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Two more students died Friday from their injuries after a regional train sliced open a school bus in southern France, bringing the overall death toll to six. Authorities in the Pyrenees-Orientales region announced the new deaths a day after the horrific crash at a crossing close to the Spanish border. French media said the dead were two 11-year-old girls. view article arw

A fire erupted on a school bus after it backed into a ditch in western Iowa early Tuesday, killing a student and the bus driver, investigators said. No one else was on the bus when the fire erupted around 7 a.m. southeast of Oakland, which is about 35 miles east of Omaha, Nebraska. view article arw

With the school district’s elimination of certain bus routes, the possibility of an influx of children on foot heading to school is driving Kyle to add safeguards onto streets near campuses impacted by the cuts. For a year now, Kyle city officials and Hays Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) officials have been in talks to make sure the estimated 3,895 students affected by the elimination of bus routes have a safe route to and from school, HCISD Board Trustee Esperanza Orozco, said in a Dec. 7 interview. Hays CISD expects to eliminate those bus routes by January 2018. view article arw

No children were injured Tuesday morning in a two-vehicle wreck in Wood County involving a Harmony ISD bus, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Harmony ISD bus #24 was stopped at Texas 154 and FM 2896 at about 7:24 a.m. when a pickup struck the rear of the bus, according to DPS spokeswoman Jean Dark. She said the driver of the pickup had limited visibility due to sun glare. view article arw

The Round Rock school district has now rolled out its text alert system to all grade levels and campuses.  The district's Jenny Lacoste-Caputo said it's really proven to be a great way to keep parents in the loop if they have kids who ride the bus. view article arw

Spring Branch ISD released video from a crash last month between a school bus and a truck.   view article arw

No school closures have been announced in the greater Houston area due to the winter weather. While Houston ISD is holding classes as scheduled today, the district is being impacted by road conditions. Officials say they are experiencing delays with bus transportation due to weather, traffic, and staffing. School leaders most impacted have been contacted, but this will be a district-wide problem. view article arw

A man sped into the front end of a school bus with students aboard Tuesday and later died from injuries sustained in the head-on collision near Amarillo High School. David Scott Nunn, 40, died at a local hospital after the Amarillo Police Department said he crashed into the front end of a school bus waiting to turn west on Sandie Drive, toward the school. view article arw

The Dallas ISD Trustee Board was briefed on its options for replacing Dallas County Schools (DCS) during its Nov. 30 board briefing. The board was told DCS’s dissolution committee will be meeting over the course of the next four months to help determine the details of the transference of transportation responsibilities to Dallas ISD for the next school year. Dallas ISD has a particular challenge on its hands due to the sheer size of the district and the 16 different cities it covers. view article arw

 The Latest on a school bus crash that killed a 5-year-old girl in Georgia (all times local): 1 p.m. A Georgia state trooper says video shows a school bus driver struggling with the gear shift right before the bus crashed into a tree, killing a 5-year-old girl and injuring other children. view article arw

A 5-year-old girl died Tuesday in a school bus crash that also injured several others in South Georgia. The Georgia State Patrol responded to the single-vehicle crash about 7:15 a.m. at Ga. 196 and Ray Road in Liberty County, according to the agency. A Liberty County school bus was traveling east on Ray Road when the driver lost control, ran off the road and went into a ditch, hitting a tree, the GSP said in a statement to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  view article arw

Voters chose to dissolve the school bus agency known as Dallas County Schools last month. The bus service will continue through the end of this school year while a committee oversees the dissolution of the agency. In the meantime, the Dallas Independent School District and other districts that used the service are trying to figure out how they’re going to get kids to school next year. view article arw

As the weather cools down, waiting outside longer than you have to is frustrating for some parents and their children who ride the school bus. “Certainly there are some days where you don’t want to be out in the elements, you want to come right down and hop on,” Jake Finley explains. Finley, whose kids attend Elsa England Elementary School in the Round Rock Independent School District, says their school bus was late 10 minutes this week. “There’s definitely days where they’re not on time, and we’re kind of outside by the road waiting,” Finley says. view article arw

