Wildfire smoke spurred me to start checking an air quality index. The data-driven experience brought to mind how, more than ever, numbers are readily available to track pupil transportation performance.
In the first of a new series, SBF poses five pertinent questions to Keith Henry, NAPT president and director of transportation for Lee’s Summit (Mo.) R-7 School District.
The facility in Latham, New York, will house Tyler's growing team that provides school transportation solutions Versatrans, Traversa, and Tyler Drive.
The business intelligence platform will display actionable data in a user friendly dashboard and allow transportation directors to share it and collaborate on solutions. It will be unveiled at the association’s annual Summit in November.
The current NAPT strategic plan is comprehensive but contains just three goals: communicating better; providing resources to improve communication and decision-making; and increasing the number of NAPT certified school transportation professionals.
Transportation veteran Jim Beekman says he sees a paradigm shift that is vital: one that identifies cost per program so decisions use a base of data to support objectives, not just the old methodology of “sounds good to me.”
Through a partnership with bus company Olson Transportation, parents and school officials at the Chicago area school districts will be able to connect in real time with their children’s school bus.
TransPar Group, which manages more than 1,700 vehicles for various school districts in the U.S., joins the TSC program that offers exclusive services.
Longtime directors impart advice to those new to the job on how to keep up. Getting support from peers, allies in school board members and delegating tasks are all key, they say.
Beekman galvanized the Orange County (Fla.) Public Schools transportation department and implemented numerous improvements, which led to increased efficiency, multi-million-dollar savings and high staff morale.
The association’s 3d.napt.org website aims to help school transportation providers make informed decisions with safety and efficiency in mind.
The director of transportation at Bethlehem Central School District in Delmar, N.Y., has adopted a businesslike approach to running the transportation department, while also focusing on student safety. The transportation team was able to reduce its overall transportation budget by about $900,000 for the 2012-13 school year, and tracking key performance indicators has increased efficiency.
Often, just by tracking and displaying results, employees become more aware of their own influence on the measurements.