BIG SPRING, Texas (KMID/KXAN) — The Texas Department of Public Safety says at least three people were killed in a crash involving a school bus and a pickup truck on Interstate 20 Friday. Texas DPS says the crash happened in the eastbound lanes of the highway near mile marker 179. Sister station KMID reports a Texas DPS spokesman confirmed one of the deceased was the driver of a Ford F-350 that collided with the Andrews ISD bus. Additionally, two adults who were aboard the school bus died. view article arw

Add the Bryan ISD school district to employers giving a bonus for hiring qualified bus drivers. BISD board members during their last meeting approved a $1,000 bonus where $500 comes in the first paycheck and another $500 after six months of continuous service. BISD’s executive director over transportation, Julea Johnson says qualifications apply to first time hires who among other things have a CDL and are Texas certified. Johnson says looking for those who are “route ready” is in addition to the district hiring new drivers with no experience and paying them for 120 hours of training view article arw

Frisco ISD is looking to hire 24 bus drivers in the face of a shortage that has affected the district for several years. In a Nov. 16 email, the district asked parents to consider carpooling or driving their students to school, citing the national shortage. view article arw

A Fort Bend ISD bus driver has been suspended after students at Sienna Crossing Elementary told their parents a disturbing story about a detour. The kids said their driver stopped at a house on the way home. "Somewhere along the route, the bus driver stopped, got off the bus, crossed the street, and went to a house ... a random house, knocked on the door, and got into some sort of discussion. It was a heated discussion with somebody there," explained a parent, who didn't want to identify himself because he fears retaliation to his family. view article arw

A Fort Bend ISD bus driver has been suspended after students at Sienna Crossing Elementary told their parents a disturbing story about a detour. The kids said their driver stopped at a house on the way home. "Somewhere along the route, the bus driver stopped, got off the bus, crossed the street, and went to a house ... a random house, knocked on the door, and got into some sort of discussion. It was a heated discussion with somebody there," explained a parent, who didn't want to identify himself because he fears retaliation to his family. The kids said one girl even got off the bus to see what was happening. view article arw

Frisco ISD’s transportation department is asking parents to consider driving kids to school because of the national bus driver shortage, a request that concerns those who protested the district’s new rezoning plan. The district has 24 bus driver spots to fill, according to the email, and without parent help, some drivers might be forced to drop students off mid-route as they fill up. “We are asking parents who have the ability to consider alternative modes of transportation, such as driving your student or setting up a carpool,” reads the email obtained by The Dallas Morning News. “We need parent assistance now to help avoid any drastic issues with bussing services.” view article arw

(Not Texas)  LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KFOX14) — A brawl broke out during the Picacho Scorpions and Lynn Cougars' 7th-grade football playoff game on Saturday. The fight sparked controversy over social media and throughout the community. KFOX14 went straight to the source Tim Hall, the director of the Bantam Weight Sports Association to find out what really happened. “We’ve never had an incident like this in any one of our programs in well over 30 years,” Hall said. view article arw

Just about every industry has been touched by a national labor shortage. That includes education services. Across North Texas, school districts are competing to attract the most qualified school bus drivers. Elsa Guerra is Director of Administrative Services for Dallas ISD’s Student Transportation Services. She’s hopeful Saturday’s transportation job fair will attract qualified drivers. “Normally, on any other normal year we would not have a job fair so late, in November,” said Guerra. “But given our driver shortage, it’s something that we need to get done.” Dallas Schools increased its starting hourly rate for bus drivers to $22.69 per hour. Still, there’s a deficit. Guerra said Dallas ISD would like to have about 900 drivers, and they’re short roughly 57 right now. To add to that challenge, they’re competing with other districts. view article arw

Osseo Area Schools transportation partner Northstar Bus Lines was awarded a grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to purchase three electric buses and charging stations to transport students in the district. Superintendent Cory McIntyre and Coordinator of Transportation Nick Martini spoke about the excitement of adding three fully-electric school buses to the fleet thanks to the grant. "It is exciting to be on the leading edge of such a positive change in school transportation," said McIntyre. "Osseo Area Schools is committed to continuous improvement. Having reliable and high-functioning transportation is one of many ways Osseo Area Schools is working toward that effort." view article arw

