ADRIAN — With a budget projected to overspend revenues by $1.7 million and collective bargaining agreements for its transportation expiring, Adrian Public Schools contracted for its transportation services.

An analysis by The (Adrian) Daily Telegram compared Adrian's in-house costs with those of a district that uses a private firm to provide the service. While the analysis found that Adrian's costs per mile appear to be less than the privatized district, it did not include costs for new equipment.

The Daily Telegram reported that Adrian has 30 buses which will require replacement "on a reasonable schedule" and that the district has not made any general-fund purchases of buses since 1993 at the latest.

The district also looked at custodial service contracting.

References: "Private or public: Which bus service is more cost-effective?" The (Adrian) Daily Telegram, April 8, 2009

"Adrian bus decision difficult, but correct," The (Adrian) Daily Telegram, May 6, 2009