Recent news coverage focused on Polk County Public Schools upgrading the radio system on our fleet of more than 600 buses and other support vehicles.
As a point of clarification, this project is being paid for by local capital improvement funds.
The district’s finance department explored various options, including whether funding from the recently renewed half-cent sales tax could be utilized to pay for the radio system upgrade. However, the decision was made to use local capital improvement funds for this project. The half-cent sales tax funding will be used for other important needs throughout the district.
With the new radio system, PCPS bus drivers and attendants no longer need to use cell phones to call 911, or radio to the bus dispatchers to call for help.
Instead, bus drivers or attendants can press a button and immediately have contact with the county’s 911 system and emergency services. The upgrade will also make it possible to immediately identify which bus is transmitting, and its location.