Decatur Schools Looking to Lease Their Own Buses, End Relationship with DeKalb

On the agenda for tonight’s City Schools of Decatur School Board meeting, buses!

According to a note to the Board submitted by Superintendent Phyllis Edwards, as the system has grown, CSD’s “specific [busing] needs have changed, including concerns such as the quantity of breakdowns and safety, which may be ameliorated by newer buses”.

As such, the system had asked for a list of bids from three bus companies, Blue Bird, Thomas and Rush.  Of the three, Rush had the lowest interest rate and annual cost.

Tonight, the School Board is scheduled to vote on the lease agreement.  If approved, the CSD is scheduled to launch the new fleet of 10 buses in time for the new school year in the fall. These will join four buses already purchased by Decatur over the years through the state bus program.

8 thoughts on “Decatur Schools Looking to Lease Their Own Buses, End Relationship with DeKalb”

  1. Seems cost netural but better for us to have our own than lease from DeKalb school system & their current troubles

  2. While they are at it, maybe they can outsource and create a competitive program for creating/scheduling the bus routes 🙂

    1. I think we’re using more than 14 this year under our arrangement with DeKalb County Schools. So it will be interesting to see how this plays out. Hopefully staff skilled with routing and communication with families will be involved.

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