School district adds WiFi to buses

LAKE CITY, AR (KAIT) - A new program in the Riverside School District will give students an opportunity to study, literally on their way to school.

Superintendent Jeff Priest said the district has added WiFi connections to three of its school buses and has worked with Verizon on the issue.

Two of the buses travel through the Caraway area while the third bus is used for school trips, Priest said. In addition to the WiFi connections, students were given Chromebooks at the start of the school year, since homework assignments are turned in online.

The students can now work on school assignments while traveling to games, band competitions, and school trips. The project has been successful so far, helping students to learn, Priest said.

"Our bus discipline has gone down drastically because maybe where they had ample time. Now they are working on their assignments.. the internet provides them something to do," Priest said.

The district used state education funding, set aside for districts with poverty areas, to pay for the project. The next part of the project will include adding solar panels to the buses, Priest said.

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