Education Logistics (EDULOG) Helps Memphis City Schools Eliminate $8.2 Million In Annual Transportation Expenses

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Education Logistics (EDULOG) Helps Memphis City Schools Eliminate $8.2 Million In Annual Transportation Expenses

Education Logistics, Inc. (EDULOG) announced today that its bus routing and scheduling software and consulting services assisted the Memphis City Schools (MCS) with successfully implementing the district's plan to eliminate $8.2 million from its annual transportation budget.

The Memphis City Schools is the largest school district in Tennessee, with more than 105,000 students attending a total of 209 schools. The district has been using EDULOG's routing software since 1998.

MCS contracts with First Student, Inc. for transportation services, and was able to eliminate one-third of its routes, reducing the fleet size from 496 to 331 buses, by tiering more routes, removing hundreds of bus stops, assigning some special education students to schools closer to their homes, and enforcing the district's transportation eligibility policies. The results are an expected reduction of 36 percent of the district's $23 million annual transportation budget.

"Tightening budgets required MCS to take a closer look at the number of routes and buses that First Student was running," stated William White, executive director of school choice and student accounting for MCS. "This type of drastic reduction is never popular, but we knew the savings were there, and transportation efficiency has become increasingly important."

MCS evaluated various ways to achieve its $8.2 million goal, and made final policy decisions during the past summer. The district then used EDULOG's routing software to implement the new busing plan.

"The implementation of changes this widespread was quite challenging," continued White. EDULOG was critical to our success."

In addition to the routing and scheduling software, MCS used EDULOG's WebQuery internet-based software to assist parents with determining transportation eligibility and route information. EDULOG also provided full consulting services that included both on-site and remote assistance to ensure that the MCS could implement its plan. EDULOG staff also analyzed and predicted potential concerns so as to better prepare district staff for the realities of school start.

"Although we had a great plan, we needed some support," added White. "So in addition to using the EDULOG software to implement the new routes, we asked if they could help us make it work. They put a full time professional consultant on site for six straight weeks, and it made all the difference. Not only was EDULOG able to help us implement the changes, they provided us with a detailed report in the days leading up to school start that allowed MCS to be better prepared to deal with the issues that occurred."

MCS provided First Student with the new routes, and the district started school on August 11. "After addressing some initial public concern, and making some minor adjustments, the system is running as designed," stated White.

"MCS is a valued, long time client," commented Mike Darling, president of EDULOG. "We are pleased to have been able to assist with such an ambitious project and that the company's software and services were successful in helping the district meet its goals."

Education Logistics, Inc. (EDULOG) has been recognized as the industry leader in pupil transportation solutions since 1978, with an estimated 150,000+ school buses routed by its clients each day. EDULOG partners with K-12 school districts to provide total transportation management systems including true GIS planning and scheduling software, efficiency and optimization studies, guaranteed cost savings plans, GPS-based routing software, student tracking, driver payroll, vehicle inspection, boundary planning and redistricting, enrollment projection, field trip management, fleet maintenance, innovative ASP solutions for small districts or those that prefer extensive hands-on assistance, and a comprehensive selection of Internet-based products. EDULOG uniquely combines its powerful software with initial and continuing consulting services provided by the industry's largest source of such expertise. For more information about EDULOG, visit http://www.edulog.com.

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