School Bus Fleet

July 2014

A management & maintenance magazine for school transportation fleets

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49 J U L Y 2 0 1 4 • S C H O O L B U S F L E E T THOMAS BUILT BUSES HATS, MODEL BUSES AND MORE! Items available are subject to change without notice. For your nearest Thomas Built Bus dealer, call 336-889-4871 or visit us at TBB/MC-A-067. Thomas Built Buses is registered to ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004. Copyright © Daimler Trucks North America LLC. All rights reserved. Thomas Built Buses Inc., is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, a Daimler company. Coffee Tumbler 1+: $6.95 Die-Cast School Bus 1+: $25.95 Reflective Cap 1+: $7.75 To order, please visit our online store at To speak to a Customer Service Representative, please call our Thomas Built dedicated program rep at 503-488-4441. As an alternative, you can email us at: Audio and visual directions: In- cludes district directions used for routing. Any last-minute changes can be sent with routes and up- to-date audio/visual directions. Real-time video streaming: Can be utilized with the built-in cam- era. The tablet can also connect to other inside and outside cam- eras. Customizable pre- and post-trip inspection checklists. Student boarding/deboarding: Includes ridership identifcation. Photo or icon boarding (touch pic- ture) fts the needs for accountabil- ity of ridership for special-needs students. Medicaid reimbursement report- ing: Included in the standard reports and can be customized and sent electronically to admin- istration for inclusion in district reporting. Engine diagnostics. Parent portal: Connection can be made through the transportation department or accessed through the district's parent portal. Levels of access can be determined by the school district with parental password protection. Initially, the tablet may be more ex- pensive to purchase than simple GPS tracking hardware. However, the many advantages, including the ruggedness of the tablet, the software-based sys- tem that accommodates other tablets and upgrades, and the fact that all software components that most com- panies sell separately are included in the price without needing to install additional hardware, frmware or soft- ware, make it a practical choice for a long-term investment. For more information about Quantum XXI, visit Rebecca Peters of Education Consulting LLC is a retired superintendent of schools from Virginia. She served as superintendent of schools in the city of Alexandria [Va.] and as superintendent of schools in Mecklenburg County, Va. She has also served in many other administrative positions in education, including director of technology and director of career and technical education in Fauquier County, Va.

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