Four companies are interested in evaluating Knox County Schools' transportation department, part of a multi-pronged approach to improve school bus safety.
Requests for proposals opened Tuesday afternoon by Knox County
Purchasing Division officials show these firms expressing interest:
Auxilio Services Inc. of Lansing, Mich.; Prismatic Services Inc. of
Cornelius, N.C.; Pupil Transportation Safety Institute, of East
Syracuse, N.Y.; and School Bus Consultants LLC of Edgewater, Md.
school system will work with county purchasing to identify the best
proposal, according to Knox County Schools spokeswoman Melissa Ogden.
The system also plants to install
cameras in school buses. Earlier this month the county opened seven
proposals from four companies to install the cameras. The plan is to put
on each bus a camera aimed at the driver and one aimed at the passenger
The system will work with county purchasing to pick a
vendor, to be followed by Knox County Board of Education approval,
perhaps next month.
Other initiatives meant to improve safety:
Drivers will face additional hours of training, and a "Safety Check
Ride System" also will be put in place in which uniformed officers will
regularly but randomly observe bus rides.
In addition, the school system plans to hire a customer service manager to help parents with school bus needs and questions.
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