Stanley Cork is the Manager of Technology Systems
Transportation for Indianapolis Public Schools. 
This means he’s part of our Information Technology team, but more
importantly a key player in the important work of getting our students to and
from schools every day. He gave us time during this busy first week of school
to answer some questions regarding what goes on behind the scenes at
transportation.

Who is involved in
making IPS transportation work on a daily basis?  

Lots of people, more maybe than many realize. Mechanics and
garage workers are there as early as 4:00 a.m. prepping buses. Drivers and
managers are making sure the buses get off the lots. Staff in house monitor
calls and routes.

The routing department creates bus stops and routes.

Transportation supervisors manage drivers at the John
Marshall Community High School and Northwest Community High School
transportation bases. Supervisors also liaison with Durham

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Transportation Services

, our transportation
contractor that covers many of our bus routes, to make sure our routes are being
serviced correctly.

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We have staff members who manage driver hours
and payroll.

We have safety and special needs personnel who help train
drivers for special needs students and oversee those transportation requests.

My own responsibility is to make sure our technology is
working for us behind the scenes. We want to ensure students get to and from schools
and that we can track everything and give accurate transportation information
when parents call in for it.

What’s something
about the work transportation does that people might not realize looking in
from the outside?

How much cross-department communication is involved. We work
with a lot of other departments and stakeholders because there are so many
different requirements that affect transportation. We work with handling
special transfers, students going to school outside their boundary school for
whatever reason, students going to magnet schools.

The big thing I’m involved with this year is working with
our Innovation Network Schools. We are providing transportation to those
students. Their student information is not within our district system, so we’ve
been working with them for months to make sure we have the proper interface
with their information to transport those students to and from their schools.

How has technology
impacted transportation over the last few years?

The biggest game-changer over the last seven or eight years
has definitely been GPS. It’s a tool that helps us keep drivers and students
safe and helps us keep track of where buses are.

Onboard DVRs that record what’s happening on the buses is
another technology tool that has helped student and driver safety.

Starting last year, being able to post to Twitter bus number change
information or delay information was another use of technology many families
appreciated.

We’re always looking for ways to get more
real-time information to improve the process.

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