MYRTLE BEACH — Horry County Schools’ new bus audio system has made the national news, according to school officials.
The system debuted on some bus routes Thursday as students headed back to school, and news of the innovation has been picked up by USA Today and CNN Headline News, said Jim Wright, HCS director of transportation. The system is the first in the nation to use theme-park technology to broadcast soothing music, safety tips and location alerts during bus rides in an effort to improve safety and student behavior.
Wright’s son, Andrew, a senior at St. James High School, gave him the idea for the system, which Wright developed with Alcorn McBride Inc., the company that makes products for themed entertainment at venues such as Walt Disney World. The system will be piloted for a year on 10 bus routes with the most discipline referrals, and progress will be tracked every nine weeks.
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