to Transportation for all City of Oak Ridge Students
By Trina Baughn
January 28, 2008These suggestions are provided in an effort to overcome the greatest obstacle currently facing the school system (limited funding/resources) in their desire to provide all students with the same opportunity to ride a bus to and from school.
As Mr. DiGregorio alluded to in the July 2007 meeting, develop a .35 pick up across the board for first through 12th grade students:
From the BEP 2.0 Presentation prepared by Karen Gagliano, posted on the OR school website:http://www.ortn.edu/downloads/BEP_Transportation_Options.pdf
Option 2 – $75,000 – Reinstate all K-4 Door to Door 6 add’l buses thru 2012 $636KOption 1 – $50,000 – Reinstate Only K-2 Door to Door 4 add’l buses thru 2012 $424KOption 3 – $25,000 – Reinstate all K-4 pick up at .35 miles 2 add’l buses thru 2012 $212K
Based on these calculations, operational costs as well as additional bus costs run at about a 1/3 of the cost of door-to-door service. As Dr. Bailey has explained to me, this option has yet to be fully explored.
Use funding from the Budget Undesignated Fund Balance (a.k.a. reserves or Rainy Day Fund) to cover the approximate cost savings of last year’s cuts of $300,000.
Though once depleted to a balance of $0 in FY05/06, this fund has now been greatly replenished and as of December 2007 had a balance of $1.290 million. This reflects minimal use (less than 5%) since FY06/07 when the balance stood at $1.352 million.
(Note: There is a separate contingency fund, originally budgeted at $400K designated for the potential need of hiring additional teachers during the school year)
Review past year scenarios in which full service was offered but required fewer resources to determine how current resources can be better utilized.
Current enrollment statistics reflect a total student population of 4,413; the maximum anticipated enrollment for FY08 is 4,443
Current Bus Fleet: 33 (with 2 to be out of commission at the end of the school year and 23 in service; the remaining 8 are operational but must be reserved for a 3 tiered back up system)
Projected Enrollment 5,038
Total planned bus fleet (including those to be used for back up system) 32 buses
These figures indicate planning for full service was based on a student population of greater than 12% (625 more students) of the current enrollment figures, yet required one less bus to implement.