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

5 Ways Tablets Can Help Contractors

While tablets are taking the K-12 transportation industry by storm in general, it’s important to think about how they can especially benefit contractors. When servicing multiple school districts, having the right software and hardware can be an integral part of your operation. While revolutionary, tablets might just seem like another tool in your arsenal. However, … Continue reading 5 Ways Tablets Can Help Contractors

Modern Student Safety Solutions: A Driver’s Perspective

As student-oriented technology has rapidly developed and improved, parents have demanded districts provide the same accountability for students riding the bus that they expect in the classroom. When we recently spoke with Daryl Barry, a school bus driver in Barrington, Illinois, she reflected on how expectations for student safety on the bus have evolved over … Continue reading Modern Student Safety Solutions: A Driver’s Perspective

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