Tyler Transportation Directors on Technology Through the Years

On March 18 Tyler’s own Kim Rentner will host an online Q&A with two student transportation industry veterans to talk about real-world solutions for keeping up with changing technology. Our guest speakers are: Barry Sudduth, Transportation Director at Stafford County Schools in Virginia and former NAPT President, with 19 years of experience in student transportationNick … Continue reading Tyler Transportation Directors on Technology Through the Years

Sharing Resources for Special Needs Driver Training

Transporting students with special needs requires special people. When I reach out to school districts to ask about their training programs for drivers, I am never disappointed. It’s amazing to see that even though states and federal agencies require exceptional training, most every operation goes beyond the standard training for drivers, aides, and students. Since … Continue reading Sharing Resources for Special Needs Driver Training

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

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

District’s Rapid Growth Prompts Transportation Upgrade

Sometimes during our travels, we are reminded how quickly a district’s needs can change. Two districts may combine into one and require new routes to be designed, while another district may change its school start times, emphasizing the need for better communication tools to reach parents and students. Weston Bartlett, transportation director for Melissa Independent … Continue reading District’s Rapid Growth Prompts Transportation Upgrade

Purchasing an On-Bus Tablet Solution

Tablet solutions for student transportation can help increase the level of safety and service you can provide to your community, but it can be difficult to understand how to tell one version of this new technology apart from the others. As a former Transportation Director, I know as well as anyone that there are many … Continue reading Purchasing an On-Bus Tablet Solution

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

Finding Savings in a Growing District: Tales from the Road

How do you find transportation savings in a school district that is growing by leaps and bounds?  Ask Joe Dives of Magnolia ISD: his district of 13,200 students has grown more than 10 percent just in the last three years, and between 2007 and 2009 the district grew nearly 30 percent in size. Yet transportation … Continue reading Finding Savings in a Growing District: Tales from the Road

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

Understanding the New FMCSA Training Requirements

Because our blog is about giving back, we want to offer a source of information to help our readers understand new Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) requirements coming up for all districts. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) established new minimum training standards in December of 2016, and these new requirements will be implemented on … Continue reading Understanding the New FMCSA Training Requirements