School Board weighs bus contracts
By TARA REILLY / Staff Writer
The Washington County Board of Education will wait two weeks to decide whether to renew the services of four school bus contractors. Members stated Tuesday night they want to weigh information from both sides.
Board administrators believe the school system would save a significant amount of money by buying their own buses. The Washington County School Bus Contractor's Association claims the school system would see no savings.
The School Board owns 114 buses and uses 63 contracted buses.
It pays $8,480 a year for 12 years to its contractors in per-vehicle allotments. Contractors use the payments to pay off their buses. The School Board then works out an agreement with the contractors to provide school transportation service.
Over the 12-year-period, the School Board said, the per-vehicle allotments add up to $100,800 per bus. By law, buses can only be used to carry students for 12 years.