STA TO EXPAND SERVICE TO MISSOURI
(Reprinted from the December 9, 2014 edition of School Bus Fleet's on-line newsletter)
WALL, N.J. — Student Transportation of America Inc. (STA) has been awarded a new contract with Columbia (MO) Public Schools.
The initial three-year contract, with the option for additional renewal years, will commence in August 2015 and feature 212 new school vehicles, bringing in annual revenues exceeding $10 million, company officials said.
The contract award marks the company's first operations in Missouri. STA currently operates similarly sized contracts in Omaha, Nebraska; Boise, Idaho; Milwaukee; and Los Angeles.
"We are excited about this bid win and look forward to our new partnership with Columbia Public Schools and the community," said Patrick Vaughan, chief operating officer of Student Transportation Inc., STA’s parent company. "We have an experienced team ready to serve and a tremendous reputation for quality service in our communities. We spend a lot of time developing a culture of mutual respect with our employees, parents, and, of course, the students we transport. Our existing customers see the change we bring and eagerly recommended us to new potential customers."
The new fleet of vehicles servicing the contract will feature several onboard cameras, GPS and a Child Check-Mate system, company officials said. The company is also in discussions with the district to make its mobile application, SafeStop, available to parents. The app is designed to let parents securely track the location of their child’s school bus along its route to and from school. The service also includes various information notices and alerts that can be sent directly to its members.
Other terms of the contract include fuel protection for STA for all fuel in excess of $1 per gallon, as well as the company's agreement to use district-owned facilities as part of this public-private partnership.
STA is holding informational sessions this week with the current drivers and personnel who will be given the first opportunity to work for the company. STA will also recruit and hire additional drivers for growth in the area.
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CENTER FOR EDUCATIONAL SAFETY WILL CONTINUE TO OPERATE DESPITE LOSS OF FEDERAL FUNDING
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their web site at www.moces.org
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