In an effort to cut costs, the Hatboro-Horsham School Board voted Monday to move forward with a new transportation system for students who are bussed to nonpublic schools.
Beginning in the fall, the district will join with five neighboring school districts Lower Moreland, North Penn, Upper Moreland, Upper Dublin and Wissahickon for a cost-sharing transportation consortium, detailed in a presentation by district business manager Robert Reichert Monday night.
The consortium would coordinate vehicles and bus routes to transport the more than 3,700 area to 364 nonpublic and special-education schools.
The districts together currently spend about $10 million to bus these students, a figure that will be cut by about 20 percent, Reichert said.
Moving forward, Reichert said the districts will be developing policies and procedures and this summer will reach out to families who will be affected by the initiative.
In addition to saving all five districts money, Reichert said the model is one that can be easily expanded in the future and will encourage continued collaboration among area districts, in addition to helping cut down on the number of vehicles on the road.