- Associated Press - Thursday, May 12, 2016

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania school districts that don’t seek bids on busing contracts might be spending millions of dollars more than necessary to get kids to and from school.

That’s according to Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, who said Thursday that lawmakers should require school districts to seek competitive bids for student transportation.

Since 2013, state audits have found 19 school districts in 11 counties that paid $54.8 million more for busing than they received in state transportation reimbursements. The reimbursements are based on a range of factors, including number of students, miles traveled and busing company costs.

The auditor general’s latest report says the Altoona Area School District hasn’t sought bids on its transportation contract since 2006. The district outspent its state appropriation by $3.3 million in just two school years.

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