Fort Worth, TX

Fort Worth ISD Installs GPS Trackers on Busses

Larry Lease
Fort Worth ISD has agreed to spend about $80,000 to provide GPS trackers on school buses.Ash Gerlach/Unsplash

Forth Worth ISD is spending nearly $80,000 to provide GPS trackers on their school buses. Unfortunately, it's not an exact comfort to parents who say their kids have been repeatedly dropped off in the wrong neighborhoods.

Fox 4 reports that FWISD is entering an agreement with T-Mobile to activate GPS trackers on district buses and vehicles. This all comes a week and a half after several children were left at a stop a half-mile away from where they were supposed to be dropped off. One parent, Gloria Williams talked to Fox 4, airing their frustration with what happened.

Seven kids were left a half mile away in a strange neighborhood and were panicked about how to get home. Williams says she and others want answers about how the mix-up happened. Another parent, Gracia-Arreola told Fox 4 this is unacceptable and also said:

"The response I’m getting is ‘I’m short-staffed.’ I don’t wanna hear it. My kid needs to be taken care of. Her safety is number one."

During the Tuesday night school board meeting, the board approved the $80,000 with T-Mobile to activate GPS trackers on district buses. The district has not said who will be responsible for monitoring the trackers and whether parents will have access to the information. The school district previously addressed the incident saying they were working to add "technical enhancements" throughout the fleet. Williams told the school board it's up to them to ensure this fiasco never happens again. Fox 4 says Williams said that the solution could be some kind of media communication, such as a social media notification.

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