Organizers in the Ohio Shared Services Collaborative equipped school buses with RFID readers, and issued RFID cards to students to record when they get on and off the bus. Data from the Zonar Z Pass system helps districts determine how to plan routes most effectively.

Collaborative Shares Data, Saves Money

The Ohio Shared Services Collaborative received a $1.76 million Straight A grant from the Ohio Department of Education to help school districts save money through shared services and bus rerouting.

A consultant may be helpful in building a case for joint operations or shared services, new buses, facility expansion, or construction or other infrastructure improvements, with data and facts.

How to Optimize Work with Consultants

Consultants can help build a case for additional resources and significant changes. Selecting for school transportation experience and specifying the project scope and deliverables are key.

Author Jim Beekman says that the goal of school district support services, including transportation, is to “ensure barriers do not exist in the education of a child.”

A different look at school operations

Transportation veteran Jim Beekman says he sees a paradigm shift that is vital: one that identifies cost per program so decisions use a base of data to support objectives, not just the old methodology of “sounds good to me.”

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