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- April 19th, 2014 - NE/SE Safety Competition in Ottawa, KS.
- May 3rd, 2014 - NC/SC Safety Competition in Goddard, KS.
- May 3rd, 2014 - NW/SW Safety Competition in Holcomb, KS.


IN THE NEWS:

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The updated Safety Competition (RoadEO) handbook is now available under the district tabs and the Summer Conference tab.

- KSDE has put a study guide together for the district and state safety competition written tests.  All test questions will come from this study guide.  This will serve to streamline the study and testing processes.  Click the link for the study guide.

- An important message from KSPTA: 
I received an e-mail on March 7, 2014 stating that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the schools. They are allowing the districts to fully fund the LOB and restoring the capital outlay equalization.

On March 21, I received an e-mail stating that the State was going to cut Transportation funds, as well as others to fund the court ruling. So the State is going to take money from the schools to give it back to them to use in capital outlay, in other words they are taking money out of the left pocket and putting it in the right pocket in order to satisfy the court ruling giving the schools more money.

I would recommend that you should contact your representatives and senators from your area and oppose this, make them aware of the safety facts listed below.

Some of the facts about transportation, taken from NHSTA and the American School Bus Council:

For some of the students the school bus is their only way to school. If we cut their transportation out they will have a much harder time of getting to school every day and on time.

School Buses improve traffic conditions, when you consider that each school bus takes 36 cars off the road, the effect they have on the congestion becomes very clear. Multiply 36 cars by the 9,600 school buses per state and that's a lot of extra traffic. Also a side benefit is a reduction in the amount of CO2 emissions by keeping that many cars off the road.

School Buses are much safer than passenger vehicles. Students are about 50 times more likely to arive at school alive if they take the bus than if they drive themselves or ride with friends, more than 20 times safer than if they ride with a parent or other adult. Simply put school buses are built to reduce rider fatalities and injuries in a crash.

So for most parents, the budget dollars saved by cutting school bus services are done so at the expense of the students safety, obviously not a sacrifice that any parent should have to make.

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District Safety Competitions are coming up.  NE/SE will be on April 19th, 2014 at Ottawa Middles School in Ottawa, KS.  NC/SC will be on May 3rd, 2014 at Goddard High School in Goddard, KS.  NW/SW will be on May 3rd, 2014 at Holcomb High School in Holcomb, KS.  Registration for the NC/SC and NE/SE District Safety Competition are now posted to the district pages.  More information will be posted as it comes in.

UPDATES:
- The updated Safety Competition (RoadEO) handbook is now available under the district tabs and the Summer Conference tab.
- Registrations for the Summer Symposium/Safety Competition and the Train the Trainer course are now available on their pages under the conferences tab.
- Transportation Director position for the Independence MO. School District open.  Check it out by clicking the Employment link.

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