Becoming Part of the Community

West Shore School District in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania wanted a partner. Focused on financial security, they partnered with First Student to provide the school bus transportation for students. With the change from school-district operated to contracted services, they wanted someone who could run the logistics without making sweeping changes. What they got was a true partner.

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A Caring Commitment to Special Needs Students

First Student has held a long-term partnership for more than 30 years with Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS). Each day, the more than 500 routes operated by First Student are to transport between 1,200 – 1,500 students with physical disabilities and special needs.
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Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) onto the School Bus

First Student managers, staff and drivers positively influence the start and finish of each student’s day by setting clear expectations and reinforcing positive behaviors — the foundation of a safe environment on the bus. First Student trains driving teams in age and ability-based behavior support in addition to participating in state, local and district student behavior programs including Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). In partnership with the Wausau School District, a member of the Wisconsin Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Network, First Student is extending PBIS from the classroom to the school bus.  Together, we are consistently encouraging respectful and caring behavior throughout the school day and building stronger relationships among school staff, drivers, students and parents.

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Enhancing Education Through Contracting

Founded in 1803, Xenia is a bedroom community east of Dayton, Ohio, with an extensive railroad history. Derived from a Greek word meaning hospitality, Xenia is close-knit and family-oriented. It’s also a city that had to make some tough decisions to balance their school budget. 
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Keys to Success: Communication & Consistency

As the largest school district in the state of Kansas, Wichita Public Schools (WPS) has the remarkable task of educating 11% of the state’s public school students. More than 50,000 students attend the district’s 97 schools, with nearly 35% using yellow buses to get to school each day. With a long history of contracted bus services, WPS knew exactly what they wanted in a new transportation provider when they began seeking proposals in 2009 for the district’s 600-bus transportation system.

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Bully Prevention and Awareness on the School Bus

Bullying currently affects one in four students ages 12-18 in the United States. Bullying can threaten students’ physical and emotional safety at school and can negatively impact their ability to learn. The best way to address bullying is to stop it before it starts. First Student, in partnership with the Montrose County School District, developed the “No Bus for Bullies” program to make students safer and prevent bullying on the school bus.

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A Connection to the Community

In 1888, Simon Newman founded a small community in the hills of central California. Within a few short decades, the growing city needed to provide a better way for children to get to and from school. First Student is proud to be able to trace our history back to 1913, when - using only a few scarce resources and his own ingenuity - Frank A. Patchett fabricated a school bus from a Model-T frame, attaching bench seats, wood paneling and a roof to the truck’s flatbed.

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A Trusted Partnership

Community Consolidated School District 54 in Schaumburg, Illinois, began their first transportation partnership in 1952 with Schaumburg Transportation. While the company would later be acquired by First Student, the partnership remains a trusted source of home-to-school transportation service for the school district and community of Schaumburg.
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Delivering Savings and Experience

Port Huron, Michigan — located on the banks of Lake Huron and just yards from the Canadian border — is a city focused on the success of its children, its schools, and its way of life. The district approached the decision to contract school busing with seriousness, seeking a transportation partner that would keep their jobs local while saving money to reinvest back into the classroom.
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Achieving Success for a Growing District

On May 8, 1948, voters in a small Illinois town approved the formation of a school district that is today legally known as Community Unit School District No. 5 (Unit 5), McLean and Woodford Counties, Illinois. The nation has grown and changed in leaps and bounds since then. So, too, has Unit 5 and their need for expanded student transportation services.

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A Successful Start-Up

When Central Point School District in Central Point, Oregon, wrapped up the school year and welcomed the summer of 2011, First Student’s local team of professionals was working behind the scenes to make sure the district’s transition to contracted transportation service was a success.

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Fostering Trust Through Community Relationships

Syracuse City School District understands the importance of trust. In order to operate a successful transportation service that provides optimum service to both the school district and the community, the right personalities must combine to transform into a single team. This is “Team Syracuse,” which is equal parts Syracuse City School District and First Student.

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Partnering for Better Safety Technologies

Buffalo Public Schools partners with First Student to transport approximately 26,600 students across 112 different public, private and charter school sites on a daily basis. When the decision was made to provide their community with the safest and most state-of-the-art buses available, they knew who to contact.

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Developing Transportation Partnerships

Ten years ago, Zachary Community School District (ZCSD) made the strategic decision to better the education of their children. This desire for change necessitated a split from their traditional parish school district. As the first school district to separate from the traditional Louisiana parish school system in 80 years, ZCSD had to find ways to re-create several services while keeping within their operating budget. The district determined that contracting student transportation services would achieve these goals.

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Expertise Boosts Transportation Efficiency

First Student’s relationship with St. James Parish Schools began with a need for consistent and dependable maintenance of its 46-bus fleet so that children could be transported to and from school without any continuity gaps in service and quality. It has since grown into a trusted relationship that includes full turnkey management of their school district’s transportation system.

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