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McKinney Vento Transportation Update (Switch from Taxis to Buses) Andrea Foster, SUSD Homeless Liaison Arturo Basurto, SUSD Transportation Director.

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1 McKinney Vento Transportation Update (Switch from Taxis to Buses) Andrea Foster, SUSD Homeless Liaison Arturo Basurto, SUSD Transportation Director

2 Preparing the McKinney-Vento Families: January 2009: Contacted every family receiving taxi service by telephone to confirm address/status Mailed out MV Packets with the following information: 1.Letter explaining switch from taxis to SUSD buses/vehicles 2.MV Transportation Contract 3.Student Code of Conduct regarding transportation 4.Bus route information 5.National Law Center on Homelessness booklet

3 Preparing the Schools: January 2009: Met with Schools/Principals to inform about changes identified a staff member from each site to receive/log MV transportation information Each school received a MV Transportation Binder containing: 1.Excel spreadsheet with current roster of students receiving MV transportation from that site (schools receive updated roster whenever changes are made) 2.Phone numbers for bus drivers & Transportation Department 3.Phone numbers for MV Program contacts 4.MV Transportation Contract 5.Copy of letter sent home to parents 6.Student Code of Conduct for Transportation 7.National Law Center on Homelessness booklet

4 MV Transportation Costs to Date: Aug 08-Jan 09: Taxi service invoices totaled $178,764 - Avg $29,794.08/mo Feb 09-Apr 09: SUSD Transportation costs totaled $42,825 - Avg $14,275/mo

5 MV Transportation Costs to Date: The MV fleet began February 2, 2009 Currently running 5 buses & 2 vehicles Currently transporting 83 MV students: 25 In-District 58 Out of District February 09 thru April 09– 5 buses mileage 19,352/ 7 ml per gal 1 van mileage 4,799/ 17 ml per gal 1 car mileage 5,021/ 17 ml per gal Total mileage = 29,172 ADE mileage reimbursement for 29,172 x $2.72/mile = $79,348 Cost for drivers $10.28 x 9 hrs per day = $92.52 $92.52 x 65 days x 6 drivers = $36,083 (+ benefits) Fuel cost $6,742 Total cost for fuel and drivers $42,825 (+benefits)

6 Highlights from first 3 months: Parents very pleased to be able to contact bus/van driver directly via cell phone 90% reduction in complaints to MV Program regarding transportation Excellent communication between MV Program and Transportation Department Weekly debriefing meetings Daily phone calls/ s Bus monitors also provide tutoring to students! Parents and Students held accountable Relationship-building: some of the older MV students have begun to mentor younger students Some of the drivers have been instrumental in motivating students to go to school

7 Taxis Route students in 2 days or less Ability to transport higher number of students – more seats More students = longer commute Parents able to contact driver immediately on cell phone Parents have no hesitation about child riding in SUSD bus/vehicle Receive daily reports on students Average cost $14,275/month Route students in 2 days or less Limited number of seats in vehicle Less students = shorter commute Parents not able to contact driver directly Parents sometimes hesitant about their child riding in a taxi (non-district personnel) Inconsistent student reporting (change of placement, etc) Average cost $29,794/month Buses Vs.

8 Proposal for 09-10: Possible funding sources: Stimulus Monies available mid May Approximately $40,000 Can be used to hire 2 bus monitors/tutors? McKinney-Vento Grant ($100,000? TBD) Can pay for drivers and excess transportation costs Projected Costs: Projected Costs: Projecting MV Transportation will grow 10% City will be divided into 6 quadrants – will decrease fuel costs and travel time Maintain MV Fleet of 5 buses & 1 van or car (6 bus drivers) $10.28 x 9 hrs per day = $95.52 $95.52 x 6 drivers = $ x 181 days = $100,477 + benefits for school year Total fuel cost $15,000 Total estimated costs $115,477 + benefits (will still claim ADE mileage reimbursement)


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