Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

Local News

March 14, 2013

Tracking your child's school bus

BEVERLY, Mass. — The digital age has answered the question parents often ask: Where's the school bus?

A startup Massachusetts company is testing GPS technhology that will tell parents precisely when their kids' bus will arrive at the bus stop.

Public schools in this Boston suburb are participating in the pilot project, urging parents in a notice sent out recently to sign up for the service from WheresTheBus of Wayland, Mass.

Several school districts around the country have GPS devices in their buses to keep track of their fleet, but no district has refined the technology to extend access to parents, according to Joe Winkler, head of WheresTheBus.

Winkler said his GPS technology will be installed on all Beverly school buses at no charge. Parents then can sign up for a limited free trial that will allow them to track their child's school bus on any device with an Internet connection.

Winkler said he has yet to determine how much he will charge parents for the service once it goes pay.

"We're focused right now on proving this is something that helps people," he said. "If you're standing outside wondering when the bus is going to arrived, it's nice to hit a button on your phone and get the magic answer."

School Superintendent Marie Galinski praised the service as both a safety measure for tracking the school district's buses and a way to calm parents jittery nerves.

"If the bus is late, they will know that it is on its way," said Galinski. "It is a win-win for us and for the parents."

Kristine Murray, who has a kindergartner and a second-grader who take the school bus, said the service would be helpful but she'd need to know how much it costs before deciding to use it.

"It's definitely interesting," said Murray. "I don't know if we'd be willing to pay for it."

---

Details for this story were provided by the Salem, Mass., News.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • IMG_6898.JPG Fuel check

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • ESD paramedic delivers baby on the side of the road

    Lt. Donny Hallmark has been a paramedic for about 10 years, and he’s seen more than one baby being born. But Tuesday morning was a first for the Johnson County Emergency Services District No. 1 firefighter when he helped deliver a baby by himself — in a car on the side of the road.

    April 22, 2014

  • _MG_0966.JPG Open carry advocates

    A handful of Second Amendment activists gathered on the courthouse square in Cleburne Saturday afternoon for an open carry rally, advocating for Texans’ right to openly carry a handgun.

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • IMG_5065.JPG King’s Daughters create dresses for girls around the world

    Somewhere in the world a girl will be wearing a dress made by someone in Cleburne.

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • IMG_1752.JPG Cook case concludes

    Barring unforeseen snags, the case involving Cleburne residents David and Angel Cook appears headed toward conclusion. The couple and representatives from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services agreed to a mediated settlement Monday morning in the 413th District Court, which eliminates the need for a jury trial to determine custody of the couples’ seven children.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Couple ejected from motorcycle

    Rescue workers transported a Joshua couple to a Fort Worth hospital Sunday afternoon after the motorcycle both were riding wrecked in Cleburne.

    April 22, 2014

  • Church members may see money, but not pope

    Members of a Granbury church who hoped to travel to the Vatican may get some of the money they paid for the trip back, but it’s too late to see Pope Francis, church member John Downing said Thursday.

    April 20, 2014

  • Screen shot 2014-04-21 at 8.46.18 AM.png Suburban cowboys

    The crossroads where a pair of railroad tracks intersect Farm-to-Market Road 917 in northeastern Johnson County isn’t a particularly memorable spot.  

    April 20, 2014 4 Photos

  • _MG_2519.JPG Time to cowboy up for kids at annual PBR event

    Some of the best athletes in the world of professional bull riding, along with local and national celebrities, will cowboy up for a good cause Friday and Saturday at the 17th annual Cowboys for Kids event. Proceeds from the two-night event benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center of Johnson County.

    April 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • Mayoral candidates offer contrasting visions

    Two espoused their previous records and called for a referendum on the city’s direction going forward. The third left attendees in stitches, some laughing at, others with his presentation of performance art and plain-spoken directness delivered in a rural patois accompanied by a Big Gulp.

    April 19, 2014

Front page
Latest CTR Videos
Facebook
Front page
Front page
Front page
Front page
Front page
Front page
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page
House Ads
Featured Ads
CTR Sports
Follow us on twitter