A rapidly expanding Missoula software company that provides transportation management systems for school districts across the country welcomed 20 new employees to its headquarters this week.
Education Logistics Inc., or Edulog, hired the new staff members after a strong sales year that included signing contracts with three of the largest school districts in the country, president Jason Corbally said.
“The big need for us right now is implementation. We have a lot of projects now, we envision having quite a few more,” Corbally said.
The new employees fill a host of jobs in different Edulog departments, and join about 150 other employees here. All employees are paid “significantly over minimum wage,” Corbally said.
Founded here in the 1970s, Edulog focuses on “pupil transportation systems” that plan and manage routes for more than 100,000 buses across the country each day. Edulog manages New York City’s school buses, as well as the school buses in Chicago, Corbally said.
Edulog has roughly 1,000 clients, all but a handful of them K-12 school districts.
New technology developed by Edulog, including GPS software that tracks driver information and children as they move onto and off of buses, has helped the company grow, Corbally said.
“Students are scanning on and off the bus. Parents are able to get confirmation, ‘Hey, your bus is 10 minutes away,’ ” he said.
Edulog recently signed a contract with the Broward County School District in Florida to equip its buses with GPS tracking systems.
The Miami Herald reported that Broward County will spend more than $3 million over the next five years to implement the Edulog student tracking systems on more than 1,300 buses.
Around Missoula, both the Hellgate Elementary and Frenchtown school districts use Edulog systems to schedule and route buses.
The Kalispell School District also uses Edulog’s routing, scheduling and GPS systems, Corbally said.
Along with the new technology offerings, Corbally attributed the growth in part to Edulog’s ability to help cash-strapped school districts more efficiently manage their transportation plans.
“GPS allows us to track it as we go and make better decisions,” he said. “What we aim to do is provide an increased level of service with less buses. Transporting kids more efficiently and safer, that’s kind of the whole premise.”
On top of the 20 new hires this month, Corbally expects Edulog will hire again soon.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if we went through another (round of hiring) six months from now,” he said. “Our busiest months are June, July and August. Districts are preparing to start school, they want the new systems up and running before school starts up.”