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School Transportation News is featuring industry professionals who have logged more than 10 years in the industry. One of those profiles focuses on Kevin Beye, the head transportation mechanic for Marshalltown Community School District in Iowa, who has nearly seen it all during his 43-year career.

Visit to read Beye’s story and those of

other student transporters.

My name is Matt Beye, Kevin’s son. I wanted to thank you for taking time to interview him for School Transportation News. It made me smile to see him get a chance to share his thoughts on the current state and on how things have transpired. I couldn’t be more proud of all the time and work he has put in as a mechanic/ farmer but also for being a great dad to me and my sister Anna. Matt Beye

The Iowa Department of Education confirmed that school districts can apply for emergency relief funds to pay for school bus Wi-Fi routers, in an attempt to close the digital divide between students with internet connections and those without during virtual learning. Visit to read more.

A year ago, I would have said that Wi-Fi on buses seems like an unnecessary expense. For roughly an hour maximum on regular routes, I didn’t see a large benefit of having students with a few more connected minutes. The past few weeks, however, I have recognized where it could become extremely convenient to have a few buses serve as mobile hotspots. [As of Sept. 15] our district is fully virtual and is in a rural area with a decent amount of connectivity issues. Wi-Fi buses could be wonderful for a few community locations where people could distance and get students connected. This concept of Wi-Fi on school buses will be one I will now more seriously consider in the future. Facebook/Cassidy Miller

A school bus driver for Gwinnett County Public Schools in Georgia started making desks for students in her community, after the district opted for a virtual start. Michelle Minor told School Transportation News she wants students to have a safe and comfortable place to learn. Visit to read the article.

This shouldn’t be a feel-good story. We should have a plan, desks, schools, and resources in place. I mean, I love her dedication, but this shouldn’t fall on everyday people. Twitter/@nonique88

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