- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

VAN HORNE, Iowa (AP) - A school district in Iowa has plans to expand Wi-Fi access on school buses for its students.

KCRG-TV (https://bit.ly/1KTW4pg) reports that the Benton Community School District is planning on adding Wi-Fi access to more of its school buses to help students be more productive on what, for some, can be a very long ride. Officials say internet access will allow students to do their homework while on the bus since so much of it is online.

High school principal James Bieschke said, “It is definitely a benefit for students to be able to complete an assignment and send it off to their teacher.”

Currently, there is Wi-Fi on four of the district’s 18 buses. “It’s a good way to get your mind off things and help the ride go faster,” said 8th grader Bennett Gorkow.

District superintendent Gary Zittergruen said that Wi-Fi would likely be added to ten more buses at a cost of about $7,800. Officials said this is something they wanted to spend the money on because the district spans 330 square miles.

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Information from: KCRG-TV, https://www.kcrg.com

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