The Bladen County School Board approved a GPS Tracking and Maintenance system for the 80 buses in its fleet.
The GPS Tracking Systems will be able to track when a bus driver clocks in and out and when a student gets on and off the bus.
"It will allow us to know exactly when there is a route stop," said school spokesperson Valerie Newton, "so we can find when the bus is picking kids up and when it they are dropping them off so we'll know where they are at all times."
According to officials, the system costs $36 per bus, per month and estimated savings will equal $150,000 per year. The GPS has capabilities to identify more efficient routes within the county and also monitor when engines are idle.
The maintenance system will also identifies engine diagnostic issues, so staff can catch any issues before a bus breaks down on the side of the road.
The systems will all be installed in the buses by December.
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