CARTHAGE, Texas (KLTV) - The Carthage Police Department is asking for information on a silver 4x4 pickup that hit a Carthage ISD school bus on U.S. Highway 79 Thursday and then fled the scene Thursday afternoon.  “No one was hurt,” said a Carthage ISD spokeswoman. " “[There were] only three students on the bus. Silver truck hit it and kept going.”  According to a post on the Carthage ISD Facebook page, the wreck occurred near Bethlehem Baptist Church. view article arw

ROCKWALL — The Rockwall Police Department is investigating a Rockwall Independent School District bus driver after finding the driver had reportedly taken improper video of female students on the bus.  The police department was notified by school officials of a complaint that the bus driver, Michael Paul Smith, was taking improver video of children. view article arw

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A Dallas ISD parent wants action after seeing video of her 5-year-old daughter being attacked on a school bus.  Audrey Billings said the video clearly shows two children assaulting her daughter on the bus. view article arw

ROCKWALL, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The Rockwall Police Department was notified by officials with the Rockwall Independent School District of a complaint of a school bus driver who had allegedly taken improper video of children on his bus route. view article arw

A mother is demanding a Dallas ISD school bus driver be fired, claiming he heard her 5-year-old daughter’s cries for help on board his bus and did nothing.  Audrey Billings said video released to her after she paid a $600 fee shows her daughter being attacked by three older, bigger students.  Bilings' 5-year-old daughter Alexis' smile turned to cries for help in early November 2019, leaving her mother seeking the truth about what happened for weeks. view article arw

The Williamson County Board of Commissioners approved the spending of $2.03 million for the purchase of 21 buses for Williamson County Schools at its Jan. 13 meeting. The purchase comes at a time when the school system is dealing with a shortage of bus drivers, according to WCS Superintendent Jason Golden.  “I’ve been sent emails and also photographs of buses where students are standing due to a lack of bus drivers,” County Commissioner Keith Hudson said during the meeting. “I would like to know what we are doing to recruit more bus drivers because we are getting into a safety issue with the children standing.” view article arw

A Nacogdoches ISD bus was involved in a crash on Tuesday morning. The bus was involved in a wreck on Southeast Stallings Drive near University Drive. High school students were on the bus at the time of the crash. None of the students were injured. They were checked out by EMS and then taken to the high school. view article arw

Georgetown ISD will replace nearly a quarter of its fleet with clean-energy propane buses by the end of January, according a Jan. 9 news release.  With voter-approved 2018 bond money, the district purchased 21 propane buses to replace those nearing the end of their useful life. GISD was also able to purchase an additional 12 buses with $1.3 million in added grant funds from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, totaling 33 buses.  “Every decision we make is student-centered,” GISD Superintendent Fred Brent said in the release. “By utilizing grant opportunities and cost-efficient alternatives for transportation, we’re able to provide a cleaner, healthier way to get kids to and from school, while directing the savings into other opportunities that support teaching and learning.” view article arw

Tyler ISD is looking for qualified drivers with a Class B license to join its district team as a bus driver. Even if you’re interested but don’t have the required license, the district said it can train you to meet the requirement.  “We’re having to double-up some routes, we’re having to do some creative, out-of-the-box thinking to make we sure we get all of the routes covered,” said John Bagert, director of transportation for Tyler ISD.  “We’re getting the job done any way we possibly can right now.”Tyler ISD is looking for qualified drivers with a Class B license to join its district team as a bus driver. Even if you’re interested but don’t have the required license, the district said it can train you to meet the requirement. view article arw

TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Some teachers at Longview ISD got some big early Christmas gifts this year, thanks to an incentive program. The Longview Incentive for Teachers, or LIFT Program, uses a point system to evaluate the growth of students. The teachers who have helped students grow the most are rewarded with bonus checks. “I really was surprised by the LIFT incentive check I received in the amount of $14,960,” said Monica Jones, a seventh grade teacher at Forest Park Middle School. “It was just exciting to be recognized for hard work and dedication.”

