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By policy, the Forsyth County Board of Education provides school bus transportation for all eligible Forsyth County students based on the student’s residence and school of enrollment, and in compliance with Federal, State and/or Local laws, rules, regulations and/or procedures.

The Transportation Department is authorized to develop a framework and procedures that provide transportation services to eligible Forsyth County Public School students.


Regular Operating school bus transportation for all eligible Forsyth County students based on the student’s residence and school

1. Driver Benefits 160-5-3-.11

97 drivers allotted!

Salary $8,749.80

Social Security 669.36

Sick Leave 125.00

Physical 30.00

$9,574.16/allotted bus

Our cost? $14,210.70 per driver

5.58 hours * 14.47 * 178 days

No reduction in 2010-2011


2. School Bus Liability Insurance school bus transportation for all eligible Forsyth County students based on the student’s residence and school

160-5-3-.11

$139-$500/allotted bus

Based upon actual local cost in FY10

No reduction in 2010-2011


3. Drug Testing (Federal Requirement) school bus transportation for all eligible Forsyth County students based on the student’s residence and school

$53.00/allotted bus

Pre-Employment

Random

Post-Accident

Reasonable Suspension

Return to Duty

No reduction in 2010-2011


Georgia State Funding school bus transportation for all eligible Forsyth County students based on the student’s residence and school

(Transportation)

  • Allocation of All Funds in FY 11

  • $295 million earned by local systems (LEAs)

  • $133 million appropriated*

  • $162 million deficit is up $103M (175%) from $59M in FY06*

  • Allocated by reducing operating funds by 71.5% and eliminating bus replacement totally

    (* Does not include $50M in Bond Buses)


State funding continued
State Funding school bus transportation for all eligible Forsyth County students based on the student’s residence and school (continued)

Operating Funds FY 11

  • Amount Earned–$ 144,634,347

  • Amount Allotted–$ 41,244,075*

  • Funded at 28.5%

  • Short Fall –$ 103,390,272*


Student Transportation school bus transportation for all eligible Forsyth County students based on the student’s residence and school Funding Mechanism

Walking distance to school, for allotment (160-5-3-.10& 20-2-188)

State: One and one-half (1½) miles measured by roadway

Forsyth: We service all students residing in attendance zone

(Approximately 15% of total eligible students)

School bus stops for allocation purposes (160-5-3-.10)

State: No more frequent than one-tenth of a mile

Forsyth: Same with case by case exceptions

State: Students walk up to .5 miles

Forsyth: Our students walk no further than .3 miles to the nearest stop (almost exclusively cul-de-sacs)

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Per student spending by state transportation funding
Per Student Spending By State school bus transportation for all eligible Forsyth County students based on the student’s residence and school (Transportation Funding)


Forsyth county schools transportation
Forsyth County Schools Transportation school bus transportation for all eligible Forsyth County students based on the student’s residence and school

2002-03 (20,407 students)

2011-12 (37,365 students (+83%))

9 MS (125%)

5HS (67%)

19 ES (58%)

33 All Schools (65%)

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288 drivers (+24%/-91)

35 monitors (+13%/-15)

352 school buses (+27%/-101)

469 routes (+34%/-103)

346 All Staff (24%/-110(12/YR))

4 MS

3HS

12 ES

20 All Schools

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232 drivers

31 monitors.

278 school buses

351 routes

280 All Staff


Forsyth county schools transportation1
Forsyth County Schools Transportation school bus transportation for all eligible Forsyth County students based on the student’s residence and school

2004-05 (23,612 students)

2011-12 (37,365 students (+58%))

9 MS (80%)

5HS (67%)

19 ES (46%)

33 All Schools (57%)

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288 drivers (+20%/-89)

35 monitors (+13%/-14)

352 school buses (+24%/-97)

469 routes (+24%/-128)

346 All Staff (20%/-111 (16/YR)

5 MS

3HS

13 ES

21 All Schools

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240 drivers

31 monitors.

284 school buses

378 routes

289 All Staff


Forsyth county schools transportation2
Forsyth County Schools Transportation school bus transportation for all eligible Forsyth County students based on the student’s residence and school

2008-09 (32,374 students)

2011-12 (37,365 students (+15%))

9 MS (13%)

5HS (25%)

19 ES (19%)

33 All Schools (18%)

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288 drivers (-1%/-46)

35 monitors (+0%/-5)

360 school buses (+3%/-40)

496 routes (+3%/-59)

346 All Staff (0%/-52 (20/YR)

8 MS

4 HS

16 ES

28 All Schools

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290 drivers

35 monitors.

348 school buses

483 routes

346 All Staff


Doing more with less
Doing More With Less school bus transportation for all eligible Forsyth County students based on the student’s residence and school

Since SY 2005-06

  • 11 new schools (2 HS, 3 MS and 6 ES (50%))

    • More Athletic Teams (56%)

    • More Activity Trips (50%)

  • 10,000+ students (+40%)

    • 22% increase to route mileage

    • 12% increase to total mileage

    • 0% increase to activity trip mileage

    • 11% decrease in deadhead mileage

  • Decreases to rate of growth from SY 2008-09 and SY 2010-11 have reduced mileage costs by $900,000 for SY 2010-11 alone.


Per fte spending 2003 student transportation
Per FTE Spending 2003 school bus transportation for all eligible Forsyth County students based on the student’s residence and school Student Transportation

126% of State Average in 2003


Per fte spending 2010 student transportation
Per FTE Spending 2010 school bus transportation for all eligible Forsyth County students based on the student’s residence and school Student Transportation

24%



Reduced accident rate by 31% since 2007-08! since 2008! (2.3% improvement)


Sample Activity Trip Costs Charged To Schools since 2008! (2.3% improvement)

(By County)

The lowest cost per mile and the lowest total cost per trip in the metro area. Our goal is to provide the safest, most cost-effective extracurricular transportation service available!


Increases are due since 2008! (2.3% improvement) primarily to increased demand by HS and increases to mileage/driver costs charged to schools ($.90 to $1.50 from 2003 to 2011).


Summary
Summary since 2008! (2.3% improvement)

  • The Transportation Department mission is to provide transportation service that “protects students, supports quality learning and improves the community.”

    • We strive to “maximize our operational efficiency” (Goal 5 of our Strategic Plan) while improving the quality of our service.

      • Attention to continuous improvement of structure, process and procedure.

      • Use access to timely, relevant and accurate information from GPS, TIS and Infinite Campus to accumulate performance data and analyze improvement opportunities.

    • Development of Transportation’s “human capital” (Goals 2,3 and 4); employees, students and stakeholders who interact on a daily basis with our service.

      • The use of on-line tools to facilitate Safe, Orderly And Respectful school bus learning.

      • The use of alternative methods of delivery to engage employees, students and stakeholders in the business of “protecting students and supporting quality learning.”


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