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CUSD 200 expects $300K in transportation savings

Published: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 9:00 a.m. CDT

WHEATON – Wheaton Warrenville Community Unit School District 200 expects to save about $300,000 annually thanks to its contract with Illinois Central, the district’s new primary transportation provider, according to a news release from the district.

Last winter, CUSD 200 requested bids for regular in-district, special education in-district and special education out-of-district transportation services, and staff reviewed the bid submissions, according to the release.

The Board of Education approved the contract April 10 after staff recommended Illinois Central as the provider for regular and special education in-district transportation. In addition to a contract with llinois Central, the board also approved Septran, Inc., as the provider for special education out-of-district transportation.

CUSD 200 budgets nearly $8 million annually for student transportation. State transportation funding has decreased over the last few years from $4.7 to $3.6 million, so the district now budgets $4 million in local funding for transportation, according to the release.

“The state doesn’t allocate funding to fully meet their obligation of student transportation,” Assistant Superintendent for Business Services Bill Farley said in the release. “The savings realized through the new transportation contract means more local dollars can be reallocated to the classroom.”

The district currently has transportation contracts with First Student to provide regular and special education in-district transportation and Septran, Inc., to provide special education out-of-district transportation. Both will expire June 30.

Starting next school year, Illinois Central will provide transportation to more than 9,000 students, and Septran, Inc., will continue to provide services to about 60 students with special needs.        

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