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School Districts Can Take Steps to Substantially Reduce Their Transportation Costs, Report No. 04-10, February 2004
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Best Financial Management Practices Reviews by School Districts
Sharpening the Pencil Act Review of School Districts

School districts with high student transportation costs often subsidize their operations with funds that could otherwise be used in the classroom. Some of the more successful school districts have implemented cost-saving strategies that include
  • improving bus routing, including using computerizing routing software, to maximize efficiency and reduce the number of buses and drivers needed;
  • limiting the transportation of students who can safely walk to school and eliminating unsafe walking conditions;
  • limiting specialized transportation to just those students needing this service and maximizing federal Medicaid reimbursements;
  • using innovative methods to increase proceeds on surplus vehicle sales;
  • improving tracking and timeliness of vehicle maintenance; and
  • cooperatively bidding out fuel purchases.

These strategies could be adopted by other school districts to improve their transportation operations.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Student Transportation
Public Schools (K-12 Education)

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 11-24 Some States Allow School Districts to Charge Parents for School Bus Transportation or to Advertise in or on School Buses to Raise Additional Revenue,published in December 2011.
  • Report No. 09-05 Providing a Free Breakfast to All Public School Students Would Be Costly for Most School Districts, published in February 2009.
  • Report No. 09-04 School Districts’ Food Service Programs Generally Are Not Financially Self-Sufficient, published in January 2009.
  • Report No. 09-03 No Changes Are Necessary to the State’s Organization of School Nutrition Programs, published in January 2009.
  • Report No. 09-02 Best Practices Could Help School Districts Reduce Their Food Service Program Costs, published in January 2009.
  • Report No. 05-05 Progress Report: Lake County School District Has Implemented Best Practices and Is Eligible For State Seal, published in February 2005.
  • Report No. 05-04 Miami-Dade County School District Making Progress But Not Yet Eligible for the State’s Seal of Best Financial Management, published in February 2005
  • Report No. 04-32 Information Brief: Some School Districts Can Take Steps to Reduce Their Food Service Costs and Ensure Self-Sufficiency, published in May 2004.
  • Report No. 04-26 Information Brief: With Effective Planning, Accountability, and Oversight, School Districts Can Successfully Outsource Services,  published in March 2004.
  • Report No. 03-62 Information Brief: School Districts Can Take Steps to Reduce Facility Operating Costs Through Conservation, Productivity, published in November 2003.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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