HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Not only has the Huntsville City School system gone digital in the classrooms, replacing textbooks with laptops. They're also taking that technology on the road.
As part of a pilot program, 20 of the system's school buses are equipped with WiFi, allowing students to use their laptops riding to and from school.
Superintendent Dr. Casey Wardynski rode along on one bus Wednesday to test the system. He said it's all about time management.
"A lot of the routes, about 90 percent, in fact, 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 start on the next day," he said.
Wardynski said this costs $300 to put a transmitter on each bus, and then the service costs $8 a month after a federal reimbursement.
If it works, he said they'll expand the WiFi to 100 bus routes.