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

Great Ideas for Driver Connection

For professional drivers, one of the biggest topics of discussion in my training classes was student management. Drivers are generally concerned about how to handle different scenarios, and rightfully so! The good news is they receive constant training on this topic, not just at the start of their career but all throughout. As transportation directors … Continue reading Great Ideas for Driver Connection

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

Tyler Drive Districts in the Spotlight

On-board technology is sweeping through the student transportation industry, representing a change as massive as the ones brought by GPS devices and cameras in prior years. Districts across the country have been embracing the Tyler Drive on-board tablet and using it to improve safety, communication, and efficiency, and the media has taken notice. We are … Continue reading Tyler Drive Districts in the Spotlight

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

Routing Choices That Move You Forward

The technology at your fingertips can either propel your team’s productivity or it can grind your office to a halt. Debbie Swenson, the transportation systems and technical analyst at Arlington ISD in Texas, recently shared her experience trying to route with inefficient tools and the frustrations that ultimately led the district to seek a better … Continue reading Routing Choices That Move You Forward

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

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