True Story: Saving $1.5 Million with Creative Routing

It’s a scene we see every year: around the time when budgets start getting analyzed and allocated, superintendents and finance directors across the country look at all those commas separating the numbers for the transportation budget. Their eyes go wide, and they ask the inevitable question, never meant as an insult: “How much of this … Continue reading True Story: Saving $1.5 Million with Creative Routing

Interview with Kim Rentner, Transportation Industry Engagement Consultant

In this interview you will hear from Kim Rentner, who has an accomplished, 18-year background in K-12 transportation, serving in various roles such as Safety Officer, Third Party Tester, Director of Transportation, and Northern Regional Director for the Illinois APT. During her career, she has written training manuals that are now used at many school … Continue reading Interview with Kim Rentner, Transportation Industry Engagement Consultant

The “Uber-ification” of K-12 Transportation

It’s 7:56 a.m. My kids have gotten dressed, eaten their breakfast, fed their fish, and packed their bookbags. They’re watching YouTube, flipping back and forth on the Roku between my son’s preferred videos and my daughter’s. They still need to brush their teeth—two minutes—and get their shoes on—one minute—and the bus stop is a little … Continue reading The “Uber-ification” of K-12 Transportation

5 Ways Tablets Can Help Contractors

While tablets are taking the K-12 transportation industry by storm in general, it’s important to think about how they can especially benefit contractors. When servicing multiple school districts, having the right software and hardware can be an integral part of your operation. While revolutionary, tablets might just seem like another tool in your arsenal. However, … Continue reading 5 Ways Tablets Can Help Contractors

For Efficiency, Data is Everything

Imagine you’re trying to find a better method for cleaning your house, so it takes, say, three hours instead of four, and costs you $20 per cleaning instead of $60. You could just go buy the cheapest cleaning solutions. You could tie paper towels to your dog’s feet and throw a ball around the house. … Continue reading For Efficiency, Data is Everything

6 Pieces of Technology that Improve Parent Communication

If I want unlimited, on-demand music, I can download an app. If I want up-to-date weather alerts, I can have my phone ping me. I don’t even need to pay for a cable subscription anymore: my kids stream YouTube right on the TV in our living room. This is the new normal, not just for … Continue reading 6 Pieces of Technology that Improve Parent Communication

3 Principles of Routing Software to Help You Find Efficiency

I haven’t met a single bus driver, route coordinator, or transportation director who isn’t 100 percent focused on service. However, the more accommodating we are for our parents and students, the less efficient our operation can become. Service and safety are paramount, yet with budget constraints and a nation-wide driver shortage, every school district in … Continue reading 3 Principles of Routing Software to Help You Find Efficiency

7 IEP Demands That Affect Your K-12 Transportation

Student transportation is changing. If you’re reading this, you’re probably well aware. One of those changes is a higher demand for, and the increasingly complex nature of, Individual Educational Plans (IEPs) for any given student. Not everything in an IEP plan affects transportation, of course, but when it does, it can drastically affect your routing … Continue reading 7 IEP Demands That Affect Your K-12 Transportation

Four Virtues from the Military That Can Help Your K-12 Operation Today

In my previous life as a Soldier in the U.S. Army, my standards for leadership were pretty high. We weren’t infantry, artillery, or Special Forces. I served in the Army Corps of Engineers, and we were building roads, fortifying bases, and hauling supplies. The blue-collar workers of the military — they don’t make movies out … Continue reading Four Virtues from the Military That Can Help Your K-12 Operation Today

Five Questions to Decide Which Fall Conferences to Attend

A lot happens in the fall. The weather gets cooler, kids get back in the school routine, pumpkins appear on porches, and the school bus conference season begins. What better way to keep up on all that’s going on in the industry than to attend some conferences? If your district only allows you to attend … Continue reading Five Questions to Decide Which Fall Conferences to Attend