Ankeny Community School District Partners with First Student for Transportation Services

CINCINNATI, Ohio. – More Iowa students and families will trust First Student to provide the best start and end to the school day. The Ankeny Community School District has awarded the company a five-year contract to provide safe and reliable transportation for the 2022-2023 school year and beyond.

Nearly 5,800 students will use new state-of-the-art school buses starting
August. First Student is replacing the district’s entire fleet of 70 buses. All will be equipped with the latest technology, including GPS and DriverHub™ tracking systems. On-board tablet technology gives drivers advanced views of bus routes, turn-by-turn directions and real-time traffic updates.

“We appreciate First Student’s strategic approach to improving transportation services for our students,” said Ankeny Community School District Superintendent Dr. Erick Pruitt. “We were looking for a dynamic partner with comprehensive solutions to meet the needs of our district and believe we found that in First Student. We look forward to partnering with First Student to provide a high quality, safe and consistent service that will have a positive impact on each student’s journey to and from school.

During the contract, First Student will showcase the company’s comprehensive state-of-the-art technology suite. Families will be able to better manage the before and after school rush with the FirstView® district dashboard and parent app. School administrators can streamline day-to-day decision-making with real-time, centralized fleet reporting and effectively alert parents to school delays or issues with the secure bus tracking app.

Ankeny schools will also have access to two innovative web communication tools,
FirstACTS® and First Feedback™. FirstACTS helps manage the student tracking process
driving on the bus. First Feedback collects, processes and tracks various feedback from
parents, school district officials and the community.

“We understand the importance of developing and maintaining strong operational standards that set us apart from other transportation providers,” said First Student Region Vice President John Billigmeier. “At First Student, we embed our promise to care for students into every practice, demonstrating a clear commitment to leading the industry in driver education, safety and technology. We are excited to expand our operations in Iowa and look forward to working closely with Ankeny Schools to improve the bus ride experience for students and families.

Ankeny schools will also use First Planning Solutions. Enterprise Dedicated Routing
develop bus routes to improve efficiency and reduce operating costs. First Student has over a century of experience in providing safe and reliable school connection
neighborhoods with communities. The company is the most chosen school transportation provider in North America.

About the first student:
As North America’s leading school transportation solutions provider, First Student strives to provide the best start and end to every school day. First Student makes five million student trips every day, carrying more passengers than all US airlines combined. With a team of highly trained drivers and the best safety record in the industry, First Student offers reliable, quality services, including full-service transportation and management, special needs transportation, optimization and route planning, maintenance and charter services with a fleet of approximately 40,000 buses. For more information, please visit

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