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GPS bus tracker makes routes more efficient, safer

Transportation Director for Buncombe County Schools, Fonda Durner, says the system allows school transportation officials to track the movement of the school bus drivers from the time they start their bus, to the time they return to the school parking lot. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Thousands of kids are heading back to class in Buncombe County and Asheville City school systems on Monday, August 28, 2017. It is also the first day of school for students in McDowell, Polk, Henderson, Rutherford and Macon counties.

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Assistant Superintendent for Buncombe County Schools, Joe Hough, says about 16,500 Buncombe County students ride a school bus, about 60 percent of the student population.

With a fleet of more than 250 buses, Hough says collectively they cover about 17,000 miles a day in Buncombe County.

There's a new piece of technology that is helping to make bus routes in Buncombe County more efficient and safe. It's a real-time GPS school bus tracking system, implemented four years ago at the school system's transportation hub in Woodfin.

On News 13 This Morning, Lauren Brigman talks with Hough and the Transportation Director for Buncombe County Schools, Fonda Durner, about how the system works.

Durner says the system allows school transportation officials to track the movement of the school bus drivers from the time they start their bus, to the time they return to the school parking lot.

The Buncombe County school system is currently in need of bus drivers.

New bus driver training classes begin August 29. The 3-day class is held at the Buncombe County Central Office and begins at 8:30 amm.

The pay rate is $15.78 per hour for permanent drivers. Call the transportation department at 828-232-4240 if you are interested.

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