Wisconsin school district tracks students on buses with GPS

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HORTONVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin school district is using GPS on buses to track students, which officials say will help improve safety.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports that two buses used by the Hortonville Area School District have been keeping data on when students get on and off for the past two months.

District transportation director Harry Steenbock says the pilot program aims to allow the district to more easily track students who may get on the wrong bus or miss a bus transfer. He says issues occur on a daily basis, but happen more frequently when a substitute driver is on a route.

The pilot program cost about $100,000 to launch. An additional $40,000 each year will be needed if the program continues. The district's fleet carries about 3,400 students.