In an email dated Friday, September 12, 2014, Debra Clink, School Finance / Transportation Consultant with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Delegate at Large on the Executive Board of the Missouri Association for Pupil Transportation, informend officials of M.A.P.T. and the Missouri School Bus Contractors' Association that the General Assembly had overridden Governor Nixon's veto of SB 523.  Debra's email reads:

The Governor’s veto of SB 523 was overridden by legislators on Wednesday.  If you know of a school district currently using this technology to track their students please share this information with them.


Senate Bill 523:

167.168. 1. No school district shall require a student to use an identification device that uses radio frequency identification technology, or similar technology, to identify the student, transmit information regarding the student, or monitor or track the location of the student.

2. For purposes of this section, "radio frequency identification technology" shall mean a wireless identification system that uses an electromagnetic radio frequency signal to transmit data without  physical contact between a card, badge, or tag and another device.




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In an email dated May 28, Gary Moore of the Center for Educational Safety in Jefferson City told M.A.P.T. Executive Director Shirley Francis that CES "will be in operation past August 31, 2014. The federal funding expired; however funds were dedicated by the legislatures to keep CES alive."  Moore also said that school districts across Missouri can now start booking the Active Shooter presentation if they so desire. 

For additional information, contact Gary Moore, Center for Educational Safety, 200 Madison Street, Jefferson City, MO 65109          (573) 638-7501   ext. 415

You can email Gary at or visit their web site at















"DRIVING DISTRACTED...and then it happened"


On January 18, 2011, a 6-year-old Callaway County, Missouri boy was run over and killed by his own school bus after getting off the bus at his home.  A Missouri State Highway Patrol report on the accident concluded that the bus driver did not wait long enough after the student got off to clear the area around the bus before he set the bus in motion again. 

One year to the day after the accident, the 78-year-old bus driver, who had pled guilty two months earlier to second degree involuntary manslaughter, was sentenced to four years in prison.  However, the judge suspended the sentence, and placed the driver on five years' probation.  He cannot drive any vehicle, let alone a school bus, and must perform 100 hours of community service, speaking to area bus drivers about school bus safety.  The victim's grief-stricken parents did not want to see the driver spend time behind bars.  Instead, they wanted to use the tragedy to educate bus drivers and riders on the potential hazzards so that no other family would have to suffer the loss of a child.  Members of the victim's family said the case was not about revenge, but about preventing something like this from happening again.

The Missouri Association for Pupil Transportation (M.A.P.T.) in cooperation with the Missouri School Boards Association (MSBA) has produced a video about the North Calloway accident, entitled "DRIVING DISTRACTED...and then it happened." 

M.A.P.T. wishes to thank the MSBA for allowing us to post a link to the video, as a means of educating school bus professionals and the general public of the possible tragic consequences of distraced driving. 

To view the video, click here

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