• 131 districts (24.0 percent) contract out for transportation services.
  • 24 districts began new transportation service contracts.

Graphic 6: Transportation Service Contracting

Graphic 6: Transportation Service Contracting - click to enlarge

Graphic 7: Districts With New Transportation Services Contracts

Carsonville-Port Sanilac Schools

Grant Public Schools

Jackson Public Schools

Beecher Community School District

Flat Rock Community Schools

Romulus Community Schools

Battle Creek School District

Lawrence Public Schools

Dundee Community School

Grand Blanc Community Schools

East China School District

Ravenna Public Schools

Lansing School District

Reed City Area Public Schools

Cadillac Area Public Schools

Bloomingdale Public Schools

Caseville Public Schools

Blissfield Community Schools

Camden-Frontier Schools

Grant Township School District #2

Comstock Public Schools

Muskegon Public Schools

Hamtramck School District

Algonac Community Schools

Transportation service contracting continues to expand in Michigan. It’s grown from just 21 districts in 2005 to 131 districts in 2014.

The 24 percent of districts that contract out is actually slightly higher than it would appear. This is because there are a handful of districts that do not provide regular school bus services. Largely, these districts are island school districts like Mackinac Island, Bois Blanc Pines and Beaver Island and a number of the remaining one-room school house districts.

Grant Township School District #2 is a small district on the Keweenaw Peninsula that does not provide its own transportation. However, the Calumet-Laurium-Keweenaw District provides transportation for them and that district contracts out its transportation services.

Some of the growth is due to the use of employee-leasing agencies. Bloomingdale, Camden-Frontier, Carsonville-Port Sanilac, Caseville, Dundee, Flat Rock, Beecher and Lawrence began using employee leasing agencies for some portion of their transportation services.