New Hamilton County buses include air conditioning, GPS monitors and more cameras
Thousands of Hamilton County students headed back to class Wednesday.
This year some kids will be riding to school in a brand new school bus.
In April, the Hamilton County School Board chose a new company called First Student to run transportation services.
The partnership costs about $11 million, which is about $1 million increase from their previous agreement with Durham.
First Student Senior Location Manager Anita Brown said they will add 185 new school buses this year.
"We are so excited about the new buses, first of all, they are air-conditioned," Brown said. "We have a child checkmate system to keep the children system, we also have electronic stability control for the buses."
These new buses include 6 cameras and extra cushion on the seats.
It's something Nolan Camp, a third-grader at Red Bank Elementary School, can get behind.
"Sounds pretty cool because then you would actually know what was happening on the bus," Camp said.
These new buses will also have a GPS monitor so parents can track their kid's location through an app called FirstView.
"If there's a delay, a traffic jam or any sort of tie-up that's going to cause the bus to be a delay, the parents are going to be able to follow that in real-time and follow where their children are," Brown said.
According to Hamilton County Schools Spokesperson Tim Hensley, the app is available for download now and will be active for parent use by October.
He said the launch was delayed so the company could connect the app to the district's new software application.