Dallas County Schools Saves Districts and its Taxpayers Millions in Student Transportation Fees
The county school district transporting students in and around Dallas County for over 90 years discloses cost-saving benefits
DALLAS, Oct. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Dallas County Schools (DCS), the county school district that provides school bus and supplemental transportation services to 13 districts in and around Dallas County, saves taxpayers of Dallas County up to 52% annually on the cost of transportation by utilizing DCS services.
According to a DCS assessment, based upon data from the Texas Education Agency Official 2016 ISD Audits, there are higher costs to districts by not using DCS Transportation Services.
"Without DCS, taxpayers and ISDs will have to pay much more for transportation services," mentioned Gary Lindsey, Interim Superintendent of DCS. "Currently, DCS provides a tax contribution to the districts within Dallas County that use our student transportation services. However, if DCS is dissolved the districts will not receive the DCS tax, and face paying more."
Many transportation service competitors feel they cannot compete with the financial advantages that DCS provides the districts, and the employee benefits DCS provides to their bus drivers. Therefore, responses to the request for proposals put out by the school districts have been low this school year.
"DCS offers very competitive pricing in the marketplace," said David Scott, Director of Purchasing at Desoto ISD. "DeSoto ISD has worked closely with DCS for more than 14 years and, as a district, we are pleased with their services. If we were to create our own transportation operations, it would be a devastating burden to carve out the time and resources needed to create such a complex system."
Carrollton-Farmers Branch (CFB) ISD found that DCS was the most affordable option when they put out their request for proposals for student transportation services. If DCS was not an option, CFB ISD would have paid $2.5 million dollars more for another vendor, likely resulting in removing funds from student programs and reallocating them to transportation services.
Ranked #5 on the list of 2016 Top 100 Schools District Fleets by School Bus Fleet Magazine, DCS operates over 1,900 buses and transports more than 75,000 children to and from school safely each day.
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About Dallas County Schools
Dallas County Schools (DCS) is a 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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