First Student is expanding its operations in New York state through a new partnership with the Rondout Valley Central School District. The company will be providing safe and reliable transportation to students in the district beginning with the 2018-19 school year.
“Thousands of our students start and finish their school days on the yellow bus,” said School Business Administrator Deb Kosinski, Rondout Valley Central School District. “First Student recognizes that student safety is our number one priority. With a team of highly-trained drivers and the industry’s strongest safety record, we trust our students will be in good hands.”
As part of the new five-year transportation contract, First Student will replace or update the district’s fleet of nearly 75 school buses. The buses will be equipped with the latest technology, including high-definition GPS tracking systems and digital cameras.
The Rondout Valley Central School District and its families will also be able to better manage the before-and-after school rush with the FirstView® District Dashboard and Parent App, the industry’s most comprehensive and secure bus tracking, communications and engagement platform. Districts can streamline daily decision-making through centralized, real-time fleet reporting and can efficiently alert parents about school delays or issues through the app.
The district will also have access to FirstACTS®. The web-based communication tool helps manage the process of tracking student conduct on the bus.
“First Student has been a pioneer in developing, designing and investing in technology to ensure a safe ride to and from school,” said Joe Petrozak, First Student area general manager. “We look forward to working closely with the Rondout Valley Central School District to ensure the transportation solutions we provide represent a collective, forward-thinking response to the district’s needs.”
With more than 50 locations across the state, First Student is the largest operator of school buses in New York. The company recently announced a new partnership with the Watertown City School District in the state.
For this upcoming school year, more school districts have chosen First Student than any other provider. To date, more than 32,000 additional students across North America will receive safe, reliable transportation from First Student in the 2018-19 school year.
About First Student, Inc.
As the leading school transportation solutions provider in North America, First Student strives to provide the best start and finish to every school day. First Student completes five million student journeys each day, moving more passengers than all U.S. airlines combined. With a team of highly-trained drivers and the industry’s strongest safety record, First Student delivers reliable, quality services including full-service transportation and management, special-needs transportation, route optimization and scheduling, maintenance, and charter services for 1,100 school district contracts. For more information, please visit firststudentinc.com.