On January 25, an Athens ISD school bus was ending its daily run with its final two passengers, a 13-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl. The two passengers were cousins. At about 4:30 p.m., the bus attempted to cross Cream Level Road when it was hit by westbound Union Pacific freight train from Omaha, NE. The train carried the bus near North Murchison street, about a quarter-mile from the Cream Level Road crossing, before finally coming to a stop. view article arw

The national shortage of bus drivers in the United States is now being felt in Tyler ISD. The district is looking for those with a Class B driver’s license to join the school district as school bus drivers. “In the past, I’ve had to drive a lot of different routes,” said bus driver and dispatch leader Dwain Hare. “There’s been some shifting around. Some routes have to help others.” view article arw

The Katy ISD board of trustees approved upgraded school bus cameras for the entire Katy ISD bus fleet at the Dec. 16 school board meeting. The district will begin installing the new cameras before the end of the month and hopes to have the system fully operational by mid March. view article arw

The Katy Independent School District Board of Trustees are adding more cameras to monitor the inside and outside of school buses, and they've hired a private contractor to address a perpetual shortage of bus drivers. “The camera system upgrade will provide the latest in technology and safety measures available in school bus transportation,” said Assistant Superintendent of Operations, Ted Vierling. “The system is capable of supplying video coverage of every seat positioned in the school bus, while also monitoring the activity in nearly every corner of the vehicle and bus stop locations,” he added. view article arw

To help cope with a statewide and nationwide bus driver shortage, Katy ISD will use a contracted bus service starting in the 2020-21 school year. At the Dec. 16 regular meeting, the KISD board of trustees approved a proposal for a 3-year contract with GoldStar Transit Inc. to provide drivers for at least 40 bus routes starting in fall 2020. view article arw

About 4,000 Abilene ISD bus riders are using a new check-in system meant to track who is on the bus and where the bus is along their route. Abilene ISD bus driver Don Roquemore's top priority is ensuring his riders get to and from school safely. view article arw

A discovery compliance hearing took place on Wednesday regarding the case of a fatal bus crash involving a former Athens Independent School District bus driver. According to CBS19 crews in the courtroom, John Stevens, 78, made a short appearance in court. Prosecutors told the Judge R. Scott McKee they had turned all evidence and documents over, and another pre-trial hearing was scheduled for February 5 at 1 p.m. view article arw

Williamson Co. Sheriff’s Office deputies are responding to the scene of a three-vehicle collision involving a loaded school bus on Wednesday afternoon. According to WCSO, no one aboard the Liberty Hill ISD bus was injured in the crash in the 1200 block of County Road 200. It’s not known how many people were on board. view article arw

A bus driver from Dallas Independent School District’s transportation department has been placed on leave after a video posted on social media showed him refusing to allow a student to board the bus, even as the student implored the driver to open the door while standing in the middle of a busy street. In the video, which was posted to Facebook on Tuesday and originally reported by WFAA-TV, a student is standing in front of the bus, arm extended. view article arw

A Dallas ISD student was seen on video standing in the middle of the street begging to be let on a school bus Tuesday. Now the bus driver is on administrative leave as the district investigates the incident. "I know that he doesn't stop for nobody even though he sees you coming," the student told NBC 5. "He'll still leave you there. So I was like, 'No, not this time.'" view article arw

A school bus driver is on administrative leave after he refused to let a Dallas Independent School District student onto his bus on Tuesday. The incident happened on Spring Valley Road. Witnesses saw the student begging to be let onto the bus, but the driver refused to stop. The teen stood in front of the bus as he tried to get on, but the bus driver continued to drive slowly towards the student. Witnesses say a man got out of his vehicle to help the student by knocking on the window of the bus and speaking to the driver. When the driver still refused to let the student get on the bus, the man called 911.  view article arw

A proposal to rezone a portion of the north side of Lewisville ISD could send some students zoned for the Lewisville High School feeder pattern to Marcus High School. During a work session Monday Joseph Coburn, chief schools officer, updated the Board of Trustees on a plan to rezone an area that would impact Highland Village Elementary and Valley Ridge Elementary. Doing so could cause some students who are currently zoned to go to LHS to go to Marcus. view article arw

