The Williamsville Central School District has locked in a busing contract through the 2023-24 school year.
The School Board on Thursday approved a five-year renewal of the district's contract with Student Transportation of America. The new contract begins with the 2019-20 school year and increases are based on the consumer price index, said Thomas Maturski, assistant superintendent for finance.
The district is projected to spend $8.94 million on transportation for the 2018-19 school year, including $6.73 million paid to its contractor.
About 70 percent of bus drivers are contracted, while the rest are district employees. A shortage of drivers in recent years has made it difficult for many school districts, including Williamsville, to hire their own drivers, Maturski said.
Transportation is provided annually to about 11,000 students in Williamsville, Erie County's largest suburban school district.