When Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney released the Shared Services Plan ahead of schedule, it came with about 150 proposals to save taxpayers money.
One proposal calls for the formation of a School District Transportation Hub, to look into consolidating out-of-district busing expenses.
Mahoney says that alone could save about a million dollars.
North Syracuse, by itself, spends $1 million to bus students out of the district, in three ways:
- Districts are required to bus newly homeless students in temporary housing back to the district.
- Private and parochial students are bused by their home district.
- Students in BOCES program are bused by their home district.
That means buses from all districts are sometimes crisscrossing all over the county.
If the plan is approved, districts would sit down together, examine where students get picked up and where they need to go, and try to eliminate overlap.
Don Keegan, North Syracuse’s Associate Superintendent for Business Affairs, says as they look to save money, they’ll keep in mind what’s best for the student, including the amount of time spent on busses.