Lonnell Shackles, an Austin crossing guard, knows the choreography. First, his right hand goes up, holding a stop sign to the cars inching toward the intersection of Wheless Lane and Berkman Drive in East Austin outside Harris Elementary School. Shackles then puts his left hand out, blows on his whistle twice and ushers a student or three across the road. Shackles, 72, has been a crossing guard for Austin for six or seven years, and now, he's one of dozens of crossing guards across the U.S. who have been nominated in the America's Favorite Crossing Guard contest. view article arw

The Dallas Independent School District launched an investigation Wednesday night after it was shown video of a district driver not letting a student board a bus as he stood in front of the vehicle on a busy road. In the video, the bus continues to move forward as the student stands in front of it asking for the driver to open the door.  view article arw

The family of Ginger Barnes on Tuesday sued the Levelland ISD for a deadly collision involving a school bus. The bus hit a pedestrian at about 6:30 a.m. on February 12 along Highway 114 (19th Street) along the far western edge of Lubbock, Lubbock Police said. view article arw

Dallas ISD is investigating after a video showing a school bus driver refusing to stop for a student standing in the middle of the street. The video taken near Spring Valley and Preston Roads was posted to Facebook. The student is seen standing in front of the bus saying, “Open the door,” as the bus continues to move forward. view article arw

Hundreds of Leander ISD students may have to find a different way to get to school next year. The district is using a new evaluation matrix approved by the Board of Trustees and these changes could indirectly help with LISD's bus driver shortage. "They wanted something that was more specific, that way we can give more clarity and transparency for our parents and our families to know when and how we’re allocating bus service for people living within two miles," said Corey Ryan, a Leander ISD spokesman. view article arw

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With the passage of the tax ratification election in 2018, Ector County ISD’s transportation department purchased some new buses and will be able to keep up its replacement schedule. At the time of the election, about one third of the district’s fleet was approaching or beyond its useful life of 200,000 miles, the website said. view article arw

Mineola Independent School District reported one of their school buses was involved in a crash on Thursday morning. Mineola ISD Police Department reported the bus on route 5 was involved in a crash on East Highway 80, just east of Mineola near FM 1804, just before 7 a.m. view article arw

Four Aldine Independent School District students were transported to a hospital Friday morning following a bus crash involving at least two other vehicles in north Harris County, the district confirmed. The students from Aldine Education Center, an alternative school within the district, were taken to Houston Northwest Hospital as a precaution and were not suffering from “life-threatening" injuries, according to Mike Keeney, a district spokesman. view article arw

A Judson ISD school bus was involved in a crash with another car in Converse Friday morning. view article arw

Carroll ISD will have 15 new school buses joining its fleet. At the Nov. 18 board of trustees meeting, the CISD board approved the purchase of the two buses for an amount not to exceed $1,585,000. The district plans to pay for the buses using 2017 bond funds. view article arw

Lewisville ISD will have a new bus company next school year, and it may have some new buses, too. During a work session Monday the LISD Board of Trustees approved a request for proposal (RFP) for Texas Central School Bus to provide transportation services for the district beginning in the 2020-21 school year. view article arw

Mineola Independent School District reported one of their school buses was involved in a crash on Thursday morning. Mineola ISD Police Department reported the bus on route 5 was involved in a crash on East Highway 80 just before 7 a.m. EMS is on scene and reported the wreck occurred just east of Mineola near FM 1804. view article arw

Grant money to be used for lower-emission, more environmentally friendly school bus upgrades  Whether you're recycling at home, avoiding single-use plastic or drinking out of re-usable straws, there are lots of ways people are choosing to be environmentally friendly.  Some Texas school districts are doing their part through lower emissions buses using clean diesel or even propane.  According to the Diesel Technology Forum, as of July 2019, 94% of school buses in the U.S. are diesel-powered.  In the U.S., 46% of buses in the country are now being powered by the newest generation of clean diesel technology, a 6.5% increase from last year. view article arw