Technology Helping Melissa ISD Retain School Bus Drivers During Nationwide Shortage

Many school districts across North Texas and the country are dealing with a bus driver shortage. Carroll, Garland and Princeton ISD are some examples.

Melissa ISD is one district that said it has not been affected.
About half of the school district’s students rely its transportation services and district leaders believe they have found a way to retain drivers while attracting new ones.

After years of relying on printout directions, bus driver David King is now using technology from the Plano-based company Tyler Tech. It stores all of his routes on his tablet and offers GPS turn-by-turn navigation.

Additionally, every student that rides the bus has been given an ID card that corresponds with the tablet and tracks when they enter and exit the bus.