The war veteran and Coppell ISD school bus driver got a surprise when Denton Creek Elementary students presented him with “thank you” cards for his service as they got on his bus to head home from school. view article arw

Bus drivers are in high demand, but school districts across the country are have troubling filling those spots. According to a national school transportation survey, 51 percent of respondents described their driver shortage as “severe.” Clyde ISD superintendent Terry Phillips says he agrees. “We’re truly down to one full time back-up driver. And then we use staff that have CDL’s to fill in, in the case we have others out.” New bus drivers can’t be hired on the spot. Phillips says state legislators should make it easier for bus driving applicants. “The federal government has made it very difficult to pass the CDL test. You still have to take a series of six tests, a written test, and you still have to drive. Those two things aren’t that bad. The problem is the pre-trip inspection part of the test. You have to get up underneath a bus and actually identify the mechanical parts of a bus.” view article arw

Kilgore ISD is moving forward with plans to install a fuel tank and dispensing equipment on district property to allow district vehicles, including school buses, to fill up their tanks in one location. “We’ve started to have a conversation about the idea of bringing in our own fueling station to Kilgore ISD,” Superintendent Andy Baker said at an Oct. 25 board meeting. view article arw

SMITH COUNTY, Texas (KETK) – A Bullard ISD bus and a pickup truck were involved in a wreck early Thursday morning. The school bus, Bullard ISD bus #28, was traveling westbound on FM 344 turning south onto Highway 155. According to DPS, a pickup truck was traveling northbound on 155 and struck the turning bus on its left drivers side.  This caused the bus to roll onto its right side. Two children were on the bus, as well as a bus monitor and driver.  The bus driver was taken to UT Health Tyler in stable condition and the driver of the pickup was taken to UT Health Tyler, no word on their condition yet. view article arw

Longview ISD parents can now track when their children board and exit a school bus and receive notifications if there is a route problem or mechanical issue. The Zonar MyView Ridership program officially launched on Oct. 27 after the board of trustees unanimously agreed to purchase the tracking system, Z-Pass, for $37,827 from Zonar Systems of Austin in July. The system, which has been installed on all 60 LISD buses, allows parents to use an app to get real-time location updates as students arrive to and from school. All a parent needs to do is use the school access code of 75602 and their child's unique student ID to access the tracking details and enable notifications. The information is immediately and securely available to authorized parents on the MyView app, which can be downloaded in the Apple app store or Google Play, or via text message. view article arw

An Academy Independent School District kindergarten student is now too traumatized to ride the bus after she was left behind and stuck in the bus yard, according to her mother, Destiny Shelton. view article arw

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the two-vehicle crash happened at Texas Highway 155 at Farm-to-Market Road 2661, sometime before 6:45 a.m. Thursday. The DPS investigators’ preliminary report states that a Bullard ISD school bus was traveling westbound on FM-344, turning south onto SH-155. The driver of a pickup was traveling northbound on SH-155 and struck the turning bus on its left drivers side causing the bus to roll onto its right side. view article arw

Acapacity crowd gathered in the Caldwell school district’s board room Wednesday night with six people addressing the school board and administration about an incident that occurred on a volleyball bus trip last month.  The school board meeting is the first since four Caldwell High School students were arrested on felony charges of indecency with a child after a report by the victim — another student — to the Milam County Sheriff’s Office. So many people attended that not everyone was allowed to fit inside the board room with a crowd gathered under the awning of the boardroom trying to listen. view article arw

Longview ISD transportation staff added a spooky twist to their buses this season. With a mission to win a friendly competition, bus drivers decorated their school buses with spider webs, caution tape, ghosts and blood.  “This is called a crime-scene bus,” Longview ISD Transportation Clerk and bus driver Pauliszia Stewart said as she announced the winner of the halloween school bus contest.  The winner of the contest, Sharee Jackson, turned her bus into a haunted house on wheels. She had flickering lights, spider webs, halloween characters hanging and blood splattered around the bus. view article arw

