Fueling the Need for Oversight

By Charles K. Trainor

Transporting 23.5 million students is an expensive job. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 450,000 public school buses in this country travel more than 4.3 billion miles a year. With gasoline and diesel fuel costing more than $4 per gallon, districts are struggling under an increasing financial burden of providing transportation to their students. Despite efforts to become more efficient and reduce expenses, the costs are becoming unbearable.

With increased costs comes an even greater need to be vigilant in managing transportation expenses and compliance issues. And with increased financial pressures comes a higher risk for theft and abuse. Boards must understand the difficulties their transportation departments and outside providers face to protect the district from falling victim to fraud.

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