Why The 20-21 School Year Is an Opportunity

When you think of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, you probably picture amphibious landing craft, warplanes, and thousands of storming troops. What you probably don’t picture is one of the most important pieces of equipment brought to those gray beaches on that fateful day: the bulldozer. Source: “Caterpillar D7 Armoured Bulldozer” Nevington War Museum The … Continue reading Why The 20-21 School Year Is an Opportunity

Planning for COVID-19 Recovery: Where Do You Start?

“I can’t wait to go back to school.”    How many times have you heard a student say that in your career? Not many, I’m guessing, but students are saying it now. For that matter so are the teachers, administrators, food service workers, fleet technicians, and parents in this time of shut-downs and virtual learning. But … Continue reading Planning for COVID-19 Recovery: Where Do You Start?

Why the Smartphone Gets Too Much Credit

What if I told you the smartphone didn’t actually change the world? Yeah, sure, you’re thinking. The way I navigate in my car every day? The way I keep up on every second of the news? The way I listen to audiobooks and podcasts and my favorite band? (Pink Floyd, of course.) The way nearly … Continue reading Why the Smartphone Gets Too Much Credit

Eight Reasons to Reach for the Cloud

A technology supervisor at Sabine Parish School District, LA got an alert on his phone around 4:00 a.m. on a Sunday morning letting him know there had been a surge in bandwidth on the school’s server. In addition to the odd day and time, it was also summer break. Something was wrong. After a quick … Continue reading Eight Reasons to Reach for the Cloud

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