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Roanoke, VA to Privatize School Transportation Services

Last night, Roanoke, VA’s school board voted to privatize its transportation services:

In a 4-3 vote, board members decided to sell the school system’s fleet of roughly 150 buses to Krapf Transportation Services, a Pennsylvania-based company. […] School officials said an outsourced transportation system would save the district roughly $250,000 a year. The contract also calls for Krapf to buy 15 new buses every year to replace aging buses. Right now, the average Roanoke school bus is 13.7 years old. […]

Board member Jason Bingham said a private transportation system would make it possible for school officials to focus more on instruction without the distractions of running a bus system.

As Mr. Bingham suggests, privatization is a powerful tool to help “right-size” government and keep it focused on its core competencies.

Leonard Gilroy is vice president of government reform at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets. He also serves as senior managing director of the Pension Integrity Project at Reason Foundation, which assists policymakers and other stakeholders in designing, analyzing and implementing public sector pension reforms.