Andover school district outsourcing school bus service

Andover school district school buses. (KSN file photo)

ANDOVER, Kan. (KSNw) – The Andover school district this week contracted out its busing service for the next five years, and officials say that will save them hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The contract is with Durham School Services, and they’ll be running 32 buses for the nearly 3,000 students in the district.

School officials say the decision is one that’s been in discussion for the past few years.

“Definitely looking at enhancing our services for our students as our number one reason but then also to look, as with any decision, with any decision that we make, we always look at the financial piece of it to see how it would affect our budget and if it would save us money,” said Andover school district spokesperson Nicole Gibbs.

Officials say the switch to a private contractor will save the district $122,000 next year and more than $400,000 over the next five years.

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