NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio — North Ridgeville City Schools may provide a smartphone app that shows the location of school buses, how much time it will take before they reach certain stops, and any delays, The Chronicle-Telegram reports.

The district conducted a survey with parents and found that 76% of those surveyed indicated they would use such an app, William Greene, assistant superintendent of building services at North Ridgeville City Schools, told the newspaper. School officials are also trying to improve communications with parents on route information and pickup and drop-off times via the survey, according to The Chronicle-Telegram.

Two buses will have the GPS units installed as part of a test run of the app that will enable transportation officials to track a bus’s location as it travels. The GPS system can also help drivers stay on schedule and help cut fuel costs by enabling officials to monitor how long buses are idling, Tom Dane, the district’s new transportation supervisor, told the newspaper.

If the trial period is successful, the district may install GPS units on all of the district’s 44 buses, Greene told the newspaper. The district is working with Tyler Technologies.

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