Teacher Retirement System (TRS) benefits, or any other benefits we’re getting through the district?” view article arw

An area school district continues to struggle to provide adequate bus transportation for its students. Frustrated parents are calling it a "huge hassle." "I got a text from my son at 4:00 in the afternoon saying, 'I don't have a way to get home, can someone come and get me?'" says Lindsey Johnson. Johnson is mom to two Comal ISD students. view article arw

The drivers of both vehicles did not need medical attention, but three students on the bus were transported to UT Health Athens with minor injuries.  Three students were injured following a crash involving a school bus from Athens Independent School District Thursday morning.  According to the district, a school bus was traveling west on Loop 7 when a car turned off Robbins Rd. in front of the bus causing a collision.  view article arw

An Athens ISD school bus collided with another vehicle Thursday morning. According to a social media post by Athens ISD, the driver of a Mustang pulled out in front of the bus on Robbins Road as the bus was traveling westbound on Loop 7. Neither the bus driver nor the driver of the Mustang required medical attention. Three students were transported to UT Health - Athens to be treated for minor injuries. view article arw

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DRIPPING SPRINGS — Pumping gasoline into a vehicle is becoming more expensive by the day. To help offset surging fuel prices, Dripping Springs ISD (DSISD) is entering into an interlocal agreement with the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Energy Cooperative.  As of April 27, the national average gas price is $4.134 and the state’s is $3.775, according to data provided by the American Automobile Association (AAA). For Hays County, that is only a few cents cheaper at $3.739. But, that number can change at any time. view article arw

Comal ISD says it sent a message to parents saying return routes would be canceled, but parents did not get the message.  This week, bus rides back home were canceled for some Comal ISD students.  The school district says it tried notifying parents that certain afternoon routes would be canceled, but it wasn’t until Monday that parents and students found out when waiting for a ride home.  Parents say they had to pick up their kids over an hour after school dismissal due to the miscommunication, and that this move left their kids with no way home on Monday. view article arw

To that end, according to Santa Fe ISD, a handful of their school busses have been outfitted with automated camera systems that are designed to record vehicles that do not obey the extended stop signs on the busses. The systems are also evidence used to levy $300 plus fines issued to the owners of the vehicles, which aren’t necessarily the drivers of the vehicles. Some residents have complained that the system is not fair and is quick to generate tickets when the situation is questionable or downright unwarranted. view article arw

The satisfaction of cruising past gas stations without needing to pull in for a fill-up is among the joys of driving an electric vehicle.  It comes with a downside for the state's finances, however, because taxes on the sale of gasoline foot a big portion of the tab for road maintenance and expansion projects in Texas.  The Texas Legislature has noticed.  The number of "alternatively fueled vehicles" in the state — including electric vehicles and all types of hybrids — constitutes only about 1.3% of the 25.2 million vehicles registered here.  But lawmakers are looking to enact new fees on them to make up for the dearth of gas taxes their drivers pay. Similar efforts have failed during previous legislative sessions, but momentum appears to have reached a tipping point. view article arw

There is a crisis happening in school districts across North Texas and beyond: a shortage of bus drivers. It has gotten so bad, there are confirmed reports of students waiting hours before and after school for a bus in some districts. But the solution to this all could be as simple as a job application. "We need bus drivers just really desperately," said Raul Pena, Chief Talent Officer for Fort Worth ISD. "Kids need to go to school and have a great experience." His district is one of many feeling the pain of the bus driver shortage affecting the nation, as they search high and low to fill 100 bus driver positions. view article arw

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Independent School District has proposed plans to give its transportation employees a raise. This would mean moving the minimum wage for bus drivers from $17 to $21 an hour. However, the school district will need to take away their drivers’ holiday pay in order to offset the cost. This has upset some Austin ISD bus drivers, such as Laura Cruz. “We deserve a raise, but we don’t deserve to have our holiday pay taken away,” she said. “We rely on it, because we’re only nine-month employees.” view article arw

PARKER COUNTY, Texas (KETK) – A 6-year-old died after she was hit by a school bus on Monday afternoon near Fort Worth. The incident happened shortly after 4 p.m. on the 400 block of Canyon Creek Circle a neighborhood around seven miles southwest of downtown Weatherford in Parker County, according to our NBC view article arw

McKinney ISD will buy 75 new school buses after approval from the board of trustees at its April 26 meeting. The district’s 2021 bond program allotted $12 million for the purchase of buses, according to meeting documents. MISD expects to buy buses in three separate transactions, the documents stated. The first purchase of 55 buses was approved at a March 22 meeting for about $7.3 million. The second purchase of buses costs a little more than $9 million, according to meeting documents. This tranche consists of 57 77-passenger buses and 18 48-passenger buses, which accommodate wheelchairs. The remaining costs not covered by the bond will come from unused funds from other district projects. view article arw

For the tenth consecutive year, the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD Transportation Department has been ranked among the Top 100 Fleets in the Nation as per Government Fleet, a leading transportation industry magazine and it’s ranking of The 100 Best Fleets in North America. PSJA ISD was the only school district in the Rio Grande Valley Recognized. view article arw

