Friday afternoon, Lee County School Officials spent 3 hours going over the recent transportation audit. They discussed ways to deal the number of spare buses, driver overtime, and more efficiently managing work orders on computers rather than on paper.
The biggest talking point revoloved around bus routing, with some students' rides currently taking 2 hours or longer. Transpar, the company which conducted the audit, not only found some rides to be taking too long, but also found several stops that didn't even pick up students. They suggested the district change from a 4-tier system to a 3-tier system as well as adjust the bell schedule up to 10 minutes. It's an idea that would take a great deal of planning, but one that could save the district $3.7 million.
Newly-appointed board member Don Armstrong suggested nixing Lee County's School Choice program, citing it as a factor for the long bus rides.
Before any final decisions are made, they'll ellicit plenty of community input.