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First Student Signs New Contract with Lawrence Public Schools in Kansas
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First Student Signs New Contract with Lawrence Public Schools in Kansas

October 27, 2016

A 40-year partnership between First Student and Lawrence Public Schools (USD 497) will continue for the 2016-17 school year and beyond. The district has renewed its transportation contract with the company.

Approximately 2,500 students in Lawrence, Kansas, rely on First Student for safe, reliable transportation to and from school each day. The company’s hiring, training and ongoing development programs for drivers and monitors help deliver a ride that is twice as safe as the industry average.

“We have worked together with Lawrence Public Schools to provide quality, consistent service for generations of students and their families,” said First Student Area General Manager John Billigmeier. “As an experienced, long-term partner, we see the benefits of engaging with the district to provide a tailored approach to transportation that creates the best start and finish to the school day.”

First Student has partnered with local school districts for more than a century to deliver student transportation solutions. The company has proven expertise and dedicated capital for fleet management and maintenance, technology innovation, and strategies to optimize resources, including vehicles and fuel.

The new five-year contract with Lawrence Public Schools includes the management and operation for more than 70 school bus routes.

About First Student, Inc. As the leading school transportation solutions provider in North America, First Student strives to provide the best start and finish to every school day. First Student completes six million student journeys each day, moving more passengers than all U.S. airlines combined. With a team of highly-trained drivers and the industry’s strongest safety record, First Student delivers reliable, quality services including full-service transportation and management, special-needs transportation, route optimization and scheduling, and charter services for 1,200 school district contracts. For more information, please visit