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ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Board of Education had a relatively quick and easy meeting this week.
Topping the agenda was the discussion of a new GPS based bus system.
According to reports, the school district is moving to a new live fleet tracking system which is a GPS based system.
"We don't use any type of fleet tracking system (now)," said Bladen County Schools Public Relations Director Valerie Newton. "Everything is done manually right now."
She said the system is similar to the GPS system found in a car. and can be installed on buses. The system can monitor fuel usage, the time the bus is on the road, and monitor idling time of the buses, said Newton. The GPS system potentially could save a little over $2,400 per bus over a year could translate more than $150,000 saved by the school system, said Newton.
A group of concerned bus drivers did attend the meeting to gather more information about the program.
The board is expected to vote on the matter at a later meeting.
The board also approved Pierce Group as the cafeteria benefits provider, fundraiser requests and an overnight field trip request, according to reports.
The board also heard from Robert Heavenridge regarding the district’s student accident insurance coverage.
The migrant education plan for the upcoming academic year was presented to the board by Jose Rodriguez and approved.
— The Board of Education has scheduled a special-called meeting for Monday at 6 p.m. The board is expected to discuss pressing issues for the fiscal year 2014-15 budget, as well as personnel matters.
The meeting will be held in the board room at the administration office on U.S. 701 South.

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