The company launches a program in which it proposes to buy out any school district’s contract with a competing routing software provider.
A ridership drop during the Fourth of July holiday for a summer program has one student dropped off at her stop 20 minutes early and another dropped off at the wrong stop. Springfield (Mo.) Public Schools instructs drivers to maintain stop times and set routing system safeguards.
In the $3.5 million annual pact with Lackawanna City School District, the contractor will provide transportation services, routing implementation, and 50 new vehicles.
The contractor is replacing Freetown-Lakeville's current school buses with a new fleet equipped with GPS, crossing gates, and the Child Check-Mate System.
The software enhancements are designed to increase safety and provide cost savings for fleet operators, according to the supplier.
Anna Hamrick of Allen Independent School District has become a Certified Director of Pupil Transportation through NAPT.
Omaha Public Schools is trying to simplify its busing system and cut costs by reducing the number of schools that students can apply to and still be eligible to ride the bus. The district’s transportation costs are high compared with other urban Midwestern districts.
Richmond (Va.) Public Schools will now take students directly to after-school programs instead of transporting them to a different school to wait for another bus after a second bus fails to arrive and strands three students.
A lack of clear leadership, a “culture of distrust” and inadequate staffing factored into the district’s school transportation meltdown this fall, an attorney finds.
The company demonstrates Viewfinder, which can monitor day-to-day operations, providing access to updates on trips, vehicles, students and staff from any device.
The Iowa bus driver brought students she had already picked up to school, but didn’t complete her route, possibly due to frustration with constant route changes. Another driver was sent out to pick up the rest of the students.
Software programs automate reporting, making it easier, faster and less costly, suppliers say. Districts have been able to save days’ worth of staff time and have more, reliable data with which to recoup much-needed funds.
As Palm Beach County (Fla.) finishes overhauling its routes and gets more students to school on time, a third-party investigation will look at what went wrong and will "hold people accountable," the superintendent says.