Summer School and Routing Software

Warmer temperatures are underway. Baseball games and track meets dominate your athletic trip schedule. You’re planning for the hectic finals week. Somehow, it's almost the end of the school year again and, if you’re like most people who work in K-12 transportation, you cringe when someone says, “Aren't you off for the summer?” Not only … Continue reading Summer School and Routing Software

Are Tablets Really the Next Big Thing?

There is a lot of talk these days about on-board tablet solutions for the K-12 transportation industry. It sounds similar to the buzz a decade ago about GPS technology. School transportation is what car manufacturers call a “follower” industry. That is, it follows the trends of the commercial vehicle market, only delayed by several years. … Continue reading Are Tablets Really the Next Big Thing?

Industry Viewpoints on Technology

There are as many viewpoints on technology in the K-12 industry as there are transportation professionals. You can see this easily in the vast differences between district operations. Some districts are fully equipped with the latest GPS/AVL technology, student card readers, routing and field trip software and even on-board tablets for navigation. Others use spreadsheets and … Continue reading Industry Viewpoints on Technology

Tales From the Road: Transportation Department Turns Budget Shortfall into Surplus

As a Tyler Technologies employee, there’s nothing I like better than stories of school districts using Tyler products and seeing great success. Here’s a great story of a district that was facing huge overruns in their transportation budget, and who used Versatrans to save money — without reducing their service or laying off drivers. The … Continue reading Tales From the Road: Transportation Department Turns Budget Shortfall into Surplus

We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident

Wikipedia tells us "A truism is a claim that is so obvious or self-evident as to be hardly worth mentioning.” I think we would all agree that our work as K-12 transportation professionals is filled with truisms, concepts that are so obvious or self-evident that we might find ourselves taking them for granted. This post … Continue reading We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident

The Building Blocks of a Routing Plan

Remember the story of the Three Little Pigs? Piglet number one builds his house out of straw and the wolf is able to blow it right down. Piglet number two builds his house out of wood, certainly better than straw, but the wolf is also able to blow it down. Piglet number three takes the … Continue reading The Building Blocks of a Routing Plan

Happy New Year!

Summer is a busy time in transportation offices. School details are firmed up, students are identified, runs are built and assigned to routes, drivers are hired, certified, trained and assigned, parents and schools are notified, and the million details that somehow need to be done get done on time. This summer I had the distinct … Continue reading Happy New Year!

Tales from the Road: After Disaster, Versatrans Helped Joplin Schools Adapt to Ever-Changing Needs

I've told stories of client successes here on the Tyler K-12 Viewpoints blog before, but I've never had the opportunity to tell a story quite like this one before. On Sunday, May 22, 2011, a tornado that, at its maximum, grew to be nearly one mile wide, struck the city of Joplin, Missouri. Nearly 25 percent … Continue reading Tales from the Road: After Disaster, Versatrans Helped Joplin Schools Adapt to Ever-Changing Needs

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year?

The back-to-school commercials are starting, a sure sign that students are in the midst of the back-to-school ritual of getting summer reading lists completed, and back-to-school shopping is in full swing.  I’m sure everyone has seen the one commercial that has the dad dancing in the aisles doing school shopping with “It’s the Most Wonderful … Continue reading It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year?

Transporting Students With Disabilities Show in Frisco

This past week I was part of a team that represented Tyler Technologies at the Transporting Students with Disabilities Conference in Frisco, Texas. This show was well attended and we had the opportunity to visit with a great number of the conference participants who had come from all over the United States as well as … Continue reading Transporting Students With Disabilities Show in Frisco