My name is Chris Eliopoulos and I am the Operations/Transportation Director at Lake Local School District in Stark County Ohio. Our school district is 26 square miles with a mixture of city, suburban and farmland. We have 3645 children kindergarten through grade 12. Our transportation fleet consists of 50 buses/vans and we transport to 18 different school buildings within and out of our school district.
Masonlane has given us with the ability to provide an efficient service to our taxpayers at the lowest possible cost per student for computerized transportation routing. We have been using an established well known National routing system for the past 10 years and we are looking for a more user friendly, inexpensive alternative to improve driver moral, transportation efficiency, routing ease / updating and reduce spending.
Masonlane helped us reduce expenditures by $4000 in the year 2010-11. Masonlane has an exceptional support system that responds promptly when called upon for help either via e-mail or phone. The staff at Masonlane has utilized our suggestions and requests to improve the software to a more user friendly product while delivering a secure web-based routing system.
Some of the really cool tools include: - Parent look up (easy to use - just point and click), there is no more need to send letters to parents. - Optimization (efficiency run & print routes for the drivers / subs as needed). - School based student data (such as DASL easily merging into Masonlane for daily student updates) - Not limited to a designated work station. - Building secretarial staff can add students to the system which will in turn accept daily updates from our student main data base via spreadsheet.
Anyone investigating a routing service or looking to change from the product they currently have should without a doubt explore what Masonlane has to offers, it certainly has made our life easier, our drivers happier and improved our efficiency which in turn has a reflection on our budget.
Chris Eliopoulos, Director of Operations, Lake Local School District