Student transportation is a tremendous responsibility for boards of education. It not only involves buses and drivers, but careful planning and an awareness of a multitude of laws, rules and regulations. The costs often seem high, but taken in perspective are typically less than 5% of the total school budget. Understandably, the attention by parents and the community is typically much more significant.
Safety is always the paramount concern. Districts continuously strive to become more efficient, but assessing and understanding the intricacies of school transportation can be difficult.
To help districts improve the effectiveness of their student transportation systems, OSBA now has transportation professionals within their Management Services Division to provide transportation consulting services.
View "The Bus Stops Here" video below for a quick overview of how Transportation Services can help drive your district's success.
Transportation Services focuses on issues such as safety, operations and financial matters and provides the following services to members:
• board member in-service presentations;
• driver training seminars;
• administrative training seminars;
• routing efficiency audits;
• assistance with legislated procedures including payments in lieu of transportation;
• driver qualifications assurance studies;
• emergency plan development;
• general transportation consulting and assistance.
OSBA is now offering a new subscription service to support districts with their pupil transportation administration. For a one-time nominal fee, districts that subscribe can access a number of transportation support services without additional cost. For a complete description of the program, please select the following link: Virtual Transportation Supervisor. Following is a link to sign up for the Virtual Transportation Supervisor Program: VTS registration.
For more information, please contact Pete Japikse at firstname.lastname@example.org; Diana Paulins at email@example.com; or Jeannette Radcliff at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (614)540-4000.