(Reprinted from, February 14, 2015)

NEOSHO, Mo. -- One of the many challenges a school bus driver faces is hearing students in the back of the bus. Now that Neosho schools have switched to propane buses, that's no longer a problem.

"With the propane bus, there is very little sound when you start them. Unless you're used to them, a lot of times you'll think you need to restart them again. There's just very little interior sound at all," said Michelle Embrey, Neosho Schools Transportation Director.

The district purchased 18 propane buses six months ago. A mid-year review revealed more than $100,000 in savings for the first year.

"We save about 65,000 a year for three years on the overall cost. We're saving significantly on the fuel," said Tim Crawley, Neosho Assistant Superintendent.

Administrators say the buses are also better for the environment.

"They're clean burning, so you don't have to worry about the smell. They're very quiet. They're very comfortable. The repairs are less, there's just a lot of significant advantages we have found so far in the first six months of doing it," said Crawley.

Embrey says another bonus for using propane buses is, the district will receive a 50 cent tax rebate.

"That's going to get us 50 cents back per gallon of every gallon used on our buses. So, instead of $1.69, that brings the price down to $1.19, actual price on propane use which is considerable savings to the district," said Embrey.

Neosho R-5 Schools is the first district in the area to install their own propane fueling station.

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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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