Union R-XI Assistant Superintendent Mike Mabe said the information gained from an audit of the school’s transportation budget shows the school district is on the right track.
The results of the audit will be presented by Mabe at the school board’s May meeting, Wednesday, May 16.
“We’ve made a lot of growth in the last few years and we’re on the right track,” Mabe said. “It was very positive. It reassured some stuff for us and that’s why we do them. Are we efficient? Do we need to start from scratch? That’s why we did it.”
The school board approved the audit by TransPar Group, which will cost $12,000, in October of last year. The three-phase audit looked into the day-to-day operations of the district’s bus routes, as well as the routes covered by the Union’s transportation partner, First Student.
Mabe said along with other important information, he expects the audit to help the district find ways to cut the amount of time students are spending on the bus.
Currently, bus dismissals are staggered to give drivers time to get to each school and pick up waiting students. Mabe said the district’s goal is to have buses waiting on students, not the other way around.
TransPar Group will be providing financial and performance analysis. That will include in-depth looks at route planning and efficiency, dismissal bell times and if adjustments are needed, fleet management and performance, staffing and recommendations going forward.
In October, Superintendent Dr. Steve Weinhold said in with the upcoming changes coming to the school district, the time is right to take a hard look at the district’s infrastructure.
“When we’re looking at possibly reconfiguring our grades and possibly adding another building — it’s the perfect time,” Weinhold said. “I think this is next in line to make sure we are on point with everything. It gives an outside person the chance to tell us what we can do better and what we’re doing right.”
Mabe will deliver the results of the audit during the meeting at Union High School.