As more classes go digital, wireless access is no longer confined to brick buildings but is spreading to school buses.Who else benefits from the technology?
“It’s the future,” said transportation coordinator John Thomas.
This month, the west-metro school district finished outfitting 25 buses with the technology and plans to expand it to all 110 buses so kids — some of whom have 45-minute rides from rural homes — can also connect...
The 25 Wi-Fi buses are in use every day by the two high schools and three middle schools, he added. It cost about $13,000 to start up the technology and there will be about $5,000 a year in service fees from the district’s $4 million transportation budget. While Chaska schools mostly use the Wi-Fi buses for activities, the Bemidji buses are used more on daily routes, which can average an hour each way in the sprawling district.
“The bus drivers have said it’s been some of the quietest trips they’ve been on,” Thomas said.