Plan to Outsource Dakota Bus Service Moves Forward

FREEPORT (WIFR) -- The Freeport School District agrees to take over the bus service for students in Dakota next school year.

District leaders say this move that will save Dakota money while bringing in some extra cash for Freeport. On Tuesday, the Freeport School Board gave the green light to the plan. Dakota will have to pay Freeport $433,000 to operate the routes. There are 12 bus drivers for Dakota schools. They will lose their jobs but Freeport has pledged to hire them back if they pass meet all the job requirements.

“One of the best things about this is they are looking to bring back the Dakota school bus drivers because they know how important they are to the roads and to the kids. That’s why we think it’s a win-win for both districts," says Dakota School Superintendent Michael Schiffman.

The move saves about $100,000 in the Dakota School District’s budget while Freeport will make an extra $50,000 a year. The public can give comment on this plan at next week’s Dakota School Board meeting.

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