BENTON HARBOR — Benton Harbor Area Schools selected First Student Inc. to provide busing services to the district, according The (Benton Harbor) Herald-Palladium. The move is expected to save the district $2 million over five years, district officials report. However, a recall campaign was launched against three school board members after the move.

The district has 40 school buses and plans on selling the majority of them to the company for $400,000, according to The Herald-Palladium. All school buses, public or private, must be inspected annually by the state. Last year, the district received only one yellow flag, which means that the bus was safe for operation but required a repair. Flagged buses must be fixed within 60 days.

The district will rent its transportation garage to the company for $150,000 per year, The Herald-Palladium reported.

References: "Privatization vote may come Tuesday," The (Benton Harbor) Herald-Palladium, May 10, 2009

"Petitions seek recall of 3 board members," The (Benton Harbor) Herald-Palladium, July 9, 2009