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Greenon, CTC reach busing agreement

Shared service will help both Clark County districts financially, leaders say.

A local school district agreed to purchase Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center’s bus fleet, then contract transportation services back to the CTC this school year — a move that’s expected to save the CTC about 13 percent in transportation costs, and increase district revenue.

Greenon Local Schools agreed to purchase five CTC buses for more than $20,000 and will in turn share transportation services with the CTC at a per-mile cost of about $4.

Based on the approximately 9,000 miles driven as of April last year by CTC buses, CTC will pay about $38,000 to Greenon for the service, and save about $6,000 over last year, CTC Treasurer Anthony Fraley said.

Payment for the buses will go back to the CTC’s general fund.

The shared service is also intended to increase Greenon revenues.

“Our district is receiving no additional state money for the next two years, and we are facing a budget deficit in 2015. In addition to cutting our expenses, we are looking at creative ways to increase revenue, and shared transportation is one method to do that,” Superintendent Dan Bennett said in a statement.

Shared services like this one are becoming more common as funds continue to become limited. Earlier this summer, Greenon and Southeastern approved a deal to share the services of Treasurer Brad McKee.

“It’s definitely the direction of the future. We will continue to explore options to work together with all our associate schools. I think we will see more shared services, even some things we have not thought of yet,” CTC Superintendent Rick Smith said.

And it will help keep substitute drivers working, he said.

“At the CTC, we were having a hard time finding enough substitute drivers to fill our needs at times. By partnering with Greenon, Greenon will be able to keep good subs busier and on staff,” Smith said.

Services provided by Greenon will include transportation for field trips and to work sites. High schools will continue to provide transportation to and from CTC for their students, according to a press release from Greenon.

“This has the making to be a great benefit to both districts, by saving the CTC money and generating some additional funds for Greenon,” Fraley said.

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