School bus veteran to take reins at Fla. operation ... Driver recounts near-miss with tree
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014
School bus veteran aims to bolster Hillsborough’s operation

Next month, Florida’s Jim Beekman will leave Orange County Public Schools to become general manager of transportation at Hillsborough County Public Schools, which made headlines earlier this year for a flurry of issues, such as staff turmoil and an aging fleet. Beekman, who has more than 30 years of experience in the pupil transportation industry, tells SBF that he is “looking forward to the challenge.”



School bus driver recounts near-miss with tree in storm

Brad Clark, a bus driver for La Mesa (Calif.) Spring Valley School District, was driving his bus through a strong rainstorm last week when an 80-foot eucalyptus tree fell in the street, and his bus slammed into it. Neither he nor the five special-needs students aboard the bus were harmed.



Blue Bird to be acquired, will be publicly traded company

The school bus manufacturer is on its way to becoming a public company, with a pending acquisition by Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. (HCAC) for a purchase price of $255 million and about $235 million of Blue Bird’s existing indebtedness. Blue Bird will continue to be led by current President and CEO Phil Horlock.




Seon acquired by Safe Fleet

Safe Fleet designs and manufactures safety- and productivity-oriented components for the school bus, emergency vehicle, truck and trailer, utility vehicle and transit bus end markets. Video surveillance provider Seon’s headquarters and main operations will remain in Coquitlam, British Columbia, and Terry Akiyama will continue in his role as president.




Drivers attend funeral for Ohio bus driver who died saving student

A line of school buses were parked outside funeral services held for school bus driver Laura Zborowski, who was killed last week when she was run over by her school bus at Middlebury Academy in Akron. The program for the service said that Zborowski “died as she lived, putting the needs of others before her own.”



Fuel tax exemption must be protected

School bus operations have been exempt from the federal fuel tax since 1978. Keeping it that way is a key concern for many in the industry.



Photoluminescent safety products offered for buses

Doran Manufacturing will bring MN8 Foxfire’s Advanced Photoluminescent Technology illuminating safety products to the bus and motorcoach markets. MN8 Foxfire uses a proprietary process to use light and energy to illuminate safety signs, adhesive strips and epoxy floor markings.



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