Dustin Anders sees it as part of his responsibilities leading a small school district in West Texas. It turned out those responsibilities, and the speed at which he adapted to adversity, protected a number of young children from catastrophe. Anders, the superintendent of Loraine ISD, was chipping in driving the same bus route he does every afternoon when the vehicle started acting funny along Interstate 20. view article arw

LORAINE, Texas — On Wednesday afternoon, Loraine superintendent Dustin Anders possibly saved the lives of 30 students after an 18-wheeler slammed into his broke down school bus on the side of I-20. Anders was driving his students home when the power for the bus shut off, stranding them on the side of I-20. "So I generally drive that afternoon route for those kiddos," said Anders. "It was a normal afternoon until the bus broke down." He knew right away he needed to get his students off the bus and away from any possible danger. "It was just instinct," said Anders. "Getting far away from the bus as possible and we'll just sit in the grass and wait for somebody." view article arw

LORAINE, Texas — On Wednesday afternoon, Loraine superintendent Dustin Anders possibly saved the lives of 30 students after an 18-wheeler slammed into his broke down school bus on the side of I-20. Anders was driving his students home when the power for the bus shut off, stranding them on the side of I-20. "So I generally drive that afternoon route for those kiddos," said Anders. "It was a normal afternoon until the bus broke down." He knew right away he needed to get his students off the bus and away from any possible danger. view article arw

(CNN)Two middle school students are being praised for their quick action when their bus driver experienced a medical emergency. Conner Doss and Kane Daugherty are students at East Paulding Middle School outside Atlanta and were on a full bus when the incident happened, according to CNN affiliate WSB-TV. "I come out, I come in the aisle and look down. Miss Julie's face is bright red and shaking," Doss told WSB. The driver managed to pull over and that's when they realized something was wrong. view article arw

The system allows parents to track their children from when they get on the bus to when they make it to their destination.  The Longview school district is taking bus safety to a whole new level.   The district has implemented a bus tracking system in all 65 of their busses. The system allows parents to track their children's location when they get on and off the bus.  The Longview ISD has been working on implementing this technology since April.  view article arw

The Liberty Hill Independent School District released an internal investigation to school trustees on Monday regarding a fiery Sept. 8 accident on State Highway 29. The findings included the police report, a field incident report and a summary from LHISD PD. The report, which was not made public, concluded that the LHISD school bus driver was not at fault. “The official summary is in and we still conclude that our bus did not cause that accident,” Superintendent Steven Snell said at Monday’s board meeting. The accident occurred on Sept. 8 on SH 29 as the bus driver was trying to turn left from the Lively Ranch neighborhood in an empty school bus. The bus driver turned into the center turn lane and then merged onto westbound traffic. Snell told The Independent on Sept. 10 that a car on the outside lane stopped quickly and the car behind it rear-ended the lead vehicle. The tail vehicle, a Ford Expedition, caught fire and was destroyed, according to eyewitness photos. view article arw

FBISD trustee Denetta Williams' actions include referring to the board president as “Hitler,” another trustee as a “Nazi" and staff members as crooks.  A lot of recent drama related to school boards has come from the outside. But a majority of the Fort Bend ISD board of trustees blame colleague Denetta Williams for inciting major disruption.  “Trustee Williams used disparaging language to refer to district staff and trustees, including calling them 'garbage, sewage and trash,'” said Trustee Jim Rice during this week's board meeting.    (21) view article arw

MELISSA, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Many school districts across North Texas and the country are dealing with a bus driver shortage. Carroll, Garland and Princeton ISD are some examples. Melissa ISD is one district that said it has not been affected. About half of the school district’s students rely its transportation services and district leaders believe they have found a way to retain drivers while attracting new ones. After years of relying on printout directions, bus driver David King is now using technology from the Plano-based company Tyler Tech. view article arw

