At Wednesday evening’s Strait Regional School Board meeting, the topic of cost savings came up during discussion around bus transportation. During the 2016-17 school year, 5 buses were eliminated, resulting in $300,000 in savings.
Superintendent Ford Rice says new GPS software called “Bus Planner”, helped find redundencies in routes, resulting in money saved. Rice says the software makes it easier for the board to see which bus routes need reworking:
5 busses being cut in one year is high compared to previous years according to Rice. Comparitively, in recent years, only one or two busses have been removed per year.