Starting next fall, the Charles City School District will go high-tech to better track which buses students are riding to and from school.
The School Board Monday night approved the purchase of 18 iPads with Traversa software at a cost of about $56,000 over two years. Director of Operations Jerry Mitchell says the district will utilize pandemic funds available through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) program to acquire the system sooner than expected.
Mitchell says the system will also automatically update student’s contact information anytime there’s a change to their Powerschool profile. It will also help bus drivers better navigate when traveling to destinations for school activities out of town. He says the initial cost covers the equipment, software and training, and in year three the school then just pays for the data plan.