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Student Transportation
 
RISD has been considering options and next steps related to transportation services for students after voters decided to dissolve current student transportation provider Dallas County Schools, effective next school year. After consideration of securing a different third party vendor to provide transportation to RISD students, RISD staff is recommending that student transportation be fully operated by RISD beginning with the 2018-19 school year.

Bringing student transportation operations inside the district is projected to be the most cost-effective option available to RISD and would also provide the district the most flexibility and control over bus operations. It will require RISD to hire approximately 150 bus drivers, 50 bus monitors and 20 support employees to manage logistics and maintain the bus fleet.

RISD owns 50 of the 146 buses currently operated by Dallas County Schools to transport about 8,500 students to and from school each day. In addition, RISD currently owns and operates 20 buses used for field trips and transportation related to athletics, fine arts and other student groups. The committee leading the dissolution of Dallas County Schools will be determining if and how ownership of the additional buses currently owned by DCS and operated on behalf of area school districts could be transferred or sold to those area districts.

Bringing transportation operations in house would also mean RISD is committing to update its current bus fleet on a cycle, likely funded as part of a future bond. The transportation discussion was presented as an information item, and RISD Board members are supportive of RISD moving in the direction of bringing student transportation operations inside the district, including securing drivers for the 2018-19 school year.

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