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11-21-19 — District Selects New Bus Company

Nov. 21, 2019 ~ The Olathe Public Schools Board of Education voted today to negotiate a final contract with DS Bus Lines as its 2020-21 bus transportation provider. The decision came after seeking proposals from numerous organizations in an effort to provide the highest quality transportation at an affordable rate.

“Our current provider will finish out this school year,” said Deputy Superintendent for Business and Operations John Hutchison. “Our first priority is to have a seamless transition to the new provider. It is our goal to make sure our students and parents experience the best service.”

DS Bus Lines has a strong track record of customer service, attracting high quality drivers, and operating state-of-the-art technology systems. Families should not see any change in cost during the 2020-21 school year with this new provider because of this transition, Hutchison said.

More information will be provided in coming months, including details of registering for bus service.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why is the district’s bus transportation provider changing?
A: In an effort to make sure that we as a school system are providing the highest quality of bus transportation that meets the needs of our students, families and schools, and is offered at an affordable rate, the district sought out proposals from numerous organizations. On Thursday, Nov. 21, the Board of Education approved negotiating a final contract with DS Bus Lines, effective for the 2020-21 school year.

Q: Will the fee structure change? 
A: No, the fee structure for families will be the same with DS Bus Lines. Free transportation is currently provided to students who live 2.5 miles or more from school. Transportation may be available on a pay basis for students who live less than 2.5 miles from school, if there is an existing route in the area. Transportation is provided on a first-come, first-serve, space-available basis.

Q: How will we sign up for the new bus provider?
A: Information will come out in the coming months about how to sign up for bus transportation in the 2020-21 school year. Typically bus transportation information is sent out in late spring and registration occurs in late spring and early summer.