January 18, 2021

Bridgestone Extends Partnership with Maplewood High School Automotive Training Center on Program’s Fifth Anniversary

Maplewood High School’s Automotive Training Center, the heart of the Automotive Technology pathway in the Maplewood Academy of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, was developed by Bridgestone and Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) in response to a nationwide shortage of automotive technicians. At the heart of the four-year program is an onsite, fully-functioning Firestone Complete Auto Care tire and automotive service store, complete with fixtures, equipment and point-of-sale software. The program gives students an opportunity to interact with customers and practice the skills they’ve learned in the classroom such as oil changes, brake replacements and tire rotations.

“When we began our partnership with Maplewood High School five years ago our goal was to invest in the futures of young men and women who are interested in careers in the automotive industry,” said Chris Karbowiak, vice chair, chief administrative officer, chief risk officer and executive vice president for Bridgestone Americas. “Today the

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After $1 billion from Ontario for student transportation, why does Hamilton still have a school bus shortage?

In late August, weeks before schools reopened across Ontario, the provincial government announced a major new investment in student transportation — a whopping $1 billion in funding that, according to Education Minister Stephen Lecce, marked the “highest investment in transportation in Ontario history.”

The announcement was welcome news for Hamilton’s school boards, which have long been plagued by school bus shortages resulting in cancelled routes and delayed commutes for students. For years, the boards and bus companies have struggled to recruit drivers willing to take students to and from school, and the pandemic has only exacerbated this problem, as older drivers at greater risk of contracting illness opt to stay home or find work elsewhere.

Standing in a colourful elementary classroom in downtown Toronto, Lecce assured the boards the funding would attract new drivers and keep the existing ones.

“When it comes to retaining talent, we’re going to be there

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Ware Selectboard questions school transportation expenses during pandemic

WARE — The Selectboard wants more information before approving school transportation bills that may not reflect actual services rendered during the coronavirus pandemic.

The bills relate to the end of the last school year, after schools across the state were closed in response to COVID-19. The amount is said to be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, but a specific amount was not available.

The Selectboard voted unanimously to table the matter until its Oct. 20 meeting. In a statement to The Republican on Thursday, Town Manager Stuart Beckley said the Selectboard “asked the School district to lay those numbers out in a spreadsheet.”

“We are not just rubber stamping these bills,” Chairman Alan Whitney said at Tuesday’s meeting.

“I’ve got questions about the bills, and I’ve got a lot of questions about the process,” he said.

School Committee member Chris Desjardins said Tuesday the Selectboard’s approval would allows

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Central Dauphin School District halts transportation services while staff quarantines

The Central Dauphin School District will be unable to provide bus transportation to students through next week after learning that several transportation services team members need to quarantine.

Transportation services will be stopped from tomorrow through Oct. 16, the district said in a statement released Thursday afternoon.

“Several individuals who assist in the coordination of transportation services are required to quarantine and that has, in turn, affected the District’s ability to ensure the safe, effective and appropriate transportation of students for this brief period of time,” the district said.

The district did not comment on what prompted the need for quarantining.

This means that during the quarantine period, the district can’t provide transportation to its facilities or to the private, parochial or charter schools that the district serves.

The district has been in contact with the school community, as well as the schools to which it normally provides transportation services.

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Bayside Middle School students raise funds to honor beloved friend killed in car crash

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Turkey has allegedly recruited Syrian mercenaries to fight in Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict

The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh territory has shown no signs of slowing down, and Turkey’s involvement on behalf of Azerbaijan also appears to be growing, which has been a concern among the international community since fighting broke out this weekend.Armenia has accused Turkey of shooting down one of its jets, which Turkey denied, and there are multiple reports, including from BBC and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, that Ankara has been recruiting hundreds of mercenaries from Syria to aid Azerbaijan in the conflict (SOHR also reports Armenian-born Syrians have also been transported to Armenia to join the fight, per BBC).BBC Arabic spoke to one man who alleged he was recruited by the commander of the Hamza Division of the Turkish-backed Syrian “National Army” for a $2,000 per month. The details obtained

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With public schools shifted to remote learning, Catholic schools in Massachusetts left without school bus transportation

When Massachusetts’ largest school districts shifted to fully remote learning for the start of the 2020-2021 school year, the decision left some parents longing for the sight of a yellow school bus rolling down their street.

Parents from Catholic schools in Springfield reached out to MassLive asking what happened to the buses.

The Diocese of Springfield contracts with the Springfield Public Schools to utilize its bus system.

Springfield Public Schools Chief Communications Officer Azell Cavaan told MassLive it comes down to the public-private schools’ contract, which mandates equal busing services for the districts.

So, when students at the public school aren’t using buses because they’re fully remote, the private school students don’t use them either.

The agreement dates back to a law passed in Massachusetts more than 80 years ago. The law guarantees equal transportation for students across the state, which includes the Archdiocese of Boston and Dioceses of

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