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Progress Report: Review of the Potential for Privatizing Student Transportation, Report No. 99-18, December 1999
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  • Since our last report, the Department of Education has provided technical assistance to school districts on privatizing student transportation systems. This includes presentations at statewide meetings and evaluating privatization proposals.
  • The department has not improved its accounting manual to ensure that districts uniformly account for all costs associated with student transportation.
  • Two school districts (Martin and Santa Rosa) have recently contracted out all of their student transportation needs. The Martin County School District estimates a potential saving of $630,000 over three years. Santa Rosa estimates receiving $343,500 of additional services through privatization at no additional cost to the school district. However, other school districts have not assessed whether a private company could provide transportation services less expensively than the district. Without such assessments, there is no assurance that student transportation is being provided in the most cost-effective manner.
  • Some school districts are taking steps to examine and reduce controllable costs, but additional efforts would further reduce student transportation costs.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 97-44 Review of the Potential for Privatizing Student Transportation, published in February 1998.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Student Transportation

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 04-41 Progress Report: K-12 Accountability System and Student Achievement Improved, But Challenges Remain, published in June 2004.
  • Report No. 01-22 Justification Review: Kindergarten Through Twelfth Grade Public Education Program, published in April 2001.
  • Report No. 98-84 Best Financial Management Practice Review Polk County School District, published in June 1999.
  • Report No. 98-19 Best Financial Management Practice Review Manatee County School District, published in October 1998.
  • Privatization

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