DALLAS, Sept. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- This month Dallas County Schools (DCS), a county school district that provides services to other school districts and government entities in and around Dallas County, announced new changes for the 2017-2018 school year, including new leadership, improved transportation scheduling, and transparent communication with districts and the communities they serve. Effective September 1st, former DCS Chief of Police, Gary Lindsey, was named the new Interim Superintendent to guide the agency in its continued efforts to provide better solutions to its districts.
"We are pleased to be off to a great start for the 2017-2018 school year," said Lindsey. "With new leadership, improved communications and responsiveness, and adjustments in scheduling and routes, the new DCS is more attentive, cooperative and focused than ever before."
Despite a national shortage of school bus drivers, Lindsey and his team at DCS started the school year off strong by improving upon their on-time goals, focusing on safety, and increasing communication to its districts. DCS also aimed to help the community of Houston, and recruit new licensed bus drivers, by hosting a Job Fair for Hurricane Harvey victims.
"I have seen a night and day difference of daily business operations under the new leadership," said Amanda Davis, General Counsel at DCS. "DCS is focused on our operations so we can continue to bring school districts quality, dependable and cost-effective transportation services that DCS prides itself on."
DCS transportation services save districts millions in operational costs each year that they would spend otherwise on their own fleet or other agencies. For example, working with DCS saved Carrollton-Farmers Branch (CFB) ISD at least $2.5 million this school year. Those are savings that go right back to schools to benefit educational programs for students. The CFB district recently sent out a request for proposal (RFP) for transportation agencies and discovered that the cost to outsource to another vendor would increase operating costs by at least $2.5 million.
"I have worked with Dallas County Schools for over 40 years and still support the service they provide," said Kim Lewis, Director of Administrative Services at Cedar Hill ISD. "In my opinion, this was one of the easiest and best starts of the school year – I'd rate it an A."
To stay current on the improvements and new developments at DCS visit dcschools.com/news. For all media inquiries or to request an interview with DCS leadership, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Dallas County Schools
Dallas County Schools (DCS) is an county school district that provides services to school districts and government entities in and around Dallas County. DCS is one of the top Pupil Transportation Fleets in the nation and operates a fleet of over 1,900 buses that transports more than 75,000 children to and from school safely each day. To learn more about the benefits DCS provides school districts, visit dcschools.com.
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