Posted: Jul 20, 2012 7:14 PM by Alex Labat
Updated: Jul 20, 2012 8:18 PM
On August 15th, bus drivers in Acadia Parish won't be the only ones keeping their eyes on students when they board buses.
The school board hired a private company, "Student Transportation Specialties" out of Texas, to manage transportation, routes and security.
"They're hiring local people to do the job which will help the economy. They've already had great interest from bus drivers," says Superintendent John Bourque.
The company is revamping the system. Buses will now be equipped with GPS tracking systems to monitor whereabouts, and cameras have been installed.
The new monitoring devices aren't only going to monitor the students on the buses, but the drivers as well.
Ralph Williams, Director of Operations for STS, says, "I had some drivers at first that they thought 'oh well Big Brothers keeping an eye on me' and it's not that case. The case is I have saved a whole bunch of drivers' jobs by kids coming up and saying 'hey this happened, this happened', and then when you go back and watch the film that didn't happen."
Bus drivers will keep their jobs and the new company will not change routes before the start of the school year.