In the growing North Texas region, public transportation options are key for families getting around. “DART is becoming more and more important for all of those riders,” said Gordon Shattles, director of external relations for Dallas Area Rapid Transit, or DART. In the City of Dallas, there is a push to make DART even more accessible to students in Dallas Independent School District. view article arw

t’s not exactly “The Magic School Bus,” but the federal government is promoting options for electric and lower-emission buses for school fleets in and around El Paso, Texas. U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, and EPA officials introduced the Clean School Bus Program which will allocate $5 billion over the next five years to replace school buses around the country, thus reducing emissions. Escobar was joined by EPA Region 6 Administrator Earthea Nance at the March 21 announcement. The EPA is still building the program, Nance said, so many of the details and rules for application will be clarified after the final guidelines are released in April. The $5 billion federal budget for the program dwarfs the agency’s spending on the traditional school bus replacement program, as the $1 billion annual budget is 100 times greater than the $10 million annual average for the last five years. view article arw

A school bus was involved in a crash in Waller County Thursday, deputies with Harris County Sheriff’s Office said. It happened in the 31000 block of FM 2920 around 7:35 a.m. According to officials, the bus was from Waller ISD and was carrying one student. view article arw

McKinney ISD will receive 55 new school buses after approval from the board of trustees at its March 22 meeting. The district’s 2021 bond program allotted $12 million for the purchase of buses, according to meeting documents. MISD expects to buy buses in three separate transactions, the documents stated. The first purchase was approved at the March meeting for about $5.8 million. The new buses consist of 21 48-passenger buses, which accommodate wheelchairs; 15 77-passenger buses; 10 44-passenger buses, known as activity buses; and nine 82-passenger buses. Longhorn Bus Sales, the supplier, estimated the district would receive the buses in about 270 days, although supply-chain issues could delay the arrival. view article arw

After six months of in-town busing, parents and administrators are overall happy with the El Campo ISD program’s results. “I work out of town. It has really helped since I was paying for my kids to have rides or struggling to see how I would even pick view article arw

The Longview ISD Board of Trustees approved a number of items at their meeting on Monday night, including a resolution to expand its bus access, a resignation bonus plan and a new desegregation plan. LISD expands bus access In efforts to be more cautious and provide better safety measures for students, the Longview ISD Board of Trustees on Monday approved a resolution that will allow some students to use the bus even if they live within a 2-mile radius of their school. view article arw

ANDREWS, Texas — The National Transportation Safety Board provided an update Wednesday afternoon after a deadly crash killed nine people and left two others critically wounded. NSTB spokesperson Eric Weiss said the crash happened at 8:17 p.m. Tuesday along Farm to Market Road 1788 near Andrews in Andrews County. Weiss said one coach, previously identified as University of the Southwest Head Golf Coach Tyler James, and eight students were on-board a transit van. A driver and one passenger were inside a pickup truck. Seven people from the van lost their lives, along with both in the pickup. view article arw

Don Reese said he retired as Bridge City's transportation director a couple of years ago because, "I got tired of trying to keep bus drivers."  Then the retiree took a part-time job – as a Bridge City school bus driver.  "They needed some help," Reese explained. "It fits my retirement."  School districts all over the country are facing bus driver shortages.  On the same day Reese was interviewed, West Orange-Cove school district issued a release saying the district had 10 bus drivers on its payroll and needed 10 more. view article arw

PORT ARTHUR, Texas — Individual people, big businesses and area schools are feeling the pain at the pumps as gas prices continue to rise. High gas prices are forcing Southeast Texas school districts to make serious changes to their transportation budget. The bigger a vehicle is, the more gas it will take to fill its tank. Area school officials said they are having to make adjustments to their fuel budget to keep filling gas-guzzling vehicles such as school buses.    (11) view article arw

CASTROVILLE, Texas – A former Medina Valley Independent School District bus driver says she was forced to resign after failing a drug test, raising even more questions about the district’s decision to allow its now-athletic director and head football coach to stay employed after also failing a drug test. The former driver, who KSAT agreed not to identify, said she failed a drug screening in 2016 after marijuana she had used over the summer had not cleared out of her system.  The woman said after she was notified of the failed test she contacted her route coordinator and then met with the district’s then-director of transportation the following day. view article arw

March 9, 2022 is now known as "Mr. Pat Day" in the City of Dickinson. Dickinson Mayor Sean Skipworth made it official Tuesday, honoring Patrick Rogers, a bus driver who many are calling a hero after he saved students from his burning school bus last month. Rogers, who is a bus driver at Lobit Middle School and referred to as “Mr. Pat” by his students, was completing his route on Feb. 23 when he smelled smoke, according to a Facebook post from the Dickinson Independent School District. He then quickly pulled over and evacuated 28 students and himself from the bus just minutes before it caught on fire, according to KHOU 11. All of the students and driver were reported safe and another bus delivered students to their homes, the district said. view article arw

Daniel Lee Galvan, Transportation Supervisor for Alice ISD, said that the bus driver shortage started about a decade ago for them, but got worse during the pandemic.  School bus shortages are an issue that the entire nation is facing as a collective. 3News talked to officials from Corpus Christi and Alice Independent School District's about the major shortage and how they're still making ends meet. According to Kyle Pelichet, Director of Transportation for CCISD, the district only has about 40% of their full driving staff. view article arw

Across the nation, school districts are having a hard time keeping and hiring bus drivers. One local school district, Comal ISD, is becoming greatly effected. As one of the fastest growing and largest districts in the San Antonio area, the district covers over 500 square miles in five different counties with over 27,000 students attending. view article arw