Company to continue relationships with schools for 2010-2011 school year and beyond.
CINCINNATI—More than 750 districts, schools and private organizations across the U.S. have chosen to renew or extend their contracts with First Student, the nation’s leader in student transportation.
“We provide efficient, safe and reliable student transportation, which allows districts to focus their resources on their primary mission of educating students,” said John Gillie, senior vice president of commercial development for First Student. “We strive to be a true collaborator with the schools we serve. We are pleased that so many districts recognize the value we provide to both their schools and students, and have chosen to continue their partnerships with First Student.”
First Student collaborates with districts to provide transportation solutions that can help them realize cost savings and ensure student safety and security. The company has extensive expertise in safety, planning, routing and vehicle maintenance, and provides the latest technology and systems available.
With each contract, First Student brings a number of safety tools and technology to a district’s buses. These tools can include GPS tracking systems which allow staff to pinpoint the exact location and speed of each bus at any given time, crossing gates to allow children to cross in front of the bus at a safe distance, and the Child Check-Mate electronic reminder system designed to ensure no child is left unattended on a bus. The company also utilizes a vehicle inspection component which immediately identifies any maintenance issues that need addressing during the driver’s daily safety inspections and ensures buses are operating at maximum safety and efficiency levels. First Student also has a team in place to assist districts with maximizing route efficiencies.
About First Student
First Student, Inc., a part of Cincinnati-based FirstGroup America, is the leader in safe, reliable, sustainable transportation and is the largest provider of student transportation services in North America. FirstGroup America was recently awarded the National Safety Council’s 2009 Green Cross for Safety Medal in recognition of its commitment to safety and outstanding safety record. First Student safely transports approximately six million students with a fleet of approximately 60,000 yellow school buses in North America. For more information, please visit www.firststudentinc.com or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/FirstGrpAmerica.