The Lawrence Public School District is currently exploring the option of running its own busing service. The district’s 5-year contract with First Student busing expires at the end of this school year.
Internalizing transportation services would save the district between $100,000 and $200,000 per year. However, the operation of a busing company is not an easy one, and could bring extra burdens to the district. Some of these burdens include the cost to purchase and maintain buses, as well as the talk of finding qualified drivers to operate its fleet.
The district is currently trying to evaluate whether this money saved is worth the extra liabilities.
“I think that since the pricing is relatively close, staying with First Student is obviously preferable. Just because you do spend a little more money but there are also some intangibles that [First Student] handles that makes it a little more desirable for us from an administrative standpoint,” Director of Administrative Services for the Lawrence Public School District Ron May said.
Which option to go with will most likely be decided at the next school board meeting on Monday, April 25.