After 15 years of service to Louisa County Public Schools Kenny Forrest, director of safety, security and transportation is shifting over to Spotsylvania County.
Over the past decade and a half, Forrest said he’s seen a dramatic population increase in Louisa County—especially the special needs population, and he said it’s not just contained to Louisa.
“Every locality is experiencing huge growth in special needs services,” Forrest said.
Much has changed since 2000, according to Forrest. Advancements in technology have made his job much easier to do.
“The greatest advantage is in technology,” Forrest said. “Very recently we had GPS [global positioning system] installed on the buses.”
The 18-month-old system allows Forrest to track the progress of the buses while they’re on their route. This helps to alleviate parental concerns that a bus did not stop for a student.
“It’s a huge asset,” Forrest said.
Other changes Forrest has seen include the transition from manual to automatic transmissions on the buses, and the introduction of doors operated by air pressure.
“The buses have gotten nicer,” Forrest said. “The drivers will tell you they drive like cars.”