The new CEO of Dallas County Schools is used to cleaning up financial messes. Six years ago, Alan King calmed things down at Dallas ISD as the interim superintendent. When questionable business deals and mounting debt came to light last year at DCS he stepped in briefly as chief financial officer. Now, he’s been brought on to close the bus agency. view article arw

The cover page of the presentation was drab gray, a stock illustration of a bus on a smoky background, as if “on a rainy day,” as described by trustee Lew Blackburn. It wasn’t exactly an eye-catching way for Dallas ISD to pitch its new transportation plan for the upcoming school year, a plan prompted by the forced closure of busing operator Dallas County Schools by voters last month.  “It’s a dreary looking picture,” Blackburn said during Thursday's board briefing. “It makes me worry what’s coming next.” view article arw

Decatur ISD searches for bus drivers

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Even after adding a pair of bus drivers in late October, Decatur ISD is still searching for more drivers. The district wants to add more drivers to possibly expand its routes. view article arw

The Iraan community is remembering the tragic bus crash that happened exactly one year ago Saturday. The accident killed the team's cheer sponsor and sent more than half-a-dozen other people to the hospital. Following the crash, several Big Country schools proving in Texas we are all neighbors and showing the Iraan community support during the tragedy. view article arw

El Campo: Parent: Bring back buses

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The “Bring Busing Back” rallying cry is being raised again with one El Campo ISD parent of five leading the charge. Those interested are being asked to attend the next El Campo ISD school board meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11. view article arw

Emergency crews responded to a three vehicle crash in far northwestern Lubbock County Saturday afternoon involving a school bus. The accident was reported around 4:30 p.m., at the intersection of U.S. Highway 84 and County Road 1000, between Shallowater and Anton. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, a Springlake-Earth ISD school bus and a GMC pickup truck were traveling westbound on U.S. Highway 84. view article arw

Three students were injured when two Waxahachie ISD school buses were involved in a crash Saturday morning on Interstate 35E near Laureland Road. They were transported to a nearby hospital with minor injuries, reports KXAS-TV (NBC5). The buses full of Waxahachie High School band members were headed to the Star in Frisco, where the marching band was scheduled to perform at an afternoon playoff game. view article arw

Like it or not, Dallas ISD is now in the school bus business. During a briefing Thursday, school district staffers told board trustees the best way to make sure students get to school safely and on time is to run the buses themselves.  “There’s lot of upsides,” says the district’s Deputy Superintendent of Operations Scott Layne. “There will be better control. Better accountability. They will be our employees. When parents call we can deal directly with the employees rather than with a service. We’ll have better customer service, better communication with our stakeholders. I see many advantages.” view article arw

Dallas ISD Gears Up for Bus Service

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The Dallas Independent School District is preparing to hire more than 1,100 Dallas County Schools employees after voters decided this month to close DCS at the end of the current school year. The Nov. 7 referendum came after a year of NBC 5 Investigates reports about safety and financial problems at the school bus agency. view article arw

There is a daunting task ahead for the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) as leaders work to come up with a plan to get tens of thousands of students to school everyday. Earlier this month, voters decided to dissolve the Dallas County Schools (DCS), the bus agency that previously provided transportation servicesfor more than half-a-dozen North Texas school districts. A briefing for board members got underway at DISD headquarters just before the lunch hour. While a lot of questions are expected to be asked, there will no action taken since the briefing is just to update trustees on the transition plan and provide options to consider. view article arw

The Dallas Independent School District is not waiting for a crisis. It’s already talking about bus services for next year. Dallas and several other school districts will lose the agency that now provides the service. It will have to figure out a way to transport students to and from school starting in August of next year. The issue is also causing anxiety for the men and women who currently drive buses for Dallas County Schools. The transportation agency will only be around until the end of the current school year. view article arw

