SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – After years and years of complaints from parents and students, on Wednesday the Savannah Chatham County Public School System officially began running the bus system for the school district.
Also on Wednesday, SCCPSS staff updated the school board on new policies needed to make sure the district was compliant with state and federal guidelines on things like load capacities, or how many students can safely be put on each bus.
“What you’ll see us doing now is being more efficient and being more effective in how it relates to operating transportation,” said Deputy Superintendent of Operations Vanessa Kaigler.
During their meeting, the board approved the purchase of ZONAR EVIR Devices that will allow them to track the fleet, and equipment for a program called Fuel Focus that gives drivers an easier way to log any issues they might see with their bus during daily inspections.
“That information is then automatically transmitted back to a system where we can monitor the condition of a bus,” said Kaigler. “We can make sure that our buses are updated and service is provided in a timely manner.
Combined, the ZONAR and Fuel Focus systems will cost the district more than $500,000, but Kaigler tells News 3 expenses like that are expected with new ventures and the benefits down the line will more than make up for it.