SMCISD inks deal to track buses, students

AISD school buses outfitted with the new stop-arm cameras. (KXAN Photo/Chris Nelson)
(KXAN Photo/Chris Nelson)

SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — On Monday, the San Marcos Consolidated School District approved an inter-local agreement with Clear Creek ISD for new bus technology.

The school board opted into a five-year deal costing $50,000. It would allow the district to install a GPS system that would allow the transportation department to not only track their buses, but make sure each student is riding their designated bus.

The technology is from Synovia Solutions and called Student Ridership. With this technology 5,200 bus riders in SMCSID would get a card. They would then scan that card when they get on and off the bus, giving parents and the district real time data on where the student is and when.

The transportation department tells us it will help them cut down ridership errors among the 5,200 students they service and 92 buses in their fleet. The department also says it will cut down the number of calls from parents they get concerning their child’s pick-up or arrival time.

“Phone calls asking where is my child, when will my child be let off, and that is important to them, and important to us to be able to make sure our children are safe at all times,” Randy Holt, the Assistant Director of SMCISD’s Transportation department.

If a parent wants to track their student themselves, Holt says the technology comes with a mobile app and website.

Synovia Solutions does offer, it’s called ‘Here comes the bus’. It can push alerts out to them or help them see where there child is, when it will come to the stop, and cut down time on their part,” Holt shares.

The school district does not know when the device will be implemented because they are finalizing the deal.

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