GPS tracking and air conditioning coming to SCS buses

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Shelby County Schools will have a new transportation provider for the new school year.

First Student has been named as the new company that will take students to and from school.

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“Safe, reliable transportation is critical to our mission to educate, empower and inspire our students,” said Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dr. Joris M. Ray. “We are confident First Student will deliver the high-quality transportation services we expect, so our students arrive at school on time and ready to learn.”

The new company has new buses with the newest technology.

First Student buses have air conditioning, GPS tracking, six cameras and flashing LED stop signs.

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“We are excited to partner with Shelby County Schools to enhance transportation services for thousands of students and their families,” said First Student Region Vice President Tony Vidrine. “At First Student, we’re committed to using our experience, values and resources to support the mission of the district, and we look forward to becoming a vital part of the community for years to come.”

First Student drivers will be required to take at least 40 hours of training before they are allowed to drive a bus.

First Student will be the transportation service for SCS starting July 16.

SCS transportation was previously provided by Durham School Services.