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

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

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

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

6 Pieces of Technology that Improve Parent Communication

If I want unlimited, on-demand music, I can download an app. If I want up-to-date weather alerts, I can have my phone ping me. I don’t even need to pay for a cable subscription anymore: my kids stream YouTube right on the TV in our living room. This is the new normal, not just for … Continue reading 6 Pieces of Technology that Improve Parent Communication

3 Principles of Routing Software to Help You Find Efficiency

I haven’t met a single bus driver, route coordinator, or transportation director who isn’t 100 percent focused on service. However, the more accommodating we are for our parents and students, the less efficient our operation can become. Service and safety are paramount, yet with budget constraints and a nation-wide driver shortage, every school district in … Continue reading 3 Principles of Routing Software to Help You Find Efficiency

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

Tales from the Road: Maine District Switches to Traversa for Ease of Use

Recently, as part of my work for Tyler Technologies, I got the chance to speak with Transportation Director Brenda Cravens, who works for Maine School Administrative District (MSAD) 60 in North Berwick, Maine. In the past year she switched from the state-sponsored routing software to Traversa, and I asked to share her story here to … Continue reading Tales from the Road: Maine District Switches to Traversa for Ease of Use

Five Questions to Decide Which Fall Conferences to Attend

A lot happens in the fall. The weather gets cooler, kids get back in the school routine, pumpkins appear on porches, and the school bus conference season begins. What better way to keep up on all that’s going on in the industry than to attend some conferences? If your district only allows you to attend … Continue reading Five Questions to Decide Which Fall Conferences to Attend

Here’s to Your Mechanics

Let’s talk about the unsung heroes of school transportation – your mechanics. Who else is going to run out to change wiper blades on a bus halfway through its route in the middle of a downpour? Who else is going to stay overnight at the garage in below-zero temperatures to make sure the fuel doesn’t … Continue reading Here’s to Your Mechanics