Gary Moore has been a busy man, taking the Active Shooter - School Bus training program to school districts across the country...and soon to Canada, as well.

As of the end of June, 2015, Gary has presented the program 109 times in a 20 month period.  A total of 9,731 people have attended those 109 presentations. In addition to Missouri, Gary has presented the program in

   *  Florida

   *  Illinois (three times)

   *  Indiana (twice)

   *  Iowa

    * Kansas (twice)

   *  New York

   *  Oklahoma

   *  South Carolina (three times)

   *  West Virginia

   *  He will soon travel to Canada for three presentations for
       our neighbors to the north.  

The Missouri Department of Public Safety -Homeland Security funding will end on August 31, 2015.  However, the Missouri School Boards' Association has agreed to provide funding to continue the Active Shooter - School Bus training. If you would like to schedule the Active Shooter - School Bus training for your district, contact Gary Moore at the Missouri Center for Educational Safety.  His email address is listed below.

Gary's calendar is full for August (2015), so don't count on getting him for your back-to-school workshop.  Future dates are filling quickly, so get your request in to Gary as soon as possible.  He is currently booking dates for the remainder of 2015 and for 2016 (through August.)

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





The Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Air Pollution Control Program has received a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The grant will fund a Clean Diesel Program in Missouri.  The Program will fund early school bus replacement projects in Missouri and the Department is now accepting applications. 

Owners and operators of diesel school buses stationed and operating in Missouri will be eligible to apply for funding.  If selected, applicants will receive a grant to cover up to 25% of the cost of a new bus.  The new bus to be purchased must replace a bus that is currently in use and has an engine model year within the range of 1993 - 2006.  The buses to be replaced must be “early” replacements, meaning they must not have been planned and would not have been expected to occur if not for this funding opportunity. A Request for Applications (RFA) has been posted on the Departments Webpage:, along with a fill-in-the-blank application form.   This RFA is open to both public and private school bus owners/operators.   

The deadline for applications to be received by the Department is August 31, 2015. 

All applications received by the Department will be reviewed for eligibility, and the applications will be selected through a random drawing ensuring that all eligible applicants have an equal chance to receive funding through this opportunity. Please visit the webpage listed above and download the RFA and the Application Form.   If you have any questions about this funding opportunity for early school bus replacements in Missouri, please feel free to contact me by phone or email.    

Mark Leath, P.E.
Environmental Engineer
Air Pollution Control Program
Department of Natural Resources
Phone: (573) 526-5503













"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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