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Bus sharing results in savings for D-101

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 8:38 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 9:24 a.m. CDT

MORRIS – The inaugural year of the Morris schools shared busing program finished with more savings than anticipated for Morris Community High School District 101.

Saratoga, Morris Community High School District 101 and Morris Elementary School District 54 have shared special education transportation since 2002, saving the districts an estimated $4.7 million in the past decade.

The districts entered a similar agreement for regular education transportation beginning in 2013. The shared busing system was estimated to save Morris High School $115,000 over the previous year’s transportation expense, which was $395,000.

“The expenses we’ve saved in transportation have allowed us to help our overall budget,” Superintendent Pat Halloran said Monday. “It’s especially helped in the education fund and operating and maintenance fund.”

He said the $267,201 spent for transportation by the district during the 2013-14 school year represented a 96 cents per mile reduction in cost.

With the savings, the district made a one-time permanent transfer of funds, moving $400,000 from transportation fund reserves and distributing $200,000 to the education fund and $200,000 to the operating and maintenance fund.

“The estimated balance in the transportation fund is $330,073 after moving the $400,000 out,” Halloran told the school board Monday night.

In other action

• The district accepted the resignation of Don Stinson as band director and hired new Band Director Jeff Muraida.

• The board accepted the donation of new band uniforms from the Morris High School Band Boosters, which raised half of the nearly $30,000 spent for the uniforms.

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