Roundup: Super Trouble for Driving School Bus, Teenage Heroics & Holiday Giving

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An Iowa teen became a hero while on his way to school last month after he helped students evacuate a school that rolled over after a crash. Sixteen-year-old Nathan Bass was driving to school when he noticed a ball of white smoke. As he got closer, he noticed that the same school bus that had just picked up his younger brothers was laying on its side in a ditch. Bass pulled over and walked over to the bus, where he proceeded to open the emergency hatch and help the students, including his brothers, get off the bus. 


 A Montana superintendent was recently suspended for two days without pay for driving activity buses to school sporting events without board approval. According to the Billings Gazette, Tim Bronk signed off on his own time sheets, which tallied 83.5 hours, and he paid himself $1,013.99 without first discussing it with the board. 

“I guess I wasn’t trying to hide anything,” Bronk said. “I don’t even know that I even thought whether I was doing the right thing or not.”

“We want to compensate every person in our district who goes above and beyond what their job description is,” board chair Doug LeBrun said Wednesday. “They need to get compensated for that, but it also needs to be approved by the board. That’s why we’re in place.”


Brad Alan Gardner, a police chief in Iowa resigned his post last month, some time after being ticketed for passing a stopped school bus that was unloading special needs students. 


Two Washington teens intervened when their school bus driver had a medical emergency behind the wheel. They walked over to the front of the bus when they noticed that the driver’s head was not visible over the back of the seat after he missed a turn. The bus was hitting trees and going over the curb.

After realizing that the driver was not responsive, the students lifted him and seated him back against the seat. Connor Reynolds, one of the students, then grabbed the steering wheel and pulled the bus over. He then called 911. Paramedics arrived on the scene shortly thereafter and examined the driver, who survived.


The transportation department at Apple Valley ISD 196 in Minnesota held a food drive last week just before Thanksgiving. The department collected nonperishable goods for students who face hunger. Union SEIU Local 284, which represents district bus drivers and aides, donated $400 to The Kindness Connection, a volunteer group that runs the food pantry. 


Check out some photos of a school bus converted into a “tiny house!”