CINCINNATI — First Student, Inc., the nation’s leader in student transportation, has been awarded a new five-year contract to provide school transportation to the St. James Parish School Board in Lutcher, La. The company will provide all fleet, routing, maintenance and management services beginning in April 2011. First Student will also hire drivers to provide service for routes currently without a district driver.
“We are excited to partner with the St. James School Board and are committed to working with the current transportation team to provide the safest and most efficient transportation possible for the district’s students,” said Al Muglach, First Student region vice president. “We look forward to working with the students, families, administrators and current drivers in St. James Parish for many years to come.”
First Student will provide buses for the routes it is assigned by the district. Each bus will utilize the district’s current camera system. In addition, First Student’s buses have safety features such as GPS tracking systems, the Child Check-Mate electronic reminder system designed to ensure no child is left unattended on a bus, and crossing gates to allow children to cross in front of the bus at a safe distance.
First Student is part of Cincinnati-based FirstGroup America, North America’s largest transportation company.