Let’s face it, being a school bus mechanic can be a pretty thankless job. They don’t get facetime with the kids. They don’t get a picture colored for them or gifts during the holidays from grateful parents. Yet they have a vital task: keeping the fleet that transports and protects those children mechanically safe and … Continue reading Talking to Mechanics About Fleet Software
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?
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
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
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
Recently, at Tyler Connect, I was lucky enough to meet with many more of Tyler’s clients and talk with them about the challenges they face and the success they've found with our products. I am always excited to hear about the innovative ways that districts are using technology to solve problems. Here’s a great story … Continue reading District Gets Kindergartners on the Right Bus: Tales from the Road
As responsible school business officials, we know how important it is to be completely certain that our district operations are well managed. To do so we must constantly ask ourselves questions such as: “How are we doing? How do we compare with others? Are we making progress fast enough? Are we using the best practices?” … Continue reading From KPIs to Benchmarking to Best Practices
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?
Have you ever sat through a presentation of slide after slide and found yourself struggling to pay attention, even though the topic was of interest and importance to you? On the other hand, you can probably think of some other memorable presentation which you remember so clearly that the lesson is still fresh in your … Continue reading Using Data to Tell Your Story
One of the things that I have always found to be helpful to me in my professional life is to treat my work the same way I do my body and my car: I give it an annual check-up. Taking a scheduled time to pause and reevaluate helps me make better decisions, and lets me … Continue reading Take Your Transportation Temp