Burlington school buses en route to transportation technology, safety

In this file photo students from North Hill Elementary School board school buses at the end of the school day, in Burlington, Iowa.

The Burlington School District’s transportation department is on course for upgrades.

The Burlington School Board on Monday voted unanimously to purchase Tyler Technologies’ Versatrans Transportation Suite, a GPS tracking system and student tracking suite that will allow the district to collect busing data, streamline routes, keep track of students as they board and exit school buses, allow parents to track their child’s bus and more.

“We do think there would be a lot of benefits to the district to have GPS on the buses,” business director and board secretary Greg Reynolds told Burlington School Board members Monday during their virtually held meeting. 

The suite, which comes at a one-time installation fee of $71,261 and an annual recurring fee for GPS systems and software, will be paid for with money from the district’s Physical Plant and Equipment Levy. 

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