A Busload of savings for School Districts

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Although the West Chester Area School District’s community budget task force is no longer operating, its influence continues. The WCASD board in November adopted changes in its transportation plan that are expected to save almost $1 million, WCASD officials told Rock The Capital.

The transportation sub-committee of WCASD’s task force presented recommendations for money saving ideas in 2009 for the 2010-2011 budget. The community budget task force in West Chester was asked to find 3 percent in savings or new revenue in each of seven areas, including transportation. Task force members were district residents, parents, teachers, students, staff and administration.

The board adopted many of the recommendations offered for the current 2010-2011 budget, but the transportation ideas were tabled.

District officials liked the transportation ideas, according to Jim Scanlon, WCASD superintendent said, and some wanted to adopt them right away. But time was needed for working on the details of the plan and communicating with parents of public and non-public schools, principals and others involved.

The transportation plan for 2011-2012 includes elimination of some bus stops, changes in starting and stopping times for some schools, and some route changes.

The changes are expected to allow for cutting 16 to 18 buses at a cost of $55,000 annually for each bus, according to Rob Partridge, WCASD spokesman.

In another piece, Jan talks about the other ways West Chester has become a model for other school districts.

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