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?

Training and Engaging Transportation Staff from Home

During our recent transportation client panel discussing how districts are adapting to the COVID-19 school closures, many of you told us your ears perked up at the mention of games, quizzes, and e-training our panelists are distributing to their staff and drivers. We followed up with our three panelists’ offices to hear more about how … Continue reading Training and Engaging Transportation Staff from Home

Kentucky District Comes Together in Crisis

Kentucky’s Campbell County School District is finding that the difficulties of a crisis can bring out the best in people. We recently spoke with the district’s Director of School Improvement Connie Pohlgeers and Director of Transportation Kerry Hill about how they’re adapting to the changing needs of their students while also discovering how strong their … Continue reading Kentucky District Comes Together in Crisis

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