As Northwest ISD continues to navigate a shortage of bus drivers, its board of trustees approved a pay increase for the district's drivers at its Oct. 18 meeting. The board approved increasing the starting hourly rate for all NISD bus drivers from $18 an hour to $20 an hour, as well as giving all current bus drivers a $2 an hour pay increase that is retroactive to Oct. 10, according to district documents. The decision to increase wages for drivers did not come out of nowhere. Superintendent Ryder Warren previously announced that the district was facing driver shortages in a Facebook Live update on Sept. 7. He said the district was having trouble getting kids to and from school on time and asked parents to unenroll their kids in the bus program, if possible. view article arw

KLEIN ISD – Klein ISD is using a new training tool for bus drivers to keep drivers, students and community members safe on the roads. It’s the only district in Texas with the new state-of-the-art training simulator for bus drivers. Drivers, who started training last week, can experience more than 400 real-life scenarios behind the wheel. They include driving in bad weather conditions or avoiding a crash. The district said its priority is to protect the thousands of students they transport daily. view article arw

Stephanie Williams and Andrew Yeager are candidates in a special eleciton for the Carroll ISD school board.  Two candidates with children in the Carroll district are vying for a vacant school board seat in this fall’s special election. Early voting starts Oct. 18 and continues through Oct. 29. Election day is Nov. 2.  Andrew Yeager and Stephanie Williams are running to fill the Place 7 seat after trustee David Alman resigned this summer. The district and a school board election last spring have been marked by division over a proposed diversity plan.  view article arw

The San Antonio Independent School District on Monday announced that they have launched at school bus safety video to highlight National School Bus Safety Week. The video, a collaboration between the SAISD Transportation Department and students at Jefferson High School, was done to inform parents and students about bus safety in a fun, creative way. view article arw

Starting bus driver pay in the Fort Worth school district went up from $18.45 to $22.00 an hour effective Saturday. Starting bus attendants now earn $13 an hour, up from $11.11 an hour. Drivers and attendants already working will see similar pay hikes. “Our bus drivers and attendants provide a crucial line of support for the students of Fort Worth ISD: they are the first employees to engage with many of our children in the morning, and the last to see them safely home in the afternoon," district Chief Talent Officer Raul Pena said in a statement. "Bus drivers and attendants are also among our longest serving employees, with an average tenure of over 11 years of service.” The district has also added incentives for those willing to take on extra work. Drivers with a minimum of five routes a week can get a $1,000 bonus, and attendants can get $750. view article arw

During his first week as Houston ISD’s superintendent in July, Millard House II said he welcomed feedback from everyone, especially those who long have been left out of important discussions. He has been receiving a steady stream of feedback on small comment cards and at microphones at a series of town hall meetings. Residents, employees and parents have complained to the leader of the state’s largest school district about campuses that have been neglected, asked him about how he plans to address issues, both new and old, and have urged him to prioritize children. Specifically, House has heard about transportation woes exacerbated by a driver shortage, the district’s struggles to appropriately educate students with special needs, the neglect of school libraries and unequal access to resources and funding across the district. view article arw

Daniel Villegas, the El Paso man who was acquitted on the double murder of two teens, plans to sue the Socorro Independent School District after his son was dropped off at a park by a school bus driver. view article arw

Tyler ISD bus hit after crash

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A driver and students aboard a Tyler ISD bus were not hurt after the bus was hit following a wreck. The wreck occurred around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 12100 block of State Highway 64. According to Tyler ISD spokeswoman Jennifer Hines, a car was hit by another car, which hit the bus. view article arw

TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Each year we hear about the shortage of school bus drivers in many districts, and the pandemic only made it worse. One Texas senator has been working toward a resolution to this problem, one he said has been going on for many years. “COVID is a little bit of it, but the real problem began about six years ago and I was there when it happened. The federal government, on a commercial drivers license, substantially raised the standards of what they need to know and do the physical driving test,” said Senator Robert Nichols. He recently brought forth a resolution that urges congress to pass legislation that would allow licensing authority for public school bus drivers to the states, not the federal government. “Bus drivers have to have a commercial driver’s license,” he said. “Not because they go inter-state, across state lines, but because they drive on federally supported highways.” view article arw