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Bus portal link needs updated information from parents; Cost over $29,000

Based on communications and open records requests from Camden County Schools, the bus portal link needed over 2600 students’ information updated by parents. The cost to purchase the bus portal link software was over $29,000.

During the first week of school, Camden County Schools received a vast amount of public input on the bus transportation issues.

Many parents attended the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 and expressed their concerns on the ongoing bus transportation problems. At that meeting, the parents attributed the bus complications to the new school times along with a new bus portal link that was unveiled on July 28th.  The bus portal link is dependent on correct student information to generate routes.

Email Reminder Sent to Parents –

AllOnGeorgia – Camden has obtained information that was sent out from the district informing parents of when to register new and returning students. Camden County Schools sent out three reminders to update and complete student information.

The email reminders were sent on July 10th, July 24th, and August 1. In addition, the school district placed announcements on their school district website on the home page during those times.

According to the agreement, the school district provides maps, house numbering data, and student file preparation for the bus portal link.

In a letter sent by Camden County Schools to AllOnGeorgia – Camden, 2,678 students were not registered by parents as of August 11th.

Bus Portal Link Cost –

In addition, AllOnGeorgia – Camden obtained the bus portal link agreement via the Georgia Open Records Act.  The new bus portal link agreement through Versatrans cost for a total one time fee of $29,362 and and additional $4,730 for reoccurring fees.

The school district signed the agreement with Versatrans – Tyler Technologies –  over a year ago on July 26th, 2016. The local Board of Education was presented information on the bus portal link system on July 11th, 2017 (Item VII d) where it was voted on for approval.

Versatrans Bus Portal Link and Cost

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