Huntsville City Schools Tests Wi-Fi On School Busses

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Even on the road, kids will now have the ability to access the web through school laptops.

Superintendent Dr. Casey Wardynski explains, "We've got twenty busses that we're doing a pilot program with.  It costs us about $8 dollars a month after federal reimbursement to provide wi-fi service to the kids as they come to school and go home from school."

It's meant to help out with long bus rides.

Dr. Wardynski says, "We have a lot of routes, about 90% of our routes in fact, that are an hour or longer.  So this provides the children a  good chance to access materials they may need to do their homework and get a head start on the next day."

Of course, it also serves the broader purpose of tuning kids in to the modern world.

"In the world of business, wherever you go, you've got the ubiquitous ability to stay connected, and for the children, given that they've got these long bus rides in the morning and the afternoon, what we want to do is provide them the ability to stay connected to and connect up to curriculum or materials they may need to do a homework problem," says Wardynski.

The school system will monitor the pilot program throughout the semester.  If it goes well, the program could expand to cover up to 100 routes.

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