KISD: Board Approves New Bus Kisd Service Provider
North America Central School Bus will serve as Keller ISD’s new transportation provider beginning with the 2019-20 school year.
Keller ISD’s Board of Trustees approved the new partnership at one of its regular Monday meetings
NACSB is the fourth-largest student transportation provider in the nation with more than 2,800 buses in eight states. The company’s bid included 238 brand new buses equipped with seatbelts and factory-installed air conditioning. Included in that fleet are 30 buses dedicated for field trips and 19 spare buses for a total of 49 non-route buses.
“We are excited to welcome North America Central to Keller ISD,” KISD Chief Financial Officer Mark Youngs said. “NACSB has a culture that is centered on service to its customers and employees, and our committee felt it was the best fit with Keller ISD’s mission, vision, and values.”
NACSB provides parents access to mobile apps – Here Comes the Bus and MyStop – that allows a live look at bus locations. Campus and District administrators will also have access to online global positioning services and routing comparative analytics.
Over the past three years, NACSB has a management retention rate of 95.5 percent. A recent NACSB survey also had 93 of respondents rate the company as “Above Average” or higher when it came to the priority NACSB placed on safety.
With the District’s current student transportation contract set to expire on June 30, 2019, Keller ISD posted a proposal for bids on December 7 through January 28. Six companies responded to the bid, and a committee composed of administrators, staff, and parents was convened on February 5 to review those providers and select the top three. Those finalists were brought in for onsite presentations to the committee on February 20.
“We at NACSB are absolutely thrilled to partner with Keller ISD,” said Joe Faessler, NACSB Director of Business Development. “While the District is indeed ‘Intentionally Exceptional,’ we at NACSB live this by supporting our employees in a culture that promotes high-quality service to students, parents, the community, and District personnel.”
In early March, NACSB will be on site to meet with Keller ISD administrators and current transportation employees to begin planning for the new school year. The company will begin its recruiting, training, and hiring processes in June ahead of the full transition of the District’s transportation facilities and delivery of Keller ISD’s new bus fleet. Parents can expect to see more information about NACSB this summer.