Outsourcing/Privatizing School Transportation Services

Source: Virginia School Boards Association

SUMMARY:
Looking to streamline operations and reduce costs, some school divisions explore the possibility of
outsourcing school transportation services. The private companies hoping to secure transportation
contracts state that they can contain or reduce costs while providing high-quality transportation services. While outsourcing may seem like a good option, especially when being described by a vendor, it does not guarantee lower costs or more effective operations. For school leaders examining privatization of school transportation services, it is recommended that the following resources be reviewed carefully to become more aware of the pitfalls and issues encountered by other divisions across the country.