Cycling is Alex Hendrex’s choice of commute to and from his teaching job at Kealing Middle School in east Austin. Along with teaching, he runs the school’s bike club. “Our bike rack usually has several bikes over there filled with students riding to school,” Hendrex says. Hendrex believes more students and teachers would cruise on two-wheels to the classroom if the roads were safer. “Personally I’ve seen the growth in cycling infrastructure help a large number of teachers start commuting to school every day. Bike lanes that don’t allow parking in front of houses ensure safety.” view article arw

The Board of Trustees of the Muleshoe Independent School District met in regular session Monday, Nov 13. All board members, Lisa Whalin, business manager and Dr. R.L. Richards, superintendent, were present. The minutes of the previous meeting on Oct. 23 were approved.  Sudan ISD Board of Trustees met on the Nov. 13, and the Muleshoe ISD Board of Trustees met the same night. The school administrations had been working together to solve the issue on school transportation boundaries as outlined in Texas Attorney Ken Paxton’s Opinion KP-0166 (see below). view article arw

Video from Sky 2 showed the garbage truck had rolled onto its side. Debris from the truck was spilled onto the road. There also appeared to be significant damage to the front of the school bus. view article arw

According to the Longview Police Department, a driver is in the hospital after crashing into the back of a Bramlett Elementary School bus just before 3:30 p.m. Wednesday on High and Hopkins Street. A vehicle traveling behind the bus was hit from behind by another vehicle traveling behind it, causing a chain reaction in which the vehicle behind the bus crashed into the back of the bus after being hit from behind. view article arw

Temple ISD buying three new buses

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The Temple Independent School District board of trustees approved a request Monday to purchase three new buses for the district. The purchase will cost a little less than $300,000. The district will be buying one handicapped-accessible bus for special needs students and two standard-size buses, all from Longhorn Bus Sales in Houston. “The board voted to spend no more than $190,956 on the two route buses and no more than $101,851 for the special needs bus,” district spokesman Matthew LeBlanc said. view article arw

A McKinney Independent School District school bus was involved in a crash on U.S. 75 this morning after the driver suffered a medical condition. view article arw

Bryan school officials are working through the unknowns that come with the new requirement that buses have seat belts, but their recommendation to not retrofit current buses got a warm reception at Monday's board meeting. Under state law, all buses manufactured after Sept. 1 and purchased by school districts must be equipped with three-point seat belts. Like many school officials in the Brazos Valley, Bryan trustees are uncertain about the safety benefit of adding the seat belts and concerned about the increased cost. view article arw

A school bus with well-behaved students is an unfulfilled dream for many bus drivers across the country, so a positive cultural change on a bus would be beneficial to everyone involved.  Using researched-based, proven positive measures on the school bus with a school district’s full support should lead to a safe and less stressful bus ride. At Mineral Wells ISD, the administration and transportation staff are doing just that by working together through the School Bus Safety Superhero program to provide the safest, most enjoyable ride possible for the drivers and their students. view article arw

Nacogdoches Independent School District Bus No. 9 was involved in a wreck around 4 p.m. today while making a stop on Lane Drive near Liles Boulevard. None of the 56 students on board were injured. The bus was not damaged and was used to transport the students home on the remainder of the route, NISD Transportation Director Stacy Lampkin said. view article arw

The Conroe Independent School District is preparing to spend close to half a million dollars toward the purchase of 15 used school buses to add to its 522-bus fleet. The purchase of the used buses from the Nacogdoches Independent School District would put the Conroe ISD just a tad bit closer to its goal of having 100 percent of its fleet air-conditioned; but it would have little effect on closing the gap on the number of children who need bus rides every year, the additional routes needed to fill that growing demand and the amount of drivers and buses available for transporting students to and from campuses. view article arw

DALLAS – The now abolished Dallas County Schools withheld information from districts it served, according to Dallas ISD superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa.  “We've had to request open records,” Hinojosa said on WFAA-TV’s Inside Texas Politics this morning as he discussed trying to determine how many of the DCS buses are owned versus leased.  Hinojosa said DCS, which provided bussing for nine districts until voters abolished the agency on Tuesday, was not cooperative lately. view article arw