- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) - The Suffolk Public Schools division is working to equip its school buses with GPS this school year.

The Virginian-Pilot reports (https://bit.ly/1idyOes ) a schools spokeswoman said last week that the division was in final negotiations for a contract for the new technology. The division’s school year begins Sept. 8.

Officials say they hope that adding GPS systems to their buses will help fix problems they’ve had with delays in recent years.

Earlier this year, an independent consulting firm surveyed the division’s transportation department and recommended installing GPS, noting that Suffolk has unique problems because of its size and diverse landscape.

Officials say they think the systems will let them analyze routes to determine needed changes. They’ll also be able to inform parents more quickly whether a bus is running late.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, https://pilotonline.com


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