Octorara to combine bus runs with new contract

School bus runs will be reduced and consolidated over the next five years under a new transportation contract slated for approval by the Octorara Area School District Board of Directors on Monday, July 15.

Board members during their July 8 work session reviewed a new five-year contract with Althouse Transportation, the independent bus company which has provided transportation for Octorara students since 1931.

Business Manager Dan Carsley said the proposed contract would cost the district $2,156,150 during the 2013-14 school year. — down $122,918 from the $2,279,068 price tag for 2012-13.

Althouse will receive 1.85-percent increases each year during the remaining four years of the contract.

School board President Lisa Bowman said the school board worked to reduce transportation costs by reducing the number of vehicles on the road.

Carsley said two vehicles presently in use will be eliminated during the coming school year. He said the district is consolidating bus runs, and will annually review bus runs for more potential consolidations and savings.

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