The Crawford Central School District gets the attention of Pennsylvania’s Auditor General, who is calling on lawmakers to force school districts to competitively bid out their bus contracts.
Auditor General Eugene Depasquale said Crawford Central spent $4.1 million more than the state provided for bus service reimbursement between 2008 and 2012, one of 19 districts to do so.
Superintendent Thomas Washington said over the phone, all transportation is not created equal, and that their 76 routes cover 156 square miles, carrying 3000 students. This means a very specific transportation service is needed.
Washington said the district has no intention of changing from the two transportation services they currently use, adding there are more things to consider than just costs.