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Delivering Savings and Experience

Port Huron Area School District, Port Huron, Mich.


Port Huron, Michigan, is located on the banks of Lake Huron, just yards from the Canadian border. It’s a diverse town focused on the success of its children, its schools, and its way of life. When they chose to contract their school busing, the district approached it seriously, seeking a transportation partner that would keep their jobs local while saving money to reinvest back into the classroom for their 11,000 students.

When First Student submitted their proposal to Port Huron Area School District (PHASD) they committed to a quick and smooth transition, customer control, cost containment, enhanced technology and consistency for drivers. For PHASD, what that amounted to was a transportation provider who sought to carefully guide their transition process in order to make sure the students reaped the benefits of the partnership in all the ways that mattered.


Being the first time the district contracted with an outside company, the challenge to First Student was delivering the savings and experience to the community without interrupting the community’s faith in the district and drivers. With a short transition period of 60 days, First Student had to develop a plan which could implement our outstanding technological and safety programs before the start of school without overwhelming the staff, drivers and students.

Download the case study to see how, by utilizing our national resources and sticking to a dedicated transition plan, First Student created a successful startup by the beginning of the school year.

“I don’t think that there is a better company out there that spends more time in relationship to safety and customer service than First Student.”

Eddie Kindle, Assistant Superintendent