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Throughout 2013, Durham School Services in Burleson, Texas, launched an all-out safety effort which successfully reduced preventable accidents by 67 percent and injuries by 62 percent. The team also drove down stop arm violations by actively pursuing a ride-along program with local police.

These significant safety improvements recently earned the Burleson team, which provides busing for the Burleson and Kennedale Independent School Districts, the Driving Out Harm Team Award for Safety from National Express Corporation (NEC), a leader in student transportation. Durham School Services is part of NEC, and Burleson is one of 11 of teams and individuals among NEC’s 220 locations across United States and Canada that is being recognized for demonstrating the company’s values in action.

“We are proud to recognize employees and teams for their hard work and dedication to living our company’s values in the areas of Safety, Customers, People and Community,” said David A. Duke, CEO of National Express Corporation. “Our Values reflect our priorities and we gladly celebrate those who exemplify them.”

According to Burleson General Manager Clint Muhlenberg, creating a strong atmosphere of safety, for both the students they serve and the employees, is a collective effort from the entire team—supervisors, drivers, maintenance technicians and office staff. “We thoroughly check our buses before and after each run and go above and beyond state maintenance requirements. We also review routes and bus stops to ensure student safety. Employee safety and well being also is a focus of our efforts.” With initiatives that include preparing fresh safety messages daily, reconfiguring the bus lots to improve driver safety, participating in emergency preparedness demonstrations with the local SWAT team and passing out neck coolers and cold water to drivers on very hot days, Muhlenberg makes sure his team knows safety must be a large part of all they do.

“It is all about actively living the safety message. You simply can’t be passive about safety.”

Muhlenberg also is being recognized individually with the Leader of the Year Award for improving customer service and engagement at the Burleson location.

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Durham School Services, Stock Transportation and Petermann Bus make up National Express Corporation (NEC), headquartered in Warrenville, Ill. As a leader in student transportation, NEC is committed to exceptional safety, outstanding customer service and positive employee relations. Durham and Petermann (United States) and Stock (Canada) operate more than 20,000 buses and serve 450 school districts in 32 states and four provinces. Our success rests with our dedicated employees who live our mission: “Getting kids to school safely, on time and ready to learn.” For more information, visit